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Go Abroad!

Go Abroad!

During your studies you can become international in many different ways

Abroad you can

  • complete studies or work placement;
  • complete a double degree (studies at HAMK and a minimum of 60 credits at a foreign partner university, degree certificate awarded by both universities);
  • complete a work placement as a recent HAMK graduate
  • take part in a short blended intensive week
  • also in Master’s and professional teacher education programmes.

Additional support for students with fewer opportunities is also available.

Please note: International degree students who have completed their HAMK studies online elsewhere than in Finland (= have not yet arrived in Finland) must first come to Finland to study before they can go on an exchange period abroad.

At your campus you can

  • complete part of your studies in English (courses are offered by many Finnish-taught degree programmes and whenever possible you can also take part in courses delivered in English-taught programmes);
  • take part in virtual mobility (assignments together with students from partner universities abroad);
  • take part in international weeks;
  • take part in the student union’s (HAMKO) international tutor activities;
  • get to know and make friends with HAMK’s degree and exchange students from many different countries;
  • learn foreign languages, for more information check the languages offered on the pages of your own degree programme.

We award grants for long-term exchanges via the Erasmus+ programme and to Erasmus+ agreement partners. Erasmus+ grants are paid for exchanges to Erasmus+ programme countries and Erasmus+ partner countries (see list on the right). In other cases, grants are paid from HAMK’s own mobility funds.

 

If you wish to search for information and feedback about our partner institutions, please follow these instructions:

  • Open SoleMOVE in your browser: https://saas.solenovo.fi/solemove/disp//14_/en/public/nop/nop
  • Choose Häme University on Applied Sciences (HAMK) from the “login” pull-down menu but do not log in.
  • Choose Exchange Destinations Abroad and Feedback from the area above “login”.
  • “Going Abroad” search will open, and you can search for information by selecting your home unit (degree programme). By using advanced search, you can search for destinations e.g. by country.
  • The search results will appear under the map. By clicking the destination, you will find more information about the partner university and feedback from students who have already been there.

Destinations

  • View larger Google map at right-hand corner.
  • Click on the star on the map to view the address and HAMK degree programmes that have an agreement with the partner universities.
  • You can search for partner universities of your own degree programme by clicking on the left of “HAMK partner universities abroad” and writing at least part of the name of your degree programme.

Information on UK entry regulations

Information on post-Brexit UK entry regulations for mobility can be found on this website.

As a general rule, a visa is not required for E+ higher education student exchanges of less than 6 months, but a T5 GAE visa is required for all traineeships. It is advisable to reserve at least 11 weeks (nearly 3 months) to apply for a visa, and the visa application costs £244.

Please note that information is subject to change, so it’s worth checking the updated instructions on the website!

 

The grant is intended to cover part of the extra costs arising from the exchange period abroad, but it will not cover all expenses. These extra costs, for example, are library fees, student card fees, handling fees etc.

Grants for long-term exchange periods

You will receive a grant for a long-term exchange period, if:

  • the duration of studies or work placement abroad is a minimum of 2 months (= 60 days) and a maximum of 12 months;
  • your studies produce a minimum of 5 credits/month;
  • your work placement produces a minimum of 6 credits/month;
  • the credits gained during your studies/work placement abroad are fully recognised as part of your degree.

When accepting the grant, you agree to the following conditions:

  • to follow the approved Learning Agreement for Studies / Traineeship;
  • to take care of the necessary permits, insurances and vaccinations;
  • to submit the necessary documents and reports according to given instructions and on time;
  • to repay the grant in full or partially if you cancel or interrupt your mobility period abroad, if you do not upload all required documents in SoleMOVE when you return or you do not receive the required number of credits (studies 5 cr/month, work placement 6 cr/month).
  • NB: Erasmus+ enables students to study or train abroad more than once as long as a total maximum of 12 months per study cycle is respected (i.e. up to 12 months at Bachelor level including “short cycle” studies, up to 12 months at Master level, up to 12 months at Doctoral level). If the maximum months are used up, the remaining period will be paid from HAMK funds.

If you are applicable for Finnish financial aid, you can also receive it when you are abroad. The grant has no effect on student financial aid.

You should apply for the grant well in advance before the start of the mobility period. The grant will be paid 2 weeks at the latest before the start of the period abroad provided that you have uploaded all the required documents in SoleMOVE and SoleGRANT.

You can only apply for one EU or EDUFI funded programme at a time.

HAMK is obliged to report to the tax authorities grants paid to students if the total grant is 1000 euros of more during the same calendar year. Students should check that the paid grant can be found on the prefilled tax form and if not, then it should be added.

Please note: International degree students who have completed their HAMK studies online elsewhere than in Finland – (= have not yet arrived in Finland) must first come to Finland to study before they can go on an exchange period abroad and receive a grant.

Non-Finnish students are not awarded a grant to their native country if it is outside Europe (= partner country) as HAMK does have funding sources for these types of exchanges.

The amount of the Erasmus+ grant depends on:

  • the destination of the exchange period (see countries on the right);
  • the duration of the exchange period;
  • the type of exchange (studies or work placement grant);
  • each grant is calculated separately taking into account the above mentioned conditions.

