Come and study!

Studies at Open University of Applied Sciences
~ are intended for all regardless of age or educational background
~ base on the curricula of Xamk University of Applied Sciences
~ are carried out either among degree programme students or in separately organized groups
~ do not result in graduation and are therefore not regarded as full-time studies.

Open UAS studies are for you if you

~ want to update, develop or enhance your expertise,
~ are considering studies at an university of applied sciences in the future or
~ are into increasing your general knowledge of areas of your interest

However, OUAS studies are not for Xamk’s degree students.

Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS.

All of our online courses in English are free of charge. For other courses the fee is EUR 10 / credit.

Our courses can be found here.


As a student at OUAS
you are not entitled to a study grant or other study-related social benefits. Unemployed job seeker can usually complete studies without losing unemployment compensation. However, it is strongly recommended to ask your own labor union, the employment agency or Kela for the decision in advance. More information here. In order to complete a degree at Xamk, you must have the qualifications required for UAS studies. More information at

International students
If you are planning to come and study in Finland, depending on your nationality, you may need a visa or residence permit. These permits are not granted solely based on open UAS studies. For further information please visit Study in Finland or website of the Finnish Immigration Service.

Foreign students are not covered by the statutory accident insurance or the voluntary group accident insurance of Xamk. It is recommended that you take your own insurance.

We will be back at the office on 1st of August.

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Grading system

At the end of your open UAS studies, you will receive an official certificate. However, if you are studying our online courses, and you are not a citizen of Finland, you will receive the certificate by email in PDF-form. If you later become a full-time student at Xamk University of Applied Sciences, your studies at Open UAS can be included in your degree studies. When starting degree studies, remember to discuss the eligibility of the credit transfer with your lecturer.

Grading Scale
Completed courses are graded on the scale 1 – 5 or with H ”accepted”. The evaluation is carried out by the lecturers responsible for the course. Factors that affect the grading are presence at the lectures and both written and spoken assignments according to the instructions given at the beginning of each course.

Grading system

The following grading system is in use:
The Finnish Grading Scale (5-H) / The ECTS Grading Scale (A-F)

5 = excellent: outstanding performance with only minor errors A
4 = very good: above average but with some errors B
3 = good: generally sound work with a number of notable errors C
2 = satisfactory: fair but with significant shortcomings D
1 = sufficient: performance meets the minimum criteria E
0 = fail: some more work required before the credit can be awarded FX
0 = fail: considerable further work is required F
H = accepted

You are requested to submit student grades using the Finnish Grading Scale.
It is advisable to work with percentages and then convert into the Finnish Grading Scale, i.e.

89 – 100 p. = 5 (Excellent )
77 – 88 p. = 4 (Very good)
65 – 76 p. = 3 (Good )
53 – 64 p. = 2 (Highly satisfactory)
40 – 52 p. = 1 (Satisfactory)
The student’s annual workload of 1600 hours is worth 60 ECTS credits.

Contact information

email: openstudies(a)
mobilephone: +358 40 8266 050 (Yes, I’m using WhatsApp!)
Xamk Open UAS office: X-building 2nd floor, room X206
Address: Patteristonkatu 3, 50100 Mikkeli, Finland

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