Campuses and campus towns
Our three campuses are located in beautiful Finnish towns: Kokkola, Pietarsaari and Ylivieska. Students of our English conducted degree programmes study on our Kokkola and Pietarsaari campuses. The learning environments of our campuses are diverse and transformative.
Kokkola is a charming seaside town with a population of about 48 000. The king of Sweden, Gustav II Adolf founded the town in 1620. Anders Chydenius obtained free trading rights for the city in 1765. At that time Kokkola was famous for its ships and their tar cargos. The trading tradition is still going strong and it is one of the reasons for keeping the city international, bilingual, obliging and distinctive. Nowadays the town is the provincial centre of Central Ostrobothnia.
Kokkola is also a cultural town that offers versatile cultural experiences and a broad spectrum of annual events. Kokkola is traditionally a shipping and trading town as well as a modern and vital provincial centre.
The old part of the town, Neristan and the sea attract visitors, as well as the multiple annual events. Kokkola is also a known conference city that offers versatile and functional meeting services in the middle of Finland.
It is easy to come to Kokkola!
Over 2000 students study at the fully modernised Talonpojankatu campus in both full-time and part-time degree programmes. About a fourth of the students are international students. The transformative classrooms of the Talonpojankatu campus and Centria’s advanced teaching technology enable groups of students to gather for the same lecture from around Finland or the whole world.
The campus has meeting rooms, negotiating cubes, as well as facilities for independent work and group work. There is also a library on campus, where you can comfortably study and search for information. Campus learning environments allow both individual and in-group learning, as well as fluent variation between the two during the study day.
There is a restaurant and café on campus.
Hands-on practical learning takes place in campus laboratories and simulation facilities.
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Talonpojankatu Campus is located within walking distance from Kokkola Railway Station and Bus Station.
Tel. (06) 868 0200
Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory
The Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory, Konsa by its nickname, is very familiar to our music students. It is located in the centre of Kokkola. The vast majority of the musical performances and concerts of Centria’s students take place in the halls of the conservatory.
Pietarsaari – Jakobstad
Jakobstad is a beautiful historical city located in Ostrobothnia in Western Finland, on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia. The population is about 19 000 people.
Jakobstad was established by countess Ebba Brahe in 1652. She gave the town its name after her late husband Jacob de la Gardie. The Finnish speakers however retained the old name of the parish and therefore the name of the town in Finnish still remains Pietarsaari (from Pedersöre).
The town is renowned for its maritime history. Shipbuilding with its associated shipping industry has long traditions in Jakobstad. Jakobstad is also known as a town of parks and gardens. Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finland’s national poet, was born in Jakobstad.
Campus Allegro is located in the heart of the town of Jakobstad, next to the marketplace. A living centre of the arts, creativity and well-being has been created around three rediscovered 18th-century streets.
Runeberginkatu entrance is open on Saturdays 9.00–13.00.
Ylivieska is an evolving town of about 15,000 inhabitants. Ylivieska is a bustling market town, and the city has plenty of sports and outdoor activities. Centria’s Vierimaantie Campus is located in Ylivieska where multimodal part-time students study in our Finnish conducted degree programmes.
Vierimaantien Campus has a long experience in multimodal education. There are approximately 1000 students on campus. With up-to-date laboratory and teaching facilities for contact teaching, as well as a diverse range of research, development and innovation activities, there are interesting thesis and practical training opportunities available for students. The campus includes a library and a restaurant.
You have gotten to know the towns a little bit but where can you find an apartment? It is possible for a student to apply for a student apartment but there are also other rental apartments available.