Start and end dates of mobility

  • The Erasmus grant will be paid for the period when you have to be present at the host higher education institution/organisation (not the period of stay in the country).
  • The first day of the mobility period can be, for example, the day when your courses start or the welcoming day / introduction day.
  • The last day of your mobility period is the last day you have to be in the host institution for academic purposes, for example, for an exam or a lecture.
  • The grant is awarded according to the dates given on the Acceptance Letter issued by the host institution.

When you return, we will check the actual duration from the Letter of Confirmation / Transcript of Records / Traineeship Certificate / Transcript of Work awarded by the host organisation.

If your actual mobility period is shorter than stated in the grant application, we will have to adjust your grant after your exchange.

If your actual mobility period is shorter than originally planned, then you may have to repay part of grant or all of it. If you do not receive the required number of credits (5 cr/mo for studies, 6 cr/mo for work placement), you may have to repay part of the grant.

If you wish to extend your mobility period, this requires a change in the grant agreement.

Payment schedule

The grants for long-term exchange periods are paid in two instalments. The first instalment (80%) is paid when you have uploaded the required documents in SoleMOVE and SoleGRANT.  In addition, if you are going to a programme country, you have to complete the compulsory OLS language assessment.

The final instalment (20%) is paid when the student has uploaded the required “After exchange” documents in SoleMOVE within one month of return from exchange abroad and the student has answered the Erasmus Participant Report survey. The actual duration of studies will be checked from the Transcript of Records / Traineeship Certificate awarded by the host institution after the exchange period. If the exchange period is shorter than originally stated, then the total grant will be calculated again the final instalment will be awarded according to the actual duration.

When calculating the grant, one month is equivalent to one calendar month, i.e. 28-31 days depending on the month. Each grant is calculated separately.

Grants for long-term exchange periods 2- 12 months

  • The monthly grant for studies in a programme country is either 470 euros (group 1) or 420 euros (group 2).
  • The monthly grant for work placement in a programme country is either 620 euros (group 1) or 500 euros (group 2).
  • The monthly grant for recent graduates in a programme country is either 620 euros (group 1) or 500 euros (group 2).
  • Grants for studies and work placement in a partner country (not your native country) is 700 euros/month. In addition, travel support is paid depending on the distance to the host country, eg. Brazil 1500 euros and Kosovo 360 euros.
  • HAMK additional grant for all is 100 euros/exchange (not paid for recent graduate’s work placements).

Grants for short-term exchange periods

You will receive a grant for a short-term exchange period if

  1. you participate in a blended intensive programme;
  2. you are a Master’s or teacher education student.

Erasmus+ blended intensive programmes include a short-term exchange period and also a compulsory virtual component.

  • Open to all students.
  • Duration is 5 – 30 days.
  • The duration of the virtual component is not specified.
  • The minimum extent is 3 credits (= short exchange period + virtual component).
  • The credits gained are fully recognised as part of your degree.

In addition, Master’s and teacher education students can take part in the following type of short exchange:

  • Duration 1 month or less at the host organisation.
  • Minimum number of credits awarded is 2 credits.
  • The credits gained  are fully recognised as part of your degree.

When accepting the grant, you agree to the following conditions:

  • to follow the approved Learning Agreement for Studies/Traineeship;
  • to take care of the necessary permits, insurances and vaccinations;
  • to submit the necessary documents and reports according to given instructions and on time;
  • to repay the grant in full or partially if you cancel or interrupt your mobility period abroad, if you do not upload all required documents in SoleMOVE when you return or you do not receive the required number of credits.

If you are applicable for Finnish financial aid, you can also receive it when you are abroad. The grant has no effect on student financial aid.

You should apply for the grant well in advance before the start of the mobility period. The grant will be paid 2 weeks at the latest before the start of the period abroad provided that you have uploaded all the required documents in SoleMOVE and SoleGRANT.

You can only apply for one EU or EDUFI funded programme at a time.

The amount of the Erasmus+ grant depends on:

  • the duration of the exchange period;
  • the type of exchange (blended intensive programme or short-term exchange for master’s and teacher education students).

Payment schedule

Grants for short-term exchanges are paid in one instalment before the start of the exchange period  when you have uploaded the required documents in SoleMOVE and SoleGRANT.

When you return, we will check the actual duration from the Letter of Confirmation / Transcript of Records / Traineeship Certificate / Transcript of Work awarded by the host organisation.

Grants

Erasmus short-term blended mobility

  • Duration of exchange period 5-14 days: grant is 70 euros/day.
  • Extra days of exchange period 15-30 days: grant is 50 euros/day.
  • 1 extra travel day can be added before and after the exchange period.
  • HAMK additional grant for all is 100 euros/exchange.

Master’s and teacher education students

  • Duration 5-30 days: 200 euros/exchange.
  • HAMK additional grant 100 euros/exchange.

Student Financial Aid

The grant has no effect on student financial aid.

See KELA’s website “If you study abroad”: https://www.kela.fi/web/en/financial-aid-for-students-if-you-study-abroad

Other Funding

In addition, you should check about external funding. Different organisations, foundations, cities, friendship associations etc. may have funding available for studies abroad. Also check the websites of the Council of Finnish Foundations (in Finnish), EDUFI and the Fulbright Center.

Erasmus+ programme countries are:

Group 1: Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden and also Great Britain and Switzerland
Group 2: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal,, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey

Erasmus+ partner countries are:

Rest of world, e.g. Australia, Brazil, Canada, Kosovo, Mexico, , Russia, South Korea, USA

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