For new degree students - Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu
For new degree students
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For new degree 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

Activate your user ID (instructions)

  1. Confirm your study place at Studyinfo.fi. The confirmation of a study place is binding, and it cannot be cancelled. This means that you can confirm the study place only once, and you cannot change it afterwards.
  2. Check if you need to pay a tuition fee
  3. Register for the academic year
  4. Check if you need a residence permit. Updated on 1 April 2020: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Finland has suspended the reception of residence permit applications in Finland’s missions from 19 March until further notice. Applications for residence permits that have already been submitted will be initiated in the normal manner and forwarded to the Finnish Immigration Service for consideration. Interviews related to residence permit applications have also been suspended for the time being.Information on when these exceptional arrangements will terminate will be announced later. The missions will provide more detailed information on possible country-specific arrangements.For further information please visit Finnish Immigration Service’s website.
  5. Apply for accommodation (if needed)
  6. Start your online orientation studies
  7. Inform the degree programme about the date of your arrival as soon as you know it
  8. Pack your original certificates with you
  9. Arrive to Finland few days before the beginning of the studies.Updated on 1 April 2020: HAMK´s international degree programmes will start in August as online studies or as a combination of online and offline studies. Depending on the degree programme, students will either start their studies fully online from their home countries or take part in studies at the campus together with online students. All programmes will start contact lessons in January 2021, given that Coronavirus pandemic doesn’t cause further restrictions. This is when both online students and campus students are joined together as one group.Please look at the degree programme specific information from the tab “Starting your studies”.

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.

If there is anything you want to ask from us, please don’t hesitate to ask! You can reach us by email:

Online orientation studies

Experience HAMK studies from the comfort of your home and be better prepared to start your studies!

After you have enrolled for the academic year, you will receive an automated message requesting you to activate user account at HAMK. Please read the instructions here.

After activating your user account, you can start your studies already online with Starter Kit of Digital Skills – course and Introduction to HAMK Studies- module. These online studies have been developed for you to have a smooth start to your studies. After you have finished the courses, the credits will be added to your study records.

Starter Kit of Digital Skills -course

Starter Kit of Digital Skills -course 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. Starter Kit of Digital Skills -course is open from December 2019.

Instructions:

  • 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 course Starter Kit of Digital Skills at https://learn.hamk.fi/course/view.php?id=1477
  • When you enrol for the first time, you need the student enrolment key, which is: Digistarter-20

If you have questions related to this course, please contact to askus@hamk.fi.

Introduction to HAMK Studies – module (3 -15 CR)

Welcome to Introduction to HAMK Studies at Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK)!

This module is for all students accepted to HAMK degree programmes in English. All the parts of the module are for all students in the English-taught programmes, except for the Finnish language part (3 credits) which is only for foreign students whose mother tongue is not Finnish.
The course will be open in Learn from October 2020.

Finnish 1 course (compulsory for School of Technology students)

HAMK offers compulsory Finnish 1 course for all international students who are going to study at School of Technology. You will have to complete this course in the beginning of your studies, by 31st of October at the latest.

Finnish 1 is an online course where you will learn the basics of Finnish language. You will familiarize yourself with some of the most frequent words and phrases and learn the basics of pronunciation. The course is divided into four parts:

  1. Finnish alphabet and pronunciation
  2. Nice to meet you!
  3. Presenting myself
  4. About myself

The course is 2 credits, with grading scale 0–5. Evaluation is based on completed tasks.

Instructions:

  • 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 course Finnish 1 at https://learn.hamk.fi/course/view.php?id=1531
  • The course is available between the 1st of May 2020 and the 31st of October 2020.

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 before the deadline that is given in the acceptance letter.

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 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 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 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 notice: 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 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 January 2020 (January intake) / 1 August 2020 (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 2019 (for January intake) / 31 July 2020 (for August intake) 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.

Updated on 26 June 2020: According to the updated Polytechnic Act a student can also register as absent in the first year if he/she can’t start the studies due to the Coronavirus pandemic rules set by the state authority or other weighty reason related to the pandemic.

In Autumn 2020 HAMK offers online studies for new students. Therefore there is no need to register as absent for the first year.

Copies of certificates (concerns only students admitted based on previous school performance)

Students with Vietnamese High School Graduation Certificate, All India Senior School Certificate or Indian School Certificate that graduate in spring/summer 2020:

If you are offered a study place based on your previous school performance and an online interview (without participating in the written part of the entrance examination), and you complete Vietnamese High School Graduation Certificate, All India Senior School Certificate or Indian School Certificate in spring/summer 2020, please send a copy of your graduation certificate to admissions@hamk.fi by 17 July 2020.

