Eligibility and admission criteria
Bachelor’s degree programmes
You can apply for the bachelor’s studies with upper secondary school level qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question, or with a prior bachelor’s or master’s degree.
English language proficiency
Language certificates are required for admission based on the International UAS Exam. This concerns all the Bachelor’s degree programmes at Xamk except Game Design, for which the language skills are evaluated in the programme’s own entry exam. Alternative selection methods besides the International UAS Exam are available for some programmes.
If you graduate after the application period
You can apply to Bachelor’s programmes with a temporary certificate if you are able to upload your final graduation certificate (and an official translation into English, Finnish or Swedish if applicable) to your application form or information about your graduation in KOSKI service is available by:
High school / Upper secondary school qualification / Higher education degree
- autumn application round: by 27 December 2023, 3 pm
- spring application round: by 11 July 2024, 3 pm
Master’s degree programmes
You can apply to a Master’s degree programme if you have completed
- an appropriate UAS Bachelor’s degree or another appropriate higher education degree and
- at least two years of work experience in a relevant field after completing the higher education degree. As a relevant field is regarded both the field being applied to and the field of the previous higher education degree.
Language certificates are not required for admission. The language skills are either evaluated in the programme’s own entry exam or confirmed by other selection methods like GMAT.
You must provide a work certificate written by the employer and confirmed by the empoloyer’s signature/stamp as proof of employment. Only work experience obtained after completing the higher education degree can be considered: the work experience can be accumulated from the date of award of the higher education degree and obtained no later than 31 July (spring application) / 31 December (autumn application) in the year of applying.
How students are selected
The Admission criteria are decided on a yearly basis for each degree programme separately. The criteria may include an entrance examination and/or pre-tasks. The criteria are also described on Studyinfo service.
The student admission is conditional until all information and certificates used for applying have been checked. Your study place can be withdrawn if you have given false information about your qualifications.
Higher education institutions publish admission results gradually according to their own schedules. Applicants will receive a notice of result by email when all results in Joint Application have been published.
- Joint Application, autumn 2023: by 24 November 2023
- Joint Application, spring 2024: by 31 May 2024
You will receive a notice by email both from the Studyinfo service and Xamk Admission Services when you have been admitted to study at Xamk.
You can see your admission results through My Studyinfo -service if you have access to it (Finnish personal ID number and online banking credentials, mobile certificate or an electronic ID-card needed).
If you are not selected
The UAS will publish information on vacant study places and supplementary application rounds for them on Studyinfo service.
Open Path studies are a possibility to join the studies if you were not admitted in the joint application.
Equal admission scores
In cases of equal admission scores at Xamk, the applicants are ranked on the grounds of points for an entrance examination and the applicant’s first-choice programme on the application form. The order of priority of the study programmes on the application form only concerns the autumn application round.
If these criteria fail to produce a difference between tied applicants, the applicants are automatically selected by lots drawn by a computer system.
At Xamk, discretionary admission is used only in the field of culture, for Degree Programme in Game Design. Other degree programmes in English at Xamk do not use discretionary admission.
Discretionary admission means that Xamk may invite applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirement, to the entrance exam, if their skills and knowledge are considered sufficient.
Discretion only concerns the eligibility to apply. Discretionary applicants are included in the student selection process in the same way as other applicants and follow the regular procedure for applying.
If you wish to apply to the Game Design programme as a discretionary applicant, please follow these instructions:
- Check the eligibility criteria at Studyinfo service.
- Submit your application form on Studyinfo service during the application period.
- If you do not meet the eligibility criteria attach the following documents to your application on:
- copies of the certificates you wish to invoke to
- a cover letter shortly explaining why your application should be considered in discretionary admission.
- The deadline for the attachments 24 January 2024, 3 pm (Finnish time UTC +2)
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