Welcome to study at Xamk!

 

Questions about beginning the studies?

Student Affairs Advisors help you in general study-related matters and the Studies Coordinators (counselling teachers) in questions related to study contents and other academic issues. You can find their contact details in the programme-specific instructions on this site.

Admission Services helps you in questions related to the offer of admission, enrolment as student and tuition fees.

Admission results

All results in the Joint Application, autumn 2022 are published by 25 November 2022.

  • Admitted students receive an offer of admission by email when the result has been published.
  • All applicants receive a notice of result for all application options in one email on 25 November 2022 at the latest.

Students may be admitted from the waiting list until 13 December 2022. Please note that all study programmes do not use waiting lists and the amount of places on the waiting list may be limited.

You can follow your results in real-time if you have access to My Studyinfo service (Finnish personal ID number and online banking codes with e-identification enabled, mobile certificate or an electronic ID-card needed).

You will receive a notice by email both from Xamk Admission Services and the Studyinfo service, when you have been admitted to study at Xamk.

You will receive the official admission letter in the email from Xamk Admission Services. You can use the letter as proof of your study place when applying for a residence permit.

The email from Studyinfo service includes the link you need for accepting the offer of admission, and is sent automatically within 24 hours after the admission result has been published.

3 steps in securing your study place

Accept the offer of admission by 2 December 2022, 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +3).

Accept the offer and enrol as student through My Studyinfo service or via the link included in the email you received from Studyinfo.

Accept the offer within 7 days from the notice of admission if you are:

  • admitted from the waiting list after 2 December, or
  • admitted in additional application.

If you cannot accept the offer electronically, please contact the Admission Services.

If you don’t accept the offer by the deadline, you will lose it.

Accepting an offer of admission is a binding choice, and you cannot cancel or change your choice later. When you accept an offer of admission bindingly, all the other higher education study programmes you have applied to in the joint or separate applications will automatically be cancelled.

You can only accept one offer of admission for higher education study programmes beginning in spring semester 2023 (1 January – 31 July).

Visit Studyinfo to read more about accepting an offer of admission.

Enrol as an attending or non-attending student when accepting the offer of admission.

  • The link for enrolment appears on the screen after you have accepted the offer of admission.
  • If you don’t enrol as a student, you are not granted a study right at Xamk.
  • If you are liable to pay tuition fee: See instructions for paying the tuition fee and pay the fee by the given deadline. Your enrolment for attendance will be registered automatically after your tuition fee payment has been received at Xamk. The Admission Services notifies you by email when the payment and enrolment are in order.

 

Do you need to postpone the beginning of studies?

You can postpone the beginning of studies, if you have acceptable grounds for enrolling for non-attendance. In this case you need to accept the offer of admission, enrol for non-attendance and deliver a certificate on the acceptable grounds for the non-attendance.

Only the following reasons are acceptable grounds for non-attendance for the first study year:

  • You complete military service, civilian service or voluntary military service for women in Finland.
  • You need leave from studies to care for child in connection with the child’s birth or adoption.
  • You are unable to begin your studies due to illness or disability.

Read the instructions for non-attendance here.

Upload the missing certificates to your application form, if you have been asked to do so.

You have been asked to upload certificate copies required in Joint Application, autumn 2022 to your application form already during the application period.

If any certificate needed in student selection is missing from your application form, Xamk Admission Services will notify you about it by email.

You can access your application form through My Studyinfo service or via the link you received from Studyinfo after submitting your application.

The student selection is conditional until information about your qualifications used for applying has been checked. Qualifications are verified either from the national database in Finland or from the certificate copies uploaded on the application form. In case there is something unclear about your qualifications or certificates, you may also be asked to present the original certificates at the beginning of your studies. 

Entering Finland

Non-EU/EEA students need a student residence permit for the studies delivered on campus. Note that you cannot apply for a residence permit for studies that are delivered fully online (first study year in Environmental Engineering and Wellbeing Management).

The residence permit application is submitted online but in addition, you must personally visit a Finnish embassy or consulate for identification as part of this process. The process takes several months.

Apply for your residence permit immediately (within a week from admission) to ensure you have the permit in time for beginning the studies.

  • You can use the admission letter you received from Xamk Admission Services as a certificate of your study place for the permit application.
  • A certificate of the paid tuition fee is sent to you by email from the Admission Services after Xamk has received your tuition fee payment.

