Open university

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Open university

Widen your know-how via Open university

HAMK’s open studies are for all who want to study in a university.

Choose Open Studies if you are interested in developing yourself or your professional skills or you want to update the know-how you already have with specific study units or courses. Study Path is the right choice for you if you aim at becoming a degree student. All studies on these pages are university level and they are selected parts from degrees to match the different needs of our open university students. The difference between Open Studies and Study Path is that the student who chooses Study Path aims at becoming a degree student by studying the whole first academic year with the other first year students of the Bachelor’s degree or the first semester of the Master’s degree with the Master’s degree students.

Enrolment period for study paths and open UAS studies:

  • 1.-15.8.2018 study paths and autumn period open studies
  • 8.-19.10.2018 open studies that start on second period
  • 3.-15.12.2018 study paths (spring 2019) and spring period open studies
  • 18.2.-1.3.2019 open studies that start on fourth period

Open summer studies (implementation between 18 May and 31 August) enrolment period will be published later. Please notice the summer studies have own registration period. Registrations made by other times will be ignored. We also offer some Non-stop courses which you can enroll anytime, also outside the given enrollment periods. You can enroll on these courses by contacting the study secretary of the programme who will send you an enrollment form.

 

Study fees

You can choose your payment method when you enrol on open studies or study path. All fees will be invoiced in the beginning of studies.

Failure to pay will immediately terminate the right to study. Study fees are collectable.

Course / module fee

​Open studies cost 10 Euros/credit. For example, a 15 credit course costs 150 Euros. ​Other possible costs include material and excursion costs.

Tuition fee for the academic year

You can pay 300 Euros HAMK Open UAS tuition fee that entitles you to study up to 60 credits in one academic year. The tuition will be charged in two parts at the beginn​ing of the calendar year or the academic year.

​Other possible costs include material and excursion costs.

If you plan to apply as a degree student after completing the study path please note:

Degree students with citizenship in countries not within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, are required to pay tuition fees for university studies in Finland. Tuition fees apply to degree programmes taught in English since autumn 2017.

Terms of cancellation

The cancellation has to be made to study secretary promptly in writing.

If the student makes the cancellation 14 days prior to the beginning of studies, no charges will be made. If the cancellation is made later than 14 days prior to the beginning, 50 % of the payment will be charged. In case the cancellation is made less than 48 hours prior to the beginning of studies or in case of a no-show, the payment has to be made in full. If the student abandons open studies, or completes part of the course, he/she must make the payment in full. The tuition fee for the academic year is non-refundable and must be paid in full allthough it will be billed in two parts.

We reserve the right to make changes due to e.g. low number of participants, possible changes in schedules, teacher or place of instruction.

Assessment and certificates

Assessment of studies

The assessment of studies is knowledge-based and based on the assessment criteria in the learning outcomes.

As a general rule, grading is based on a numerical scale from 5 to 0 as follows:

  • 5 (excellent)
  • 4 – 3 (good)
  • 2 – 1 (satisfactory)
  • 0 (fail)

The pass/fail scale is used in certain separately determined cases as follows:

  • H (approved)
  • 0 (fail)

The teacher must award grades no later than one calendar month after the course’s or module’s completion date indicated in the implementation plan. Grades are entered in the credit record database. Students who have not completed all assignments included in the course to an acceptable standard within this period of time will be awarded grade 0, or the course can be evaluated with minor extent. Grade 0 indicates that the student’s performance or work is unfinished and the course is uncompleted. The student completes the course or module during the period of the implementation. Otherwise the student needs to contact the teacher of the course for further information about resits. If needed, ask for help from your student affairs secretary.

The studies are valid for ten years.

Certificates

You will receive a transcript of records automatically after you have completed your Open Studies or Study Path. If you need a certificate of registration for TE Services, contact the Student Affairs Office.

Students via summersemester.fi -portal can view their study attainments and send them to be recorded in the study register of home institution in the Puro service . Universities that use Puro credit transfer service are listed on website and TAMK and SAMK degree students will receive a transcript of records by mail.

PURO info for degree students – view your study attainments (LISÄÄ TÄHÄN PDF)

Take into consideration - open studies

  1. As a student of open studies you are not entitled to student financial aid or student discounts, unless you are entitled to them because of your other studies.
  2. Remember to check the schedule of the studies before enrolling because the enrolment is binding. Most of the open studies are organised during office hours and on weekdays.
  3. In the field of Social Services, Health and Sports, only a person suitable to work in the field may participate in HAMK’s open studies.
  4. There are only a few seats and they will be filled on a first come first accepted principle. Enrol in time. After enrolling you will receive an e-mail message which tells you that your registration has been received.At the end of enrolment time you will receive an e-mail message that tells you whether your registration has been accepted.If you do not get any contact after the end of registration, please contact the student affairs secretary of the degree programme. Registration is binding and any cancellations have to be made in writing, by e-mail for example, to study secretary of the degree programme.
  5. Student should find out about the contents of the studies beforehand and make sure he/she gets all the necessary information. You are likely to succeed in your studies with an active attitude.
  6. Before enrolling please notice that some courses may have prerequisites. It is on your own responsibility to consider whether your knowledge and skills meet the prerequisites of the course. Master’s degree open studies require sometimes antecened Bachelor’s degree.
  7. Studying requires persistency and independency. Language skills are essential in studies. Higher education studies also require development of scientific thinking and often the usage of study materials provided in some foreign language starts already in the beginning of the studies.
  8. Open university students are treated equally with degree students and they have the same insurance coverage as HAMK’s degree students.

