Kotka Campus is located in the lush green Metsola district, approximately 5 km from the centre of Kotka. It is close to both the seaside and the Kymi river.

International degree programmes conducted in English:

Campus provides education in Finnish in following fields:

  • social services and health care
  • business administration
  • technology and seafaring.


Coming to study in Kotka?

See relevant links for new students on this website (e.g. student housing).

Broad range of services

Students and visitor find all the important services in the campus

  • Restaurant Junnu
  • Student health care, psychologist and university chaplain
  • Library, student and international services
  • Student Union
  • Research and development services
  • Gym hall

New in Kotka: Degree Programme in Nursing!

Our new degree programme gives you an opportunity to study both nursing and Finnish language!

In the beginning, the studies will mostly be conducted in English, with Finnish language teaching gradually taking over. During the studies, the Finnish language skills are improved, and by the time of graduation you will have reached the sufficient language proficiency in order to work in Finland as a nurse. You can start your Finnish language studies from the beginning or continue them from the level you are now.

Degree programme in nursing starts in autum 2022 – you can apply to it jont apllication in January 2022. Read more about degree programme in Nursing!

New Kotka Campus in centre of Kotka - coming in 2024




South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
Pääskysentie 1
FI-48220 Kotka


Kotka is located in Kymenlaakso region. Kymenlaakso is a province Southeast Finland with a population of 185,000.  Distance to the Helsinki capital region is about 130 km and to the St Petersburg region about 270 km.

Kotka is a seaport on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, with a population of 55,000. The city is famous for its parks and cultural life. In addition to the archipelago, the city’s maritime attractions include the Sapokka water garden, the Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge and the Maretarium aquarium. The Maritime Centre Vellamo introduces you to the history of Kotka and Kymenlaakso, as well as the maritime history of Finland.

The city offers plenty of opportunities for sports and other leisure activities. Those interested in culture will enjoy the productions of Kotka City Theatre, the concerts of Kymi Sinfonietta and the many literary events and art exhibitions. Kotka Maritime Festival is the most famous summer event in the city.

Kotka also offers good opportunities for shopping, including the Pasaati shopping centre, many speciality stores and the hypermarkets in Jumalniemi and Sutela. Local and regional buses take you around the city and to the neighbouring towns. There are buses to Helsinki approximately every half hour and several local trains to Kouvola each day. In summer, the archipelago is easily accessible by public transport from the Sapokka marina.

Welcome to study at Kotka

Get to know Kotka

Accomodation in Kotka

Student housing is provided by a separate housing organisation (not the university).


Accommodation provided by THE Roomz

THE Roomz provides cozy student residences (private room with bathroom, shared common areas) for Xamk’s international students coming to Kotka. Rooms are furnished and ready for moving in (including furniture, sheets and towels, kitchenware, equipment and free wi-fi).

Pricing is 390 EUR/month for a smaller and 425 EUR/month for a bigger room – which can also be shared for two persons. Rent includes electricity, heating, water, use of common spaces, wi-fi, sauna, trash collection and laundry room.

Please note that we have limited number of furnished rooms to offer. Fill in the application form by 23 July 2023 and email it to: info(a)roomz.fi. All applicants will be contacted individually.

Room at THE Roomz
Kitchen at THE Roomz

Getting to Kotka

  • if you are coming from Helsinki city center or other cities in Finland, please, check Matkahuolto of Onnibus web pages for the options
  • if you are coming through Kouvola, we recommend using train
  • if you are travelling via Helsinki Airport, you most likely will prefer to use a bus connection

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