See instructions for a student residence permit on the Finnish Immigration Service website.

How to get a student’s residence permit in Finland

You can also watch a webinar on student residence permits on YouTube. The webinar was organised by the Finnish Immigration Service in May 2022.

If you are a citizen of an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need a residence permit to enter Finland. However, you may need to apply for EU-registration.

See instructions for EU citizens on the Finnish Immigration Service website.

It is important that you get to know the regulations for a smooth enter to Finland.

Follow the regulations also closer to your arrival as situations / instructions may change at short notice.

Get to know Finnish Government’s information about Travel to and From Finland.

Also, use the FINENTRY service when entering Finland, several language options are available. FINENTRY is a service that aims to make it easier to travel to Finland during the coronavirus pandemic.

Programme-specific instructions

Select your programme from the menu below to find the programme-specific timetables and instructions.
How to check your weekly timetable on Timetable Manager
  • Copy your group code from the programme-specific instructions.
  • Open the Timetable Manager. Change the language to English if needed.
  • Select “Group search” and paste the group code you copied > Search.
  • Select the group from the search results > Add.  Hide search results.

Studies begin:

on 22 August 2022 online

  • Orientation days online 22-26 Aug (timetable). Participation in the orientation days is mandatory for all students. Sessions will take place online via MS Teams. The links to the group platform will be found in the group timetables.
  • Lectures online according to weekly group timetables from 29 Aug onwards
  • Group code: IBKV22SP
  • Study plan in the study guide
  • Information for new student
First semester online, all other semesters on campus

All students in the Degree Programme in Digital International Business will study remotely online for the autumn semester beginning on August 22, 2022. Students must ensure that they have a stable high-speed internet connection for remote online sessions (sessions are live, not recorded), and that their computer/laptop is equipped with a camera, microphone & speakers/headset. A mobile phone (smartphone) is not a suitable device for studies.

Despite studies starting out remotely, students are however recommended to arrive in Kouvola, Finland already at the start of the autumn semester as other studies may be offered as contact sessions, and students can also make use of the campus facilities e.g. self-study areas, campus WiFi, printing, library, health care services, etc. Students who are present can then also have personal consultations on campus with their studies coordinator and individual lecturers, which is highly recommended.

All contact lessons will begin from January 9, 2023 onwards. For that reason, all students must be present at the Kouvola campus, Finland no later than January 9, 2023.

 

Academic calendar 2022-2023

Autumn semester 2022

22-26.08.2022 – Mandatory orientation week for new students remotely online
29.08.2022 – Studies continue remotely online
24.-30.10.2022 – Autumn break
31.10.2022 – Studies continue remotely online
19.12.2022 – End of autumn semester

Spring semester 2023

09.01.2023 – Start of spring semester, studies continue in-class on the Kouvola campus, Finland
27.02.-05.03.2023 – Spring break
06.03.2023 – studies continue in-class on the Kouvola campus, Finland
28.04.2023 – End of spring semester timetabled studies for DIB (studies may continue for summer term and optional study units)

Contact information
  • Student Affairs Advisor Mirka Piira, tel. +358 44 702 8972, mirka.piira(a)xamk.fi
  • Academic issues from mid-Aug onwards: Studies Coordinator Hugh Clack, tel. +358 44 702 8758 , hugh.clack(a)xamk.fi

Studies begin:

on 22 August 2022 at 10.00 am Finnish time (UTC +3), online

  • Orientation days online 22-26 Aug. Timetable for 22-24 Aug, 25-26 Aug are reserved for personal study plan discussions. Participation in the orientation days is mandatory for all students. The link for joining the orientation is sent by email in mid-Aug.
  • Lectures according to weekly timetables from 29 Aug onwards.
  • Group code: EEMI22SVP
  • Study plan in the study guide

 

Online studies

The first year studies are delivered fully online and don’t require presence on campus. You take part in the orientation and lectures online at times marked on the timetables.

You must ensure that you have a stable high-speed internet connection for remote online sessions and that your computer/laptop is equipped with a camera, microphone & speakers/headset. A mobile phone (smartphone) is not a suitable device for studies.

