Diaconia University of Applied Sciences

Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak) prepares students for national and international roles in social and pastoral work.

Diak is Finland’s largest provider of university og applied sciences (UAS) level education in social work. In the health and social care sector, it is the only national UAS offering education and services for workplace organisations across Finland.

Diak is responsible for over 90% of the provision of UAS-level education that qualifies graduates for diaconal and youth work roles in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland.

Approximately one in four of Diak graduates complete a diaconal degree.

Through its RDI activities, Diak participates in the regional, national and international development of its educational fields.

Diak is a privately owned university of applied sciences. The main shareholders are church foundations and institutions.


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Facts and figures

Web http://www.diak.fi
Year Established 1996
Total Number of Staff 243
Number of Academic Staff 174
Number of Students 3000
Focus Areas

Our programmes cover the following fields:

  • social work
  • health care
  • diaconal work
  • interpreting.
Web link for international students https://www.diak.fi/en/
Fields of Study Offered Religion
Humanities (others)
Nursing and caring
Child care and youth services
Social work and counselling
Social services (broad programmes)