Dear Partner,

 

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.

The week’s theme is related to wellbeing. More information about the arranging departments, programme and other information is available below.

 

 

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.


You are warmly welcome to take part in the International Week!

Promoting wellbeing through social interaction

The international week will be organized on three Xamk campuses, i.e. in Kotka, Mikkeli and Savonlinna.

The week will be arranged in

  • Mikkeli and Savonlinna on 14 – 18 March 2022
  • Kotka on 2 – 6 May 2022 

The International Week will be organized by the following four departments: 

  • Department of Social Sciences and Health Care
  • Department of Sports and Rehabilitation
  • Department of Tourism, Hospitality Management and Youth Work, and
  • Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Focus Area of Sustainable Wellbeing

 

The main theme of the week in Mikkeli will be

Promoting wellbeing through social interaction. How to provide high-quality services?

Under the main theme, we will also focus on current related topics in different fields of welfare, such as:

  • NatureArt and Wellbeing 
  • Service Quality and Customer Experience
  • Participation          
  • Digital Wellbeing Services 
  • Wellbeing Tourism

In Kotka the themes are Professional Ethics & Structural Social Work & Media Skills in Social Work

Kotka

Programme

Mikkeli

Programme

Savonlinna

Programme

Enrolment

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). 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. 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.​​

The deadline for enrolments and abstracts for teacher exchange applicants was 11 February 2022 for
Kotka and Mikkeli week.

Please do not make any travel arrangements before you have received confirmation information from the campus responsible person.


Entering Finland

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Coronavirus pandemic

Please, have a look at Xamk’s coronavirus instructions.

 

 

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kotka

In the following you can find the options for accommodation in Kotka.

We highly recommend to use these links and contact directly the hotel and mention Xamk IW2022 in the reservation; I have asked discounted room prices for you:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation in Mikkeli

In the following you can find the options for accommodation in Mikkeli:

 

Accommodation in Savonlinna

In the following you can find the options for accommodation in Savonlinna:

Travelling

To Kotka

Kotka is situated some 130 km from Helsinki, 270 km from St. Petersburg and 60 km from Kouvola. Depending on where you are coming from, there are different means of transport you might find convenient:

By Coach
If you are traveling 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.

By Train
For timetables and fares, please, see the website of the Finnish railways.

 

Useful information:

From the airport to Helsinki with Train P or I : terminal T1 arrivals floor

Helsinki – Kotka: Onnibus 

Matkahuolto Travel & transport services 

Kouvola – Kotka: VR railway company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travelling

To Mikkeli 

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:

By Coach
If you are traveling via Helsinki Airport, you most likely will prefer to use a bus connection, please, check Matkahuolto Travel Services or Onnibus bus company web-pages for the options.

By Train
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.

 

To Savonlinna

The distance from Helsinki to Savonlinna by road is 335 km. From Helsinki airport you can either fly directly to Savonlinna airport or take a train or coach from the airport or centre of Helsinki. The airport buses shuttle between Helsinki-Vantaa airport and Helsinki main railway station. There are also some buses that leave for Savonlinna directly from the airport.

By Coach
There are several coach connections from Helsinki to Savonlinna every day. Depending on the route, the coach travel takes from five to eight hours. lease, check Matkahuolto Travel Services or Onnibus bus company web-pages for the options.

By Train
An express train journey from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes about 5 hours (change trains 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, please, inform at which train station you will get off. For timetables and fares, please, see the website of the Finnish railways.

By Plane
The flying time from Helsinki airport to Savonlinna airport is about 55 minutes. There are flights between Helsinki and Savonlinna on weekdays (Mon-Fri) but not at weekends. For flight connections between the two cities, please, see the website of Transaviabaltika. Please, also note that the citizens of non-EU-countries have to pick up their luggage at Helsinki airport and take them through the customs because there is no customs in Savonlinna.

 

 

Climate


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. 

In May we hope to have already little bit warmer weather, but year 2022 has been really cold and we still have snow (in the middle of April).  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 organized 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 week also have a chance to experience Finnish nature in Markkula where we spend Wednesday afternoon (also Sauna & swimming possibility). ​

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

Contact information

Kotka 

International Services Advisor
Sari Pieviläinen
+358 44 702 8236
sari.pievilainen@xamk.fi

Kotka Campus – Xamk

 

 

 

Mikkeli

International Services Advisor
Ulla Vuorinen
+358 400 872 764
ulla.vuorinen@xamk.fi

Savonlinna

International Services Advisor
Lea Reponen
+358 50 312 5072
lea.reponen@xamk.fi