Accept your study place and get started!
Accept your study place at HAMK and get started!
Start your international student journey with HAMK by first confirming your study place. Take care of other student registration matters on time.
In this page, you will find information on accepting your study place at HAMK, registering for the academic year, activating your HAMK student user ID, starting the self-study online course – Digital Starter Kit, and Orientation Days Autumn 2023.
After you have been admitted to a degree programme, you will receive an email with a confirmation link. You must confirm the study place by 14 July 2023!
Confirm your study place electronically through the link provided in the email notification.
- If you have a Finnish ID number and online banking credentials, mobile certificate, or an electronic ID card you can confirm the study place by logging in at the My Studyinfo service.
- If you don’t have a Finnish ID number nor online banking credentials, mobile certificate, or an electronic ID card, please read the instructions on the My Studyinfo email notification you received.
- If you are for some reason not able to confirm your study place electronically, please contact the Admission Services of HAMK.
Make sure that you make the confirmation on time. Otherwise, you will lose the study place offered to you. Once you have confirmed your study place, it is binding and irrevocable and cannot be altered.
Please notice that if you accept the study place you cannot later accept any other study places leading to a higher education degree in Finland if the studies begin during the same semester (1 January – 31 July, 1 August – 31 December).
One study place per term provision
You may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland in education that begins in the same academic term. This rule applies to all higher education. Higher education degrees included in the provision are:
- Bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences
- Bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees awarded by Finnish universities
- Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities
The provision applies to higher education regardless of how the studies are provided. For example, if you accept a study place offered to you through HAMK’s direct application, you cannot later accept a study place from the joint application to higher education if the studies begin during the same semester.
Only exceptions to the provision are:
- Transfer student selections
- the Åland University of Applied Sciences
- the Police University College of Finland
The provision is also not applied to studies at foreign higher education institutions.
The academic term (1.8.−31.12. or 1.1.−31.7) is the set framework for implementation. The provision does not prevent acceptance of a place in another degree programme during another academic term. Even if you postpone the commencement of your studies, or interrupt your studies, you cannot accept another study place for a degree programme starting in the same academic term.
Registering for the academic year
You need to register for the semester/academic year electronically through the link that was provided to you in the email notification.
Please note that if you are required to pay tuition fees for your studies, you are not able to register for the semester/academic year electronically before you have paid the tuition fee. In that case, you should make the registration as soon as you have paid the tuition fee.
Also, if you confirmed your study place conditionally and remain on the waiting list for reserve places you are not yet able to register for the semester/academic year. You should make the registration as soon as you are no longer remaining on the waiting list for reserve places.
Registering as non-attending
You can register as absent with the enrolment form, but you must prove the legal grounds for your absence. According to the Polytechnics Act, a first-year student may register as non-attending for the academic year for the following reasons only:
- Military service, non-military service or women’s voluntary military service
Documents that prove the legal grounds for your absence: Call-up order
- Maternity, paternity, or parental leave
Documents that prove the legal grounds for your absence:
- Kela’s certificate regarding maternity, paternity, or parental allowance period or, if the certificate has not yet been received, a medical certificate regarding the pregnancy
- Corresponding certificates from the authorities of other countries regarding statutory parental leave
- Personal illness or injury
Documents that prove the legal grounds for your absence:
- Sickness allowance decision or, if no decision exists, a medical certificate. The medical certificate must state which illness or injury the student suffers from, and that this condition prevents the student from beginning their studies on 1 January 2023 (January intake) / 1 August 2023 (August intake).
- Obstacles caused by the practical arrangements required by the illness or injury: an adequate clarification, e.g., a certificate from the student housing foundation that the student is on the waiting list for an apartment required by his or her injury. The student’s own notification is not an adequate clarification.
Documents proving the legal grounds for your absence must be submitted to the Admission Services of HAMK by 31 December 2022 (for January intake) / 31 July 2023 (for August intake) at the latest. The documents must be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English. You can send required documents electronically with secured way by using this link.
If the legal grounds for your absence apply only to the second academic term (e.g., military service or maternity leave beginning in January), you may register as non-attending for the entire academic year if you wish. You may also change the status of your registration for the spring term from ‘attending’ to ‘non-attending’ during the spring term registration period.
