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Go Abroad!

Go Abroad!

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.

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.

 

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

Grants for long-term exchange periods 2- 12 months

  • The monthly grant for studies in a programme country is either 540 euros (group 1) or 490 euros (group 2).
  • The monthly grant for work placement in a programme country is either 690 euros (group 1) or 640 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, South Korea 820 euros and Kosovo 360 euros.
  • HAMK additional grant for all is 100 euros/exchange (not paid for recent graduate’s work placements).

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 short-term exchange periods

Grants

Short-term mobility for RUN European University SAP studies

  • the duration of SAP studies is 1 – 8 weeks including a 1 – 2 mobility period depending on the SAP.
  • the grant for a 1-week mobility period is 750 euros.
  • the grant for a 2-week mobility period is 1150 euros.

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.

Master’s and teacher education students

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

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

  1. you participate in SAP studies offered by RUN European University
  2. you participate in an Erasmus+ short-term blended mobility;
  3. you are a Master’s or teacher education student.

The SAP (= Short Advance Programes) studies offered by RUN European University always include a short-term exchange period and online studies. Students apply for SAP studies via the courses offered by RUN European University (https://run-eu.eu/).

Erasmus+ short-term blended mobilities 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 or your teacher education.

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

  • to follow the approved Learning Agreement for Studies/Traineeship or the RUN EU-SAP study programme;
  • 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 (participation in SAP studies, 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.

Fewer opportunities top-up (incl. students with underage children) and inclusion support

Fewer opportunities top-up

Erasmus pays a top-up to Erasmus students with fewer opportunities to take part in a mobility period abroad. As of the academic year 2022 – 2023, students who have underage children (even if they stay at home), are family carers, have disabilities, suffer from a severe or chronic health condition, or have received international protection and who go on short- or long-term mobilities are entitled to a top-up.

The top-up support for long-term mobilities (2-12 months) is 250 euros per month and for short-term (blended) mobilities 100 euros (5-14 days) or 150 euros (15-30 days).

Eligibility for the top-up support us proven with the declaration on honour signed by the student and HAMK. It is then uploaded to the SoleGRANT grant application.

Special needs and inclusion support

In addition to the fixed top-up support mentioned above, students can also apply for inclusion support based on real costs if they have more expenses than what the fixed top-up support covers, or if they face other barriers than for which the fixed top-up grant was awarded.

Detailed information and instructions can be found on the website of the national agency EDUFI.

Green travel in the Erasmus+ programme

If a student going on an Erasmus+ exchange chooses green travel, they are entitled to distance-based ”green travel” support if the journey or part of the journey is made using low-emissions means of transport (such as bus, train, or car-pooling) with the aim of minimising the emissions related to the mobility period by reducing flying for example.

The participant is entitled to the green travel grant when the main part of the travel or at least one direction of the round trip has been made using low-emissions means of transport.

As of academic year 2022-2023 the green travel grant and the maximum total number of travel days depend on the mobility type:

  • For students on long-term mobilities (2 – 12 months) to programme countries: 50 EUR fixed green travel grant + max. four travel days.
  • For students on long-term mobilities to partner countries (2 – 12 months): green travel grant based on the distance + max. four travel days.
  • For students on short-term (blended) mobilities to any country (5 – 30 days of physical mobility): 50 EUR fixed green travel grant + max. six travel days.
  • For students with fewer opportunities on short-term (blended) mobilities to any country (5 – 30 days of physical mobility): green travel grant based on the distance + max. six (6) travel days.

The green travel support is paid after the student has returned home from the mobility period and submitted the Green Travel form including receipts to international@hamk.fi .

Tips for green travel

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 Council of Finnish Foundations (in Finnish) and Fulbright Center.

EDUFI traineeship for higher education students and recent graduates
You can apply for a traineeship abroad through EDUFI and be paid a scholarship by EDUFI.

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

* Great Britain and Switzerland are partner countries but grants are paid as for programme countries.

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