You should start planning your exchange period at an early stage of your studies. Below you will find step-by-step instructions to make it easy for you to get started. HAMK International will help and advise you when you wish to complete studies or work placement abroad or if you are not sure which alternative is the best for you.
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.
Application deadlines for exchange studies
- The application period ends on 15 March 2021
- HAMK International will process the applications on 16 March 2021
- The degree programmes will process the accepted students in SoleMOVE by 30 March 2021
- The application period ends on 30 September 2021
- HAMK International will process the applications on 1 October 2021
- The degree programmes will process the accepted students in SoleMOVE 8 October 2021
Remember to also check the host university’s application instructions and deadlines.
Application deadlines for work placements abroad
Work placements abroad can be completed at any time of the year. In any case, please remember the following deadlines:
- Contact your International Officer immediately after you have agreed on the placement with the employer, in any case at the latest one month before the beginning of the placement.
- The placement must always be approved in advance by the degree programme and this requires you to complete an application in SoleMOVE and add all the necessary documents.
- Submit the SoleMOVE application as early as possible, but at latest two weeks before the beginning of the placement.
- The processing time of the application is two weeks and the grant is not paid retrospectively. See more about grants and grant conditions here.
Student exchange briefly:
- you study in a foreign partner higher education institution
- you can go after the first year of studies has been completed
- recommended duration 3-12 months
- produces 5 credits/month
- studies completed abroad in a foreign higher education institution are fully recognised as part of the HAMK degree
Who can go abroad to study?
All degree students who have completed their first year of studies and have progressed successfully according to their personal study plan are eligible.
In general, all students can go to the destination they have chosen. If there are more applications than places available at the destination, the selection criteria are as follows:
- First-time: students who are applying for an exchange period abroad for the first time take precedence over students who have already been on an exchange period abroad in the past.
- Stage of studies: preference is given to students who are further advanced in their studies and it is their last chance to go abroad before they graduate.
- Progression of studies: students going abroad must have progressed in their studies according to the curriculum.
If it is not possible to make the selection according to the above given criteria, then we will also interview the applicant. The interview will determine the student’s readiness to go on an exchange period abroad, their motivation and reasons for the exchange period, and whey they have chosen the particular destination.
Where can I go?
HAMK has around 100 partner institutions around the work. There are many partner universities in Europe and also some outside Europe. For further information, please see the tab “Before”.
What can I study abroad and what about my studies at HAMK?
Check first what courses the university abroad offers. Together with the international officer, choose the courses that best suit your degree. Before going abroad complete a Learning Agreement where you, HAMK and the host university agree on the content of the exchange period. When you carefully plan your studies abroad and they are fully recognised toward your HAMK degree, the time spent abroad will not cause any delays in graduating.
When should I start planning my exchange period?
You should try to start to prepare for your exchange period at an early stage, for example during the first year of your studies. Carefully read the information on the tab “Before” and check what our partner institutions offer. Get in contact with the international officer of your degree programme when you are planning your exchange period. Together you will most certainly find the best alternative for you!
Termination or Shortened Length of Studies
Work placement briefly
- all or part of work placement abroad
- full-time work placement
- duration 2-12 months
- produces 6 credit/month
- is fully recognised as part of your HAMK degree
- you can go during your first year of studies
- if you get a grant from HAMK, then you cannot receive any other financial support from HAMK or the Finnish National Agency for Education
- you can be paid a wage/salary by the employer and still receive a grant from HAMK
Who can go abroad on work placement?
All degree students who have have progressed successfully according to their personal study plan are eligible.
Why should you go?
There are many reasons to go abroad. To improve language skills, to gain experience, to become independent… Whatever the reason, the time you spend abroad studying or training will really be an exceptional experience. And in the future when you start looking for work, your international experience might just be the crucial factor in getting a job. During your exchange period abroad you will study and spend your free time in international groups and you may make friends that last for a lifetime. This way you will also build international networks profitable for your future tasks!
Where can you go?
The placement can be completed in an enterprise or organisation in another country, for example enterprises, training centres, research centres and other organisations. There are many opportunities around the world!
Please note that there are some organisations that are not eligible as Erasmus+ placements:
- European Union organisations listed here
- Organisations administered by the EU (e.g. national agencies)
However, embassies and consulates of the student’s home country and organisations representing the student’s home country (e.g. cultural and scientific institutes, regional offices, schools, export centres) are acceptable if the work placement includes multicultural components.
Erasmus+ Digital Opportunity Traineeships
This EU-funded training initiative aims to help companies fill vacancies with digitally competent candidates. Digital skills are not only required in the ICT sector, but increasingly across all sectors. Knowledge of cybersecurity, data analytics and machine learning, for example, are needed in fields as diverse as banking and manufacturing, farming and health. A computer-literate workforce is vital to maintain Europe’s global competitiveness in a fast-changing world. Digital skills can include the following: digital marketing (e.g. social social media management, web analytics); digital graphic, mechanical or architectural design; development of apps, software, scripts, or websites; installation, maintenance and management of IT systems and networks; cyber-security; data analytics, mining and visualisation; programming and training of robots and artificial intelligence applications. NB: Generic customer support, order fulfilment, data entry office tasks are not considered in this category.
If the traineeship can be considered a Traineeship in digital skills it should be indicated by checking “yes” in the relevant field on the Learning Agreement. The European Commission gathers only statistical information concerning digital skills.
How do I start planning my work placement period abroad?
Start planning your exchange period at an early stage of your studies. Carefully read the information on the tab “Before”. Get in contact with the international officer of your degree programme. Together you will most certainly find the best alternative for you!
Termination or Shortening of Work Placement
Would you like to increase your competence and also develop your international skills? You can do that by completing a double degree.
A double degree is a form of cooperation between HAMK and a foreign partner higher education institution where the student can complete an agreed share of studies at both institutions and receive a degree certificate from both. It is a form of student exchange but the content of studies is very specific and the double degree takes at least one year to complete. One year is equivalent to 60 credits and studies must be recognised at both institutions.
The basic requirements for completing a double degree is that you have successfully completed two years of studies at HAMK and you have sufficient language skills. You can ask for additional information from your own degree programme’s international officer.
Double Degree Partners
Erasmus+ work placements for recent graduates
You can complete an Erasmus recent graduate’s work placement in a programme country after your graduation through the Erasmus+ programme. The work placement must take place within 18 months of your graduation and you must apply while still being enrolled at HAMK.
If you have used up your Erasmus months (= 12 months) per study cycle (bachelor/master/doctoral), then it is not possible to receive a grant as a recent graduate.
Recent graduates are entitled to same Erasmus+ grants as enrolled students during their work placement. The duration of recent graduate’s work placement is 2-6 months.
NB: HAMK’s insurance does not cover the work placement period of recent graduates. Read more about insurance here.
If you are interested in completing a recent graduate’s work placement abroad after your graduation, please contact the international officer of your degree programme well in advance before graduation.
Short study exchanges
HAMK students are entitled to apply for grants for short exchanges. A short exchange period can be, for example, a summer school or intensive course (including a virtual component) in another higher education institution abroad. Completed studies (min. 3 credits) are to be recognised in the degree. Grants for short exchanges are not paid retrospectively.
If you are interested in completing a short exchange abroad, please contact the international officer of your own degree programme.