Bachelor's Programmes on Kouvola Campus
Time, place and other instructions for beginning the studies in the Game Design programme in Kouvola.
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) before the studies begin. 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. 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 first admission results at Xamk are published after mid-October, for the certificate-based selection (todistusvalinta) in the degree programmes conducted in Finnish. These results are available already before entrance examinations are organised. Please see further information in Finnish here. Also the results for Wellbeing Management programme are published in October.
If you are admitted to your first preference study programme in joint application, or in the direct application for Wellbeing Management
If you are admitted to one of the lower preference study programmes in joint application
All results in joint application are published on 29 November 2019 at the latest. Students may be admitted from the waiting list until 17 December 2019. Please note however that all study programmes do not use waiting lists.
There are two phases in confirming the study place: accepting the study place and enrolling as student. Please also make sure all certificates used for applying are uploaded on your application form on Studyinfo.fi.
You confirm the study place through the link you have received by email, or by logging in to My Studyinfo -service. You have access to My Studyinfo -service if you have a Finnish personal ID number and Finnish online banking credentials, mobile certificate or an electronic ID-card.
If the study place has not been confirmed by the deadline, you will lose the study place reserved for you.
Confirming a study place is a binding choice, and you cannot cancel or change your choice later. When you confirm a study place bindingly, all your other study programmes will automatically be cancelled.
If you are offered a study place to a lower preference study programme and you are on a waiting list for one or more of your higher preferences, you can
If you are offered a study place to your highest preference study programme, the lower preference programmes are automatically cancelled and you cannot be admitted to them.
If you cannot confirm the study place electronically, please contact the Admission Services at Xamk: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. You may receive either one of the emails first.
The link for enrolment appears on the screen after you have accepted the study place bindingly.
The deadline for the enrolment is 9 December 2019 (3 pm Finnish time). Please note however that
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 9 December 2019.
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:
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.
Students from outside the EU generally need a residence permit for the studies. It is important that you follow the instructions, submit a complete application and arrange the required visit to the Finnish embassy immediately after receiving the notice of admission. All delays in the residence permit process affect your chances to join the studies in time. Each degree programme has set a deadline for beginning the studies and arrival for the studies after the deadline is generally not allowed.
You need a sufficient health insurance policy which covers you during your travel to/from Finland and during your stay in Finland.
The requirements for health insurance related to the residence permit application are explained in the instructions above. Though you can take out insurance from an insurance company in your home country, it may be better to ask for suitable insurance from an international insurance company. See some examples for such companies on Finnish Immigration Service website http://migri.fi/en/insurance.
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 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 Mon 2 December 2019 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 receive your username in the beginning of studies. Be prepared to have your official ID (e.g. passport, Finnish driver’s licence) with you then.
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.
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.
For example following bodies include student representatives: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences Ltd’s Board of Management, Financial Aid Committee, Examination Committee and also other teams and task forces in our uas. Student representatives have an important role in this work, as students themselves are the only experts on student life. They provide the other members of the team, mainly representing the UAS staff, with important information. Student Union may also where necessary, participate in carrying out the responsibilities provided for in the Health Care Act concerning the provision of student health care and of the Health Insurance Act concerning the basic health care of students.
More information on student union and on becoming a member:
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.
After the first meeting in January (on week 3) families and students define the number of meetings and the activities. In most cases the communication language is English. Please note that Finnish friend family is not a host family!
The application period for the Friend Family Programme is November 15 – December 5, 2019.
Submit your application at https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/F66509612C7C3B81
What do we expect from the student?
What to do with the family?
Rules of the programme:
To be able to develop our activities, feedback will be collected at the end of the semester.
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.