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Welcome to HAMK, you’re here to make a change!

Thank you for choosing HAMK as your place of study! On this page, we have compiled information for a smooth start to your studies.

Did you start your studies at HAMK but are not pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree? Here you will find instructions for other new students:

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We´re happy to have you with us

We hope that studying with us will be an opportunity for you to gain new experiences and collect best tools for your future career.

At HAMK, studying is about doing and acting together. We embrace student-centred approaches and support you in developing your own study path according to your interests. All of us – students, teachers, staff members and other stakeholders – have their own role in making this experience the best it can be.

We are proud of being able to enhance your learning experience through our caring environment and supportive community. HAMK values and respects students from all over the world, no matter their age, gender, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, or any needs that students may have.

All the important information to start your journey at HAMK is covered here. We will guide you through the registration process to become a student at HAMK and through the immigration process to study and live in Finland.

Mandatory steps – Before arrival

You can plan your arrival in Finland and prepare for your studies at HAMK by following the steps and checklist.

Please remember that these steps are not optional.

After you have been admitted to a degree programme, you will receive an email with a confirmation link. You must confirm the study place by 14 July 2023!

Confirm the study place electronically with the confirmation link sent to you by e-mail. Do so as soon as possible to allow enough time for the possible immigration process.

  • If you have a Finnish ID number and online banking credentials, mobile certificate, or an electronic ID card you can confirm the study place by logging in at the My Studyinfo service.
  • If you don’t have a Finnish ID number nor online banking credentials, mobile certificate, or an electronic ID card, please read the instructions on the My Studyinfo email notification you received.
  • If you are for some reason not able to confirm your study place electronically, please contact the Admission Services of HAMK.

Make sure that you make the confirmation on time. Otherwise, you will lose the study place offered to you. Once you have confirmed your study place, it is binding and irrevocable and cannot be altered.

Notice: One study place during one semester

After confirming this study place, you can’t accept any other study places leading to a higher education degree in Finland for autumn 2024 if the studies begin during the same semester (1 January – 31 July, 1 August – 31 December).

If you are a non-EU/EEA-citizen and you have not provided any document that would exempt you from paying the tuition fee, you are required to pay a tuition fee for your studies by 14 July 2023.

If you are required to pay a tuition fee, you should do it before you apply for a residence permit. We strongly recommend that you pay the fee immediately after you have accepted the study place.

There is no tuition fee for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Finnish citizens are not required to provide proof of citizenship, whereas other EU/EEA/Swiss citizens should send a copy of their passport/identity card at the time of submitting the application or if you have not done so, to admissions@hamk.fi by 14 July 2023 at the latest.

Read more about the tuition fees in here.

After you have accepted the study place and paid the tuition fee (if required), a link to the enrolment service will be activated at StudyInfo for you to register for the academic year. If you are unable to register electronically, please contact admissions@hamk.fi.

If you are not able to start your studies in the autumn semester 2023, you can delay the start of your studies if there are legal grounds for your absence:

Non-attendance in the first study year

You can enrol for non-attendance for the first academic year for the following reasons only and prove the legal grounds for your non-attendance with the given documents:

  1. Completing military service, civilian service or voluntary military service for women in Finland, service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women’s Voluntary Military Service (194/1995)
    • required document: Call-up order or a conscript card
      Note! ONLY the military service of the Finnish army
  2. You need leave from studies to care for child in connection with the child’s birth or adoption
    • required document: Kela’s certificate regarding maternity, paternity or parental allowance period or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a medical certificate regarding the pregnancy or
    • corresponding certificates from the authorities of other countries regarding statutory parental leave
  3. Personal illness or injury that prevents you from studying
    • Sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate. The medical certificate must state which illness or injury the student suffers from, and that this condition prevents the student from beginning their studies on 1 January / 1 August.
    • Obstacles caused by the practical arrangements required by the illness or injury: an adequate clarification, e.g. a certificate from the student housing foundation that the student is on the waiting list for an apartment required by his or her injury.
    • The documents proving the legal grounds for your non-attendance must be delivered by the deadline for accepting the offer of admission. Documents must be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Submit the documents here:

What if I can’t start my studies in time and don’t have legal reason?

If you don´t have a legal grounds for your absence and you know that you won´t be able to arrive to campus and start your studies by the beginning of 2. module (28 October 2024) you still must enrol as absent for the academic year. In these case you need to start your studies in the beginning of next academic year (Autum 2025). If you are a fee paying student, check Tuition Fees: Refund Policy

If you come to Finland from non-EU/EEA countries for more than 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit.

