Studies at Open University of Applied Sciences are available for all, regardless of age and educational background.

Studies at Open University of Applied Sciences (OUAS) cover the same courses as Xamk students complete as part of their bachelor’s and master’s degree studies. Studies completed through OUAS can be recognised later in case of starting degree programme studies, for example, at Xamk. Open UAS studies meet the aims and requirements of degree programme studies, but do not result in a degree. In case certain courses involve requirements or recommendations for prior know-how and skills, such information is listed in Xamk OUAS Course calendar. There are also studies in Finnish and in Russian.

Xamk OUAS arranges studies in different ways: completely online, as blended studies with a few contact teaching days and as full-time path studies with contact teaching on weekdays between 8.00 and 18.00. Studies usually follow a tight, predefined timetable with prescheduled deadlines for learning assignments.

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enrolment

Enrolment for OUAS studies takes place through Xamk’s Course calendar.

  • Course calendar shows Open UAS studies available for enrolment. There can also be studies of Continuing education with specific pricing.
  • Course calendar shows the course contents. Please enrol through the Course calendar’s link Enrol by entering your personal and contact data.
  • Please note that you can enrol for Open UAS studies at the maximum of 50 ECTS credits per semester. One person’s enrolments exceeding 50 ECTS credits are deleted in the enrolment order. Paying attention to this is important when planning your studies.
  • Enrolment ends approximately 2 to 4 weeks before the course start.
  • Enrolments on courses are accepted in the enrolment order, and enrolment is binding.

If the course is full, you can enter your name on a waiting list. You receive an email in case more students can be admitted later. The email notification you receive includes a link for confirming your enrolment. This must be done within 24 hours. As changes can take place quickly, please keep following your email, including the spam folder, right after entering your name on the waiting list.

Please note that there can be changes in the course details in terms of the timetable and teachers, for example. Studies in English are listed in Course calendar, and studies in Finnish are available through this link.

COURSE INVITATION

  • Xamk OUAS courses are implemented when there are enough enrolments during the enrolment period.
  • Information on the course start or its cancellation is always sent through email (not through traditional post).
  • Course invitation is sent approximately a week before the course start.
  • Course invitation includes for example information on teachers, Xamk online services and IDs and the instructions for accessing the online learning platform of the course.

OUAS studies in English

Course calendar

OUAS studies in Finnish

Koulutuskalenteri

course fees

Open UAS courses in Finnish cost either EUR 12 per 1 ECTS credit or a semester fee.

  • Single courses cost EUR 12 per 1 ECTS credit. If you prefer this option, choose the enrolment form’s alternative Open UAS course X ECTS credits.
  • If you choose for example three courses of 5 ECTS credits, the semester fee is more affordable than paying for all three courses separately. In that case, please choose the checkbox Semester fee on the enrolment form.
  • Make this same selection for all your enrolments so that you are invoiced only once during one semester.
    • Semester fee entitles you to study either during the spring or autumn semester (studies starting between 1 January and 31 July or between 1 August and 31 December).
    • Semester fee is meant for you in case you take path studies or otherwise several courses during one semester.
    • Courses can also involve additional payments for materials or tests for different permits or qualifications, for example.
    • Please note that if you have chosen the semester fee of EUR 175 and the sum of your single courses is less than EUR 175 there is no reimbursement for the difference.
  • You can enrol for OUAS studies for the maximum of 50 ECTS credits per semester, covering courses with or without a charge as well as all bases for payment.
  • Semester or study module fees of the Diploma for Higher Education do not entitle you to choose additional studies from the OUAS course selection.

Open UAS courses in English and in Russian are free of charge until 31 December 2021.

Cancellation policy

Enrolment for Open UAS studies is binding.

  • You can cancel your enrolment for a single course free of charge by emailing us at the address openstudies@xamk.fi 2 weeks before the course start at the latest.
  • In case of Nonstop start courses, which have no specific enrolment time, you can cancel your enrolment free of charge before the course start date by emailing us at openstudies@xamk.fi.
  • In case you have not cancelled your enrolment according to the cancellation terms, the course fee is charged in full.
  • Please note that the course fee is also charged, when you discontinue studies or do not start completing them at all.

Free-of-charge right to cancel enrolment for path studies ends a couple of days after the last enrolment date. Information on the date when enrolment can be cancelled free of charge is either listed in Course calendar’s brochure for the studies or in the course invitation message we send before the studies start

Cancelling enrolment for path studies must be made by emailing us at openstudies@xamk.fi.

