South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk) cordially invites staff, teachers and other specialists from our partner institutions to join our traditional International Week in the spring of 2024.
There is no participation fee for the International Week but the participants are expected to cover the costs of travelling, accommodation, meals and other daily expenses. Erasmus+ teacher or staff exchange support may be available from the sending institution.
The maximum amount of participants for the week will be 50 / campus and the recommendation for the number of participants per partner is two.
Enrolment to the week. Deadline for the enrolment is 31 January 2024.
You are warmly welcome to take part in the International Week!
Dates and themes
The international week will be organised on the Mikkeli and Savonlinna campuses on 11-15 March 2024 and on the Kotka campus on 22-26 April 2024.
The International Week will be arranged by the following departments and units:
- Department of Health Care and Emergency Care & Department of Social Services and Promotion of Functional Ability (Kotka & Kouvola)
- Department of Social Services and Health Care & Department of Tourism, Hospitality Management and Youth Work (Mikkeli)
- Department of Social Services and Health Care & Department of Sports and Rehabilitation (Savonlinna)
- RDI Services, and
- Xamk’s International Services
The main themes by campuses will be the following:
- Kotka & Kouvola / Multicultural work in Social & Health care and International offices
- Mikkeli / Higher education institutions as promoters of wellbeing
- Savonlinna / Higher education institutions as promoters of wellbeing
Under the main themes, we will also focus on current related topics in different fields of welfare, such as:
- Nature, Art and Wellbeing
- Service Quality and Customer Experience
- Digital Wellbeing Services
- Social sustainability
- Wellbeing Tourism
Guests are invited to give lectures on their own area of expertise or research. We would wish the lectures to be connected to the main theme or the subthemes of the International Week and hope (but not limit) the teaching to be more practical, i.e. that it would be arranged in a form of a workshop, group work or other methods.
If you wish to have lectures during the week, please, describe the way of your teaching (lecture, workshop, group work, etc.), wishes for room conditions, materials you would need as well as the preferred group size in your abstract. Our normal group size is between 20-40 students. In addition, please, describe how you wish to divide your teaching hours (e.g. 2 hours of lectures and 4 hours in a form of a workshop, group work, etc. = a total of 8 hours, which is the minimum amount in Erasmus+ teacher exchanges; STA). Our lessons consist of 45-minute sessions, i.e., for instance, 1.5 hours is calculated as two full teaching hours.
You may also participate in the week’s programme without giving any lectures, for instance, through Erasmus+ staff exchange (STT). In this case, you could also give lectures but there is no minimum amount of teaching hours.
Along with teaching, the International Week is a great opportunity for networking with new international partners and discussing future cooperation possibilities (research and development, projects, exchanges, development of pedagogical methods, online courses, etc.). You are also welcome to bring students (max. 15 students/group) with you to participate in the week. Also students need to enrol for the week.
Please do not make any travel arrangements before you have received confirmation information from the contact person of the campus of your destination.
Accommodation in Kotka
In the following you can find the options for accommodation in Kotka.
Kotka city center is about 5 km from the campus, Karhula about 6 km from the campus.
- Hotel Merikotka, located in the old port in the city center
- Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone Kotka, in the city center
- Hotelli Jokipuisto, located in Karhula
- Hotel Uninen , located in Karhula
- Old Sea Guard Station, located in Katariina 1,5 km from Kotka city center
Accommodation in Mikkeli
In the following you can find the options for accommodation in Mikkeli:
- Hotelli Uusikuu, located app.at 3 km distance from Campus, near Saimaa Stadium
- Marja’s Guest House, almost on Campus
- Gasthaus Mikkeli, located app. at 1 km distance from Campus
- Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, in the centre
- Scandic Hotel Mikkeli, in the centre
Accommodation in Savonlinna
In the following you can find a few options for accommodation in Savonlinna:
- Hotel Hospitz
- Sokos Hotel Seurahuone
- Best Western Spa Hotel Casino
- Lossiranta Lodge
- Hungerborg City Home
All the above-mentioned hotels are located only 1-1,5 km from the campus.
Nowadays, there are also several Airbnb accommodation options available in Savonlinna.
Kotka is situated some 130 km from Helsinki and 60 km from EU Border.. Depending on where you are coming from, there are different means of transport you might find convenient:
If you are travelling via Helsinki Airport, you most likely will prefer to use a bus connection. You need to take airport train to Helsinki city center and then from Kamppi Travel Center with bus, please, check Onnibus.com bus company or Matkahuolto web-pages for the options.
For timetables and fares, please, see the website of the Finnish railways.
Mikkeli is situated app. 260 km from Helsinki. Depending on where you are coming from, there are different means of transport you might find convenient:
If you are coming from Helsinki Airport through Kouvola, we recommend using train. For timetables and fares, please, see the website of the Finnish railways.
The distance from Helsinki to Savonlinna by road is 335 km.
Depending on the route, the coach travel from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes 5 to 8 hours. Most coaches to Savonlinna leave from the Helsinki city centre but there may also be some coaches leaving directly from the airport. For coach timetables and fares, please, see www.matkahuolto.fi and www.onnibus.com.
An express train journey from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes about 5 hours. If you take a train from the airport, you will have to change the train twice, at Tikkurila and at Parikkala. Please, note that there are two train stations in Savonlinna: Pääskylahti station and Kauppatori station (the end stop in the centre of Savonlinna). If someone is coming to pick you up from the station, tell them at which train station you will get off. Please, also note that it is not possible to purchase tickets on trains but they should be bought beforehand. Information on the timetables and fares can be found at www.vr.fi/en (web pages of the State Railways).
There are flights between Helsinki and Savonlinna from Mondays to Fridays. Flights can be booked without a service fee at norppa.aero or at finnair.com (if your trip includes a connecting flight from Helsinki by Finnair).
Climate / weather
The weather in March in Finland may vary from -15°C to +10°C. It can be freezing, windy, snowy, icy and very slippery or then it can be beautiful, sunny temperatures with a nice spring breeze. Good shoes & warm clothing is recommended.
During the International Week, the participants In Mikkeli will have a chance to take part in the nature experience day. The activities will be planned and organised by students, and part of the activities will be outdoors in Finnish nature, so it is a good idea to bring some warm outdoor clothes and boots with you.
Participants in Kotka campus (in April) have a chance to experience Finnish nature on Wednesday afternoon / evening including Sauna & cold-water swimming possibility.
The guests in Savonlinna will be offered a possibility to have a hot tub and sauna bath as well as to try ice swimming on Tuesday evening.
Therefore we would kindly recommend you to check the weather forecast approx. one week before arrival to Finland. On the website of Finnish Meteorological Institute you can find information about the Finnish climate and check the current forecasts.
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