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Bachelor of Engineering, Information Technology

Bachelor of Engineering

The Information technology (IT) program allows you to join the developers of the future.

The IT programme gives you a solid foundation on IT and allows you to specialize in the field of your own interest with a flexible study plan. 

Joint application, spring 2025!

Application period 8 January – 22 January 2025.

Tuition fees & scholarships

Bachelor’s degrees 10 700 euros / academic year for students from outside the EU/EEA countries and Switzerland.

Full-time studies


Starting places: 25 Length of education: 4 years Upcoming application periods: 31.7.-21.8.2024 Applying and admissions criteria –

Degree titles

  • Bachelor of Engineering

Find and use your personal strengths as a future IT-engineer

Xamk’s Degree Programme in Information Technology (IT) is built around three key themes: networking, data centers and IoT (Internet of Things), competence in which is further strengthened by studying other topics such as information security, programming and project studies.  

The IT programme gives you a solid foundation on IT and allows you to specialize in the field of your own interest with a flexible study plan. This way, you can find and use your personal strengths as a future IT engineer. 

The studies are carried out on our modern and comfortable campus, with state-of-the-art IT equipment.

The IT programme focuses on computer networking and the implementation of services in modern data center environments. You learn to build secure Internet-connected, wired or wireless local area networks. You can manage and run server environments and understand how modern data centers and cloud environments operate. Information and network security also play an important role in the studies.

Different IT skills are combined in IoT systems through which you learn how to develop and prototype services and understand their possibilities in global business.  

You also learn programming, which allows you to develop and customize services for your needs. A personal study plan allows you to customize your studies based on your own interests and skills

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IT-program is international and it prepares you to work in any place in the world!

  • artificial intelligence
  • cloud services
  • datacenter
  • IoT 
  • networks 
  • programming
  • servers
  • web

Why to study Information Technology at Xamk?

Structure of studies

Your competences grow in steps while progressing in your studies. The studies involve modules of usually three courses, and 15 ECTS credits, but there are also annual themes for each study year.  

During the first year you are an active learner, finding your best learning techniques and working life skills. You gain fundamental IT skills and learn basic programming. Courses in computer hardware, operating systems, networking and information security give a background to further develop technical knowledge. The first-year studies also include IT-related mathematics and physics courses.  

During the second year you enhance your knowledge of networking and gain practical skills to design, install, configure and manage secure computer networks. You also become familiar with modern server and data center environments as well as start studying IoT systems. In addition, you develop your programming skills and gain important background knowledge on computer electronics and mathematics courses.   

During the third year you combine your skills and knowhow by implementing services and prototypes with IoT devices and servers. You also practice project management skills and have a chance to participate in various projects. After gaining all the essential IT skills for your studies, you can select optional advanced topics according to your own interests.   

The fourth year is the time to complete your bachelor’s thesis. It is wise to start this project of 15 ECTS credits early, and it typically relates to working life. The practical training included in the studies can also be carried out at this time, or earlier, for example, during the summer breaks.  

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Our learning environment includes a modern data center environment where students get to practice data center configuration and management tasks!  

Implementation of studies

We organize a large part of the studies through Microsoft, Cisco and Amazon AWS academies, which allows our students to gain expertise for many Microsoft, Cisco and AWS certifications. This is a valuable advantage when searching for a job in the IT market.   

Our Cisco networking lab allows building versatile networking scenarios and getting hands-on experience in working with real devices. We also utilize virtual environments to enable running larger and more complex environments. Our learning environment includes a modern data center environment where students get to practice data center configuration and management tasks.  

We do not offer ready-made specialization options to choose from. Instead, we make a personal study plan for every student, which allows everyone to specialize in the topics of their own interest and based on their skills.   

We have a Studies Coordinator to help make choices related to your studies, practical training, bachelor’s thesis and a study period abroad.  

Instruction in this degree programme is in English. The teachers are Finns, making Finnish communication with staff and teachers possible as well.   

Information technology facilities

Career opportunities

The Degree Programme in Information Technology gives you broad IT skills and allows specializing in an area based on your own strengths. This helps you to find your first job.   

The role of IT, networks and communications is constantly increasing in our daily life. There is a strong demand for new types of smart systems to support daily routines and wellbeing. Especially the cloud services and IoT environment are gaining popularity and expected to revolutionize the current business.  

