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Exchange Studies at HAMK

Welcome to start your Exchange Studies with us! Our Exchange Programme is meant for you, if you study in one of our 120 partner institutions around the world.

How to start your exchange studies at HAMK?

To take the first step towards exchange studies at HAMK, start from here:

  1. Check if your current institution and HAMK are partners.
  2. Choose the Programme and studies that fits best for your desired study and career path.
  3. Discuss and agree with your own university’s staff about exchange studies at HAMK.
  4. Check the dates and deadlines for application and starting of the studies
  5. Fill your online application, add the needed attachements and fill the online learning agreement.
  6. When we accept your exchange studies, you will receive more information about the start of your studies to your email. Before that you can find information from our Student Page

1. Check if your university and HAMK are partners:

We welcome firstly students from our partner network and the exchange programme is ment for them.

In special cases, students can be accepted from other instutions. They are called “Freemovers” and you can find more information about this from belowe.

Go to SoleMove system, and click Search-button to see all our partner institutions around the world.

2. Choose the Programme and Studies

The complete module selection for each degree programme will found here after it has published for next academic yer. In addition to the studies offered by the degree programme, there are also some virtual courses available.

A summary of modules offered is given under each degree programme. Students often complete two consecutive modules (2 x 15 ECTS) during one semester. Normally, it is not possible to select single courses from the module, i.e. the whole module has to be completed. Please contact the guidance counsellor of the degree programme for further information.

Please note that the distances between the HAMK campuses range from 10 to 100 kilometre​s. We advise that you select studies only from the campus where your degree programme is situated!

Academic Year 2024-2025

The complete module selection and starting dates of the studies for academic year 2024-2025 will be published in spring 2024.

3. Discuss and Agree with Your Own University

You need an official approvement from your university before you can apply for exchage to us. This approvement is called nomination and it is done by your institutions international coordinator before our deadlines for next semesters.

Needed English level

A good command of English is needed to study at HAMK as an exchange student. HAMK’s recommendation for English language skills is level B2 in The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Exchange students applying to International Business: Students outside the EU that do not study their degree in English, language certification is required when you submit your application; either TOEFL 79 or IELTS 6.0

4. Check the Dates and Deadlines

The nomination deadlines are:

  • 15 April for the autumn semester
  • 15 October for the spring semester

The application and learning agreement deadlines are:

  • 30 April for the autumn semester
  • 30 October for the spring semester

NB: We don’t accept late nominations or applications!

Timing for Nursing Degree Programme (work placement)

Please note that nomination and application times for Nursing degree programme (work placement) differ from the other degree programmes:

The nomination deadlines are:

  • 1 March for the autumn semester
  • 1 October for the spring semester

The application deadlines are:

  • 15 March for the autumn semester
  • 15 October for the spring semester

Spring Semester 2024

The spring semester 2024 starts on 8 January 2024. Firstly you will start with an orientation event, so please arrive to your campus on time. You will receive a more detailed Welcome Letter from the degree programme where you will find more information and contacts. If you have any questions, contact the degree programme.

5. Fill Your Application and Add the Attachment

Check your email

You will receive a link to the application and instructions to your email after your school has officially nominated you as candidate

The email will be sent from the address noreply@solenovo.fi with the title “Instructions for exchange application form of Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK)”. Please also check your junk mail in case the email is there.

Attachments for the Application

  • Motivation Letter: background, expectations for exchange
  • Transcript of Records showing your grades from home university, in English
  • Learning Agreement: see detailed information below at “Learning Agreement”
  • Special requirements for programmes:
    • Applicants to Degree Programme in Design: also portfolio (presentation of previous design work)
    • Applicants to Degree Programme in International Business: students outside the EU that do not study their degree in English, language certification is required when you submit your application; either TOEFL 79 or IELTS 6.0

Learning Agreement

A Learning Agreement is a document in which you list the study modules you want to complete at Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK).

