Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Espoo, Finland

As a first year BME student, you now have the opportunity to study at Laurea University of Applied Sciences, in the Helsinki Region. With around 7800 students, Laurea is one of the biggest UAS’s in Finland. Laurea UAS’s location close to Helsinki gives great entertainment and exploration opportunities: Helsinki, the capital of Finland on one side, and on the other side the stunning Finnish nature and National Parks.
Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Espoo, Finland
Over the past few years, Laurea ranked high in evaluations of Finnish higher education institutions and is also being recognized many times in categories such as quality of education. Our active student union arranges annual trips, for example to Lapland and our neighbour countries: St. Petersburg, Russia and Stockholm, Sweden. We are well known for our pedagogical model, Learning by Developing. This unique learning model focuses on practical projects with real-life companies and organizations, already during the first year of studying. Our service promise "We are here for you at Laurea"  is a promise of good learning for our students, and for our cooperative partners a promise of partnership and developing together. 


At Laurea UAS, first-year BME students follow the programme Service Business Management consisting of the following courses*:
  • Business Processes
  • Understanding Customer Behaviour
  • Project Management and Communication
  • Profitable Business 1
  • Introduction to Finnish Language and Culture 1
  • Customer-Oriented Business Development and Marketing
  • Professional Communication Skills
  • Business Environment in a Global Economy
  • Digital Service Business and Marketing
* Please note specific course offerings are subject to change


Apart from the variable transportation costs students incur when travelling to and from their home country, the following 3 cost estimates need to be considered for participating in BME's first year:
  • the one-time application fee prior to joining the 3-year BME programme
  • the cost of living near the first-year partner institution​
  • the yearly tuition fee of the first-year partner institution
The one-time application fee depends on where the applicant's previous schooling took place and maximally amounts to € 50. Refer to the Join Us page for details.

Estimates of the cost of living near the Helsinki region vary with the specific student's lifestyle, but a typical figure is between € 700 an € 900 per month.

Laurea UAS's yearly tuition fee for academic year 2018-2019 is:
  • € 3968 for an EU citizen
  • € 9920 for a non-EU citizen


The quality of the student accommodation significantly contributes to a participant's overall BME experience, especially when studying a full year in a foreign location for the first time. Therefore, carefully research housing options before committing to a selection. Always visit the accommodation before sending a first deposit or signing the contract.

Students can apply for accommodation from the Student Housing (HOAS) in various locations within Helsinki Metropolitan Region. You can find more information about Housing matters on our website.
Before applying with Laurea UAS for the first BME year, applicants must pre-enrol with the BME programme as detailed on the Join Us page. Once this pre-enrolment is completed successfully, applicants receive the instructions needed to enrol at Laurea UAS for their first year. At this stage, payment of a deposit will be required, that will later be deducted from the final Laurea UAS tuition bill.
To locate Laurea UAS on an interactive map, visit the BME World Map. For coordinates to enquire about the BME programme in general, refer to the Join Us page. For questions specific on attending Laurea UAS as part of BME, feel free to contact
  • Ilkka Kurkela (Ilkka.Kurkela@laurea.fi)
  • Conrad Lyaruu (conrad.lyaruu@laurea.fi), regarding applications
  • Kaija Koivusalo (kaija.koivusalo@laurea.fi), regarding Academics