For new degree students - Häme University of applied sciences
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

  1. Confirm your study place at Studyinfo.fi by 15 July 2022. 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) NB: you will first get an e-mail message and after that you can activate your user ID.
  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 schedule for August 2022 will be published soon!

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 15 July 2022!

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.

Amendment to the Polytechnic Act regarding the Covid-19 pandemic

In autumn 2021 a student can also register as absent in the first year if he/she can’t start the studies due to the Covid-19 pandemic rules set by the state authority or other weighty reason related to the pandemic. 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 2022:

If you are offered a study place based on your previous school performance (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 2022, please send a copy of your graduation certificate to admissions@hamk.fi by 15 July 2022.

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. These online studies have been developed for you to have a smooth start to your studies. After you have finished the course, the credits will be added to your study records. Master´s Degree students start their studies also 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 2021.

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=7709
  • When you enrol for the first time, you need the student enrolment key, which is: Digistarter-22

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

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

  • Contact lessons on campus will start on Wednesday, 17 August 2022.
  • For any information regarding studies or arrival in Hämeenlinna, please contact computerapplications@hamk.fi
  • Learn more about Hämeenlinna University Centre

Degree Programme in Construction Engineering

Degree Programme in Electrical and Automation Engineering

  • Contact lessons on campus will start on Wednesday, 17 August 2022.
  • 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 on Wednesday, 17 August 2022. 
  • For any information regarding studies or if you have questions about practical issues, please contact bioengineering@hamk.fi.
  • Additional information about arrival in Forssa on Forssa Campus.

Degree Programme in International Business

Full-time studies:

Part-time studies:

  • Studies start online on August 1st.  You will get more specific information about your studies in May.
  • 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 Tuesday, 16 August 2022. The exact time will be informed via email in May 2022.
  • For any information regarding studies or arrival in Riihimäki, please contact mechanicalengineering@hamk.fi.
  • Learn more about Riihimäki Campus

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 Wednesday, 17 August 2022.
  • For any information regarding studies or arrival in Tammela, please contact farming@hamk.fi.

 

Master’s Degree Programme in Management in Sustainable Business

  • Studies will start on Monday 29 August 2022 at 9.00 at Zoom. The link will be e-mailed to your HAMK email address.
  • You will find the schedule for the Management in Sustainable Business here. Please keep in mind that the schedule is preliminary and changes may occur in specific dates.
  • For any information regarding the studies, please contact sustainable.business@hamk.fi

Master’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Technologies

  • Studies will start at campus at Vankanlähde 9, 13100 Hämeenlinna on Wednesday 17  and Thursday 18 August 2022.
  • 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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