 

Take into consideration - study paths

  1. You are not entitled to student financial aid or student discounts, unless you are entitled to them because of your other studies. Study Path student who studies according to the 8-16 mode is entitled to student discounts of VR.
  2. Ask from the TE services if you are eligible to study on unemployment benefit
  3. You will get an inexpensive lunch from our student restaurant in HAMK by showing a Study Path student card at the checkout.
  4. Study path contains first year or first semester courses alongside degree programme students. Please check applicant-degree programme and explore the programme content and more information about studying. Registration is binding.
  5. In the field of Social Services, Health and Sports, only a person suitable to work in the field may participate in HAMK’s open studies.
  6. A good command of English is needed to study at HAMK’s open studies. Studies require also perseverance, self-reliance and good studying skills.
  7. The student places are limited and they are filled on registration order. Registration is always binding. Please notice that any cancellations has to be made without delay in writing, by e-mail for example, to study secretary of the degree programme. After enrolling you will receive an e-mail message which tells you that your registration has been received. At the end of enrolment time you will be contacted by degree programme staff. If you do not get any reference, please send e-mail to the student affairs secretary of the degree programme.
  8. Study path students have the same right for guidance and support as degree students. The counsellor of the degree programme will provide counselling services. In acute situation Open study student can use HAMK´s health nurse services. Open university students have the same insurance coverage as HAMK’s degree students.
  9. Studying requires persistency and independency. Language skills are essential in studies. Higher education studies also require development of scientific thinking and often the usage of study materials provided in some foreign language starts already in the beginning of the studies. Necessary requirements contain skills to acquire knowledge, to present orally and in writing and structuring issues in teaching language.
  10. The RPL process takes into account each student’s prior learning corresponding to the learning objectives of degree programmes and their parts, as described in curricula. The RPL process consists of recognition and accreditation of learning and subsequent credit transfer, validation of learning through skills demonstrations and exemption from compulsory language studies. How and where learning was acquired is irrelevant in terms of launching the RPL process. Contact your student counsellor in the beginning of your studies. Not more than 20cr of 60cr study path can be taken into account in RPL process. Please notice that studies that have been acquired via RPL in HAMK open UAS do not necessary provide for eligibility in applying process for degree programme in other Universities of Applied Sciences.
  11. HAMK Study Path students are able to complete Summer Studies (from May 7 to August 31) also at HAMK’s partner universities of applied sciences. Summersemester.fi is a joint portal of 23 universities of applied sciences in Finland. The courses are free of charge for study path students. Study Path students will get enrolment information for Summer Studies from their student affairs secretary. Summer study attainments are available in the Puro service and credits can be submitted through the service to be entered in the study register of students’ own higher education institution.
  12. HAMK recommends that students use their own laptops. Bring your own device – BYOD. Learning at HAMK is not dependent of the time and classrooms. So we hope that HAMK students will buy their own laptops for studies if they don’t already have one. More details from IT-services.
  13. Please notice that when applying as a degree student in International Business in academic year 2015-2016, the average of completed open UAS studies must be at least 3,0.

 

Student counselling

As a student of open studies, you are entitled to student counselling. If you need information about enrolment or practicalities, contact the student affairs office. When you need guidance related to the contents of the studies, contact the teacher in charge of the course/module or the student counsellor of the degree programme.

Study methods

There are two different ways to study HAMK’s Open Studies, 8-16 and 18-100 methods. The 8-16 method is studying in the daytime and on weekdays. 18-100 studies are multiform studies organised outside office hours so that you may participate in them alongside your job.

Student services

You receive guidance about studying practicalities from the student affairs officers. Student counsellors and teachers help you with questions about guidance of studies. You can find degree programme’s study advisor from degree programme’s website, e.g. Applicants > Degree Programme > Contact information and teacher’s contact information in an implementation plan of the course. Other services available are IT services and library services.

IT services

You will receive a student ID and password for using HAMK’s email and other electronic services. The student affairs officer will give you the ID and password according to the contact information you give when enrolling. Check IT-services website for further information.

Library services

HAMK library and information services are at your service in HAMK units and online as well. You may get a library card to HAMK library from any campus. Be prepared to show your identification when picking up the card.

Student feedback

We collect feedback during the studies, so that we are able to develop our HAMK Open UAS education. Feedback is gathered from students also at the end of the course by electronical feedback form.

Contact info

​As a student of open studies, you are entitled to student counselling. If you need information about enrolment or practicalities, contact the student affairs office.

When you need guidance related to the contents of the studies, contact the teacher in charge of the course/module or the student counsellor of the degree programme, staff contact information.

Staff email addresses are in the form firstname.lastname(at)hamk.fi and student email in the form firstname.lastname(at)student.hamk.fi.

Please notice

As Open Studies are not leading to a degree it is not possible to get a residence permit only for that purpose. For further information, please visit the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.

Please also note that the studies often contain contact lessons and require attendance in HAMK.

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