The University of applied sciences was founded in 1992 in the coastal town of Kokkola. Being a university of applied sciences, Centria has a striving R&D department and its lecturers have professional experience from their own field.Thanks to its human size, Centria offers a caring and warm environment to its students and staff, we pride ourselves to be a university with a big heart.
Centria offers programmes in 5 fields of study:
Centria’s R&D collaborates with companies and organizations to increase their competitiveness. Centria aims at helping our customer in developing new products, business ventures and international activities and as well as in the process of entrepreneurship, by using our multidisciplinary expertise. R&D has projects in health care, entrepreneurship, chemical engineering, information technology.Students are encouraged to get involved with these projects during their studies.
Students are offered personalized support throughout their studies at Centria: each new student will join a group led by a teacher tutor that will and support this same group until graduation. This tutor teacher will prepare a personalized study plan with each student.Students can also discuss their studies and career plans with the study counsellor. Student tutors also help and support their peers when they start their studies at Centria, guiding them through their new home towns and showing them around the campus.
Students should book accommodation from themselves from the town they will study at.
The accommodation is not organized by the university but by a local housing agency.
Students can decide to apply for shared accommodation through the local agencies or look for housing from private sources.Rent usually varies from 200 to 300€ / month in the shared apartments offered by the student housing agencies.
Centria offers great library facilities in all their locations. The selection of books offered are carefully chosen together with the university’s lecturers to fit the studies offered.Students also have access to a wide range of electronic libraries and journals online.
Digitalization is a key feature at Centria; this can be seen in the studies at Centria.The students and teachers use the university study portal, where teachers upload study material and students upload their homework online. Students may also follow courses taught online.
On campus, students may visit a nurse and a psychologist, free of charge. If need be, students may also receive the care of a medical doctor, reachable through the nurse.
On campus, students will find modern classrooms, space to study, alone or in group work; the teachers’ offices, a school cafeteria.The libraries (available in each town where Centria is located) are close the teaching facilities. Other free-time facilities, such as accommodation, are not joined to the university campus.
Each town where Centria is located offers a wide range of sport facilities, may it be indoor facilities (ice-rink, gyms, sport halls…) or outdoor sports (football, country skiing, ice-hockey). The facilities are not owned by Centria but students have access to them.
The student union COPSA is in charge of up keeping the students’ right within the university. The same union organized some free time activities to students (welcome event, parties throughout the year, sport events).The student tutors have also been trained by COPSA in order to support the newcomers in the best possible way!
Centria has been audited by the Finnish Education Evaluation Center.