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

Proceed to application

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 (in October or in March/April depending on the number of accumulated ECTS). 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 for one semester (students will be entitled to a 20% 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?

The applicants may choose to apply individually by submitting the online application and all the required documents via the online application form, or with the help of our authorized partners who will also provide extensive guidance on the application procedure, entry requirements, preparation for relocation to Finland etc.

  1. If you apply on your own (not via an authorized partner), please, be prepared to submit the following documents together with the online application: copy of the passport and a copy of the relevant degree certificate
  2. if you apply via an authorized partner, be in touch with the partner and follow their instructions.

Regardless of the application option (direct of via partner), applicants will be invited to a group interview shortly after Xamk receives the application. Interviews will be held on the following dates:

  • 22 February 2024 (for applications submitted by 15 February)
  • 27 March 2024 (for applications submitted by 20 March)
  • 29 April 2024 (for applications submitted by 21 April)

Please, note that Xamk does not charge any application fee, however, if you apply with one of our agents you maybe charged counselling fee for additional services such as, but not limited to immigration consultation and visa application assistance. Please, be in touch with an individual agent to find our more about the related fees and processes. The fees charged by an agent are not in any way controlled, influenced or related to Xamk.



Mr. Rajiv Soni

JRK International Educational Consultants (Global)

Mr. Avijit Kuri


Ms. Eerika Thurlin

ACEA Global Building Careers Pvt. Ltd (India)

Mr. Gopal Kansal

Indo European Educational Services Pvt. Ltd (India)

Mr. Harpreet Kaur

HaiEducation Ltd.(Bangladesh)

Mr. Abdul Hai

Mystique Admission Ltd. (Bangladesh)

Mr. Prince Ahmed



Marjut Kasper
Degree Programme Coordinator

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