FAQ about applying
- Degree programmes offered at Xamk
- Eligibility for studies
- Applying and admission results
- Documents required
- Entrance examinations
- Applying with SAT test results
- Fees and scholarships
- Student housing
- Visa/Residence permit for studies
General questions related to applying for higher education in Finland and the Studyinfo.fi service can be found here: https://studyinfo.fi/wp2/en/faq/faq-about-higher-education/
Did you not find an answer to your question? Please contact the Admission Services: admissions(a)xamk.fi.
Degree programmes offered at Xamk
What can I study in English at Xamk UAS?
Xamk offers 5 bachelor’s programmes in English:
- Game Design (Bachelor of Culture and Arts),
- Digital International Business and Wellbeing Management (Bachelor of Business Administration),
- Environmental Engineering and Information Technology (Bachelor of Engineering).
In addition there are 2 master’s programmes in English available:
- International Business Management (Master of Business Administration) and
- Cybersecurity (Master of Engineering).
Please find out more about the bachelor’s studies here: www.xamk.fi/en/education/degree-programmes/ and about master’s studies here: www.xamk.fi/en/education/masters-degree-programmes/.
You can find also other study options from the Studyinfo.fi website where information about all study programmes provided by higher education institutions in Finland is published.
Do you offer study programmes online?
The Environmental Engineering programme is mostly delivered online, the 4-year-programme only includes 1 study year on Xamk campus in Mikkeli, Finland. Also all other degree programmes at Xamk include online studies but they cannot be completed without some presence on campus.
Short-term online courses in English are offered through Xamk Open UAS, please see course selection on our website www.xamk.fi/en/openstudies/.
Eligibility for studies
Can international students apply to your university?
International students are welcome apply for the study programmes when they meet the eligibility requirement described on our website www.xamk.fi/eligibility.
Am I eligible to apply for degree studies?
You can apply for the bachelor’s studies with upper secondary school level qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question. For the master’s studies you need a suitable higher education degree and at least 2 years of subsequent work experience in the relevant field. Please see details on our website www.xamk.fi/eligibility.
I have not yet graduated. Can I still apply?
If you are graduating during the application process, you can apply with a temporary certificate. Your qualification needs to be completed in time for a copy of the final certificate to reach the relevant UAS by a given deadline (January application: mid-July, September application: beginning of December). The deadlines are available at www.xamk.fi/eligibility.
I’m currently studying in a university outside Finland. Can I apply for a transfer to Xamk?
To transfer from your current university to Xamk, you should apply for a study place using the regular application procedure. If you are admitted, you benefit from your prior university level studies in terms of credit transfer that you can apply in the beginning of studies. Please see www.xamk.fi/applying for application timetable and instructions.
Applying and admission results
How do I apply?
You submit the application form online at Studyinfo.fi during the application period. In addition you attach the required documents to the application form in electronic form by a set deadline. Please see the detailed timetable and instructions at www.xamk.fi/applying.
Please also note that in the joint application to higher education in Finland, you can use the same application form for applying to 1-6 study programmes in different Finnish universities.
When can I apply?
The main application period is in January for studies beginning in August. In addition some programmes open an application in September for studies beginning in January. Please see the detailed timetable at www.xamk.fi/applying.
When will I hear if I was accepted? When are the results published?
The higher education institutions in Finland publish admission results gradually according to their own schedules. Generally all results in joint application in spring are published by the beginning of June and in the joint application in autumn by the end of November at the latest. Please see the timetable for Xamk programmes at www.xamk.fi/applying.
When you are offered a study place at Xamk, you will be notified of the admission by email.
Which documents are required when applying?
If your qualification has been completed outside Finland, please attach copies of the following documents to your application form: your final or temporary qualification certificate, work certificates (for master’s studies) and document exempting you from tuition fees, if applicable. If the original document is not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, please attach a copy of an official translation of the document as well. Please check the instructions in more detail here: www.xamk.fi/en/education/instructions-for-applying/.
Do I need IELTS or some other language test result for applying?
You don’t need any certificate about your English language skills when applying. Your language skills are evaluated during the application process (e.g. in the entry exam). All applicants must pass the language skill evaluation in order to qualify for admission.
Do I have to send original documents by post?
No, it is not necessary. It is enough to attach the document copies electronically to your application form. If you are admitted to study, you will be required to present the original documents in the beginning of studies.
Do I need to take part in the entrance examination?
