Full time studies

  • location: Savonlinna, Finland
  • duration of studies: 1 year
  • application deadline: 21.4.2024, application will close as soon as the group is filled
  • The interviews are conducted in the end of February, March and April 2024, but no longer than the group is filled
  • Acceptance information will be sent to the selected students shortly after each interview but no later than by 15th of May 2024
  • tuition fee: €11 600
  • studies begin: August 19th 2024

Entry requirements

  • relevant prior studies: at least Bachelor’s degree in tourism, food, hospitality or business or other applicable degree
  • 2 years of work experience from the sector of tourism, food, hospitality and/or business
  • sufficient English language skills

Selection procedure

  • document check
  • online interview

Opportunity to study in Finland

Finland consistently ranks high in the world happiness ranking, quality of education and security. It is also abundant in nature and peaceful environment. Finland is a technological forerunner in various sectors and innovation is supported by a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem producing some of the world’s most successful companies.


South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

Xamk is among the top universities of applied sciences in terms of number of degree programs, amount of continuous learning credits and external research funding, according to the Ministry of Education and Culture’s comparison of various indicators. By joining Xamk, you have the possibilities to explore multitude of interests in various in-house development projects and study programs.

You will be studying in the picturesque Finnish lake district, in the town of Savonlinna.



The content of the one year programme is as follows:

Tourism and Service Business

  • Hospitality business environment analysis
  • Management of experience services
  • Future challenges in hospitality services
  • Research and development of customer experience
  • Development of e-business and e-services
  • Financial management in tourism and service business

International working environments

  • Advanced professional English
  • Multi-cultural teamwork and communications
  • Finnish 1

Management, leadership and entrepreneurship

  • Sustainable growth
  • Marketing management
  • Supply chain management and smart logistics

In the programme, we focus on applied knowledge on tourism and service business. Our pedagogical focus is on learning by doing – utilizing project and problem-based learning. During the studies, students actively participate in conducting projects for local companies. Students generate ideas for new ventures, develop and test them in simulated environments with continuous feedback from relevant stakeholders during their study period. The primary role of the instructors is to facilitate learning and to be in dialogue with the stakeholders. Students are expected to be proactive in their learning.

Masters in Tourism

The diploma programme in Tourism and Service Business is a one-year diploma programme with additional possibilities to transfer credits and continue in our Master’s Degree in Tourism. Many of our graduates continue their residence and are gainfully employed in their specialized area after graduation from the Master’s degree in Finland.

The students who have successfully accomplished the PGD programme will be eligible to apply for a Master’s degree in Tourism and Service Business at Xamk. To apply for the Master’s degree, the students will have to submit an online application October. After that they will be conditionally accepted to the degree programme.

The conditions to enter the master studies are:

  • 60 ects obtained from the PGD
  • paid tuition fee of €5750 (students will be entitled to a 50% tuition fee refund based on study progress if they complete the studies within a semester)
  • Average grade 3
  • Applying through the joint application system and completing the entrance exam (interview or written assignment)

The students must meet the following entry requirements:

  • 2 years of work experience from the sector of tourism, food, hospitality and/or business
  • a relevant education background.

How to apply?

Currently our authorized partner, RG International LTD, placed in India, handles the applications for this programme. Scroll down for their contact information.

If the number of selected students does not fulfil the group capacity, we will provide an opportunity for individual applicants to be admitted to the programme.

The qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an online entrance exam via email in September.


Marjut Kasper
Degree Programme Coordinator


RG International LTD
Mr. Rajiv Soni


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