Teacher, staff and researcher mobility
Teachers and lecturers
HAMK welcomes visiting teachers and lecturers from our partner universities. If you would like to come to HAMK as a visiting teacher or lecturer, first contact your home institution to find out whether there is an Erasmus or bilateral agreement between your university and HAMK. The agreement will also state whether your field of expertise is included in the agreement. Your university will help you to find the right contact person at HAMK in order to continue discussions and make plans for the visit. We hope that the visit will lead to long-term cooperation, for instance in developing joint courses and RDI projects.
After you have found a host at HAMK and agreed on the timing and content of the visit, complete the Erasmus Mobility Agreement for Teaching form and send it to HAMK International at email@example.com to be signed and be sure to copy your contact person at HAMK in the email.
HAMK welcomes teaching and non-teaching staff to our International Staff Weeks. Read more here.
If you would like to complete a separate staff exchange with us, you will first need to find your contact person at HAMK. So please describe in detail what are your interests for the visit:
- what information, best practices, etc. you are interested in sharing or benchmarking
- reserve enough time to discuss the timing of your visit.
After you have found a host at HAMK and agreed on the timing and content of the visit, complete the Erasmus Mobility Agreement for Staff Training form and send it to HAMK International at firstname.lastname@example.org to be signed and be sure to copy your contact person at HAMK in the email.
HAMK has four research units. If you are interested in research mobility options, please contact the research director of the relevant research unit.
Within the RUN-EU alliance, researchers from the RUN-EU partner universities can participate in a research mobility programme. Please contact Annukka Pakarinen or Jukka Pulkkinen for more information.
The academic year at HAMK runs from 1 August to 31 July. The academic year is divided into five periods:
Period 1: mid-August to mid-October
Period 2: mid-October to mid-December
Period 3: early January to mid-March
Period 4: mid-March to early May
You can find HAMK’s academic calendar here.
Arrival in Finland and HAMK
HAMK has seven campuses and all of them are located in southern Finland. Please see their locations below and how to reach them when you arrive in Finland:
During your stay in Finland
Suitable clothing and footwear
There is a famous saying in Finnish “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”. Finnish seasons are very diverse. Winters are cold with a lot of snow, temperatures below 0°C and short days. On the other hand, summers may be warm and the longest day in southern Finland lasts for nearly 20 hours. You need proper clothing for different weather. For most of the year, the key to a perfect Finland outfit is layers. It can also rain so it might be wise to pack a wind/waterproof jacket or take at least an umbrella with you. For walking outdoors be sure to bring some sneakers or other sports footwear with you.
Always check the weather forecast before your trip. You can find the most up to date weather forecast by Finnish Meteorological Institute here.
Finland has pure and healthy tap water, which is available almost anywhere free of charge. Tap water in Finland is among the highest quality in the world and needs no treatment in many areas. If you carry your own reusable bottle with you (and hopefully you do), you can fill your own bottle from the tap.
Living with allergies
If you have allergies or special diets, you certainly do not need to worry! Finland and HAMK follow the EU regulations that require certain allergens to be always mentioned in the food tags. For more detailed information, please read here.
S-group markets and K-group markets are the two most common supermarket chains in Finland, from which you can shop for everyday groceries. There are also Lidl and Tokmanni. R-kioski is the convenience store chain.
Waste and recycling
In Finland, we might have a different waste and recycling system than what you are familiar with in your own country. In Finland, paper and cardboard, glass packaging, metal, plastic, mixed waste, hazardous waste, electrical equipment and batteries are usually sorted separately. Instructions for such practices might vary a bit depending on where you stay in Finland. There are usually instructions written on the trash containers. You can find a waste guide here.
HAMK wireless visitor network
A wireless visitor network is available in all HAMK campuses.
Money and paying
ATM = OTTO or NOSTO. ATMs are available in many central places, and you can withdraw cash with internationally recognised credit cards.
In Finland, the most common method of payment is a debit or credit card. Foreign debit and credit cards can be used in Finland, but it is best to check with your card provider before arriving in Finland.
If you need to visit the pharmacy during your visit, the place is called Apteekki in Finnish. If you need other health services, you can find information here.
Emergency number 112
There is only one emergency number in Finland – 112. Please do not call the emergency number unless you have a genuine emergency for which you need urgent assistance from the authorities (police, paramedics, firefighters, or social services). Please refer to Emergency Response Centre Agency Finland for more detailed information on calling the emergency number. You can also download the 112 Suomi application.
Useful Finnish words
Below you can find a list of vocabulary for your stay in Finland.
hei – hello
hauska tavata – nice to meet you
näkemiin – goodbye
kiitos – thank you
kyllä – yes
ei – no
nimeni on … – My name is ….
en puhu suomea – I don’t speak Finnish
ATM – OTTO
apteeki – pharmacy
sairaala – hospital
kauppa – shop, store
keskusta – city centre
bensa-asema – petrol station
huoltoasema – service station
auto – car
bussi – bus
juna – train
raitiovaunu – tram
metro – subway
taksi – taxi
katu – street
tie – road
asema – station
linja-auto-asema – bus station
matkakeskus – travel centre
lentoasema – airport
bussipysäkki – bus stop