5 reasons why you should choose Xamk as a place to study


It’s Finland baby

Finland has been declared as the happiest country on this planet. Is it true? Of course not, there is no happy place until you make one for yourself, and Finland might become this small spot just for you, you will never know until you try it out. Finland does have its own pros and cons. Yes, it’s cold, windy, the beer is quite expensive, but that’s not what matters! (it does a bit to me, like it’s October and it snows, it’s crazy, mate). “There are only three ways to motivate a person – money, fear and hunger” (Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation). How does that even relate to the topic? It does not, just wanted to put it here, but if being serious, this quote does have a bit of sense in it.  Choose Finland, study well, and get a good job in the EU. That is a guide how to make any Russian come over here, but it’s not that easy for any student from the EU or a Finnish high-schooler. This amazing Nordic country will amaze you from the very beginning of your stay, trust me. The air is amazingly fresh and outside it is cleaner than the teeth of American actors. People are quite shy in the beginning, but as soon as you get to know Finnish people, you get struck by their sense of humour and love to love people around.

Did I convince you to choose Finland? Probably not, but we still have four points to go through, so get ready for more awesome points and references and unnecessary jokes (because it’s the author’s right to make them.)

Xamk’s grants

Money, money, money again. This point will mostly convince those who come from an area with enemies’ high levels from the very beginning (talking of non-EU countries here). If you don’t have an EU passport, your butt is not being kissed from the moment you were born and you don’t get grants and money just for existing, well welcome to the club buddy! If you are from any of the CIS countries, India or Asia, we are all in the same boat here. You want to find a university that will provide you with good education, future opportunities and yet another point that will be discussed later, and at the same time, the education price should not bankrupt your parent’s bank account. Xamk gives you this opportunity, the price for one academic year is €6,000 and it’s a fairly good price, but that’s not the best part. The best part is the grant that you can get just for passing your compulsory studies that you would have to pass anyway. The grant gives back 50 % of your investment! This is not a sales pitch but it does sound tempting, doesn’t it?

The most creative and exciting ways to study

Yes, Finland isn’t the most exciting and fun country, but still the Finnish sense of humour will be better than German anyway… Even though Helsinki is the most boring city in Europe (Google it, its official now), teachers, students and people surrounding you create the atmosphere and in Xamk you will get a bunch of funny friends that will motivate you to study and develop with them.

Given opportunities

Internships, meetings with huge Finnish businesses, lectures given by successful business people/artists depending on the program you choose. All that is available for you over here. You can read more on the official Xamk website.

Leave your comfort zone

As mentioned before, the country is cold and people are shy in the beginning, so doesn’t it sound like a challenge? Everyone likes to challenge themself occasionally and, at your age, (I would guess it’s from 17 to 23) it’s the best time to put yourself outside of your comfort zone and face it all. Obviously you will still depend on your parent’s money, but the amount of free time here easily allows you to find a part-time job, I am sure you are well aware of the salaries in Finland, so the amount you earn here is comfortable enough.


– Dmitry Kozyukov, Business Administrator student and Student Ambassador at Xamk