For new degree students
Welcome to HAMK!
We are happy to have you with us and hope that it will be an opportunity for you to gain lots of new, interesting experiences. At HAMK, studying is about doing and acting together. We embrace student-centred approaches and support you in developing your own study path according to your interests. All of us – students, teachers, staff members and other stakeholders – have their own role in making this experience the best it can be. We are proud of being able to enhance your learning experience through our caring environment and supportive community.
HAMK values and respects students from all over the world, no matter their age, gender, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, or any needs that students may have.
All the important information to start your journey at HAMK is covered under the tabs below. We will guide you through the registration process to become a student at HAMK and through the immigration process to study and live in Finland. You can plan your arrival at HAMK by checking out the Before Arrival section. After you arrive in Finland, the After Arrival section will be useful to help you settle in.
You can plan your arrival in Finland and prepare for your studies at HAMK by following the steps and checklist below.
Step 1: Accept your study place at HAMK and get started!
Key words: study place confirmation, tuition fees and scholarship, student ID activation, registration of attendance, orientation days, date of arrival, and digital starter kit.
Start your international student journey with HAMK by first confirming your study place. Take care of other student registration matters on time. Read more →
Checklist for step 1
1.1 Confirm your study place by 14 July 2023 at 3:00 pm (Finnish time UTC+3) at the latest
1.2 Pay the tuition fees, if required
1.3 Register for the academic year
1.4 Activate your HAMK user ID
1.5 Start self-study online course - Starter Kit of Digital Skills
1.6 Arrive in Finland before 14 August 2023
Step 2: Start the immigration process
Key words: residence permit, registration of right of residence, Brexit, Finnish identity code, Finnish identity card, registration of municipality of residence, and working while studying.
Checklist for step 2
2.1 Check if you need a residence permit
2.2 Check if you need to register your right of residence
2.3 Send the application as soon as possible
2.4 Ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System
2.5 Prepare for expenses related to residence permit application or registration of right of residence
2.6 Make appointments online with Finnish officials
2.7 Check immigration process for your family members
Step 3: Find an accommodation
Key words: student accommodation, accommodation by campus, deposit and rent, and apartments´ keys.
Most HAMK campuses offer student accommodation, but a private rental apartment is also a viable option. We cannot guarantee that all the students will acquire a student accommodation place. Your accommodation application is only valid for a certain time. Therefore, for non-EU/EEA students, only start applying for a student accommodation when you have an appointment with the local embassy for your residence permit. For EU/EEA students, you can start sending application as soon as you have accepted your study place and know your time of arrival in Finland. Read more →
Checklist for step 3
3.1 Fill in the application for accommodation
3.2 Pay for the deposit and/or the rent for the first month
3.3 Arrange pick up of keys to your apartment
3.4 Inform the housing provider of any special needs that you have
Step 4: Prepare for financial matters
Key words: cost of living, banking, tuition fees, insurance, student health care, scholarship, and initial costs.
Checklist for step 4
4.1 Open international banking services
4.2 Check if you need to pay the student health care fee to Finnish Social and Health Care Services Kela
4.3 Pay the deposit and/or the first monthly payment for your apartment
4.4 Familiarise yourself with HAMK´s scholarship programme (non-EU/EEA students)
Step 5: Plan your travel to Finland and to HAMK campuses
Key words: date of arrival, international travel, HAMK campuses and maps, travelling affected by war in Ukraine.
Plan your trip to Finland and to HAMK campuses beforehand and arrive in Finland the week before the Orientation Days start. Make sure you have a valid ticket for your chosen means of transportation, if applicable. Read more →
Checklist for step 5
5.1 Plan your arrival in Finland
5.2 Plan your arrival at your campus
5.3 Check information on travelling affected by the Ukraine war if you come from Russia
5.4 Learn some travel and traffic related vocabulary in Finnish
Step 6: Pack your luggage
Key words: Bring your own device BYOD, travel documents, school certificates, work certificates, notary and translation requirements, import controls, travelling with pets.
Make sure to check Finnish Customs Control TULLI for information on packing your luggage. Pay special attention to the required travel documents and the possible restrictions on bringing your personal items. In addition, HAMK also requires our international students to bring certain documents and items. Read more →
Checklist for step 6
6.1 Pack required travel documents
6.2 Bring your own device
6.3 Bring original certificates related to your studies and work
6.4 Bring suitable clothes
6.5 Check information on import controls
Step 7: Connect with HAMK in various ways
Key words: individual arrangement for special needs, student union HAMKO membership (student card), HAMK and social media.
Before you arrive here, you can connect with HAMK in various ways. We can help you with any individual arrangements (e.g., making an individual study plan), you can join our student union for many benefits and you can follow HAMK on social media.
Checklist for step 7
7.1 Inform HAMK if you have any special needs
7.2 Become a member of HAMK Student Union HAMKO
7.3 Follow HAMK on social media
Congratulations for taking all the necessary steps before your arrival! We wish you a safe and pleasant journey to Finland and to our HAMK campuses. We look forward to meeting you at HAMK!
