Welcome to Kouvola!

Kouvola is BIG on experience. Whether you prefer culture or sports, urban amusement or the great outdoors, Kouvola has got you covered.

But if we had to pick just one thing (we know, we know, it’s almost impossible…), it would have to be nature.

Finland, of course, is the “land of a thousand lakes” – and we have dibs on over 450 of them. Along the shorelines you’ll find over 7,000 summer cottages (also rental) that go a long way of showing what the “Finnish Way of Life” is all about. (Hint: this involves sauna.)

The legendary Repovesi National Park is simply a must see for every nature-lover, as is the Mustila Arboretum. What’s more, both attractions are known for being quite family-friendly, too.

In addition, Kouvola boasts its very own UNESCO World Heritage site, the Verla Mill – and after a tour at the venerable Verla, perhaps a quick stop at Tykkimäki Amusement Park and/or AquaPark? (Okay, okay, we know it won’t be a ‘quick’ stop.)

What else is there? Well, you can golf, go rock-climbing, take in a midnight concert at Hiidenvuori or check out the mighty Kymi River tour the local museums and mansions, or go shopping!

Here’s even more good news: Kouvola is right around the corner! Take a train from Helsinki and you’ll be here in less than 90 minutes.

And you need that time to study up on the local attractions – take our word for it.

For more information Please see www.visitkouvola.fi


In Kouvola campus we offer two international exchange programmes,

  • Digital International business (exchange studies and double degree)
  • Culture (exchange studies and double degree)

Selections of culture courses can be a combination from the following fields!

    • Game design
    • Graphic design
    • Restoration
    • Product design
    • Costume design

A full 30 ECTS pr semester is not available in each design field


Every year we welcome approximately 120 new international degree and exchange students in Kouvola, That makes the atmosphere in the campus truly international. International students closely collaborate with the local students both in educational and free time activities.


Orientation days

The International office of South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences welcomes the new incoming exchange students by organizing Orientation days. The purpose is to introduce the tools and platforms, used during the studies. As well you will get to know tutors – people who will help you settle down and feel comfortable in the new environment.

Estimated 0rientation days, 31 August 2023 for the autumn term.

During the welcoming days you will be introduced to:

  • South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
  • International services staff
  • Departmental coordinators and tutors
  • Student services
  • Library services
  • Computer systems
  • Student registration system
  • Student e-mails
  • Living in multicultural environment, etc.


Exchange students, who study in Kouvola, are normally accommodated in Kouvola city’s student residence in Kuusihaankatu, located about 4,5km away from the campus. and 2km from the city center.
Each apartment consists of either 2 or 3 rooms with shared kitchen and toilet facilities. There is a total of 100 rooms in 2 houses at Kuusihaankatu. The rooms are furnished (if arranged through XAMK) and ready for moving in. Internet is included in the rent, to connect a VDSL2 router is needed.

Xamk will provide the mattress (80cm x 200cm), duvet and pillow.

Prices vary from approximately 280 to 290 euro/ month. Please note, we cannot guarantee you being accommodated in a preferred (two- or three-room) flat.


Kuusihaankatu 6
45150 Kouvola

There is a bus connections to and from the campus.



There is a service called “StudentSurvival”. You can rent all your housing items instead of buying. Prices start from 28 euros. You can read more about the service from the web site.

Please be aware that this is a service provided by a private entrepreneur.

Getting to Kouvola

Kouvola is situated some 140 km from Helsinki, 300 km from St. Petersburg and 60 km from Kotka. Depending on where you are coming from, there are different means of transport you might find convenient:

  • If you are traveling via Helsinki Airport, you most likely will prefer to use a train connection. www.vr.fi
  • If you are coming from Helsinki city center or other cities in Finland, please, check www.vr.fi, Matkahuolto or Onnibus web-pages for the options.
  • If you are arriving from St. Petersburg, you can consider taking the Allegro train to the Kouvola train station.

Arrival information

We arrange pick-up services for all incoming exchange students in arriving in Kouvola at the travel-center (train and bus central).
However, you have to notice that the pick-up can be arranged only between 8:00-22:00. We expect you to arrive 1 - 4 days prior to the Orientation days.
Please, remember to fill in the arrival information form in SOLEMOVE as soon as you know the precise date and time of your arrival to Finland so that we can arrange the pick-up.

Fill in the arrival form


Non-EU/EEA and Swiss residents

As a student, you will be responsible for your illness-related expenses in Finland. For your residence permit, you will need private insurance to cover your medical and pharmaceutical expenses. Please attach the insurance certificate to your application

  • The excess on your insurance must not exceed 300 euros.
  • Your insurance must cover medical expenses up to 100,000 euros if your studies in Finland last less than two years.
  • Your insurance must cover medical expenses up to 30,000 euros if your studies in Finland last two years or longer.
  • Do not take out regular travel insurance. It is meant for holiday trips lasting less than three months.
  • You must have insurance for your entire stay in Finland. Your insurance must be valid at the moment of your arrival in Finland. If you intend to study in Finland for one year or longer, take out a one-year insurance policy. Be sure to renew your insurance policy prior to expiry.
  • Make sure not to terminate your insurance policy, or you will have to cover your medical and hospital expenses yourself.

EU/EEA and Swiss residents

Those with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) do not need separate insurance. According to EU legislation, you can have access to health care at the same cost and under the same conditions as people living permanently in Finland.

By presenting the European Health Insurance Card, you can prove your right to necessary medical treatment in another EU or EEA country and in Switzerland. With the card, you can get medical treatment if you become suddenly ill or have an accident. You can also get medical treatment if you have a chronic illness that requires medical attention. The card also gives access to necessary treatment during pregnancy and childbirth.

The European Health Insurance Card is recognised within the public health care services as well as by private doctors and hospitals that have signed a health insurance agreement. More information on the European Health Insurance Card can be found on the website of the European Commission.

Liability Insurance

Next to your health insurance, we strongly recommend that you take a liability insurance covering you and your belonging. Also in the case that you do damage to others.

Free time activities

The City of Kouvola offers many alternatives for spending your leisure time.
Multiculturalism is also evident in many of the city’s events.

Kouvola has many alternatives in the field of sports. There are also special sports groups for immigrants. Ask more from Kouvola’s sports-services.

Leisure services are also offered by Kirjasto, the city library. At the library, you can borrow literature in different languages, use the internet, borrow DVDs and CDs, read newspapers and take part in plenty of more activities. Also the museums in Kouvola offer a wide range of high-quality art and culture experiences.
You can also voluntarily take part in the activity of different clubs and societies. Leisure activity specifically aimed at immigrants is organised by, for example, the local Red Cross , the International Meeting Point at the Saaga Centre of Multiculture and the Kouvolan Korttelikotiyhdistys ry.


Next to what the city of Kouvola is listing a lot of events and happenings are handled by the student union.

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

Use of student’s own devices in studies

BYOD is an environment, which is widely used in many business and educational institutions. The BYOD environment is a collection of workstations, printing solutions, security, software, user management and so on.  For students it means that students primarily use their own devices like laptops.

New students arriving in XAMK from August 2017 on will have our new policy in action. The new BYOD policy demands students bring their own devices, i.e. laptops, to campus.

For more information please follow this link

Student Union

All exchange students are welcome to join our Student Union and benefit from being a student of XAMK.

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Contact information

Contact information for incoming exchange students to Kouvola:


Ms. Mirka Jääskeläinen
Paraatikenttä 7
45100 Kouvola