Information on studies

ECTS CREDITS

  • The extent of studies and student workload required is described in ECTS credits. One ECTS credit equals 27 hours of student work.
  • Usually one course covers 5 ECTS credits, totalling 135 hours of student work, and equalling to approximately 17 workdays.
  • The number of hours is theoretical and varies according to student effort.

BLENDED STUDIES

  • Blended studies include approximately 2 to 3 days of contact teaching per month.
  • Studies also include independent learning online.

ONLINE LEARNING

Online learning means studying through an online learning environment according to the teacher’s instructions. Studies do not include contact teaching on campus.

Depending on the course online learning can involve:

  • realtime lectures online, for example, through Adobe Connect or Teams: In such cases you need headphones and a microphone.
  • recorded lectures available through an online learning environment: These lectures you can watch according to your own timetable.
  • written learning assignments: These assignments can have predefined deadlines.
  • discussions
  • group tasks
  • online exams

As a student you are responsible for getting to know the learning environment and the course materials, for participating in discussions and for completing the assignments required on time. When working in groups you are responsible for your own part in completing the assignments, and commitment to group work is required.

Online learning is not an easy way of achieving ECTS credits. It requires as much as work as traditional studies. When studying online, please plan your use of time and make time for studies.

HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

  • Xamk OUAS recommends using either desktop computers or laptops for studies. Some courses can involve assignments that cannot be completed with tablets or smartphones.
  • The online learning environment Learn works best with the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  • During your studies Xamk provides you with an Outlook email account, enabling the use of Office365 applications. This means that you do not need to have a wordprocessing program of your own, for example.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

UAS studies include various written assignments that require mastering correct spelling, text type specific features and professional style. Text types involved include for example exam answers, lecture diaries, summaries, essays, research plans and reports. Please make use of the ready-made templates for writing, available on the Student intranet. The same webpage also provides access to Xamk’s Reporting and Referencing guidelines as well as a PowerPoint template in Xamk style and outlook.

When writing for study-related purposes it is important that you produce the text by yourself, as copying others’ text, ie. plagiarism, is against Xamk’s Ethical guidelines for studies. There is the Urkund online service in use for monitoring, if course assignments include copied parts. Xamk’s Ethical guidelines for studies define Xamk’s values as well as students’ rights and responsibilities. These guidelines also explain the procedures for cases of students’ misconduct or inappropriate behaviour.

DURATION OF STUDY RIGHT

Students’ right to study bases on the duration of the courses. Courses must be completed by their end date. It is not possible to postpone the right to study until the next time the course is implemented, for example, until the next semester.

EXAMS

Courses can include exams either on campus or online. Failed courses or their parts cannot be retaken ​​​​​more than two times. More information on retake exams and enrolment instructions is available through Student. Failing to pass the course through two retakes means completing the entire course again.

Funding options

Different options for funding studies in Finland

Open UAS studies provide a great opportunity to combine work and studies. At OUAS you can study flexibly while working. There are also different options for funding, if you live permanently in Finland.

In case of unemployment or considering a study leave, please read more about the funding options available by Employment Fund and TE Services through the links below. As studies at Open UAS do not result in a degree, you are not entitled to Kela’s study-related social benefits.

Read about wage-earning adult students' benefits on the Employment Fund website.

Employment Fund

Read about jobseekers' independent studies on unemployment benefit on the TE Services website.

TE Services

Read about jobseekers' short-term studies on unemployment benefit on the TE Services website.

TE Services

User identification

Studies at Xamk OUAS require a Xamk user ID and and a password.

  • Xamk user ID allows accessing the following online services:
    • the Student intranet
    • the student email
    • the Learn learning environment
    • the Peppi system for student registration
    • Xamk computers on the campuses in Kotka, Kouvola, Mikkeli and Savonlinna
  • To be able to get a Xamk ID you need a Finnish bank account and eBanking codes or mobile certificate authentication. In case you do not have eBanking authentication, please contact us at openstudies@xamk.fi.
  • Xamk ID is valid as long as you study at Xamk OUAS. In case you discontinue or complete your studies, the ID is deactivated.

In case of problems in getting a Xamk username and/or setting a password, or if the ones you received do not work, please notify us immediately through the Xinfo helpdesk service.

