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Go Abroad!

Go Abroad!

What’s your path to becoming international?

Abroad you can

  •  study or complete 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

At HAMK 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 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

 

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

The grant is intended to cover part of the extra costs arising from the exchange period abroad.

You will receive a grant if

  • the duration of your exchange period is 3 – 12 months;
  • the duration of your work placement is 2 – 12 months;
  • your studies/work placement produces a minimum of 5 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 (5 cr/mo).

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 at the latest 4 weeks 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.

Please note that foreign students are awarded a grant but not to their native country if it is outside Europe.

Grants to Europe

Grants for study and work placement abroad

If your mobility period is in Europe, the grant will be an Erasmus+ grant.

Countries in the Erasmus+ programme

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Island, Liechtenstein, Norway, Macedonia and Turkey.

NB: Switzerland is not one of the eligible Erasmus+ countries. However, if HAMK has a valid agreement with a Swiss higher education institution, you must apply for the grant from the Swiss partner. The grant amounts can be found at the very end of this page.

The amount of the Erasmus+ grant depends on:

  • the destintion of the exchange period (two categories);
  • the duration of the exchange period;
  • the type of exchange (the student grant is slightly smaller than the work placement grant).

The total grant is calculated:

  • by the number of full months and the number of exceeding days;
  • according to the destination (two categories).

Each Erasmus+ grant is calculated separately taking into account the above mentioned conditions.

NB: Students can participate in an Erasmus mobility period (studies or work placement) for a total of 12 months per each study cycle (bachelor, master, doctoral).

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 3 months (90 days) for studies or shorter than 2 months for work placement (60 days), then you will have to repay the whole grant.
  • If you do not receive the required number of credits (5 cr/mo), 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.

Erasmus+ grants 2020-2021

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

In addition, all outgoing exchange students will be paid a travel grant of 100 € for exchanges starting in June 2020 or later.

 

Students with underage children

Outgoing students with underage children may apply for special financial assistance in addition to the regular Erasmus+ grant. The special grant is 200 euros per month even if the child stays at home.

The special top-up grant of 200 euros/month is paid for studies and work placement abroad. However, the top-up of 200 euros is added to the monthly grant for studies and this sum applies to both studies and work placements.

The higher education institution may ask the student to submit, in addition to this form, an extract from the population register verifying the number of children.

For further information, please contact the international office: leena.rantanen@hamk.fi

Payment schedule

The Erasmus+ grants are paid in two instalments. The first instalment (80%) is paid when the student has uploaded the required documents in SoleMOVE and SoleGRANT and completed the 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.

Special needs grant

Students with a severe disability or exceptional special needs may be entitled to an extra Erasmus+ grant to cover associated costs on their Erasmus placement. Students who need to apply for a special needs allowance should do so via the national agency EDUFI.

Grants for Switzerland

Studies: CHF 360 (EUR 335) per month
Work placement: CHF 420 (EUR 396) per months

Grants outside Europe

Grants for student and work placement exchanges outside Europe

The grant for studies and work placement outside Europe is a monthly sum. The duration of the exchange period for studies is 3 – 12 months and for work placement 2 – 12 months. Your studies/work placement must produce a minimum of 5 credits/month.

For exchanges starting in June 2020 or later the grant for studies abroad is 350 euros/month.
For exchanges starting in June 2020 or later the grant for work placements abroad is 400 euros/month.

In addition, a travel grant of 100 euros is paid for all outgoing exchange students for exchanges starting in June 2020 or later.

NB: This grant is not awarded if you go to your home country.

Start and end dates of mobility

  • The 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 student mobility period is shorter than 3 months (= 90 days) or work placement period is shorter than 2 months (=60 days), then you will have to repay the whole grant.
  • If you wish to extend your mobility period, this requires a change in the grant agreement.

NB: See below Grants to Feevale University (strategic partner).

Grants to Feevale University (strategic partner):
Student mobility and work placement supervised by the university (minimum 3 months):

  • €900 / 3 months
  • €1000 / 4 months
  • €1200 / 5 months and thereafter upwards €100/month, maximum 12 months

Payment schedule

The grants are paid in two instalments. The first instalment (80%) is paid when the student has uploaded the required documents in SoleMOVE and SoleGRANT. 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.

Grants for short-term mobility

  • Grants for short-term exchange periods (studies less than three months, work placement less than 2 months) are awarded to students according to completed credits.
  • Short exchange can be, for example, summer schools or intensive courses in another higher education institution abroad.
  • Completed studies will be recognised in the degree. The grant for short-term exchanges is €60 for 1 completed credit.

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.

Student don’t always have the opportunity to go on an exchange period abroad but it is possible become international at home. For example:

  • by getting to know foreign degree and exchange students;
  • by using foreign languages;
  • by studying in multicultural groups;
  • by participating in the student union HAMKO’s international tutor activities;
  • by completing part of your studies in English;
  • by taking part in virtual programmes, e.g. assignments together with students of partner institutions.

International Weeks

Coming soon.

International Tutors

International tutors work with both exchange and degree students coming to HAMK. Futher information can be found on HAMKO’s website.

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