We are so glad that you are here! You can follow the steps and checklists below to settle in.
Step 1: On the first days
Key words: arrival registration at HAMK, pick up of your apartment´s keys.
After you arrive at the campus, the very first things you should do are: pick up your apartment´s key from your accommodation provider and register your arrival at HAMK.
Checklist for step 1
1.1 Visit the Student Services office at your campus and register your arrival
1.2 Pick up your apartment´s keys
Step 2: Complete the immigration process
Key words: registration of right of residence, registration of municipality of residence, Finnish identity code (social security number SSN), Finnish identity card (the ID card).
After you arrive in Finland, you need to visit Finnish officials by appointment in order to complete the immigration process. It is extremely important that you book the appointments without delay. Read more →
Checklist for step 2
2.1 For students from non-EU/EEA countries
2.2 For students from EU member countries, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein
2.3 For students from Nordic countries
2.4 For students from the United Kingdom
Step 3: Get started with your everyday life
Key words: Living in Finland with special needs or allergies, Finnish bank account, student health care, mobile phone SIM card, internet, insurance, electricity, 112 emergency number.
There are some services that are necessary for you to settle in and live comfortably in Finland. We have prepared a practical guide to help you with that. Remember that living in Finland also means that you should follow its rules and regulations. Read more →
Checklist for step 3
3.1 Be informed of the services available for people with special needs and allergies
3.2 Open a Finnish bank account
3.3 Pay for the Finnish student health care services
3.4 Get a SIM card for your mobile phone
3.5 Connect to the internet
3.6 Furnish your apartment
3.7 Obtain a home insurance or other insurances (if compulsory)
3.8 Take out an electricity contract (if necessary)
3.9 Download the Finnish 112 emergency application
Step 4: Recognise your rights and obligations
Key words: students´ rights and obligations, driving in Finland, Finnish everyman´s rights, Finnish national controls on use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
When studying at HAMK, you are both a student and a resident of Finland. There are rights and obligations that you need to be aware of and rules and regulations that you need to adhere to. Read more →
Checklist for step 4
4.1 Recognise your rights and obligations as a student in Finland
4.2 Recognise the rules and regulations on driving in Finland
4.3 Get familiar with the Finnish everyman´s rights
4.4 Follow the controls on use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco strictly
Step 5: Check out the leisure time activities
Key words: leisure time activities by campus, HAMK Moves, and HAMK Friend Family Programme.
You can spend your free time at HAMK localities in many different ways. Leisure activities are not only organised on HAMK campuses, but also in the region where you live, and nationally. Read more →
5.1 Check out information campus leisure time activities
5.2 Check out HAMK Moves programme
5.3 Check out HAMK´s Friend Family Programme
Good job for going through all the processes! We hope that a smooth settlement can fuel up your study progress at HAMK. All the best wishes to you!
HAMK´s international degree programmes will start in August at the campus, given that Coronavirus pandemic doesn’t cause further restrictions.
Please find the degree programme specific information below.
Degree Programme in Computer Applications
Degree Programme in Construction Engineering
Degree Programme in Electrical and Automation Engineering
Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology, Bioeconomy
Degree Programme in International Business
Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology
Degree Programme in Smart and Sustainable Design
Degree Programme in Smart Organic Farming
Degree Programme in Sustainable Forest Management
Master’s Degree Programme in Management in Sustainable Business
Master’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Technologies
Before you contact our personnel, we recommend that you check the information that is already provided on our website and read through the Frequently Asked Questions regarding arrival (at the end of this page). We usually reply in 2-3 working days.
Contact information of the arrival team
For questions related to arrival practicalities, please contact the arrival team. When contacting the arrival team, please include information on your name, the programme of your studies and matters of your concern.
Instant messaging channel for arrival matters will be published here soon.
Contact information of admission services
For questions related to admissions, confirmation of study place, registration for the academic year, please contact admission services.
Contact information of IT services
For questions related to technical problems, please contact IT services.
Contact information by degree programme
For questions related to starting your degree studies, please contact the guidance counsellors.
Please note that during summer holiday 24th of June – 8th of August these emails are not in use.
Degree Programme in Computer Applications: email@example.com
Degree Programme in Construction Engineering: firstname.lastname@example.org
Degree Programme in Electrical and Automation Engineering: email@example.com
Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology, Bioeconomy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Degree Programme in International Business: email@example.com
Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology: firstname.lastname@example.org
Degree Programme in Smart and Sustainable Design: email@example.com
Degree Programme in Smart Organic Farming: firstname.lastname@example.org
Master’s Degree Programme in Management in Sustainable Business: email@example.com
Master’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Technologies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact information for other questions
For other questions, please contact our general information services.
If you have other questions than those mentioned above, you can also contact us by email@example.com. Note that it takes longer for us to reply to uncategorized questions.