Getting Xamk ID and a password

If you already have an active Xamk ID − a username and a password − new ones are not needed.

You can access Xamk’s Identity Service to get a username after your information has been registered. After this there is a delay. If the username is not available rightaway, please wait for 24 hours and try again.

In case of forgetting your password, you can set a new one through the link Xamk Identity Service.

Xamk Identity Service

Students' online services at Xamk

Xamk ID

  • Enrolment to a course results in a course invitation message with instructions for getting a username for Xamk’s online services.
  • Xamk ID is valid as long as your study right and allows you to access all Xamk’s online services.

Learn and Open Learn

  • The online learning environments of Xamk OUAS studies are called Learn and Open Learn.
  • The course invitation you receive to your email after admission includes instructions for accessing the Learn / Open Learn course platform.
  • After accessing the course platform you receive all messages concerning the course to your student email.
  • All course-related messages from the course platform, such as Discussion messages and the teacher’s messages, go to your student email. The default email on Learn is always the Xamk student email. This default will not change, even though you would change your email on Learn. The change is not saved, and the default setting is restored, when you access Learn the next time. In case you want to forward the student email messages to another email address, please read and follow the instructions below.

Student email

  • All Xamk students automatically receive a student email account. You can access the student email through the Student intranet or this direct link.
  • Accessing student email takes place with a login that follows the form username@edu.xamk.fi. For example, the login could be amoma001@edu.xamk.fi.
  • Teachers only use the Xamk student email addresses for communication. It’s therefore important to follow the student email regularly or forward the student email messages to the address you use. You can forward Xamk student email messages to your own email address as follows:
    • After accessing your email, please click on the Wheel icon to choose the following: Settings > Mail on the left-hand side > Forwarding > Enable forwarding > enter the forwarding email address > Save.

Student – Xamk students’ intranet

  • Accessing the Student intranet makes available all important services, such the Learn learning environment, student email and the Peppi system.
  • Student gives you access to downloading the ready-made templates for writing learning assignments.
  • Also Xamk’s Ethical guidelines for studies are available on Student.

The Peppi system and student number

  • Xamk’s system for registering students is called Peppi. All Xamk students are registered on this system.
  • Registering on Peppi gives all Xamk students a student number. You may need this student number, for example, in returning learning assignments.
    • When you access Peppi, a box first appears with the heading Study right information. The box first lists your name followed by a 7-digit number which is your student number.
  • Open UAS students do not have a specific group number. In case you need to insert a group number, for example, in the ready-made writing templates, you can enter as group number Open OUAS.
  • Peppi also enables printing an official transcript of records by yourself in case the grade is already entered on Peppi before your Xamk ID becomes inactive.
    • Teachers have a month for the assessment after the course end date.
    • In case you receive the grade later, you can always ask the Xamk OUAS customer service for the transcript of records through the email address openstudies@xamk.fi.

Xamk Library Services

Xamk's Library Services are also available for Open UAS students.

Library Services

transcript of records

Did you complete your Xamk OUAS studies? Congratulations! Completed studies can result in recognition of prior learning (RPL), if you later continue with us as a degree programme student. You may also need the transcript of records to provide employers or financiers of the studies with a proof that you completed the studies.

Please note that teachers have one month after the course end date for assessment. Completed ECTS credits are registered in the Peppi system after that date. There are different alternatives for you to order the transcript of records: You can print the transcript of records by yourself through Peppi, fill in an order form, contact Xamk’s Open UAS or direclty transfer the ECTS credits to your own higher education institution.

printing the transcript of records from Peppi

In case your Xamk ID is still active, you can print an official transcript of records by yourself through the Peppi system where teachers enter completed ECTS credits. The link below provides you with the Student intranet’s instructions for printing the transcript of records. Please remember that teachers have a month after the end date for assesment and entering the grades.

order form for the transcript of records

In case a longer time has passed since completing the studies, you can always ask our OUAS customer service for the transcript of records. You can order the transcript through the link below or through the email address openstudies@xamk.fi.

ECTS credit tranfer through Puro service

Are you studying at another higher education institution (HEI) and completed studies at Xamk? It can be possible for you to electronically transfer the ECTS credits to your own HEI through Puro service. Please use the link below to check if your own HEI is listed on the Puro login page.

In case your own HEI is not listed at Puro service, you can always ask our OUAS customer service for the transcript of records through the email address openstudies@xamk.fi.

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