If you register as ‘non-attending’ in your first academic year but fail to deliver sufficient clarification regarding the grounds for your absence, you will lose your right to study. If you wish to begin your studies at a later time, you must apply for readmission. Readmission does not require participation in the student admissions procedure.
Copies of certificates (concerns only students admitted based on previous school performance)
If you are offered a study place based on your previous school performance, and you complete your degree in spring/summer 2023, please send a copy of your graduation certificate to email@example.com by 14 July 2023.
All other students:
You are not required to provide a copy of your graduation certificate before starting your studies. Bring along your original certificates with you in the beginning of your studies.
Bring along your original certificates, your passport/identity card and residence permit card with you on the first day of your studies. The original certificates will be checked during the first two weeks of study. If you do not bring along the original certificates by the date given, your study place will be cancelled.
If you have enrolled as ‘non-attending’, your original documents will be checked when you start your studies.
You will receive an email once your student ID has been created. This ID gives you access to all HAMK’s student systems. Firstly, you activate your ID at HAMK Identity Service , please find the instructions here. After that, you need to enable multi-factor authentication for Office365 services. Find instructions for that here.
For more information and in case of an error, please contact ServiceDesk. Service desk is a customer services system that HAMK uses for advising students and staff. By using the ServiceDesk, a customer services ticket will be generated specifically for you and for your matters. The IT department can keep track with your questions and offer advice to you by following the same ticket.
NB: you can log in to ServiceDesk only after you already have acquired and activated your HAMK student ID. If you don’t have a HAMK student ID yet, please contact the IT department by the email firstname.lastname@example.org instead. That also creates a ticket automatically.When you contact the IT service, remember to include a descriptive subject line and detailed description!
Log in to HAMK services
Logging in to HAMK services is done by either using short form of username or long form of username. Short username is typed in the form of firstname12345. Long username is typed in the form of email@example.com. You can type in the form of username accordingly to what it is asked for in the login window.
Log in to Google cloud services
Logging in to Google cloud services is usually done by the form of firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can easily find all IT services listed and links to instructions here. You can search for services with a keyword, mark services as your favourite, so you can return to them next time or browse the automatically updated list of most searched services.
Studying on your personal computer
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) refers to the use of your personal devices for study and work purposes while inside HAMK’s premises. Your studies at HAMK will not always be tied to any specific times or classroom facilities. Your studies will include digital learning environments and materials.
Starter Kit of Digital Skills are for all new degree students
Starter Kit of Digital Skills will help you to start using HAMK online tools, equipment, environments and methods used in higher education studies. Get familiar with the content and instructions of the Starter Kit.
- Go to HAMK’s online learning platform, Moodle
- Choose “HAMK login”. Log in with your activated HAMK user account
- Once you are in the Moodle platform, go to the Starter Kit of Digital Skills at https://learn.hamk.fi/course/view.php?id=10816
When you enroll for the first time, you also need the student enrolment key, which is: Digistarter-23
If you have any questions related to Starter Kit of Digital Skills, please contact to email@example.com.
Orientation Get-Together Day is back again in autumn 2023! The Day will be on Thursday 17 August from 10:00 – 17:30 and the programme is held on Hämeenlinna University Centre.
Details of the programme can be found below.
The Day welcomes all new international students who will start their studies at HAMK in autumn 2023. This includes bachelor´s degree students from English taught degree programmes, master´s degree students from English taught master’s degree programmes, all exchange students, double degree students from abroad, and students from our partner universities who come to complete an internship at HAMK for one to two semesters.
The Day will be filled with presentations, stands, discussion panels and many interactive activities.
If you plan to visit DVV for registering in the Finnish population system, read through DVV´s instructions carefully and prepare for the documents needed for the registration before the Orientation Get-Together Day. If you miss important documents, you need to book a separate time with DVV to handle the registration separately. Check out the section “DVV registration” below for more information.
Vote for your favourite stands to be eligible for winning a lottery during Closing of the day! Voting link here: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/0E269D69BC091BDE. Vote before 15:30 to be qualified.
Please find more information about the programme below.
*The programme is subject to change.