Contact information
  • Student Affairs Advisor Kirsi Rouhiainen, tel. +358 50 3125 027, kirsi.k.rouhiainen(a)xamk.fi
  • Academic issues from mid-Aug onwards: Studies Coordinator Hannu Poutiainen, tel. +358 40 653 1618, hannu.poutiainen(a)xamk.fi

Studies begin:

on 9 January 2023 at 10 am on Kouvola Campus, Meduusa studio, address Rykmentintie 4, room MS12

  • Orientation days 9 – 13 January. Participation in the orientation days is mandatory for all students.
  • Lectures according to weekly timetables from 16 January onwards
  • Group code: GDKV23KM
  • Study plan in the study guide

Contact information

  • Student Affairs Advisor Mirka Piira, tel. +358 44 702 8972, mirka.piira(a)xamk.fi
  • Academic issues, Studies Coordinator Katariina Silvola, tel. +358 44 702 8563, katariina.silvola(a)xamk.fi
  • Welcome letter from student tutors

Studies begin:

on Mon 22 August 2022 at 11.00 am Finnish time (UTC +3) on Mikkeli Campus, building M (Mikpoli), address Patteristonkatu 2, Mikkeli

 

Studies delivered on campus

The studies in this programme are delivered in-class on the Mikkeli Campus, Finland. If you are unable to be present on campus when the studies begin due to delays in the residence permit process, contact your Student Affairs Advisor for further instructions. All students must be present on campus by 30 September 2022.

Contact information
  • Student Affairs Advisor Kirsi Rouhiainen, tel. +358 50 3125 027, kirsi.k.rouhiainen(a)xamk.fi
  • Academic issues from mid-Aug onwards: Studies Coordinator Reijo Vuohelainen, tel. +358 50 312 4952, reijo.vuohelainen(a)xamk.fi

Studies begin:

on January 2023 on Kouvola Campus,

  • Orientation days January. Participation in the orientation days is mandatory for all students.
  • Lectures according to weekly timetables from 16 January onwards
  • Group code: MBKV23KY
  • Study plan in the study guide

Contact information

  • Student Affairs Advisor Mirka Piira, tel. +358 44 702 8972, mirka.piira(a)xamk.fi
  • Academic issues, Studies Coordinator

Studies begin:

on 22 August 2022 at 10 am on Kotka Campus, main lobby, address Pääskysentie 1, Kotka

  • Orientation days 22-25 August (timetable). Participation in the orientation days is mandatory for all students.
  • Lectures according to weekly timetables from 29 Aug onwards
  • Group code: BNKT22SP
  • Bring a vaccination certificate for all vaccinations you have received.
  • Study plan in the study guide
Studies delivered on campus

The studies in this programme are delivered in-class on the Kotka Campus, Finland. If you are unable to be present on campus when the studies begin due to delays in the residence permit process, contact your Student Affairs Advisor for further instructions. All students must be present on campus on 5 September 2022 at the latest.

Contact information

  • Student Affairs Advisor Auli Kuusikunnas, tel. +358 44 702 8940, auli.kuusikunnas(a)xamk.fi
  • Academic issues from mid-Aug onwards: Studies Coordinator Jussi Mähönen, tel. +358 50 473 4000 , jussi.mahonen(a)xamk.fi

Studies begin:

on 22 August 2022 at 10.00 am Finnish time (UTC +3), online

 

Online studies

The first year studies are delivered fully online and don’t require presence on campus. You take part in the orientation and lectures online at times marked on the timetables.

You must ensure that you have a stable high-speed internet connection for remote online sessions and that your computer/laptop is equipped with a camera, microphone & speakers/headset. A mobile phone (smartphone) is not a suitable device for studies.

Certificate copies for personal study plan

If you have previous university level studies or work experience related to the fields included in this degree (business, ICT, social and welfare), upload copies of relevant degree certificates, transcripts and work certificates to this electronic form by 2 August 2022.

The certificate copies are used for the recognition of prior learning (e.g. credit transfer). Teachers do not have access to the certificates uploaded on your application form on Studyinfo and therefore the documents are returned separately.

Contact information
  • Student Affairs Advisor Kirsi Rouhiainen, tel. +358 50 3125 027, kirsi.k.rouhiainen(a)xamk.fi
  • Academic issues from mid-Aug onwards: Studies Coordinator Marjaana Roponen, tel. +358 40 660 9975, marjaana.roponen(a)xamk.fi

Username and computer for the studies

Username for Xamk services

You will need to have the username and password at use when the studies begin. If you have online banking codes from a bank in Finland, you can get Xamk username by logging in to the identity service.

