South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Xamk, is one of the biggest universities of applied sciences in Finland. We offer degree studies in English and Finnish as well as studies that do not result in graduation. We also offer language studies and higher education preparatory studies for immigrants.

Higher education in Finland

Finland has two types of higher education institutions: universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS).

Universities of applied sciences (UAS for short) offer professionally oriented higher education on bachelor’s and master’s level, and have strong ties with working life and regional development.

Universities focus on scientific research and the education they provide is based on it. They offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral (PhD) level studies.

Study and research opportunities in Finnish higher education on Study in Finland website

Application for degree programmes

Spring joint application period 13 – 27 March 2024

The Joint Application is open for those who have completed an upper secondary level diploma (high school). The requirement for Master’s degree programmes is a suitable higher education degree and at least two years of relevant work experience after completing the degree.

If you cannot submit documentary evidence of your qualification when applying, you can submit a copy of the decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection in Finland.

See timetables and available programmes here. Note that the degree programmes offered for applying are all in Finnish language. The next joint application period for English language degree programmes will be in autumn 2024.

Scholarship for humanitarian reasons

Degree programmes in which the language of instruction is English include a tuition fee. Xamk offers a scholarship for humanitarian reasons for the citizens of Ukraine for the academic year 2024-2025.

The scholarship is an exemption from the tuition fee for the mentioned academic year (first study year).

You do not have to apply for the scholarship separately, it is granted automatically based on proof of citizenship on your application form (passport ID data page). On the application form on Studyinfo, you inform if you have a document that exempts you from the tuition fee. The question is common to all universities and the answer “I don’t have any of the above mentioned documents” will not cause any problems with the scholarship for humanitarian reasons at Xamk.

Degree programmes in English

Bachelor’s degrees

Master’s degrees

How to apply

All instructions for applying to degree studies

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Why choose Xamk

Studying at Xamk

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Xamk Open University of Applied Sciences is known as Xamk Pulse. Our courses are available for all, regardless of age or educational background. On Xamk Pulse courses you can update, expand and deepen your expertise. Most of the studies are carried out online and many of them are free of charge.

Pulse offers OODI studies (New skills and guidance for temporary protection beneficiaries in Finland) free of charge for those who have been granted temporary protection in Finland.

Xamk Pulse offers also other studies, for example:

  • single courses, extent 2 – 5 ECTS credits
  • path studies, extent 60 ECTS credits (1 year).

You can find all our studies in our course calendar.


OODI studies

Read more about the OODI studies that are aimed to persons who have been granted temporary protection in Finland.

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More information about Xamk Pulse studies

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Ukrainian Yelyzaveta has studied in Xamk Pulse and thinks that Pulse offers excellent opportunity for lifelong learning.

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Higher education preparatory programme for immigrants (in Finnish language)

The programme is intended for immigrants whose Finnish language skills are on proficiency level B1 at minimum, and whose goal is to apply to a degree programme conducted in Finnish in a Finnish UAS or university. The next preparatory programme is starting in spring 2024 and the application for it will open in November 2023. More information is available here..



Separate study right

The next application for a separate study right at Xamk has not been confirmed. You can apply for a study place in Joint Application. The degree studies are based on a personal study plan where your prior higher education studies are considered.

The separate study right is available for Ukrainians who already have a study place in a University / Academy / Higher Educational Institution in Ukraine.​ This study opportunity is aimed at students who have an existing, valid right to study at a Ukrainian university, and whose studies have been discontinued due to the war.

Studies in the separate study right are free of charge for the student.

The separate study rights are granted based on the compatibility of applicants’ earlier studies with those offered by Xamk UAS and English language skills. You must satisfy specific academic and language requirements (online English language test).

  • The  study right lasts for 2 years / 120 ECTS cr
  • Studies in the separate study right do not lead to a degree​
  • Possibility to apply for a place in degree studies after 1 or 2 years on the basis of credits completed during the separate study right.

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Admission Services

  • Degree studies
  • Separate study right
  • Higher education preparatory programme for immigrants

Contact details (service in English/Finnish)

tel. and WhatsApp +358 50 345 8602, +358 50 312 5031
Offices in Kouvola and Mikkeli (open by appointment)

Open UAS Office

  • Single courses in Open UAS
  • Path studies in Open UAS

Contact details (service in English/Finnish)

tel. and WhatsApp: +358 40 826 6050, +358 50 349 4009