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How Do I Apply or Register for the Studies?

You can start your studies at HAMK in various ways. On this page, we have gathered information for you on applying for studies, whether you are starting your studies at a university for the first time or looking to enhance your skills with shorter courses

Degree-awarding Education

Direct Application to HAMK

When you want to begin your studies at HAMK in our English-taught degrees, you can apply directly to us using our specific application methods.

Application periods for programs starting in Autumn 2024:

  • Bachelor’s Degrees: 1 November 2023 – 31 March 2024
  • Master’s Degrees: 1 February – 31 March 2024

Please notice that due to a large number of applications, the direct application for intake 2024 is currently on hold. The only degree program currently open for application is Smart and Sustainable Design. Read more here.

We will select students for each program during the application period. If a program reaches its maximum capacity, we will stop accepting applications for that program. Therefore, it is important to submit your application as early as possible.

Please note that this application process is different from the Finnish Joint Application and applies exclusively to HAMK.

In this application, we will select most of the students based on their previous school performance or SAT-scores. For more detailed criteria, you can find information on the degree programmes own page:

Finnish National Joint Application

You can apply to several english taught programmes and higher education institutes in Finland at the same time.

Finnish National Joint Application is held on 3 – 17 January 2024 3.00 PM (Finnish time)

You can be selected by your previous school performance (only applicants who have studied in Finland) or by online entrance exam (all applicants).

Check more detailed information from national websites.


You can find all the information for applicants from UAS-info webpages:

International UAS exam is a shared digital entrance exam for Finnihs universities of applied sciences. The exam is conducted entirely online and can be taken from home using your own computer.

Exam will be held on 21 March 2024 at 12:00 am (Finnish Time).

Check our English taught programmes, which are part of Finnish Joint Application:

Application on the Basis of Open UAS Studies

For HAMK’s English taught degrees, application on the basis of open UAS studies is open for students, who have completed the Study path in HAMK’s open UAS. Check more information about the study paths below:

Transfer application

If you are studying at another Finnish university, you can apply for a transfer to HAMK in the middle of your studies! You can transfer to a similar or equivalent program with us as long as:

  • Your studies have progressed according to schedule (45 ECTS credits per academic year), and it is possible for you to complete your degree within the original duration of your studies. Transfer is not possible if it would extend your study period.
  • You have studied at your current university for at least one year (Bachelor’s degree students) or one semester (Master’s degree students)

Please notice: Transfer application is meant only between higher education institutes located in Finland. If you wish to continue your studies in HAMK but you are now studying in university outside of Finland, check other application methods from up.

Check more detailed instructions:

Professional Teacher Education

Joint Application for Professional Teacher Education

You can apply to become a student in HAMK’s Professional Teacher Education programs through the annual joint application process. The application period lasts for about three weeks and takes place in January.

The application form is completed through the national Studyinfo.fi -service, and you can simultaneously apply to vocational teacher education programs in other Finnish higher education institutes.

Explore HAMK’s professional teacher education and check the application deadlines

Open Studies

Open Studies

The Open Studies is suitable for those who wish to study and develop their skills. Your age or educational background doesn’t matter; anyone interested in learning can participate in the studies. However, please note that some courses may have recommended prerequisites.

In open studies, you can find a range of offerings, from short courses lasting a few days to three-month modules.

There are five enrollment periods for open studies each year. You can also find courses, where you can enroll and whenever you prefer.

If you live outside of EU/EEA-area, please notice open studies won’t give you right for student recidence permit to enter Finland. We recommend to choose only online-studies.

Explore HAMK’s open study offerings and find detailed enrollment instructions:

Study Paths

Study paths are designed for those who wish to earn a degree but did not apply through the regular application process. These studies are offered as part of the Open studies, and the fees are in accordance with the Open University’s fee structure.

In study paths, you will study directly within the degree program group. Once you have completed the required number of credits (30-60 credits depending on the program), you can apply to become a degree student.

You can apply for study paths twice a year, in August and December. Check the specific dates on the study paths page and be prepared to act quickly, as the most popular study paths fill up within minutes.

If you live outside of EU/EEA-area, please notice that you can’t enter Finland for a Study Path, as open studies won’t give you right for student recidence permit. We recommend to choose only online-study paths, or different application methods for becoming a degree student.

Explore study paths and find detailed enrollment instructions:

FAQ about applying

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about applying for studies at HAMK.

All applications to HAMK close at 3:00 PM (Finnish time, EEST UTC+3) on the final application day. Remember to start filling out your application well in advance to ensure you have enough time to submit it on time.

More questions?

Degree-awarding Programmes:

Phone: +358 3 646 4503 (At 13.00 – 15.00, Finnish Time)

Professional Teacher Education: