Xamk Open University of Applied Sciences is the largest and most popular Open University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Xamk, is the 5th largest University of Applied Sciences in Finland. We are located in the South-East of Finland on four campuses in Savonlinna, Mikkeli, Kouvola and Kotka. Our Open University (OUAS) offers the same courses our degree students participate in, open for anyone interested in the subject.

Xamk OUAS studies

  • are intended for all regardless of age or educational background
  • are based on the curricula of Xamk University of Applied Sciences
  • are carried out either online or among degree programme students on our campuses in Finland
  • do not result in graduation and are therefore not regarded as full-time studies
  • accumulate ECTS credits
  • cost EUR 12 / credit
  • are not intended for Xamk degree students

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Thank you and your team for making this course free and available to everyone, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it, coming from a city and country where there is absolutely no possibility to learn game development properly. You have done huge work, and it’s very inspiring to know dedicated people such as you. I’m enjoying your course already very much. – Kateryna from Ukraine –

As I saw the advertisement I said yeah I’m in! I don’t know how happy I’m now to be part of this wonderful journey about something that I really love! I really wanna thank everyone who made this course possible to be accessed online and for free. – Yahya from Iraq – 

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Open UAS studies are for you if you:
- want to update, develop or enhance your expertise,
- are considering studies at an university of applied sciences in the future
- are into increasing your general knowledge of areas of your interest

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Pulse studies for Ukrainians

Free Open University of Applied Sciences courses

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences expresses solidarity to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Xamk is providing its Open University of Applied Sciences courses free of charge to Ukrainians who have fled the war in their home country and arrived in Finland. Ukrainians living in Finland who have arrived in the country before the war, are also entitled to this opportunity.

How to start?

  • Fill in the order form for a Xamk Pulse voucher by clicking the button ‘Receive your Xamk Pulse voucher’ below.
  • You can check the studies on our website before completing the order form.
  • We will process your information in approximately 1-3 working days.
  • We will send you your Xamk Pulse voucher by email. Please also notice that our emails may end up in the spam/junk mailbox.
  • You can enrol on Xamk Pulse studies only after you receive your voucher.


How to choose a course?

We offer various courses in different fields ie. language, business and social and health care. Find the online courses that interest you the most:

Some of our courses are free of charge to everybody and some of them are subject to charge. But for Ukrainians with vouchers, all Open University of Applied Sciences courses taught in English or Russian are free of charge.

When can I study?

You can start your studies during this year. The studies should be completed by 31st of December 2022.

Need More information?

  • You can read more about the studies from the voucher form.
  • More about Xamk Pulse studies on our website.
  • If you have questions, please contact us by email: openstudies@xamk.fi.



You are entitled to a Xamk Pulse voucher, if you are a Ukrainian citizen living temporarily of permanently in Finland.

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Xamk Pulse Studies

Courses in different fields, study language in English. You can study online!

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examples of Open UAS courses

Xamk Open University Introduction to Video Games Creation

Free Online: Introduction to Video Games Creation, 25 ECTS cr

97 % of course participants are willing to recommend our online course on Introduction to Video Games Creation!

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Free Online: Nursing of children and young persons (nonstop start), 3 ECTS cr

Time: Students can start their studies approximately within a week after enrolling on this course. The estimated time for completing this course is two months.

Enrolment by: 18 December 2022

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Free Online: Cognitive functions in neurological diseases (nonstop start), 5 ECTS cr

Time: Students can start their studies approximately within a week after enrolling on this course. The estimated time for completing this course is three months.

Enrolment by: 18 December 2022

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Diploma of Higher Education in Tourism and Service Business Management, 60 credits

Gain expertise in rapidly growing tourism industry! The diploma consists of 3 modules and a total of 12 courses, which you can do at your own pace.


  • Destination Finland, starting 5/2023
  • Management and workplace skills, starting 9/2023
  • Tourism safety management, starting 9/2023
  • Intercultural communication, starting 9/2023


  • Hospitality management, starting 9/2023
  • Customer oriented marketing, starting 9/2023
  • Digital skills in hospitality service production, starting 9/2023
  • Customer insight and customer experience, starting 9/2023


  • Responsibility in hospitality business development, starting 9/2023
  • Experience and well-being services, starting 9/2023
  • Customizes services in hospitality business, starting 9/2023
  • Profitability and financial planning, starting 9/2023

Diploma studies are free of charge. Enrolment opens in Autumn 2022.

Practices of Xamk Open UAS


  • As studying in Open University does not result in graduation, you are not entitled to a study grant or other study-related social benefits. Unemployed job seeker can usually complete studies without losing unemployment compensation. However, it is strongly recommended to ask your own labor union, the employment agency or Kela for the decision in advance.
  • If you are interested in studying a bachelor´s or master´s degree with Xamk in Finland, follow the links at the end of this page.


