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

Xamk Pulse studies are intended for all regardless of age or educational background.

Xamk Pulse studies also

  • accumulate ECTS credits
  • 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
  • are based on the curricula of Xamk University of Applied Sciences
  • cost EUR 12 / credit or semester fee EUR 175, we also have many courses free of charge
  • are not intended for Xamk degree students.

Do you want to update, expand or deepen your expertise? With Xamk Pulse learning happens your way. Whether you are interested in an individual course or more extensive studies, you can pick and choose from a wide variety of courses offered by Pulse.

The extent and duration of the studies varies, and you can choose the most suitable way of studying for you. Xamk Pulse offers:

  • individual courses, the extent of which is 2-5 ECTS credits. The majority of the courses is carried out online and on a nonstop start basis.
  • Diplomas of Higher Education (in Finnish korkeakouludiplomit) and Expert trainings (in Finnish osaajakoulutukset), which extent is 60 or 30 credits.
  • UAS route studies for general upper secondary students and for vocational students (in Finnish väyläopinnot lukiolaisille and väyläopinnot ammattiin opiskeleville). UAS route studies are open UAS studies that can be completed by upper secondary students as part of their upper secondary level degree in Finland.
  • path studies for students intending to apply for degree studies in Xamk later.


Course calendar

Look at Pulse course calendar and pick the next destination on your path of learning.

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Examples of Pulse studies

Introduction to Video Games Creation, 35 ECTS cr

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

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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 start on nonstop basis and do at your own pace. Courses are free of charge.

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Finnish language and culture

Find our courses of Finnish language and culture. Click the button “Read more and enrol” and you’ll end up to our course calendar.

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OODI studies

New skills and guidance for temporary protection beneficiaries in Finland.

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Pick your courses by topic

Field of technology

Here you can find our courses in the field of technology. Click the button “Find your courses” and you’ll end up to our course calendar. Scroll down and you can see the course selection.

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Health care and rehabilitation

Here you can find our courses related to health care and rehabilitation. Click the button “Find your courses” and you’ll end up to our course calendar. Scroll down and you can see the course selection.

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Management and leadership

Here you can find our courses related to management and leadership. Click the button “Find your courses” and you’ll end up to our course calendar. Scroll down and you can see the course selection.

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individual expertise route


Individual expertise route to entrepreneurship

Embarking on the path of entrepreneurship requires courage and daring to realize one’s own dream. However, entrepreneurship opens many new doors, and you can take your career in exactly the direction you want. Self-development and identifying and utilizing one’s own strengths are also an important part of entrepreneurship.

This individual expertise route is for those who intend to become an entrepreneur. The route has been designed to support your success regardless of the industry. We offer a diverse selection of study courses, which allow you to use the latest information and the lessons of experts. Choose all or choose the options that best support your skills!

What is your individual route to expertise? Choose all or pick the ones that suit you best.

​​​​​​​Do you need help with route choices? Contact us, let’s plan together: openstudies@xamk.fi.

Tips when planning your own route

  • The courses are scheduled for different months in such a way that their completion time starts during that month. So register in time!
  • Registration for almost all courses are already open, but you should register for nonstop courses when you actually have time to start. 
  • Courses that are not starting nonstop have a registration deadline that is mentioned in connection with the name of the course.
  • If you study alongside work, the appropriate number of studies is approx. 2–5 credits per month.



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Information on Pulse studies

Welcome to study at Xamk Pulse

  • What to consider when planning to start your studies at Xamk Pulse?
  • What happens after enrolling?
  • Who to contact if you need further advice?

Xamk Pulse’s staff is happy to help you. You can contact us by email or by calling us.

Check out our versatile list of courses at www.xamk.fi/openstudies and www.xamk.fi/koulutuskalenteri

The largest Open University of Applied Sciences in Finland is here for you!

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, open path students are taken in enrolment order
  • Enrolment takes place twice a year in August and December (studies start in September or January).
  • Path studies are carried out in Finland, on Xamk campuses or in some cases online.
  • Path studies cost EUR 175 per semester (spring/fall), EUR 350 for the whole academic year.
  • After completing the first year´s studies, you are eligible to apply for a place in degree studies on the basis of completed credits. More info here.


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


Introducing our students

Get to know Introduction to Video Games Creation (IVGCC) students

IVGCC provided Jenni hands-on experience in video games development


Uka Cyprian studied online Master's level course ''Strategic mangement'' and was inspired to start his own business.


There is something that makes you learn without feeling the pain that is usually attached to studying.

Victor completed the diploma of tourism and business management.


Ukraininan Yelyzaveta recommends the Pulse studies for everyone. Read more about her journey to Finland and the studies at Pulse.

Read more stories of Xamk Pulse students

Get inspired and start your studies today.

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facts and figures

Open Higher education in Finland

Open Studies in Finland


What are ECTS credits?

European Commission

Finnish education system

Ministry of Education on Culture

Contact us

Do you have a question? Contact us or visit our office!

We primarily respond to students’ inquiries by email within three working days. If you want to visit, Xamk Pulse offices are open on Wednesdays from 9 am to 3 pm at all four Xamk’s campuses in Kotka, Kouvola, Mikkeli and Savonlinna.

If you have questions about enrolment, student IDs, course fees, transcripts of records and study certificates or other study policies, you can find more information here.

If you can’t find an answer on our website or if you need advice on planning your open UAS studies, please contact our education experts. We are happy to help you in English and in Finnish! Unfortunately, our customer service is not available in other languages. You can contact us at openstudies@xamk.fi

Suggest a new course

Here you can suggest new course ideas to Open UAS and request to be contacted.


Applying to degree studies at Xamk


Study options at Xamk

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