We strongly recommend you to apply for the residence permit immediately after you have accepted the study place. The processing time can be over two months during peak application times. In some countries, it can even take over four months.

Finnish immigration service provides clear instructions on how to apply for a student residence permit. Please select the electronic application as you will save both time and money.

You can start applying at Finnish Immigration Services websites.

If you are a British citizen or a family member of a British citizen, find out what permit you need here.

Remember to ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System as well. By doing so, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code (social security number SSN), which is compulsory to have while staying in Finland.

Read more about the residence permit fees, your rights and obligations here.

If you come from one of the EU/EEA countries and stay in Finland for more than 90 days, you need to register your right of residence in Finland.

If you need to register your right of residence, you can send the application to MIGRI and book an appointment before arriving in Finland.

Remember to ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System as well. By doing so, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code (social security number SSN), which is compulsory to have while staying in Finland.

Remember these before you start your studies

After you have enrolled for the academic year, you will receive an automatic message requesting you to activate your user account at HAMK. You can activate your HAMK user account via self-service user registration.

You will receive an email once your student ID has been created. Before receiving the email you can not activate your ID.

This ID gives you access to all HAMK’s student systems.

For more information and in case of an error, please contact ServiceDesk. Service desk is a customer services system that HAMK uses for advising students and staff. By using the ServiceDesk, a customer services ticket will be generated specifically for you and for your matters. The IT department can keep track with your questions and offer advice to you by following the same ticket.

NB: you can log in to ServiceDesk only after you already have acquired and activated your HAMK student ID. If you don’t have a HAMK student ID yet, please contact the IT department by the email it@hamk.fi instead. That also creates a ticket automatically. When you contact the IT service, remember to include a descriptive subject line and detailed description!

Logging in to HAMK services is done by either using short form of username or long form of username. Short username is typed in the form of firstname12345. Long username is typed in the form of firstname12345@student.hamk.fi. You can type in the form of username accordingly to what it is asked for in the login window.

Logging in to Google cloud services is usually done by the form of username@student.hamk.fi.

Starter Kit of Digital Skills will help you to start using HAMK online tools, equipment, environments and methods used in higher education studies. Get familiar with the content and instructions of the Starter Kit.

Instructions: 

When you enroll for the first time, you also need the student enrolment key, which is: Digistarter-23
If you have any questions related to Starter Kit of Digital Skills, please contact to askus@hamk.fi.

All students must have their own laptop. The operating system of the laptop should be Windows (64-bit). The professional software used at HAMK is Windows software.

BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, means using your own device when studying or working on university premises. Learning at HAMK can be independent of time and classroom space. Electronic learning materials are used for learning.

Only some of the software used in the course can be used on the student’s own laptop and other software is used on HAMK computers. In particular, for more demanding data processing and certain special applications, computers from the university are also used, so that your own computer does not need to be particularly powerful. When you are considering purchasing a computer, please take into account the recommendations of the degree programmes regarding the features of the computers (see below).

If you plan to use your employer’s computer for your studies, you must have administrator (admin) rights to the computer in order to install the software used for your studies.

The settings, applications and, above all, security of computers owned by the university are carefully managed, but the settings, applications and security of students’ own computers are the responsibility of the students themselves. We try to instruct the users of their own computers so that they know how to use the university’s IT services on their own computers and how to take care of the security of their computers.

In addition to your own computer, you’ll need headphones (for watching videos) and an external mouse (to make it easier to use applications), as well as a camera for tele-editing. Your computer is connected to the data projector via an hdmi cable, so make sure you have an hdmi (type A) socket on your computer or, if necessary, get an hdmi (type A) adaptor for your computer.

What are the requirements of distance learning on the computer set-up?

In many cases, learning is entirely distance and online. Students follow the lessons at home on their own computers. Students have their own computer and any peripherals at home. Distance learning is facilitated by the use of two monitors and a sufficiently powerful computer. In technical fields, the computer requirements for distance learning are increasing: at least 16 GB of memory and a sufficiently powerful graphics card.

A few engineering teachers have jointly developed a recommendation for distance learning in engineering. You can also use the computers listed below for distance learning, but it’s a bit more difficult.

How can students get help with problems using their own computers?

Students can get help with problems using their own computer, when it comes to using a computer or IT services for studying. Students can also always ask for advice and help with security or data protection issues.

Students can contact the ServiceDesk IT Service in the above cases either by phone (03 646 3000) or via the web form (https://servicedesk.hamk.fi). There is also a Servicedesk IT service point at the Hämeenlinna University Centre (on the 1st floor of the C building), where students can go for advice or help with problems using their computers.

Students will receive written instructions, the on-call officer will call the student, or the IT support officer will arrange a meeting with the student if this is necessary to deal with the matter. In general, the attempt will be made to deal with the matter by instructing the student.

Operating system

We recommend using the 64-bit version of Windows  as your laptop’s operating system. Windows S-mode does NOT work in your studies. The professional programs used at HAMK are Windows programs whose use does not require a touch screen. Only some of the software used for study-related purposes can be accessed with a personal laptop, and all other programs are available on HAMK’s computers.

You can also use a Linux or Apple MacOS computer with certain restrictions for your studies. Running any of the Windows-based professional applications will require the use of separate virtualisation software (often not free).

HAMK local and distance education uses own devices for learning (BYOD). In both face-to-face and distance education, teachers mainly use Windows computers, and they are best able to advise on the functions of Windows computers in error situations. In general, most of the programs used in the lesson also work on Mac and Linux computers, but there are also a few programs in the lesson that require a Windows workstation.

You can also complete your studies on a Mac computer, but in this case you will have to use Windows virtual machines during your studies. The alternatives are running the programs from our distance learning environment (HAMK VDI / vCommander) or on your own computer.

We recommend owners of Mac computers to use Parallels software, which enables Windows programs to run. Parallels and other software used in teaching are heavy, so we also recommend that Apple computers have at least 16 GB of memory and an M2 series processor. The recommendation applies to level 2-3 in the computer recommendation for educational programs.

You can download the Parallels software from https://www.parallels.com/landingpage/pd/education/. You can get the student discount by HAMK email. The order process goes as follows “Buy now -> Can’t find your institution? -> enter my.email@student.hamk.fi

To access the virtual Windows machines on a Linux or Apple MacOS computer, you can use the free VMware VDI client software. Only some of the Windows-based professional  applications can be found on the virtual Windows machines (VDI machines).

Generally speaking, the price range of a laptop determines what it can be used for. You do not need a touch screen on a laptop. Below, we have divided a range of laptops into three categories, depending on their intended use. If your work involves the use of design software, you will benefit from having a more powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) as well as more RAM. The more powerful the laptop, the more you can do with it. The most demanding tasks must be done on HAMK’s own computers.

Laptop categories

Basic software use – starting at €450
  • Processor: Intel i3 or an equivalent AMD option
  • RAM: at least 8 Gb
  • GPU: no special requirements
  • Display resolution: 1920 x 1080 recommended
  • Storage space: at least 250 Gb
  • HDMI port (type A) or HDMI adapter (type A)
  • Windows 10 or 11 64-bit
Basic-level graphic design tasks – starting at €700
  • Processor: Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5
  • RAM: at least 16 Gb
  • GPU: at least Intel HD/UHD Graphics or similar
  • Display resolution: minimum 1920 x 1080
  • Storage space: at least a 500 Gb SSD
  • HDMI port (type A) or HDMI adapter (type A)
  • Windows 10 or 11 64-bit
CAD & 3D modelling and heavy-duty graphic design tasks – starting at €1,000
  • Processor: at least Intel i5 or Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen 5 or AMD Ryzen 7
  • RAM: at least 16 Gb
  • GPU (important component!): a powerful NVIDIA Quadro or NVIDIA GeForce GTX/RTX GPU or an equivalent AMD option
  • Display resolution: minimum 1920 x 1080
  • Display size: 15.6 inches recommended
  • Storage space: at least a 500 Gb SSD
  • HDMI port (type A) or HDMI adapter (type A)
  • Windows 10 or 11 64-bit

Wireless network

HAMK has a comprehensive wireless network (WLAN), to which students can connect their laptops. You can use either eduroam (recommended) or HAMKvisitor, for which a separate password is available at the notice boards. Students can access the eduroam network with their own username and password. The Eduroam network is used by most Finnish higher education institutions and many European higher education institutions.

More information (requires login)

Data storage

Storage space is available at HAMK both for your own personal use (the so-called home directory) and for shared use on shared network disks. In addition, the OneDrive for Business cloud service is available. Synchronising the OneDrive service with your own computer can cause a local disk space to run out if you have uploaded large amounts of files to the cloud.

The Myfiles service also provides access to HAMK’s online drives from personal devices and from outside the school’s network via a web browser. The drives are also accessible remotely using the vdi client. See remote connections.