Information technology is needed in all areas of business, and this opens huge opportunities for IT professionals. Many of our students have found a job related to programming. Other common job options include, for example, working as a server and data center manager, cloud architect, implementing services, working with modern cloud environments, designing and managing computer networks, building IoT environments and implementing services with them, or working in IT consulting.  

Professional IT job positions are, for example, the following:

  • data architect  
  • database administrator  
  • data center specialist  
  • cloud architect  
  • information system designer  
  • IoT designer  
  • IT consultant  
  • IT engineer  
  • network specialist  
  • project manager  
  • server administrator  
  • software developer  
  • software engineer  
  • technical specialist  

Our graduates are highly valued and respected by employers!

UAS PATHWAY – your bridge to Finnish higher education

The UAS Pathway Studies to Finland program, provided by the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Finland, offers applicants a convenient way to gain access to apply to degree programs in Finland. In the UAS Pathway program you study the first year online from your home country.

The UAS Pathway studies are ideal for those interested in pursuing Bachelor´s degrees in Information Technology or Game Technology.

NOW it is time to apply to UAS Pathway programs. Online application is open from April 1 to August 9, 2024.

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Finland has two types of higher education institutions: universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS).

Universities focus on scientific research and education based on it. Universities of applied sciences, on the other hand, offer a pragmatic education that responds to working life needs.

Studies at a university of applied sciences (UAS) focus on professional and practical know-how and skills. The practical experience provided by UAS studies is highly appreciated in many jobs and duties. UAS Bachelor’s level studies also gives you the opportunity to apply for further studies, such as completing a UAS master’s level degree and continuing as far as a doctoral degree. Our bachelor’s degrees always include supervised practical training that gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge learnt in theory into practice. You will become familiar with the duties of your own field in real working environments.

We have over 11 500 students, and we offer 9 Bachelor’s degree programmes in English, 2 Master’s degree programmes in English, open UAS courses, global talent acquisition programmes and summer school courses.

You can also apply for exchange or double degree studies at Xamk.

Are you interested in practical learning? Would you like to study in modern facilities with top-class teachers? Are you attracted to new ways of teaching and learning? If you said yes, Xamk might be just the place for you.
Top 5 reasons to choose Xamk:

1. Finnish education system is one of the best in the world.
2. Excellent programmes with working life orientation
3. Our campuses are located in beautiful Finnish towns close to nature.
4. Best student life – it’s your time to enjoy and create wonderful memories.
5. Responsibility is our strategic choice.

Xamk follows the BOYD policy (Bring Your Own Device) which means that students primarily use their own devices like laptops and smartphones in their studies.

Xamk provides students with recommendations for the required hardware for their studies, and students are responsible for acquiring the devices independently and at their own expense. Teaching is planned and implemented according to these hardware recommendations. In some programs where specialized software is needed that cannot be reasonably used on personal devices, part of the instruction is conducted in the computer labs on campus. Microsoft Office products are available to you for free for your studies.

At Xamk, we support students in all aspects of their studies. You will receive assistance in completing your studies, developing your skills, and maintaining your well-being and ability to study. Our entire staff is dedicated to supporting your well-being.

Support for learning and completing your studies: teachers, internship supervisors, student services, E-campus, and other support services.
Support for skill development and career planning: teachers, student advisors, student well-being specialists, and Xamk support services.
Support for well-being and study ability: study psychologists, student well-being specialists, special education teachers, student health services, tutors, Xamk Sports, the student union Kaakko, and school chaplains.

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Campuses in 4 cities

Xamk’s campuses are located in Kotka, Kouvola, Mikkeli, and Savonlinna. Some degree programs are offered entirely online.

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Further information on studies

Informaatioteknologian koulutusyksikkö
Matti Juutilainen
Principal Lecturer

There is a path for you after Xamk to enter a master’s program of Aalto University!

Have you completed an UAS bachelor’s degree of engineering at Xamk with good grades? Have your optional studies especially enhanced your competence in mathematics and science? This kind of background gives you an opportunity to continue studies in Aalto University’s two-year-long master’s programmes in the field of technology and engineering.

The application process of the master’s programmes is competitive in nature. Admissions mainly base on the recognition of competences acquired in previous studies. There is no entrance examination.

Contact Admission Services

Xamk’s Admissions Services primarily assists with matters related to applying for degree studies. You can contact us by phone or through our online form.

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Degree education in Finnish:

  • +358 44 702 8891 
  • +358 40 585 6610

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