The University of Central Arkansas Office of International Engagement established a partnership agreement with Centria University of Applied Sciences in western Finland. The partnership allows UCA students to spend a semester abroad at Centria UAS while paying UCA tuition and earning UCA credit.

Students will be able to take courses at Centria UAS in English in areas such as business management, environmental chemistry and technology, information technology and industrial management,” Dr. Philip Bailey, interim associate vice-president for UCA International Engagement said. “Students can also take introductory courses in Finnish.”

Both UCA President Houston Davis and the rector at Centria UAS signed the agreement to begin student mobility.

International university partnerships allow schools to send equal numbers of students to partnering universities for a semester while waiving the host university’s tuition. Students only pay normal tuition to their home institution. Financial aid and scholarships can be used to help cover expenses.

Taylor Cannon will be the first UCA student to attend Centria UAS. Cannon, a junior computer science major, will spend his spring semester in Kokkala.

UCA is currently partnered with international universities in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain and Thailand. The Office of Study Abroad continues to add more partner universities to accommodate the growing demand for semester exchange.

The Finnish school is UCA’s seventeenth international semester exchange partner university. UCA is the second American university to partner with Centria UAS.

“We are pleased to offer a study abroad destination in Finland,” said Bailey. “The winters may be cold, but the people have warm hearts.”