Sámi Education Institute


The purpose of the Sámi Education Institute is to provide education mainly for the needs of the Sámi Area, to maintain and develop Sámi culture and nature-based occupations, and to promote the production of educational material published in Sami. The Sámi Education Institute can also conduct research and provide services which support or are closely linked with the education, as well as offer services for payment. To fulfill its purpose, the Sámi Education Institute provides vocational qualifications, further and continuing vocational education, as well as all-round education. The institute works nationally and internationally, in preserving and developing indigenous cultures and livelihoods related to them.

Education in vocational qualifications:

  • Vocational Qualification in Natural and environmental protection (120 credits)
  • Study Programme in Reindeer Husbandry and Nature-based Production, Entrepreneur in Reindeer husbandry
  • Study Programme in Nature-based Services, Entrepreneur in Nature-based Production
  • Vocational Qualification in Crafts and design Study programme in in Handicraft Desing and Production, 120 credits, Artisan
  • Study programme in Gemstones and precious metals
  • Study Programme in Sami handicrafts (soft materials)
  • Study Programme in Sami handicrafts (hard materials)
  • Vocational Qualification in the Tourism Industry (120 credits)
  • Study Programme in Tourism Activities, Tourism Activities Organiser
  • Vocational Qualification in Business Information technology, Datanom (120 credits)
  • Study Programme in Information Technology Services and Marketing
  • Vocational Qualification in hotel and restaurant services (120 credits)
  • Study Programme in Restaurant Meal Production, Restaurant Cook
  • Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration, Merkonom (120 credits)
  • Vocational Qualification in social and health care, Practical nurse (120 credits)
  • Study Programme in Care for the Elderly and Nursing and Care Education in Sami Culture 
  • Variety of short courses in Sami (e.g. language and handicraft courses)
  • All-round Education - Communication Studies, 40 credits (Inari)
  • Studies in Northern Languages
    • Sami Language and culture (40 credits)
    • Higher level studies (40 credits)
  • Preparatory courses for vocational examinations
    • Further Qualification in Wilderness and Nature Guide
    • Further Qualifications in Sami Craft
    • Further Qualifications in Reindeer Husbandry


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Facts and figures

Web http://www.sogsakk.fi/en
Year Established 1993
Total Number of Staff 61
Number of Academic Staff 20
Number of Students 749
Focus Areas

Sámi culture and language

Traditional livelihoods of the Sámi people

Traditional crafts of the Sámi people

Fields of Study Offered Arts (broad programmes)
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Computer science
Agriculture, forestry and fishery (broad programmes)
Health (broad programmes)
Child care and youth services
Environmental protection (broad programmes)