Higher education in the Kvarken region

Interested in what study opportunities the Kvarken region offers? Here, you can find a list of all the main higher education institutions on both sides of the Kvarken.

Study in the Kvarken

Tens of thousands of people study at universities and other higher education institutions in the Kvarken region. There are almost 40,000 students at Umeå University alone.

Higher education is offered in many locations in the Kvarken, with Vaasa having the most students in Finland and Umeå in Sweden. You can study in English, Swedish, and Finnish – many schools provide international programmes that are fully in English.

Main higher education institutions

Underneath you can find a list of the main higher education institutions in the Kvarken region. Some of the included institutions do not have their own campus in the region despite offering education there, but not all of these institutions are listed. It is also good to note that programmes offered may vary every semester.

This page is coordinated by the Kvarken Council. If you have any questions, want us to add something, or find errors, please contact our Communications Manager Johanna Häggman or Communications Assistant Ida-Maria Huuhka. You can find their contact information here.

Finland

University of Vaasa

The University of Vaasa is an international, business-oriented, and multidisciplinary research university focusing on sustainable business, energy, and society.

The university’s Bachelor programmes are in Finnish, but several of its Master’s programmes are taught in English. These programmes are in the fields of economics and business, smart energy, computing sciences, and industrial management. International students can also apply for a right to study for a doctoral degree.

Go to the University of Vaasa’s website

Vaasa University of Applied Sciences

Technological expertise, internationality, and working-life partnerships are at the core of Vaasa University of Applied Sciences’ (VAMK) operations. In education, VAMK focuses on energy efficient technology, business expertise in export, as well as modern health care and social welfare services.

Although the majority of VAMK’s degree programmes have Finnish as their language of instruction, VAMK also offers multiple English-language Bachelor and Master’s degree programmes in the fields of business and technology.

Go to VAMK’s website

Novia University of Applied Sciences

Novia is Finland’s largest Swedish-speaking university of applied sciences. It has five campuses in Finland, and one of them is located in Vaasa.

Novia offers education in various fields ranging from business and bioeconomy to technology, health, and arts. English-language degree programmes are available in all these fields. In Vaasa, you can study business, technology and seafaring, as well as health and welfare.

Go to Novia’s website

Hanken School of Economics

Hanken School of Economics has over 110 years of experience in education and research in economics and business administration. Founded in Helsinki, the university also started education in Vaasa in 1980.

Hanken’s main language of instruction is Swedish. However, at Hanken’s Vaasa location, you can also study in the English-language Marketing and Management Master’s degree programme. You can also apply for a PhD programme in Business and Economics.

Go to Hanken’s website

Åbo Akademi

Åbo Akademi is a multidisciplinary university with internationally recognised research and education. Originally founded in Turku, Åbo Akademi’s Vaasa campus turned 50 in 2024.

The university’s instruction languages are Swedish and English. On its Vaasa campus, Åbo Akademi offers English-language Master’s programmes in fields like health sciences, technology, and teaching.

Go to Åbo Akademi’s website

University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki has been ranked among the top 100 universities in the world in international rankings. In Vaasa, the university’s Faculty of Law has offered bilingual education since 1991 – students can complete a Bachelor or Master of Laws degree. Both Finnish and Swedish are used equally as instruction languages.

Go to the University of Helsinki’s website

Centria University of Applied Sciences

Centria University of Applied Sciences offers several fields of study on three different campuses in Ostrobothnia – Kokkola, Pietarsaari, and Ylivieska. The languages of instruction include both Finnish and English. English-language Bachelor and Master’s degree programmes are available in health care, business, and engineering.

Go to Centria’s website

Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius

The Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius carries out education and research in Kokkola under the auspices of the universities of Jyväskylä, Oulu, and Vaasa. It specialises in pedagogics, information technology, social sciences, natural sciences, and business.

Chydenius offers Master’s programmes in both Finnish and English. You can also participate in a PhD program.

Go to Chydenius’ website

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK) is a multidisciplinary UAS that emphasises entrepreneurship and working life orientation. Its languages of instruction are Finnish and English.

For international students, SeAMK offers multiple English-language Bachelor’s programmes in engineering, international business, and nursing. The Master’s programme in International Business Management is also taught fully in English.

Go to SeAMK’s website

The University Consortium of Seinäjoki

The University Consortium of Seinäjoki (UCS) is a networked community formed by four Finnish universities: the Tampere University, the University of Helsinki, the University of Vaasa, and the University of the Arts Helsinki. The consortium’s activities include, among other things, research and development, learning services, and artistic activities.

UCS offers both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree education in Seinäjoki mainly in Finnish. The fields of study vary from – for example – industrial management and social sciences to economics. English-language programmes are also available for international students.

Go to UCS’ website

Sweden

Umeå University

Umeå University is the flagship institution of higher education in northern Sweden. Its instruction languages are both Swedish and English – Umeå University provides more than 40 programmes and 450 courses entirely in English. On top of Umeå, the university has campuses in Skellefteå and Örnsköldsvik in Västernorrland.

English-language Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes are available in various fields, such as medicine, science and technology, social sciences, arts and humanities, as well as educational sciences. International students can also apply for a doctoral position.

Go to Umeå University’s website

Mid Sweden University

Mid Sweden University is one of the leading universities in Sweden in terms of distance education. The university’s research is cutting-edge in many different fields, and it offers a wide variety of programmes and courses on all levels.

Mid Sweden University’s other campus is located in Sundsvall. Its languages of instruction are Swedish and English. International programmes include both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in fields like engineering, chemistry, biology, and business. International students can also apply for a doctoral degree.

Go to Mid Sweden University’s website

Luleå University of Technology

Luleå University of Technology (LTU) is Sweden’s northernmost technical university. It shapes the future through innovative education and research, offering study programmes in fields like computer science, mathematics, social science, and music. The languages of instruction include Swedish and English.

In Västerbotten, the university has a campus in Skellefteå. There, international students can study for a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in fields like computer science and engineering. You can also apply for a PhD.

Go to LTU’s website

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a leading international university providing research and education within the sciences for sustainable life. Languages of instruction include Swedish and English.

One of the university’s principal sites is located in Umeå. There, SLU shares campus with Umeå University. At SLU Umeå international students can study for a Master of Science degree and major in forestry science or biology.

Go to SLU’s website

Futuregames

Futuregames has consistently ranked as one of the best game development schools in the world – 14 percent of professionals working in the Swedish gaming industry are the school’s alumni. They do game art, design, programming, marketing, and more. In Västerbotten, the school has locations in Skellefteå and Umeå.

The school offers future-proof higher vocational education programmes in English. In Skellefteå and Umeå, you can study game programming and design among other things.

Go to Futuregames’ website

Yrkeshögskolan Skellefteå

Together with working life, Yrkeshögskolan Skellefteå offers education based on companies’ current needs. It offers higher vocational education in fields like sustainable battery manufacturing and automated manufacturing processes. The language of instruction is Swedish.

Go to Yrkeshögskolan Skellefteå’s website

Yrkeshögskolan Mitt

YH Mitt is the municipality of Sundsvall’s own institution that offers higher vocational education. You can study in fields like health care, logistics, and accounting. The language of instruction is Swedish. 

Go to YH Mitt’s website

Yrkeshögskolan Höga Kusten

YH Höga Kusten’s campus is located in Kramfors, known for its beautiful High Coast. This YH offers higher vocational education in varying fields, such as nursing, carpenting, and measurement technology. The language of instruction is Swedish.

Go to YH Höga Kusten’s website

Heta Utbildningar

Heta Utbildningar is a higher vocational education institution of the municipality of Härnösand. Heta provides education in energy technology and has a unique laboratory environment in Härnösand’s energy technology arena.

At Heta, the language of instruction is Swedish. You can study to become, for example, a maintenance or an operating engineer in the energy field.

Go to Heta Utbildningar’s website

Other institutions

In Sweden’s Västerbotten and Västernorrland, there are also other institutions that offer higher vocational education. These institutions do not usually have their own campuses in the region and may provide shorter courses or a few longer education programmes. The language of instruction is usually Swedish.

If you want to find out more about these institutions, please visit their websites:

  • Chas Academy
  • Dragon Skolan
  • Edugarde
  • FEI
  • Folkuniversitet
  • Forslundagymnasiet
  • Hantverkslärling
  • Hermods
  • Högskolan Väst
  • IHM Business School
  • ITH
  • KUI
  • KYH Yrkeshögskola
  • Lernia
  • Mälardalens universitet
  • NBI/Handelsakademin
  • One Academy
  • Sollefteå kommun YH
  • TCC Academy
  • Teknikhögskolan
  • TUC Yrkeshögskola
  • Vilhelmina Lärcentrum
  • Yh Akademin
  • Yrkeshögskolan SKY
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Mathias Lindström
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