If the students for the degree programme you apply to are selected on the basis of entrance examination, you need to take part in it. If the degree programme also admits students on the basis of SAT test results, you can alternatively submit your results instead of taking the entry exam.
What exam locations are available?
The entry exams are organized in Finland for all study programmes. In addition, some bachelor’s programmes offer locations outside Finland through the FINNIPS network. Please see www.xamk.fi/entrance-examinations and www.finnips.fi for more information.
Is there pre-reading material for the entrance exam? What should I study before the exam?
In case the entrance examination is based on pre-reading material or pre-tasks, you will be notified of them in the invitation letter. In addition, information is available at www.xamk.fi/entrance-examinations already during the application period.
Are previous exams available for applicants?
Previous years’ entrance examinations for the Bachelor’s programmes in Engineering/Technology are available for applications, please find the link from our website www.xamk.fi/entrance-examinations. As regards to other study programmes (business, game design, master’s programmes), previous exams are not available.
When are the entrance examinations?
For January application round the examinations are organized during March-April and for September application round in October-November.
Can I take the entry exam at some other time or location?
If the study programme you apply to offers more than one examination location, you will select the examination location most convenient for you on the application form. The selected location cannot be changed after the application period. For some programmes the examination time and location is fixed and cannot be selected. It’s good to check the locations available from the UAS website before applying. Information about Xamk exam locations: www.xamk.fi/entrance-examinations.
Applying with SAT test results
Can I apply with the SAT test results?
Yes, at Xamk there are three bachelor’s programmes that admit students on the basis of SAT test results: Digital International Business, Environmental Engineering and Information Technology. Instructions and deadlines for submitting the results are available at www.xamk.fi/sat.
Fees and scholarships
How much do the studies cost?
For students from EU/EEA countries the studies are offered free of charge. Tuition fees concern students from outside the EU/EEA and are 6000 euros / academic year in bachelor’s degree programmes and 7000 euros / academic year in master’s degree programmes. Students liable to pay tuition fees may qualify for scholarship during the studies. The scholarship scheme is based on good study progress. Please see www.xamk.fi/tuition-fees for more information.
What scholarships do you offer?
The possibility for scholarships during studies is offered for students who are liable to pay tuition fee for their studies. The Early Bird scholarship is a 50% discount on the tuition fee for the first study year. Scholarships for other study years are based on your study progress. The student can get 50% of the paid tuition fee back by progressing in the studies well.
In Bachelor’s studies, you are also rewarded for studies in Finnish language and culture. If you reach the intermediate proficiency level (B1) in Finnish language during your studies, you can get a scholarship upon graduation that is worth 5000 euro!
Please visit www.xamk.fi/tuition-fees for details.
When do I have to pay the tuition fee?
The deadline for paying the tuition fee for the first study year is the deadline for confirming the study place. For other study years the fee is to be paid by the end of the previous academic year, 31 July.
Can the tuition fee be refunded to me in case I change my mind about the study place?
According to Xamk policy, the paid tuition fee can only be refunded in the case where a new student cannot begin the studies due to rejected residence permit for the studies. During the studies a refund is possible also in cases where the student’s enrolment status is changed to non-attendant after paying the fee but before enrolment deadline or when a student graduates during the first semester of the last study year after paying the fee for the whole year, in this case the fee paid for the second semester is refunded.
I have a residence permit stating that I’m not liable to pay the tuition fee. When it must be valid?
Documents stating that a student is not liable to pay tuition fees must be valid when the semester starts on 1 January or 1 August. If your document is valid e.g. until March 2020, you are not liable to pay the tuition fee for the spring term 2020.
You’ll need to submit the document copy to Xamk admissions office by the date you will confirm your study place at Xamk and show the original document when starting your studies at Xamk.
How can I arrange my accommodation? Does the university provide housing for students?
Generally the higher education institutions in Finland do not provide housing for students. The students may find housing from the private rent market but often the most convenient way to find accommodation for students from outside Finland is through the local student housing organisations. Please see further information about student housing:
Most of the student residences have the basic furniture including bed, desk, chair, and table and benches in the kitchen. Students often make use of all the second hand shops available for other things they will need: mattress, pillow, blanket, dishes etc.
Visa/Residence permit for studies
Do I need a visa for the studies?
If you come to Finland from outside the EU for more than 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit. Since the studies leading to degree last from 3,5 to 4 years, a residence permit is generally required. Residence permits for studies are issued by the Finnish Immigration Service and information about the process is available on their website https://migri.fi/en/studying-in-finland.