For new students

Häme University of applied sciences
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For new students

Welcome to HAMK!

At HAMK, studying is about doing and acting together. Every student, teacher, staff member and partner from the workplace has their own special role in this. A caring environment and a supportive community will enhance your learning.

Before starting your studies

  • Confirm your study place at Studyinfo.fi
  • Pay the tuition fee (if required)
  • Register for the academic year
  • Apply for a residence permit (if needed)
  • Apply for accommodation (if needed)
  • Inform the degree programme about the date of your arrival as soon as you know it
  • Get familiar with the student union HAMKO

You can find the instructions for confirming your study place and registering for the academic year as well as information about starting your studies from the following tabs on this page.

In case you do not find the answer to your questions from this website, please do not hesitate to contact your degree programme’s student affairs secretary or HAMK’s Admission Services.

Confirming a study place

After you have been admitted to a degree programme, you will receive an email with a confirmation link. You must confirm the study place within 10 days after being notified about your admission.

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 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 this study place you cannot later accept any other study places leading to a higher education degree in Finland if the studies begin in autumn 2019.

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 degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences
  • Bachelor degrees and Master 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 now accept this 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 study programme begins in autumn 2019.

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 academic year 2019-2020 with the enrollment form that was provided to you in the email notification. You may register as non-attending for certain reasons only (please see below).  Fill in the form, sign it and send it to the Admission Services of HAMK by e-mail or by post within 10 days after being notified about your admission.

Registering as non-attending

You can register as absent with the enrollment 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 August 2019.
    • 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 July 2019 at the latest. The documents must be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.

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.

Original certificates

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.

On the first day

Please take with you your:

  • identity card or passport
  • original school certificates
  • note-taking equipment

From HAMK you will get:

  • your username, password and email address
  • information on wireless network and other IT services and platforms
  • meal subsidy card

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HÄME UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES