Centria University of Applied Sciences


The University with a big heart!

Centria University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary, dynamic and inter­national higher education institution. We pride ourselves on offering students and staff an environment that is innovative, caring and multicultural.

Located in Western Finland, Centria has three campuses – Kokkola, Pietarsaari, and Ylivieska – located on the Ostrobothnian plain. Each city offers a unique environment with lots of activities and a beautiful environment.

Centria is a young higher education institution, with close to 3,000 and 290 staff members, we offer student-centered teaching with a focus on practical experience. Centria offers degree programmes in five different fields of study and a total of 20-degree programmes. Our fields of education are:

  • Technology, Communications, and Transport
  • Social Sciences, Business, and Administration
  • Social Services, Health, and Sports
  • Culture
  • Humanities and Education

With over 500 international students, both degree-seeking and exchange students, internationalization is one of our core values. Over ten percent of our degree-seeking students are international students, coming from over 40 different countries. We also receive around hundred exchange students each year, from our partner universities all over the world.

Educates researches and develops

Centria has a strong focus on entrepreneurship and excellent connections with the local working-life, this provides an excellent basis for combining theoretical knowledge with professional skills in a meaningful way. We are an international university of applied sciences that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.

Centria’s R&D collaborates with companies and organizations to increase their competitiveness. We aim 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. We offer up to date technology and the latest information technology applications to fit our customers’ needs. We make the most of our team of experts, their know-how and the different kinds of laboratories at our use. Our R&D, continuing education services, and broad project activities all aim at improving our customers’ competitiveness.



Centria University of Applied Sciences

Centria University of Applied Sciences
Talonpojankatu 2
67100 Kokkola

FIN-67100 Kokkola, Finland
+358 6 8250000


Ylivieska, Finland


Jakobstad, Finland