Saimaa University of Applied Sciences has lively student exchange in the frames of different exchange programs, such as European Union funded programme Erasmus+, Nordplus and FIRST, as well as on the basis of its bilateral collaboration agreements with foreign partner institutions.
The number of the incoming exchange students is yearly about 200. In year 2015 most of them, 154, came for student exchange for a semester or two, and 41 of them were short time exchange students. Approximately the same number of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences students studies yearly for one or two semesters abroad in our partner institutions. In 2015 we had 240 outgoing exchanges (both student and work placement exchange) and 74 short time outgoing exchange students.
Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (SUAS or Saimia) offers studies in 18 degree programmes provided by the faculties of Technology, Business Administration, Tourism and Hospitality, Fine Arts, and Health Care and Social Services. Most of the studies are conducted in Finnish, but may include courses in English. There are 4 degrees conducted totally in English.
Exchange students in one programme have the possibility to take courses in other programmes, or from the Finnish course offerings. The units of Fine Arts, Technology, and Health Care and Social Services offer several individual courses conducted in English.