  • Students are taken in the enrolment order on the Open University courses.
  • In the case that the course is full, you can still enrol on a waiting list. If a vacant place comes available, you will be notified by e-mail. You have to confirm the offered place within 24 hours of the e-mail’s arrival.
  • The online enrolment ends approximately 2 weeks before the starting date of the course.
  • We also offer Nonstop start courses that run throughout the year. In nonstop start courses, students can start their studies approximately within a week after enrolling.
  • In some cases our staff may ask you to show a proof of your identity – in that case you need to have a valid document, e.g. a passport or an ID.


  • Xamk Pulse open UAS offers an affordable way of studying. Xamk Pulse studies cost either EUR 12 per 1 ECTS credit or a semester fee (autumn or spring) of EUR 175.
  • Xamk Pulse studies are free of charge for:
    • students at Finnish upper secondary schools and vocational schools (in Finnish lukioammattiopisto and kansanopisto).
    • Xamk graduates with graduation after 1st January 2021 for a period of two years after graduation.
    • In addition, each semester we offer a wide variety of courses that are free of charge to everyone.
  • Additional payments fees for materials or tests for different permits or qualifications, which may apply in some courses, are charged to all students.
  • You can read more about course fees here.


  • Xamk Open University studies are based on the curricula of Xamk degree studies.
  • By completing Open University courses or study modules you will be awarded with ECTS credits.
  • If you later apply to degree studies in Xamk, the accumulated credits from Open University can to a certain amount be accepted as a part of your degree studies.


  • Completed courses are graded on the scale 1 – 5 or with H “accepted”. The evaluation is carried out by the lecturers responsible for the course. Factors that affect the grading are presence at the lectures and/or both written and spoken assignments according to the instructions given at the beginning of each course
  • The Finnish Grading Scale (5-H) / The ECTS Grading Scale (A-F)

5 = excellent: outstanding performance with only minor errors A
4 = very good: above average but with some errors B
3 = good: generally sound work with a number of notable errors C
2 = satisfactory: fair but with significant shortcomings D
1 = sufficient: performance meets the minimum criteria E
0 = fail: some more work required before the credit can be awarded FX
0 = fail: considerable further work is required F
H = accepted


  • At the end of your open UAS studies, you can request a Transcript of Records or you can create an electronically signed transcript yourself. More info here.
  • If you later become a full-time student at Xamk University of Applied Sciences, your studies at Open UAS can to a certain extent be included in your degree studies. When starting degree studies, remember to discuss the eligibility of the credit transfer with your lecturer.

You are requested to submit student grades using the Finnish Grading Scale.
It is advisable to work with percentages and then convert into the Finnish Grading Scale, i.e.

89 – 100 p. = 5 (Excellent )
77 – 88 p. = 4 (Very good)
65 – 76 p. = 3 (Good )
53 – 64 p. = 2 (Highly satisfactory)
40 – 52 p. = 1 (Satisfactory)
The student’s annual workload of 1600 hours is worth 60 ECTS credits.

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Are you planning to study at Xamk OUAS or have you already enrolled for studies or maybe even completed your studies at Xamk OUAS?

Information on OUAS studies

Open path studies


The idea of path studies is to study first year of degree studies amongst degree students as a full member of the group. The aim is to complete a certain amount of credits during that first year. Path studies do not result in graduation.

  • There is no application process to path studies, instead we take students in the order of enrolment.
  • Enrolment takes place twice a year in August and December (enrolment on studies starting in September or January).
  • Path studies are on campus studies in Finland or in some cases online studies.
  • Path students are charged 175 euros per semester (spring/fall).
  • After completing the first year´s studies, you are eligible to apply for a place in degree studies on the basis of credits completed. More info here.


  • If you decide to come and study in Finland, depending on your nationality, you may need a visa or residence permit. You cannot get a residence permit based on Open UAS studies. More info here.
  • Foreign students are not covered by the statutory accident insurance or the voluntary group accident insurance of Xamk. It is recommended that you take your own insurance.


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Thank you from Nigeria

“I am sincerely honoured to have been part of your generosity, which has allowed me to acquire more knowledge in the field of Strategic management.

Your generosity encourages me not only to continue to be hopeful through difficult times of not having enough to sponsor my education, but inspired me to continue on my academic path as I hope to be well educated. When I left the polytechnic in 2006, I knew in my heart that one day I had to go back and acquire more knowledge, and because of your Open University program I am one step closer to actualizing it. Finnish Universities are good, but South Eastern Finland University of Applied Science is the best.”

Uka Cyprian, Nigeria

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On her way to dynamic and charismatic leadership

Indian Kritika Chopra took an online course on Leadership with Xamk OUAS

Xamk Open UAS set Zehira up for full-time studies

Bahamian Zehira studied online with Finnish Xamk Open UAS

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