The new South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk – started on 1 January 2017 when Kymenlaakso and Mikkeli Universities of Applied Sciences merged.

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

All for the future

Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences (Kyamk) and Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences (Mamk) merged on the beginning of 2017.

The name of the new university of applied sciences is South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk). Xamk is an innovative higher education institution driven by the idea of unlimited lifelong learning and study.

The passion to learn is not bound to time, place or method – it is a way of looking at the world. We promote well-being and sustainable development through global networking and by creating new digital solutions.

The strategic objective is to be among the top five universities of applied sciences in Finland as regards student satisfaction, the organisation of studies and graduates’ employment rate.

One of the goals is to be the largest Finnish university of applied sciences in terms of RDI activities and education provided through the Open University of Applied Sciences.

The new university of applied sciences wants to be a strong and responsible partner that fully exploits its geographical location.

Vision 2020

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences is a pioneer in digital learning, entrepreneurship and Russian co-operation.


Xamk is a higher education institution that focuses on sustainable well-being and technology.

Facts about Xamk

  • 9300 students
  • 750 employees
  • 1700 graduates per year
  • 59 Bachelor’s programmes
  • 26 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 20 countries.  Students can study a whole degree or parts of  them in English. Eight 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.



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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Bring your own device

New students arriving in Xamk from August 2017 on will have our new BYOD-policy in action. For students it means that students primarily use their own devices like laptops.

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Research, development and innovation

Research, development and innovation are part of the basic mission of Xamk.  The concept of research, development and innovation (RDI) refers to applied research to promote business, expertise and competitiveness in the region, as well as national and international innovations.

Regional development and the development of expertise to meet the needs of employers are among the basic undertakings of universities of applied sciences. RDI activities produce research data and new methods, products and services.

RDI activities are carried out through programmes, projects or Bachelor’s and Master’s theses. Xamk has over 150 projects carried out each year.

RDI activities at Xamk focus on four areas of strength

  • digital economy
  • forest, the environment and energy
  • sustainable well-being
  • logistics, marine technology and transport

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 evaluation

Xamk is constantly developing the quality of education, RDI activities, business services and support services on the basis of the user and customer feedback.

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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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