More information (requires login)

Printing

Printing is possible from your own equipment to many of the printers in your school. Colour printing is also possible. Students have a printing quota, after which a fee is charged.

More information (requires login)

Programs for your own computer

Students can buy software from a few places at student prices or purchase software free of charge. Microsoft offers the full Microsoft 365 ProPlus package (including Word, Excel and Powerpoint) free of charge to students during their studies. The Microsoft 365 package can be installed on five PCs/Macs and five tablets. You can install some professional software on your own computer, subject to certain restrictions. For example, the software cannot be used for commercial activities. The software required for your studies is described in the study information in the Pakki.

More information (requires login)

Remote access

Students have the opportunity to use virtual computers (so-called vdi workstations), which can also be accessed from outside HAMK. This means that almost all services and applications available on the HAMK network are accessible. For basic information on the use of virtual machines, please contact the module teacher.

More information (requires login)

Microsoft 365 services

Under an agreement with Microsoft, students have access to Microsoft 365 in the cloud. Microsoft 365 is a collection of different applications and services that are cloud services. You can access them online from anywhere:

  • Outlook mail and calendar
  • People
  • OneDrive for Business
  • Websites
  • Tasks
  • Microsoft 365 WebApps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
  • Viva engage
  • Delve
  • Sway
  • Class Notebook
  • Groups
  • Planner
  • Forms
  • Teams
  • PowerApps ja Flow

Moodle

Moodle is the official learning platform of HAMK. Sign in here.

Moodle in HAMK’s digital pedagogical guidelines

Online meetings

Students have access to Teams for remote meetings and group work. For distance learning, the Zoom cloud service is also used for online sessions, depending on the course. Teams requires installation on your own computer to use all its features and can be downloaded from the web.

For more information, visit:
Teams
Zoom

MOT-language machine

Students can use the MOT language engine (a cloud service), which offers a dictionary, language checkers and machine translation.

Lisätietoja (vaatii kirjautumisen)

The student mobile app Tuudo is free and can be downloaded from the Android, iOS and Huawei AppGallery app stores.

The app allows us to offer students a comprehensive and modern service package.

Are you curious to see who’s also going to HAMK? Or maybe you wish to make new friends with HAMK’s students?

Via HAMK’s virtual student community Goin’ Connect, you can find other students from the same nationality, study programme or campus. You might even find students who are into the same things as you!

The guidance for registration can be found from your acceptance letter.

Please check this video about Goin’ Connect to more information.

In case of  any problems, please contact sarianne.vihakara@hamk.fi

Students studying for a polytechnic degree or a higher polytechnic degree are entitled to the services of the Student Health Foundation (YTHS). The due date for the spring semester is 31 January if you are registered for attendance by that date and the due date for the autumn semester is 30 September if you are registered for attendance by that date.

Here’s how to pay your university student health fee.

You can easily get to Finland by plane, by boat, or by car. Make sure that you have the valid ticket for your chosen means of transportation.

Arriving by plane

Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL) is the largest airport in Finland, and it is located near the capital city of Helsinki. The airport located in Tampere is another airport that our international students often arrive at. All HAMK campuses can be reached by public transport from either airport. Besides Helsinki and Tampere airports, there are several other national airports, such as Rovaniemi and Kittilä in Lapland. Direct international flights are available from those airports but note that they are far away from the major cities in southern Finland as well as from all HAMK campuses.

Local public transport

Finland is a large country with considerable distances between its municipalities. Yet, public transport works well within and in between cities. You can travel to almost everywhere in Finland by bus or by train. You can also fly to some destinations within the country. Some bigger Finnish cities can offer transport services by tram and, in case of the capital – Helsinki, also by metro. Within cities, you can reach suburban areas with local transport. 

In Finland, you can get student discounts for public transport.

To plan your travel within Finland, use route services perille.fi to get your itinerary suggestions. For example, you can type in “Helsinki airport” as the place of departure and one of HAMK´s campuses as the place of destination. The service will provide you with itinerary suggestions.

By train

The rail network in Finland stretches from Helsinki to Kolari in Lapland. VR is the Finnish Railway Service. You can check the routes and stations on the VR website. Some train services and parts of the routes may be replaced by buses due to track work. Those bus transport services are organised by VR, so you do not need to get extra tickets. Read more about the replacement buses.

By bus

Another option to travel in between cities in Finland is by bus. There are three major bus connection services providers in Finland.

Matkahuolto (there is also national parcel transport service provided by Matkahuolto. Matkahuolto is used as a public transport in some cities. See the section below for more information.)

