Bachelor's Programmes on Kouvola Campus
Time, place and other instructions for beginning the studies in Kouvola: Digital International Business, Game Design
You can find information on the following study-related topics on this website:
helps you to remember the most important things before the studies begin.
is available here in electronic form (PDF file). You’ll get a hard copy of it in the beginning of studies too.
Higher education institutions publish admission results gradually according to their own schedules. If you have access to My Studyinfo service (Finnish social security number and online banking codes with e-identification enabled, mobile certificate or an electronic ID-card needed), you can follow your results in real-time.
When all the results in the joint application have been published (5 June 2020), you will receive an email with a link to the admission results letter. This letter is sent to all applicants. The letter includes the admission results of all the study programmes you have applied to in joint application. You can see this information also on My Studyinfo service.
Students may be admitted from the waiting list until 3 August 2020 (Please note the change of date from 31 July to 3 August). Please note however that all study programmes do not use waiting lists and the amount of places on the waiting list may be limited.
If you have applied for a study place in Finnish and/or Swedish degree programmes in the second spring joint application (18 March to 1 April 2020), please check the information on admission results on our website in Finnish.
You will receive a notice by email both from the Studyinfo.fi service and Xamk Admission Services, when you have been admitted to study at Xamk.
The email from Xamk Admission Services includes the official admission letter that you can use as proof of your study place e.g. when applying for housing or a residence permit. You may receive either one of the emails first.
There are two phases in confirming the study place: accepting the study place and enrolling as student.
If you have been asked to provide certificates about your qualifications, please also make sure all the required documents are uploaded on your application form on Studyinfo.fi.
Please note the change of deadline from 10 July to 17 July.
Accepting a study place is a binding choice, and you cannot cancel or change your choice later. When you confirm a study place bindingly, all the other higher education study programmes you have applied to in the joint or separate applications will automatically be cancelled.
Please also remember that if you don’t confirm the study place by the given deadline, you will lose the study place offer. You may also be required to confirm the study place sooner in order to qualify for the Early Bird scholarship at Xamk.
You may be admitted to more than one study programme you have applied to in Joint Application, spring 2020. Since the higher education institutions publish admission results gradually according to their own schedules, you may receive a notice of admission from different programmes at different times. You can confirm or decline the offered study place as soon as you have been notified of the admission.
Note however that you can only confirm one study place per academic term. This means that if you are accepted to several study programmes, you need to choose which place you wish to confirm. Please read more about the one place per term provision on Studyinfo.fi.
If you choose not to confirm the offered study place, you may still be admitted to other study programmes you have applied to if you have been placed on their waiting list and places become available later.
The email from Studyinfo.fi service that includes the link you need for confirming your study place, is sent automatically within 24 hours after the admission result has been published.
Detailed instructions for confirming the study place electronically are available on Studyinfo.fi service.
If you cannot confirm the study place electronically, please contact the Admission Services at Xamk: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The link for enrolment appears on the screen after you have accepted the study place bindingly.
The deadline for the enrolment is 17 July 2020, 3 pm Finnish time, EEST (NB! Change of date from 10 July to 17 July). Please note however that if you are liable to pay tuition fees, your enrolment for attendance will be registered automatically after the fee has been paid (see instructions below).
You are granted a study right when you have been accepted as a student to Xamk and you have enrolled as an attending or non-attending student.
All students are required to enrol for attendance or non-attendance also during studies, it is done for all academic years during the enrolment periods given in the academic year timetable of Xamk. Academic year is the time between 1 August and 31 July.
It is possible to postpone the beginning of studies by confirming the study place and enrolling for non-attendance. You can enroll for non-attendance for the first study year for the following reasons only:
Information about your qualifications used for applying is checked and the student selection is conditional until the check-up is complete. Qualifications are verified either from the national database in Finland or from the certificate copies submitted on the application form. The certificate copies are verified by checking them against the original certificates in the beginning of studies.
The certificates used for applying must be uploaded on the application form by 17 July 2020. Please note the change of date from 10 July to 17 July.
The certificate copy can for example be a photo you take of the certificate with your mobile. Please make sure the quality of the photo is sufficient and add the name of your qualification in the file name.
You can access your application form through My Studyinfo -service or through the link you received in the confirmation email after submitting your application. Upload your certificate copies in the “Certificates required in connection with student selection (UAS)” section on the application form. Please check the instructions below for information on what certificates are needed.
Many applicants may not need to submit certificate copies either because information about the qualification completed in Finland is verified from the national database or the certificate copies have been submitted already during the application period.
You don’t have to submit any certificate copies, if you have:
If you don’t have any of the qualifications listed above, please upload one of the following certificates to your application form:
Higher education degrees are verified either from the national database or from the certificate copies submitted during application period. If you have applied with a degree completed outside Finland, your eligibility for the studies has already been confirmed and you don’t have to submit any certificate copies now.
The employment certificate must include the exact time for beginning and end of the employment, contact information for the employer, tasks and work hours in case the employment has been part-time. If the employment still continues, a temporary employment certificate needs to be provided.
Non-EU/EEA students need a student residence permit. You can begin the student residence permit application online at Enterfinland.fi. Remember that you must personally visit a Finnish embassy or consulate as part of this process. Start your residence permit process as soon as possible, carefully following the immigration authorities’ instructions and regulations, so that you can receive your permit in good time before your studies begin!
You can find detailed information and advice on the residence permit requirements and procedures on the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) website.
NB! Missions of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign affairs have interrupted the receiving and processing of residence permit applications on 19 March 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
While abroad, you can still submit your application through the Finnish Immigration Service’s Enter Finland online service. Your application will be accepted for processing once the exceptional arrangements are no longer in effect and you have identified yourself.
Please follow the Finnish Immigration Service’s Corona page and their page on effects of the coronavirus outbreak on customers who are abroad for further updates.
You can also follow Studyinfo’s COVID-19 information page for further updates.
If you are a citizen of an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you don’t need a residence permit to enter Finland. Please see information about the EU citizens registration procedure on Finnish Immigration Service website https://migri.fi/en/i-am-an-eu-citizen.
It is good to note, that many countries continue to restrict inbound passenger travel, and that exceptional visa regulations, for example, may be in force. Check updated entry regulations from the authorities of the country of your travel destination.
Persons arriving in Finland from abroad must restrict non-essential close contacts and self-isolate for 14 days. Please find here the Instructions for passengers arriving in Finland by Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (PDF).
We highly recommend you to make the travel arrangements as late as possible to avoid any situations which might cause extra costs to you. You are always recommended to take out a comprehensive travel insurance. It is particularly important now that you make sure your insurance policy provides sufficient coverage.
Due to the uncertain situation with Covid-19, some degree programmes at Xamk will have special arrangements during the autumn semester: the semester will start remotely on August 24, 2020 and face-to-face lessons are planned to be offered from October 26, 2020 onwards. This means that students in these degree programmes study online until October 26 even if they already live in Finland. The special arrangements apply to the following degree programmes:
Studies in the Degree Programme in Game Design begin as planned (on campus) but due to the prolonged residence permit process, students can start the studies online while waiting for their residence permits.
Please check the instructions for your programme below.
The University of Applied Sciences (UAS) studies are regulated by the University of Applied Sciences Act and Decree defining e.g. the right to study and the enrolment for attendance and non-attendance (Act 932/2014/§ 28-30).
You have a right to complete the studies leading to a UAS degree according to the guidelines stipulated in the degree programme and its curriculum, as well as in the degree regulations.
The regular study time is determined by the extent of the degree. The notified time of non-attendance that is in accordance with the regulations explained before will not be included in the maximum time of taking the studies.
|Extent of the degree||Regular study time||Time of study right|
|240 cr||4 years||5 years|
|210 cr||3,5 years||4,5 years|
|90 cr||3 years||4 years|
|60 cr||2 years||3 years|
|Double degrees||based on DD agreement||regular study time + 1 year|
You can use the admission letter sent from Xamk by email as a certificate of your study place.
If you have not enrolled for attendance or non-attendance or do not deliver the required documents proving the legal grounds for your non-attendance by the set deadline, you lose your right to study.
A student who has failed to enrol, has a right to apply for restoration of study right from the Director of Education for the study programme. It is not possible to restore the study right if the student’s study time has ended. There is a handling fee in the amount of 50 euros collected for processing the application (Council of State Decree 1440/2014 § 3). The application is handled after the fee has been paid.
If you have not completed the studies in the given time, you lose the right to study, unless the UAS for a particular reason extends your time for completing the degree.
If you have online banking codes from a bank in Finland, you can get Xamk username by logging in to the authentication service before the studies begin. The username for new students is available in the service from 3 August onwards (within appr. 1-2 working days after the student has confirmed the study place and enrolled as an attending student).
The service uses online banking codes from a bank in Finland for authentication and to activate your Xamk username you need to change your password there. While applying for the username you also accept the network rules.
If you start changing the password in the service, you have to follow the procedure until the end. In case you face problems either in authentication or in creating your own password, please try again later. If it still will not succeed, you can create a service desk help request at xinfo.xamk.fi.
Bring the details (username &password) of your user account with you when you come to start your studies. You will need them to be able to log in to our services and systems.
Requirements for your new password:
Please do not use:
NOTE! Some special characters could cause log in problems!
In case you do not have online banking codes from a bank in Finland and cannot access the authentication service, you will get your username from the student affairs office (after 3 August).
With the username you can access Student, the intranet for Xamk students, at https://student.xamk.fi. During the studies all news, instructions and other information is provided for students through the intranet service. You will receive more information about the service in the beginning of studies but it’s possible to start familiarising yourself with it already in advance. You can also download a mobile app called Tuudo for free from the app store of your phone and login with the username.
After receiving your username and password, you can order a student card by becoming a member in the Student Union Kaakko. Submit the membership application through Kaakko website. You need your student number for the application, please find instructions for it below. The student card can be used for many purposes: it is your library card, payment card for student priced lunch and card for logging in to the printer/scanners on campus.
This is how you find your student number: Log into Peppi service at https://opiskelija.peppi.xamk.csc.fi > Open your profile by clicking your name on the top right corner of the page > Settings > Student number is the number sequence of 7 numbers given on the top of the page after your own name, e.g. 1800123.
Students primarily use their own devices like laptops in the studies. There are given recommendations for the device and support available also before the studies begin. Please find more information on Xamk BYOD policy here.
Student Union Kaakko is present on all four campuses of South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences: Mikkeli, Savonlinna, Kouvola and Kotka. Any member of Student Union Kaakko may apply to become an active operator in the student union. The work to promote and support student life is important and interesting – if you would like to join, keep your eyes and ears open year-round so that you will not miss the application process.
Joining student union as a member is the official and for this reason the recommendable way to receive the official student statement and student card, which gives you access to numerous student discounts and makes your life much cheaper and easier in Finland. The student card also works as a smartphone app (android and IOS) under the app called slice.fi.
The undertakings specified in the Universities of Applied Sciences Act will continue to be the most important responsibilities of the student union: it acts as a link between its members, promoting their social and intellectual objectives and efforts, as well as their objectives related to studies and students’ position in society. For its part, the student union prepares students for an active and critical citizenship and promotes social awareness. South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences has various bodies and steering groups that include representatives from Student Union Kaakko.
Degree students arrange housing themselves prior to their arrival in Finland, Xamk cannot offer accommodation for students.
Most of the student residences have the basic furniture including bed, desk, chair, and table and benches in the kitchen. Make use of all the second hand shops available for other things you will need: mattress, pillow, blanket, dishes etc!
See more info on student housing and travelling to the campus cities on the programme-specific info pages
Your liability for paying the tuition fee has been checked in the application process. The tuition fee is to be paid by the deadline for confirming the study place according to instructions given in the admission letter.
The scholarship scheme at Xamk is based on student’s progress in studies. You can find more information about the fee and scholarship policy from www.xamk.fi/tuition-fees.
General housing allowance
If you are unemployed or about to lose your job in Finland, consult your TE services office for information on the possibility for independent study supported by unemployment benefit. Find out more on TE-services website in Finnish / in English
Students have to pay for their own living expenses (including food, accommodation, clothing and social activities) and costs for books and other study material.
When planning your studies in Finland it is important to know the costs for the living and studying and to arrange sufficient funding for your studies.
Costs for basic necessities per month are estimated to be:
In addition, costs per month for clothing, travelling, commuting or social activities should also be considered. An average Finnish student spends a total of EUR 600-800 monthly.
In the full-time studies there are requirements for presence on lectures and other practical study methods daytime, during weekdays. Though students may work part-time during the studies, one is not advised to plan the personal finances on it. Finding a part-time work may be difficult, especially without knowledge of the Finnish language.
Students with a residence permit for studies have a limited right to work during the academic year, see Finnish Immigration Service website for more information: http://migri.fi/en/studying-in-finland . Also then the main purpose of the stay in Finland is studying and making progress in the studies.
Programme offers international degree students the opportunity to get to know Finland and Finnish culture, language and lifestyle through local families and their everyday lives.
It is based on mutual understanding and voluntariness between the student and the family. The aim of the programme is to promote internationality and the knowledge of different cultures.
What do we expect from the student?
What to do with the family?
You will learn more about our Friend Family Programme in the beginning of studies.
Career planning is a continuous process that helps you manage your learning and development. This is a model for international students starting their studies and heading for employment in Finland.
This model helps you better understand the study path in the Finnish universities of applied sciences and guides you to working life in Finland.
We hope this model is a useful tool during your studies in Finland!
For more information, please see www.xamk.fi/kilkaseng.