Xamk’s degree programmes taught in English attracted a record number of applicants this year.

The total number of applicants increased by as much as 140% compared to the previous year. Last year, there were 4,009 applications, while this year, the total number of applications rose to 9,473.

The number of first-choice applicants also grew, from 743 last year to 1553 this year, translating into an increase of 109%. The figures are preliminary and will be specified during February.

CEO and President Heikki Saastamoinen considers the increase in the number of applicants to be significant.

– The aim of Xamk is to develop the vitality of the regions through internationality. It takes many steps, one of which is to attract international students to campus cities. Now it seems that foreign applicants are very interested in Xamk.

The highest number of applicants were from Bangladesh.

Citizenships top 5

  • Bangladesh
  • Nigeria
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Pakistan

The Degree Programmes in Digital International Business, Nursing and Information Technology were the most popular programmes. The Degree Programme in Digital International Business attracted the largest number of applicants, total of 3,701. This is the largest for a single degree programme in Xamk’s history.

The selection process will continue during the spring with possible degree programme specific preliminary assignments or entrance exams. The eligibility of the applicants will be checked by mid-February. The total results of the joint application procedure will be released on 2 June 2023 at the latest. The studies begin in autumn 2023.


Degree programme Study places All applications Number of applicants per on study place Number of first-choice applicants per on study place
Bachelor of Business Administration, Digital International Business,  Kouvola 50 3.701 74.0 9.9
Bachelor of Business Administration, Wellbeing Management,  Mikkeli 20 245 8.2 1.3
Bachelor of Culture and Arts, Game Design,  Kouvola 22 446 20.3 11.4
Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering,  Mikkeli 20 214 10.7 2.7
Bachelor of Engineering, Information Technology, ,Mikkeli 25 1.547 61.9 7.3
Bachelor of Health Care, Nursing,  Kotka 50 3.225 64.5 10.0
Master of Health Care and Social Services, 20 95 4.8 1.6
Total 217 9.473 43.7 7.2