In this application you can apply for degree studies at Xamk on the basis of studies completed in Open University of Applied Sciences (Open path students). 

Application on the basis of Open UAS studies

You can apply to degree studies at Xamk after you have completed the required amount of Open path studies in an Open University of Applied Sciences in Finland:. The credits must be completed by the end of the ongoing semester.

The required credit amount is as follows:

  • 50 credits of bachelor-level studies or
  • 15 credits of master-level studies (path for degree of 60 credits)
  • 30 credits of master-level studies (path for degree of 90 credits).

The application can be submitted even if the required credit amount is not yet recorded in the study register. The studies must, however, be completed (exams done, tasks submitted) by the end of the semester (31 December or 31 July). The study records are checked by 31 August (spring application) or 15 January (autumn application).

When applying for a master’s degree programme, you must in addition meet the general eligibility requirement for the studies (suitable higher education degree and a minimum of 2 years’ work experience).

The degree programme you apply to must be the same where you have studied in as an Open student. If you are selected for the degree studies through joint application or through the application from open path to degree studies, you will continue your studies according to your personal study plan. All credits completed through Open path studies are transferred to the degree studies.

The suitability of Open path studies completed outside Xamk is individually considered.


Application form:  is available through service at during the application period. On, you can search for the degree programme by name, e.g. “Xamk Information Technology” to find the application form.

Please see information about the admission criteria below, under “How students are selected”.





Application period twice a year

There are two application periods for the application on the basis of Open UAS studies: 1-15 October and 1-15 May.

  • Your application is processed appr. within one month from the time the application closes.
  • If you are admitted as a degree student, you must accept the study place and enroll as a student by a given deadline through service. Deadline in spring application round 2020 is 22 July 2020, 3 pm Finnish time and 4 December, 3 pm Finnish time. If you are liable to pay tuition fees for the studies, also the fee must be paid before you are registered as a student at Xamk.
  • If you apply for the study right both through joint application and the application on the basis of Open UAS studies, you can accept the study place offer only from one of the applications.
  • The right to study as a degree student starts from the beginning of the next academic semester (autumn or spring).

Application form and required attachments

The application form is submitted at service during the application period 1-15 May 2020. On the last day of the application, the application form is open until 3 pm Finnish time. On, you can search for the degree programme by name, e.g. “Xamk Information Technology” to find the application form.

Please attach a certificate about the completed Open UAS studies (transcript of records confirmed by the university) to your application form. If the studies have been completed at Xamk, you can attach the transcript of records you have downloaded from Peppi service.

If you are applying to a master’s degree programme, please also attach the following documents:

  • a copy of the higher education degree certificate that gives you the eligibility for the study programme in question and
  • copies of work certificates (from the time after completing the degree).

How students are selected

The student selection is based on programme-specific practices.

In Bachelor’s degree programmes, the admission is primarily based on good study progress and/or an interview. In the field of culture (Game Design), the average grade for completed studies must be min. 3,5. If the average grade is below the requirement, the admission is based on portfolio.

In Master’s degree programmes, the admission is based on an interview where your study abilities, commitment and orientation for the field are evaluated.

Please see the admission criteria by degree programme on (leaflet Application process).


Admission is conditional

The admission is conditional until Xamk has checked the certificates used for applying (studies completed at another UAS than Xamk and the educational and work certificates related to master’s degree programmes) and that the required credit amount has been completed by the end of the semester.

The study place can be withdrawn if you have given false information. To make sure you don’t lose the study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline.

Request for adjustment

According to the legislation in Finland, an applicant has a right to request for adjustment to the decision concerning student selection within 14 days of publishing the results of student admission.

If you believe that there has been a mistake in the student selection and the admission criteria have not been applied correctly, you must first contact admission services at the university of applied sciences where the student admission decision has been made. If the decision was made at Xamk, contact:

If this does not clarify the matter, you can make a written request for adjustment to the decision regarding student admission.

A request for adjustment must specify the name and contact information of the person making the request, the decision that the request for adjustment concerns, the points of the decision that adjustment is sought for and  the grounds for the request for adjustment. If necessary, supporting documents can be attached to the request.

The request for adjustment concerning student selection at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences is addressed to the Examination committee and delivered to:

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
Examination committee
Paraatikenttä 7, 45100 Kouvola


by email to, topic of the message stating “Request for rectification for the Examination committee”.

Admission Services

Contact information

Tel. +358 44 702 8752 (Kouvola) or
+358 50 312 5031 (Mikkeli)



Postal and visiting addresses

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences / Admission Services

Paraatikenttä 7, 45100 Kouvola, Finland or
Patteristonkatu 3X, 50100 Mikkeli, Finland

Office hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 3 pm.

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