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Preparing for your exchange period

You should start planning your exchange period abroad well in advance. Below you will find tips on practical arrangements. The international officer of your degree programme will help you if needed.

 

When your exchange abroad has been confirmed, you can then start taking care of practical arrangements, such as flight tickets, visa/residence permits, accommodation etc.

Ask the host university/organisation whether they can help you to find accommodation and in other practical matters.

Insurance

HAMK insurance

HAMK’s accident insurance is covers student exchange and unpaid work placement only during school/work hours and the daily journey to and from school/the workplace. HAMK’s insurance does not cover injuries incurred during leisure time, travel sickness, lost or damaged luggage, injuries to another person, or damage to goods. Therefore you have to take care of your insurance in time according to the following instructions. You are not allowed to go on an exchange period abroad if you do not have sufficient insurance coverage!

ALL STUDENT STUDYING OR ON WORK PLACEMENT ABROAD MUST TAKE CARE OF THE FOLLOWING INSURANCE THEMSELVES:

1. Travel insurance

You must have your own travel insurance when going abroad, check your insurance coverage with your insurance company. Normally, travel insurance does not include medical expenses so you will need to also have separate health and accident insurance or a Europe Health Insurance Card if you are a citizen of a EU member country.

2. EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD, when travelling to EU/EEA countries and also Switzerland

Further information: Health Insurance Card (Kela)

Each country has their own system for giving medical treatment. You will have to pay the same fees and fixed sum excesses as permanent citizens of the host country. If you seek treatment at a hospital or with a doctor that is not part of the host country’s insurance system, you will have to pay all the expenses yourself.

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Health and accident insurance, if you travel outside the EU/EEA countries

You should make sure that you have your own health and accident insurance. Sometimes the host country or institution recommends a certain type of insurance – in these cases check to see whether your insurance is sufficient..

Some non EU/EEA countries have a social security agreement with Finland. For more detailed information, please see the KELA website.

NB:
If the host institution/organisation requires you to provide them with an insurance certificate from HAMK, i.e. a document in English stating what HAMK’s insurance covers, ask the International Office ( international@hamk.fi ) to send it to you.

IN ADDITION, ALL STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN PAID WORK PLACEMENT ABROAD MUST CLARIFY THE FOLLOWING MATTERS:

1. Does the employer’s insureance also include liability insurance?
If the employer’s insurance does not include liability coverage for you, then it is not possible for you to go on work placement abroad. It is almost impossible in Finland for a private persons to buy liability insurance for themselves for the work placement period.

2. Insurance during working hours
During paid work placement, you are usually covered by the employer’s insurance. Make sure to check with your employer beforehand about insurance coverage because it differs from country to country depending on the country’s legislation. NB: HAMK’s accident insurance does not cover you if you are on a paid work placement period abroad. So make sure that you have taken out sufficient insurance coverage!

Health

Before going abroad you should remember to:

  1. Check that you have all the required vaccinations for the country you are going to. Some countries require you to have vaccinations for the visa application. In any case, you should always get the recommended vaccinations: ROKOTE (in Finnish)
  2. Read KELA’s “If you fall ill
  3. See your doctor before you leave especially if you have regular medication.

See also:

VALKEAKOSKI STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE THAT HEALTH CERTIFICATES (NEEDED FOR VISA APPLICATIONS TO SOME OF OUR EXCHANGE DESTINATIONS) ARE NOT FREE OF CHARGE ANYMORE.
Students should visit the school nurse for a check-up. If necessary, the nurse will make an appointment with the doctor for you at the health care centre. But if you are in a hurry, the private side doctor is a quicker option and the price is fairly the same, around €40.

Visa and Permits

EU countries
EU citizens: Citizens of the EU and the Nordic countries do not need a residence permit of visa before going on exchange to another EU country if their stay is less than 3 months. If your stay lasts longer than 3 months, you may need to register your right to reside; this varies between countries so please check beforehand. You can register with a local police station in the host country. Usually, you will need a certificate of confirmation of study place, certificate stating sufficient funding (e.g. student financial aid decision, grant decision), certificate of validity of health insurance and passport photo.
Non-EU or ETA citizens
If you not an EU or ETA citizen, you should check the requirements for residence permits case by case on the basis of your nationality and the destination country. As a rule, you should obtain a residence permit, prior to your departure, from the embassy of the country in question. It may take up to two months to get a residence permit, so do it in good time!
Non-EU and non-Nordic countries
For example, if you travel to Russia or outside Europe, you will usually need a visa and/or residence permit. You must apply for the visa/residence permit from the host country embassy in Finland before going abroad. The visa application process often takes a few weeks, even a few months. You can find further information about visas and residence permits from the host country embassy in Finland.

Safety

It is recommended that you submit a Travel Notification when you go abroad. You can then be notified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland in case of an emergency or crisis situation.

HAMK’s partner universities and feedback are in the SoleMOVE system for international mobility. If you wish to browse HAMK’s partners and feedback, do the following:

  • In your internet browser, go to SoleMOVE .
  • In the drop-down list, choose Häme University on Applied Sciences (HAMK). DO NOT log in at this stage
  • Two links will appear on the area above the Login. Click on the Exchange Destinations Abroad and feedback.
  • A set of search criteria will appear for your filtering.
  • The Start search button will start the search.

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