  • If you are applying as an Erasmus student, you do not have to add the Learning Agreement to your SoleMOVE application. You are required to complete the Online Learning Agreement (OLA) and HAMK’s contact person will add the OLA to your SoleMOVE application once they have checked and signed it.
    • OLA, Online Learning Agreement, need to be signed by all three parties: 1. student, 2. responsible person at home institution and 3. responsible person at HAMK
  • If you are not an Erasmus student, add the Learning Agreement – which has been signed by you and the responsible person at your home university – to the Enclosures section in the SoleMOVE application.
    • Please use your home university’s Learning Agreement template. Add the Learning Agreement signed by the student and the responsible person at the student’s home university to the Enclosures section in the SoleMOVE application.
    • After the application has been submitted, HAMK’s guidance counsellor will check and sign the Learning Agreement and will add the final updated Learning Agreement to the Enclosures section of the SoleMOVE application.

Fields of education and HAMK’s responsible person for signing the online learning agreement / learning agreement:

EU subject areaAreaHAMK Degree ProgrammeHAMK’s Signer for LA
0210Arts, not further definedSmart and Sustainable DesignJohanna Ojanen
0410Business and administration, not further definedBusiness AdministrationMarjo Vaalgamaa
0410Business and administration, not further definedEquine Business ManagementAnu Virtanen
0410Business and administration, not further definedInternational BusinessJohanna Heinola-Lepistö
0521Environmental sciencesSustainable DevelopmentAnu Virtanen
0610Information and Communication Technologies (ICTS), not further definedBusiness Information TechnologyAnu Vaaraniemi
0610Information and Communication Technologies (ICTS), not further definedComputer ApplicationsAnu Vaaraniemi
0610Information and Communication Technologies (ICTS), not further definedInformation and Communication TechnologyMarianne Autero
0610Information and Communication Technologies (ICTS), not further definedInformation and Communication Technology, BioeconomySatu Alatalo
0714Electronics and automationElectrical and Automation EngineeringLeena Koivisto
0715Mechanics and metal tradesMechanical Engineering and Production TechnologyKirsi Liimatainen
0721Food processingBiotechnology and Food EngineeringRiitta Rytkönen
0731Architecture and town planningTraffic and Transport ManagementJohanna Nikkola
0732Building and civil engineeringConstruction EngineeringKirsi Liimatainen
0810Agriculture, not further definedAgricultural and Rural IndustriesSari Mäki-Latikka
0812HorticultureHorticultureRiitta Ahokas
0812HorticultureLandscape Design and ConstructionRiitta Ahokas
0821ForestryForestryLauri Värri
0913Nursing and midwiferyNursing, ForssaMinna Määttä
0913Nursing and midwiferyNursing, HämeenlinnaSari Lamminpää 
0923Social work and counsellingSocial ServicesTuija Jurvanen

6. Welcome to HAMK!

When your exchange studies are accepted, we will send you more information about the start of your studies. Meanwhile you can check the all the needed information from our Student Pages!

See you at HAMK!

FAQ – exchange studies

Contact your home institution and your guidance counsellor at HAMK.

Remember to ask for the official Transcript of Records at this address studentservices@hamk.fi.  If any courses are missing, contact your guidance counsellor.

Information for official:

To be able to nominate your students to HAMK, you will need a user account to our SoleMove system. Please contact international@hamk.fi.

Please notice, that we don’t accept late nominations or applications.

We have bilateral agreements with around 120 educational institutions abroad and our whole exchange programme system is based on these agreements. In special cases, students can be accepted as a freemover from outside the above schemes. Due to the limited number of available spots, we prioritise students from our partner institutions. Applications from freemovers will be reviewed only after the available spots have been allocated to students from our partner universities.

The freemover applicant must be a degree student of a higher education institution in the same field of study that the student wishes to study at Häme University of Applied Sciences. The acceptance of a freemover student is done on a case-by-case basis. The freemover student must be nominated by their home institution according to the instructions given on this website.

Tuition fee

HAMK’s tuition fee is applicable to freemover students who are non-EU/EEA citizens and whose home university does not have a student exchange agreement (e.g. Erasmus+, Erasmus+ Global, bilateral) with HAMK.

The tuition fee for bachelor’s studies for one semester is €4850 and for the whole academic year €9700. HAMK does not provide any scholarships for freemover exchange students.

Information Sheets

Contact Information:

If you want to ask something about the exchange studies, please contact international@hamk.fi