Full-time studies

  • study places 25
  • location Mikkeli, Finland
  • duration of studies 4 years
  • next application period 8.-22.1.2025
  • Tuition fees for students from outside the EU/EEA countries and Switzerland is 10 700 euros/academic year. Scholarship scheme and further information www.xamk.fi/tuition-fees

Find and use your personal strengths as a future IT engineer

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

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.  

artificial intelligencecloud services | datacenter | IoT | networks | programming | servers | web

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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.  

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.  

Instruction in this degree programme is in English. 

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

According to Xamk’s BYOD policy new students starting studies at Xamk must bring and use their own devices on campus. However,  many IT courses are carried out in our modern computer classrooms with all the special hardware and applications needed.

More information is available on Xamk website.

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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Mikkeli campus

Welcome to Mikkeli Campus

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.  

Our graduates are highly valued and respected by employers.

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 

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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.

Further information on studies

Principal Lecturer Matti Juutilainen
Tel. +358 50 312 4948

Further information on applying

Admission services
tel +358 50 312 5031 or +358 50 345 8602