Onnibus

Express Bus

The best way to find out which bus suits you the most is to visit bus operators´ websites. You can also use route services perille.fi to get more detailed itinerary suggestions.

Local transport by major city

There are different public means of transport available in different cities in Finland. When you are travelling inside a city, it is good to use the local public transport route planner to navigate and to get the tickets.

In Helsinki you find the information in the link HSL area and zones (you need to check the zones you travel through and buy a ticket accordingly).

Häme Region (Kanta-Häme: Evo, Forssa, Lepaa, Mustiala, and Riihimäki campus)

Local transport and journey planner:

Reittiopas

Tickets and prices

Waltti travel card

Taxi:

Taxi Häme phone number: +358 (0)100 0700

Bike:

There are also electric scooters available on the streets. You can scan the QR code on the scooter and follow the instructions from different service providers.

Tampere Region (Pirkanmaa: Valkeakoski campus)

Local transport and journey planner:

Nysse

Tickets and zones

Travel card

Taxi:

Taxi Tampere, phone number: +358 (0)1004131

Bike:

Nysse City bikes

There are also electric scooters available on the streets. You can scan the QR code on the scooter and follow the instructions from different service providers.

For further detailed instructions on your arrival at HAMK campuses, please also visit HAMK campuses and maps.

Check out different accommodation options offered by your campus and fill the application.

Kindly remember that you can only apply to HAMK´s accommodation in the campus that you are studying. If you look accommodation on the free market, you can choose to live which ever city you like, but remember to check the public transportation connections to the campus.

There are many things to be considered if you wish to bring your family to Finland with you. Read more about it from here.

If you want to plan your studies further, you can find all the information you need here.

Here you will find all the information you need to start studying.

To register your arrival at HAMK, you need to present the identity card or passport, residence permit (if applicable to your case), and the original school certificates with their official translations in either Finnish, Swedish, or English.

If you plan to develop your career in Finland, you should also bring the original work certificates with you. In Finland, employers usually request the original work certificates to be sent during or after the recruitment process.

It is good to have your certificates notarised. If the certificates are not in one of the three languages: Finnish, Swedish or English, the official translation is required.

Visit the local bank at your country of origin and make sure that banking services are available when you are in Finland. It will take some time to open a bank account in Finland, so it is good to have international banking services from your own bank. International banking services are also needed when you pay for the deposit and/or rent for the first month of the accommodation.

You can read more and apply for special arrangements for studying here.

Arrival to Finland

Intake 2024: More information updated later

The exchange students who come to Finland this autumn have their orientation day on Wednesday August 21, 2024 at main campus in Hämeenlinna.

Information about degree student’s arriving to Finland and orientation days in 2024 will be updated later.

Intake 2023: Arrive in Finland before 14 August 2023

Arrive in Finland before 14 August 2023.

During week 33 ( 14 – 18 August), everything is prepared for your stay and HAMK can welcome you with orientation week.

Orientation day for international students

HAMK´s orientation week for international students has two parts.

Part 1 is degree programme specific, which is held on a different date – Degree Programme Orientation Day. Some degree programme may organise it before the Get-Together Day, others afterwards. Besides, tutors might organise separate welcoming activities for new students during the week. Service departments such as HAMK International, Student Services, HAMKO Student Union will be open for all students during the week.

Part 2 is a get-together day, where all new international students from all campuses and degree programmes will meet up – the Get-Together Day. Orientation Get-Together Day Autumn 2023 will be held on 17 August at Hämeenlinna University Centre. Read more: Orientation Get-Together Day Autumn 2023

Please note that Degree Programme Orientation Days will be held on a different date. Check the specific date for your own degree programme or contact the degree programme directly for more information here.

The Day welcomes all new international students who will start their studies at HAMK in autumn 2023. This includes bachelor´s degree students from English taught degree programmes, master´s degree students from English taught master’s degree programmes, all exchange students, double degree students from abroad, and students from our partner universities who come to complete an internship at HAMK for one to two semesters.

The Day will be filled with presentations, stands, discussion panels and many interactive activities.

If you have questions related to Orientation Days Autumn 2023, please contact arrival@hamk.fi

If you plan to visit DVV for registering in the Finnish population system, read through DVV´s instructions carefully and prepare for the documents needed for the registration before the Orientation Get-Together Day. If you miss important documents, you need to book a separate time with DVV to handle the registration separately. Check out the section “DVV registration” below for more information.

More information

From here you will find more information about studying with us in Finland: