At Xamk, learning is unlimited. Our campus is the world – the bases are located in Kotka, Kouvola, Mikkeli and Savonlinna.

All for the future

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk – is an institute of higher education which focuses on

  • wellbeing,
  • technology and
  • creative industries.

Xamk is the 5th largest university of applied sciences in Finland.  We provide education in eight fields of study, participate in research and development and provide services to the businesses and residents of the area. There are campuses in four towns: Kotka, Kouvola, Mikkeli and Savonlinna.

International cooperation is an important part of our profile, with more than 350 partner educational institutions around the globe.

Xamk is a strong implementer of RDI activities and it is currently Finland’s largest UAS in the field of RDI, based on external financing alone. There are over 170 ongoing projects annually, in which our experts find, test and develop new products and services, or conduct research for future needs.

Facts about Xamk

  • 9400 students
  • 750 employees
  • 1700 graduates per year
  • 62 Bachelor’s programmes
  • 27 Master’s programmes
  • 4 campuses
  • 350 partner institutions around the world
  • Region of operations: Southern Savonia and Kymenlaakso
  • Second largest UAS in Finland in terms of budget; annual turnover EUR 70 million
  • Extensive RDI activities
  • Versatile services
  • president and CEO Heikki Saastamoinen

International activities

International activities promote students’ ability to work in international and  multicultural environments.  We receive approximately 600 international students each
year, representing over 60 countries.  Students can study a whole degree or parts of  them in English. Five bachelor’s degree programmes and three master’s degree programmes are taught fully in English.

Xamk’s international networks provide access to studies and work placements abroad.  Xamk has approximately 350 partner schools.

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Xamk provides a broad range of education services.

  • bachelor’s and master’s programmes
  • open UAS studies and study paths
  • multidisciplinary continuing education
  • specialisation education
  • apprenticeship training in higher education

Full-time studies leading to a bachelor-level degree last 3.5-4 years (210-240 ECTS).

You can apply to study for a master’s degree if you have a degree from a university of applied sciences or another higher education degree plus at least three years of work experience in the relevant field of study. Studies in a master-level degree programme take 2.5 years (90 ECTS).

Open UAS

Anyone interested in studying may take Open UAS courses, regardless of age and previous education. Open UAS studies do not lead to a degree but may be recognised as prior learning if you become a degree student in the same field of study. Students may choose individual courses or larger modules (study paths).

Students give good feedback on Xamk

  • Education appreciated by employers
  • Flexible learning anytime, anywhere
  • Relaxed study environment, good team spirit, nice campuses
  • Efficient support services – students are not left alone with their problems
  • Good opportunities for student exchange around the world

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Bachelor's degree programmes

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Master's degree programmes

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Double degrees

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Open university of applied sciences

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Research, development and innovation

Research, development and innovation activities (RDI) are one of the mandated tasks of universities of applied sciences. Universities of applied sciences produce research data and new methods as well as products and services according to regional needs. In addition, RDI activities serve studies at the universities of applied sciences and their development. RDI activities are guided by e.g. EU and regional strategies.

As a research and development organisation, Xamk is focused on enhancing the vitality of its region of operations, which includes Kouvola, Kotka, Mikkeli and Savonlinna. The goal is to promote business, expertise and competitiveness in the region, and generate novel national and international innovations. In addition, our focus areas and spearheads of competence constitute national and international top expertise that serves, for example, the largest companies in Finland and the export industry.

Our focus areas

  • Digital Economy
  • Forest, the Environment and Energy
  • Sustainable Wellbeing
  • Logistics and Seafaring


Xamk is a strong implementer of RDI activities and it is currently Finland’s largest UAS in the field of RDI, based on external financing alone. There are over 170 ongoing projects annually, in which our experts find, test and develop new products and services, or conduct research for future needs.

Research cooperation is done with industries, NGOs, public bodies, companies, universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutes. At the international level, our RDI activities are mainly focused on Europe, the Baltic Sea Region and Russia.

Main funding sources for the RDI activities include e.g. EU Structural Funds, other EU and international research programs, Academy of Finland, Business Finland, foundations, companies and other organizations.

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Read more about RDI activities,  focus areas, research centres and projects. 

Broad range of services

Xamk offers a broad range of services.

  • Laboratory and studio services
  • Analysis, measurement and testing services
  • Trainees and project employees
  • Tailored training and expert services for workplaces
  • Conference and restaurant services


Campuses in four towns

Xamk has four modern campuses located in Kymenlaakso end Southern Savonia regions. Campuses are  conveniently located in the town centre or nearby.

The range of services on campus is wide: restaurants, cafés, libraries, indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities, as well as services to promote studying and student well-being.

The learning environments – classrooms, auditoriums, laboratories, workshops, etc. – are modern and comfortable. In addition to providing education, all campuses engage in a diverse range of research and development activities and provide services.

Safety is important at Xamk – get to know safety-guick guide.


Quality and assessment

Xamk constantly develops the quality of education, RDI activities, business services and support services based on the user and customer feedback we receive.

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The Data Protection Announcement is a general description of how personal data is processed at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences.

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