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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

  1. Confirm your study place at Studyinfo.fi by 16 July 2021. 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.
    Check more instructions: Confirming a Study Place
  2. Check if you need to pay a tuition fee
  3. Register for the academic year through the link that was provided to you in the email notification
  4. Check if you need a residence permit.
  5. Apply for accommodation (if needed)
  6. Activate your user ID (instructions)
  7. Start your online orientation studies
  8. Inform the degree programme about the date of your arrival as soon as you know it
  9. Pack your original certificates with you
  10. Arrive in Finland a few days before the beginning of your studies – Orientation Days start on 16 August 2021!

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:

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 by 16 July 2021!

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 and 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 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 2021 (January intake) / 1 August 2021 (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 2020 (for January intake) / 31 July 2021 (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 International Baccalaureate, Chinese High School Graduation Certificate from the following provinces: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Sichuan, Vietnamese High School Graduation Certificate, All India Senior School Certificate or Indian School Certificate that graduate in spring/summer 2021:

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 International Baccalaureate, Chinese High School Graduation Certificate from the following provinces: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Sichuan, Vietnamese High School Graduation Certificate, All India Senior School Certificate or Indian School Certificate in spring/summer 2021, please send a copy of your graduation certificate to admissions@hamk.fi by 16 July 2021.

Chinese students are required to provide a copy of High School Graduation Certificate and official translation of the certificate in English. 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.

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 user account, bachelor students can start their 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. Master´s Degree students start their studies only with Starter Kit of Digital Skills.

Starter Kit of Digital Skills - 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.

Starter Kit of Digital Skills is open from December 2020.

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 Starter Kit of Digital Skills at https://learn.hamk.fi/course/view.php?id=2344
  • When you enrol for the first time, you need the student enrolment key, which is: Digistarter-21

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

Introduction to HAMK Studies - For Bachelor Students Only

International students (students who’s mother language is not Finnish) accepted to HAMK’s English-taught degree programmes in 2021 have the option to participate in “Introduction to HAMK Studies”.

Each degree programme offers its own variation of the module. Check the list below to see which part(s)you are able to complete. If you are unsure about which parts to complete, please contact your guidance counsellor.

For further questions, please contact askus@hamk.fi

Available parts for each degree programme:

Construction Engineering

  • Learning Skills 2 credits
  • Citation and References 1 credit
  • Digitalisation 3 credits

Electrical and Automation Engineering

  • Learning Skills 2 credits
  • Citation and References 1 credit
  • Finnish 3 credits

ICT, Bioeconomy

  • Learning Skills 2 credits
  • Citation and References 1 credit
  • Finnish 3 credits
  • Global English 3 credits
  • Basic Business Studies 3 credits
  • Digitalisation 3 credits

Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology

  • Learning Skills 2 credits
  • Citation and References 1 credit
  • Finnish 3 credits
  • Global English 3 credits
  • Basic Business Studies 3 credits
  • Digitalisation 3 credits

Smart Organic Farming

  • Learning Skills 2 credits
  • Citation and References 1 credit
  • Finnish 3 credits
  • Global English 3 credits
  • Basic Business Studies 3 credits
  • Digitalisation 3 credits

Smart and Sustainable Design

  • Learning Skills: 2 credits
  • Basic Business Studies: 3 credits

Computer Applications

  • Not available for Computer Application students

International Business

  • Not available for International Business students

Instructions how to start studying in this course:

  • Go to HAMK’s online learning platform Learn. D
  • Choose “HAMK login”. Log in with your activated HAMK user account. Please notice, that you need to activate your official HAMK ID before you can start these online studies.
  • Once you are in the Learn platform, go to the Introduction to HAMK Studies 2021: https://learn.hamk.fi/course/view.php?id=2419
  • When you enrol for the first time, you need the student enrolment key: intro2021
  • Please notice, that these studies needs to be completed on 24 September 2021 at the latest! You won’t be able to complete these after the deadline, as these studies are ment to be part of your orientation.

HAMK´s international degree programmes will start in August at the campus, given that Coronavirus pandemic doesn’t cause further restrictions.

Please look at the degree programme specific information below.

Degree Programme in Computer Applications

Degree Programme in Construction Engineering

  • Contact lessons on campus will start at Visamäentie 35 B, 13100 Hämeenlinna on Monday, 16 August 2021.
  • For any information regarding studies or arrival in Hämeenlinna, please contact construction@hamk.fi.

Degree Programme in Electrical and Automation Engineering

  •  Contact lessons on campus will start at Lotilantie 16, 37630 Valkeakoski on Monday, 16 August 2021.
  • 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 Information and Communication Technology, Bioeconomy

  •  Contact lessons at the campus will start at Wahreninkatu 11, 30100 Forssa on Monday, 16 August 2021.
  • For any information regarding studies or arrival in Forssa, please contact bioengineering@hamk.fi.

Degree Programme in International Business

Full-time studies:

Part-time studies:

  • Studies start on Friday 3 September 2021 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

  • Contact lessons will start on campus at Kaartokatu 2, 11100 Riihimäki on Monday, 16 August 2021.
  • For any information regarding studies or arrival in Riihimäki, please contact mechanicalengineering@hamk.fi.

Degree Programme in Smart and Sustainable Design

Degree Programme in Smart Organic Farming

  • Contact lessons will start on campus at Mustialantie 105, 31310 Mustiala on Monday, 16 August 2021.
  • For any information regarding studies or arrival in Tammela, please contact farming@hamk.fi.

 

Master’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Technologies

  • Studies start on Wednesday 25  and Thursday 26 August 2021. The orientation is held starting at 9.00 at Zoom. The link will be emailed to your HAMK email address.
  • For any information regarding studies or your arrival in Hämeenlinna, please contact sustainable.technologies@hamk.fi

 

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.

 

Student healthcare fee in higher education

Starting in 2021, students who study for a bachelor’s or a master’s level degree from a university of applied sciences will be entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS). If you register as attending for the spring term at the latest by 31 January, you must pay the healthcare fee to Kela by 31 January. No bill will be sent on the healthcare fee, and thus you have to pay the fee on your own initiative. How to pay the healthcare fee in higher education.  Read more about the services of YTHS.

Bring Your Own Device – BYOD

All new students are required to bring their own personal laptops.

HAMK has outlined the necessary features for laptops and each degree programme has 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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