Open studies - Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu
Open studies
Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu

Open studies

Learning via open studies

​HAMK’s Open Studies are available for all who want to study at university level. Open Studies are meant to support lifelong learning.

They may be the beginning of your degree studies, you may improve your professional skills by studying or update the know-how you already have. Virtual courses suit those who want to study whenever and wherever they like.

All HAMK’s open studies are integral parts of education leading to a degree. Courses and modules are suitable for those who want to study less at a time. Study path suits those who aim at degree studies. Studying the path takes one academic year if you pursue a degree student place on a Bachelor level. The study path to become a Master’s degree student takes the first semester.

Open Studies are not awarded with a degree but if you decide to apply for degree education and you are admitted, the studies completed and approved will be credited towards a degree at HAMK University of Applied Sciences.

Student places are filled on a first come first accepted principle and the number of places is limited.

Open Studies of HAMKs’ students who have lost their right to study

A former student of HAMK who has started studies on 1.8.2015 or after can re-apply for right to study. He/she can have a maximum of 60 (Bachelor´s degree) or 30 (Master’s degree) ECTS credits uncompleted degree studies left.
The studies can be included in the degree and it is possible to complete the degree at HAMK.

If the student has more than 60 (Bachelor´s degree) or 30 (Master’s degree) credits to complete he/she can begin the studies as Open UAS student and apply later for right to study.  Fees for HAMK students are based on time: 0.5 years / 250 € and 1 year / 400 €. The fee is not tied to the number of credits. Tuition fees are invoiced at the start of studies.

How do I enroll for Open University to continue my studies?

  • Agree with your student counsellor on the studies you will take
  • Enroll on the studies via e-mail to your degree programme’s student affairs secretary. Include the studies you will take in the message.

Please note that as a new student you will get a new student number, a new ID (username and password) and a new e-mail account. For further information, please contact the student counsellor of your degree programme.


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.
  9. 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. Beginning in autumn 2020, all new students will be required to bring their own personal laptops. More details from HAMK’s IT-services.


You will see a list of courses and modules offered in Bachelor’s degree programmes and Master’s degree programmes and give search conditions e.g. virtual studies. Sort the list by date to find the relevant provision of courses. Change the module selection language to English and choose the language of tuition. You may familiarize yourself with the implementation plan by clicking implementation.

See the module selection of Open University of Applied Sciences >>

If you do not find the kind of studies you are looking for, please contact the contact person of the degree programme and ask for the possibility to get guidance for creating your own personal study plan. Open Studies of Master’s degrees are all organised on Visamäki campus in Hämeenlinna. Please notice that if you choose language English in Module selection, the list shows only the courses that will be tuited in English.

Enrollment period for open UAS studies:

Academic year 2020-2021:

  • 3.-15.8.2020 open studies during autumn 2020
  • 5.-16.10.2020 open studies that start later in autumn (26.10.-18.12.2020)
  • 2.-15.12.2020 open studies during spring 2020
  • 15.2.-26.2.2021 open studies that start later in spring (15.3.-7.5.2021)
  • 15.3.-23.4.2021 open summer studies (from May to August 2021). Registrations for open summer studies that are made by other times will be ignored.


Before you enroll via enrollment form, please check the dates and other details in the implementation plan of the course.

Registration is always binding. Make sure that your information is correct. The number of seats is limited and students are accepted in enrollment order. At the end of enrollment time you will receive an e-mail message that tells you whether your registration has been accepted. That message is a confirmation of the course and it contains detailed information on practical arrangements, or notification of any cancellation of the course. If you do not get any contact after the end of registration, please contact the student affairs secretary of the degree programme by e-mail studentservices(at)

Please notice that any cancellations have to be made in writing, by e-mail, to study secretary of the degree programme. See Terms of cancellation.


Enrolment form

Enroll on open studies here >>

The enrolment will be open from 08:00 to 23:59.

Remember to close the query tab after you have registered for open studies.

The completed registration form data is sent in encrypted form.

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.