The username for new students is available in the service within appr. 1-2 working days after you have accepted the offer of admission 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.

Please write down the username you get from the service.

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 to IT support at Xinfo.

If you do not have access to the identity service:

  • Students who do not have a Finnish ID number and therefore cannot access the identity service will get the username from the Student Affairs Office by email in December.
  • If you have a Finnish ID number but do not have online banking codes from a bank in Finland to access the service with, please contact the Student Affairs Office at Xinfo.

Computer for the studies

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.

Read more about the requirements for your own computer.

Before the studies begin

Familiarize yourself with studying at Xamk and the services available for students, as well as digital studying environment by completing these two online courses.

Online orientation course 1: Digital environments 2022 – Digital tools

Online orientation course 2: Orientation 2022 – Studying and services

You can work with the course materials and tasks when it suits you best, and sign out whenever you need without losing any completed tasks. When you’re finished, you may upload a certificate to be used later on in Study and career planning course.

Tuudo is a mobile app designed to help students in their everyday life.

  1. Download Tuudo app free of charge from the app store of your phone (Google Play Store, Apple App Store).
  2. Open Tuudo and select South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk from the list of institutions.
  3. Log in with the student account from the menu and you will have access to all sections on Tuudo.
  4. Or select “Proceed” in the New student section (no login required) and you can check new student’s orientation path.

With the username you can access the intranet Lux.

Please add @edu.xamk.fi after your username when you are logging in. During the studies all news, instructions and other information are provided for students through the intranet service.

If you need a certificate about your study place at Xamk before the studies begin, you can use the admission letter sent from Xamk by email, or the result letter sent for all applicants.

When you have got your username for Xamk services, you can also order an electronic study certificate in student register Peppi. Login to Peppi > Orders > Select the document > Select the language and press Order > Download the electronically signed study certificate from the Documents tab. The study certificate includes instructions on how to verify the electronic signature.

Campuses and student housing

Kotka

Get to know Kotka and apply for student housing.

Kouvolan kampuksen rakennuksia

Kouvola

Get to know Kouvola and apply for student housing.

Mikkeli

Get to know Mikkeli and apply for student housing.

Student health care service

All degree students (bachelor and master degrees) enrolled for attendance in higher education can use the health care services provided by FSHS. Students can use the health care services also in other towns than where the studies are located in. There are also remote services and consultations available.

All students who are entitled to FSHS services are required to pay the health care fee annually to Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, regardless if they use the services or not. Kela is a government agency that provides basic economic security for everyone living in Finland.

Students beginning the studies in January 2023 need to pay the fee on their own initiative for spring semester 2023 by 31 January 2023 according to instructions given by Kela.

Watch the video on FSHS student health care services.

Funding your studies

Kela financial aid is available in the form of study grant, government guarantee for a student loan and housing supplement (available on certain conditions only). The qualifying conditions for student financial aid are: full-time study, academic progress and need of financial assistance.

Students in bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes are also eligible for discounted meals. In the beginning of studies, you can ask for a meal subsidy card on paper from the student affairs office, or you can download the mobile Pivo meal subsidy card.

This is how you can activate the mobile meal subsidy card:
1. Download Pivo app, sign in with your online bank user identifiers and add your payment details.
2. Open Pivo and select Student card
3. Under Authentication, select Meal Subsidy Card, if you are NOT a member of Student Union Kaakko
4. Create a meal subsidy card by following the app’s instructions.

If you are not a Finnish citizen and have come to Finland for study purposes, the general rule is that you cannot get financial aid from Finland. The eligibility criteria for financial aid from Kela is available on their website.

Students are eligible for general housing allowance on the same terms as everyone else. Find out more from Kela website.

Adult education allowance can be granted to employees and entrepreneurs who have at least eight years of employment history. You need to have been employed by your current employer for at least one year before the beginning of  the studies to be supported, and you also need to leave your work on part-time or fully unpaid study leave.

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.

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:

  • housing (student apartments) appr. EUR 300-400
  • lunch (canteen on campus) EUR 60
  • self-cooked food EUR 100
  • books and material EUR 40
  • incidental expenses EUR 90
  • Total EUR 590-690

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 in 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. Also then the main purpose of the stay in Finland is studying and making progress in the studies.

Student Union Kaakko and student card

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.

If you decide not to join the student union, there are some student benefits available with separate certificates. The Student Affairs Office will give you information on them during the orientation week.