Indian students are required to provide a copy of All India Senior School Certificate or Indian School Certificate. Vietnamese students are required to provide a Temporary High School Graduation Certificate together with a transcript of records and official translations of the certificates in English.

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.

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.

Updated on 1 April 2020: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, HAMK is making changes to the start of the studies to ensure that as many students as possible can carry out their plan to start their studies at HAMK.

HAMK´s international degree programmes will start in August as online studies or as a combination of online and offline studies. Depending on the degree programme, students will either start their studies fully online from their home countries or take part in studies at the campus together with online students. All programmes will start contact lessons in January 2021, given that Coronavirus pandemic doesn’t cause further restrictions. This is when both online students and campus students are joined together as one group.

Please look at the degree programme specific information below.

Degree Programme in Bioeconomy Engineering

  • All students will conduct studies online for autumn 2020 starting on Friday, 21 August 2020 at 3:00 pm
  • Contact lessons at the campus will start in January 2021 at Wahreninkatu 11, 30100 Forssa.
  • For any information regarding studies or arrival in Forssa, please contact bioengineering@hamk.fi.

Degree Programme in Computer Applications

  • Students who are able to start their studies on campus (for example, students living in Finland) will start their contact lessons on campus Vankanlähde 9 (building C), 13100 Hämeenlinna on Monday, 24 August 2020 9:00 am.
  • Students, who are not able to arrive to Finland for the start of the semester will start their studies online together with the group starting in Finland. Contact lessons at the campus for all students will start in January 2021.
  • For any information regarding studies or arrival in Hämeenlinna, please contact computerapplications@hamk.fi

Degree Programme in Construction Engineering

  • All students will conduct studies online for autumn 2020 starting on Friday, 21 August 2020 at 3:00 pm
  • Contact lessons at the campus will start in January 2021 at Visamäentie 35 B, 13100 Hämeenlinna.
  • For any information regarding studies or arrival in Hämeenlinna, please contact construction@hamk.fi.

Degree Programme in Electrical and Automation Engineering

  • All students will conduct studies online for autumn 2020 starting on Friday, 21 August 2020 at 3:00 pm.
  • Contact lessons at the campus will start in January 2021 at Lotilantie 16, 37630 Valkeakoski.
  • For any information regarding studies or arrival in Valkeakoski, please contact electricalandautomation@hamk.fi. Arrival guidance to Valkeakoski you can find on Valkeakoski Campus.

Degree Programme in International Business

Full-time studies:

  • Students who are able to start their studies on campus (for example, students living in Finland) will start their contact lessons on campus at Lotilantie 16, 37630 Valkeakoski on Monday, 24 August 2020 8:15 am.
  • Students, who are not able to arrive to Finland for the start of the semester will start their studies online together with the group starting in Finland. Contact lessons at the campus for all students will start in January 2021.
  • For any information regarding studies, please contact johanna.heinola-lepisto@hamk.fi . Arrival guidance to Valkeakoski you can find on Valkeakoski Campus.

Part-time studies:

  • Studies start September 4th 2020 at 15.00 at Zoom. The link will be emailed to your HAMK email address.
  • For any information regarding studies, please contact Study Counsellor johanna.heinola-lepisto@hamk.fi.

Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology

  • All students will conduct studies online for autumn 2020 starting on Friday, 21 August 2020 at 3:00 pm
  • Contact lessons will start in January 2021 at the campus at Kaartokatu 2, 11100 Riihimäki.
  • For any information regarding studies or arrival in Riihimäki, please contact mechanicalengineering@hamk.fi.

Degree Programme in Smart and Sustainable Design

On the first day

The first thing that you should do when you arrive to the campus for the first time is to visit the local Student Affairs Office. Please take there with you:

  • identity card or passport
  • original school certificates and official translations of the certificates in Finnish/Swedish/English
  • residence permit card

The student affairs secretary will check the documents and register your arrival.

If there is a situation, that you can’t arrive to campus on time, please let us know right away. To avoid delays, please start your immigration process as early as possible.

Bring Your Own Device – BYOD

Beginning in autumn 2020, all new students will be required to bring their own personal laptops.

HAMK has outlined the necessary features for laptops and each degree programme have their own recommendations for laptops and accessories. You will find all recommendations on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS)

Starting in 2021, students who study for a bachelor’s or a master’s level degree from a university of applied sciences are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS). The healthcare fee for higher education students is paid to Kela. Read more about the services of the Finnish Student Health Service and the healthcare fee for higher education students paid to Kela.

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