For new students - Häme University of applied sciences
For new students
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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.

Before Arrival

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 15 July 2022 at 3:00 pm (Finnish time UTC+3) at the latest

Confirm the study place electronically with the confirmation link sent to you by e-mail. Do so as soon as possible to allow enough time for the possible immigration process. Note that you will lose your study place if you do not accept the study place by the deadline.

After confirming this study place, you cannot accept any other study places leading to a higher education degree in Finland for autumn 2022.

For more information: Confirming your study place at HAMK

1.2 Pay the tuition fees, if required

If you are a non-EU/EEA-citizen and you have not provided any document that would exempt you from paying the tuition fee, you are required to pay a tuition fee for your studies by 15 July 2022.

If you are required to pay a tuition fee, you should do it before you apply for a residence permit. We strongly recommend that you pay the fee immediately after you have accepted the study place.

There is no tuition fee for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Finnish citizens are not required to provide proof of citizenship, whereas other EU/EEA/Swiss citizens should send a copy of their passport/identity card at the time of submitting the application or if you have not done so, to admissions@hamk.fi by 15 July 2022 at the latest.

For more information: Tuition fees

1.3 Register for the academic year

In addition to confirming your study place, you need to register as an attending student for the academic year 2022-2023. If you fail to do so, you will lose your study right.

After you have accepted the study place and paid the tuition fee (if required), a link to the enrolment service will be activated at StudyInfo for you to register for the academic year. If you are unable to register electronically, please contact admissions@hamk.fi.

If you are not able to start your studies in the autumn semester 2022, you can delay the start of your studies if there are legal grounds for your absence.

For more information: Registering for the academic year

1.4 Activate your HAMK user ID

After you have enrolled for the academic year, you will receive an automatic message requesting you to activate your user account at HAMK. You can activate your HAMK user account via self-service user registration.

For more information: Activating your HAMK student user ID

1.5 Start self-study online course - Starter Kit of Digital Skills

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.

For more information: Starter Kit of Digital Skills online self-study course

1.6 Arrive in Finland before 17 August 2022

It is good to arrive in Finland during the week before your studies starts. During this week, everything is prepared for your stay and HAMK can welcome you on the Orientation Days programme.

We organise Orientation Days to get your studies and everyday life as a student started. Orientation Days 2022 will be on 17 – 18 August and will be held ON CAMPUS at Hämeenlinna University Centre. Transportation from other campuses to the university centre will be arranged by your own campus. Arrive in Finland before the orientation days start.

Read more: Orientation Days Autumn 2022

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.

All matters related to immigration to Finland are administrated through Finnish Immigration Services MIGRI. We kindly remind you to treat all issues related to your immigration to Finland with the appropriate importance. Finnish citizens do not need to go through the immigration step. Read more →

Checklist for step 2

2.1 Check if you need a residence permit

If you come to Finland from non-EU/EEA countries for more than 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit. We strongly recommend you to apply for the residence permit immediately after you have accepted the study place. The processing time can be over two months during peak application times.

Finnish immigration service provides clear instructions on how to apply for a student residence permit. Please select the electronic application as you will save both time and money. You can start applying at Finnish Immigration Services websites.

As a British citizen or a family member of a British citizen, if you arrive in Finland for the first time after 31 December 2020, you need to apply for a residence permit in the same manner as other persons from outside EU countries. Find out what permit you need as a British citizen or as a family member of a British citizen here. More information about entering Finland for students under the withdrawal agreement of Brexit can be found here.

2.2 Check if you need to register your right of residence

If you come from one of the EU/EEA countries and stay in Finland for more than 90 days, you need to register your right of residence in Finland.

2.3 Send the application as soon as possible

If you need a residence permit, start the application process as soon as possible – right after you accept the study place at HAMK! The processing time can be over two months during peak application time. If you need to register your right of residence, you can send the application before arriving in Finland.

2.4 Ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System

When you apply for the residence permit or register your right of residence at MIGRI, make sure to ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System as well. By doing so, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code (social security number SSN), which is compulsory to have while staying in Finland.

2.5 Prepare for expenses related to residence permit application or registration of right of residence

A proof of income

If you need to have a residence permit to study in Finland, you must provide proof of having at least €560 per month to support your livelihood in Finland. See also Finnish Immigration Services MIGRI: Income requirement for students.

International insurance

In order to get a residence permit or register your right of residence, you must have insurance that can cover your medical expenses. The insurance fee depends on the insurance you take out. If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), you then do not need to take out other insurance. See also Finnish Immigration Services: Insurance requirements for international students in Finland.

Application fees

The application for a residence permit is subject to fees. If you apply through MIGRI online services, the cost is €350 for the first permit. If you choose to apply through paper, the cost is €450 for the first permit. For registration of right of residence (citizens of EU/EEA countries), the application fee is €54 for both online application and paper application.

2.6 Make appointments online with Finnish officials

Familiarise yourself with the immigration process. After you arrive in Finland, you will need to visit the Finnish Digital and Population Data Services Agency DVV and the Finnish Police to complete the immigration process.

After you know your date of arrival in Finland, you can already schedule appointments with the Digital and Population Data Services Agency DVV and with the Finnish Police online.

2.7 Check immigration process for your family members

If your family member is coming to Finland with you, they are obliged to follow the immigration process as well.  you can find information from MIGRI at residence permit on the basis of family ties.

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. Therefore, start looking for accommodation as early as you can. Read more

Checklist for step 3

3.1 Fill in the application for accommodation

Check out different accommodation options offered by your campus and fill in the application. Check accommodation by campus.

3.2 Pay for the deposit and/or the rent for the first month

Pay for the deposit and/or the rent for the first month if it is required by the accommodation provider. Note that you can only pay the deposit and rents electronically. Cash is not accepted for accommodation rental payments in Finland. Make sure with your own bank that international transferring services of your bank account functions well.

3.3 Arrange pick up of keys to your apartment

Arrange the collection of your apartment key. Note that different accommodation services have their own office hours.

If you arrive in Finland outside office hours and cannot arrange pick up of your keys beforehand, you should stay at a hotel or a hostel of your own choice.

List of hotels and hostels in Häme region (for Evo, Forssa, Hämeenlinna Lepaa, Mustiala, Riihimäki campuses)

List of hotels and hostels in Valkeakoski (for Valkeakoski campus)

3.4 Inform the housing provider of any special needs that you have

Inform the housing provider via email or in the application form of any special needs you may have. Family, pets, disability, and other special requests should be notified beforehand.

Step 4: Prepare for financial matters

Key words: cost of living, banking, tuition fees, insurance, student health care, scholarship, and initial costs.

To make the most out of your studies, it is important to prepare your finances and gather necessary funds beforehand. Read more

Checklist for step 4

4.1 Open international banking services

Visit the local bank at your country of origin and make sure that banking services are available when you are in Finland. It will take some time to open a bank account in Finland, so it is good to have international banking services from your own bank. International banking services are also needed when you pay for the deposit and/or rent for the first month of the accommodation.

4.2 Pay the student health care fee to Finnish Social and Health Care Services Kela

Students at Finnish universities of applied sciences are entitled to Finnish Student Health Service FSHS when they pay a health care fee to Kela (Finnish Social and Health Care Services). The health care fee is compulsory only for degree students. Please note that Kela will not send you an invoice for the fee, so you must make sure to pay it on your own initiative. See How to pay the student healthcare fee in higher education in Finland for more information regarding amount of fees and due dates of payment.

4.3 Pay the deposit and/or the first monthly payment for your apartment

In order to confirm acceptance of the housing offer for student accommodation and almost all the private rental accommodation options, it is required to pay the deposit beforehand. The payment of an apartment´s monthly rent should be transferred at the beginning of each month. Pay attention to the deadline set by your accommodation provider regarding when the monthly rent payment should be made.

4.4 Familiarise yourself with HAMK´s scholarship programme (non-EU/EEA students)

If you are a non-EU/EEA-citizen and you have not provided any document that would exempt you from paying the tuition fee, you are required to pay a tuition fee for your studies by 15 July 2022. HAMK offers scholarship to students who are required to pay tuition fees. Read more: Tuition fees and scholarship at HAMK

Step 5: Plan your travel to Finland and to HAMK campuses

Key words: date of arrival, international travel, HAMK campuses and maps, COVID restrictions on international travelling, 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

You can get to Finland by plane, by boat, or by car. Or you can choose a combination of different transports. For more information: Getting to Finland.

5.2 Plan your arrival at your campus

You can easily get to HAMK campuses by public transport or by any other transport of your choice. Use route services perille.fi to plan your journey inside Finland and purchase the tickets from the transport service providers. For more information: local transport.

You can purchase a student ticket for public transport in Finland. Before you get your student card from HAMKO, you can use the acceptance letter from HAMK to prove your student status.

Remember to purchase a ticket before getting on the public transport. If you fail to do so, you can get a heavy fine.

5.3 Check information on COVID-19

Read carefully through the guidelines for entering Finland during pandemic by Finnish Border Guard RAJA and prepare for the required vaccinations and health certificates necessary to enter Finland during the pandemic established by Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL. In addition, pay attention to THL´s recommendation of When should a mask be used? before getting on the local transport in Finland.

5.4 Check information on travelling affected by the Ukraine war if you come from Russia

Please note that travelling to Finland by train, plane, or cruise directly from Russia is currently not viable due to the war in Ukraine. Read carefully through the guidelines for travellers at border crossings by Finnish Border Guard RAJA and be informed of the crossing points open to Finland-Russia border and their opening hours. Contact the border crossing points if necessary to avoid denial of entry.

5.5 Learn some travel and traffic related vocabulary in Finnish

If you are interested, you can learn some travel and traffic related Finnish vocabulary. Most of the transport in Finland provide services in English, but those vocabulary might be useful for your smooth trip to and navigation in Finland.

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

6.1.1 Passports and other important travel documents required by Finnish Border Guard RAJA, which are compulsory to have when crossing the borders.

6.1.2 Information on approved vaccinations and required certificates for entering Finland by Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL, which are necessary when travelling during the pandemic.

6.1.3 Your acceptance letter from HAMK as you might be asked to show this document when crossing the Finnish border.

6.2 Bring your own device

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) refers to the use of your personal devices for study and work (recommendation of devices’ specification included). The management and organisation of teaching and learning at HAMK have been digitalised. Your studies at HAMK will not always be tied to any specific time or classroom facilities. Your studies will include digital learning environments and materials.

6.3 Bring original certificates related to your studies and work

To register your arrival at HAMK, you need to present the identity card or passport, residence permit (if applicable to your case), and the original school certificates with their official translations in either Finnish, Swedish, or English.

If you plan to develop your career in Finland, you should also bring the original work certificates with you. In Finland, employers usually request the original work certificates to be sent during or after the recruitment process.

It is good to have your certificates notarised. If the certificates are not in one of the three languages: Finnish, Swedish or English, the official translation is required.

6.4 Bring suitable clothes

If you are preparing what to wear when first arriving in Finland, verify the weather conditions at the time of your landing online and prepare accordingly. Shopping opportunities in Finland are plenty. You can find the information at HAMK living and leisure time webpage.

6.5 Check information on import controls

Remember to check Finnish Customs TULLI for import controls of food and consumer goods before you travel to Finland. Prepare your luggage accordingly to ensure a safe and smooth trip.

You may bring medicines prescribed personally to you by the doctor from your country to Finland. Note that there are import restrictions on medicines by Finnish Customs Control RAJA.

If you are travelling to Finland with a pet, it is your responsibility to check the pet import requirements.

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

If you have any special needs, please inform the guidance counsellor of your degree programme. HAMK offers special arrangements and support for students with special needs. It is possible to make an individual study plan with the guidance counsellors and with our special needs teacher.

7.2 Become a member of HAMK Student Union HAMKO

We recommend you to join HAMK Student Union HAMKO. All union members are entitled to students benefits such as student discounts for meals at the canteen and snacks/drinks at the cafeteria, public transport tickets, and many others. After you get your student ID activated, you can join the Student Union and apply for the student card by filling in the online application form.

7.3 Follow HAMK on social media

Follow HAMK on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. #HAMK. Follow updates with HAMK blog posts. Stay informed of latest news, updates, stories, events, and publications.

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!

After Arrival

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

Remember to bring with you:

  • identity card or passport
  • original school certificates and official translations of the certificates into either Finnish, Swedish or English
  • residence permit card (if applicable)

1.2 Pick up your apartment´s keys

  • Check the office hours of your accommodation providers beforehand and visit the office to pick up your apartment´s keys
  • If you have arranged someone else to pick up your apartment´s keys, contact the person beforehand
  • If you arrive outside office hours and have not arranged for someone to pick up the keys beforehand, you should stay at a hotel or a hostel of your own choice.

List of hotels and hostels in Häme region (for Evo, Forssa, Hämeenlinna Lepaa, Mustiala, Riihimäki campuses)

List of hotels and hostels in Valkeakoski (for Valkeakoski campus)

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

2.1.1 Make an appointment and visit the Finnish Digital and Population Data Services Agency DVV office in the municipality of your residence in Finland.

  • Students from Valkeakoski Campus – DVV office in Tampere.
  • Students from Hämeenlinna, Evo, Forssa, Lepaa, Mustiala, and Riihimäki Campuses – DVV office in Hämeenlinna.

2.1.2 Take care of the following things with DVV:

  • If your residence permit card does not have the Finnish identity code yet, apply for one at the DVV office.
  • Register your municipality of residence.

2.1.3 Once you have obtained your Finnish identity code, schedule an appointment with any police office (except for the one in Helsinki airport) and apply for a Finnish identity card during the visit.

2.2 For students from EU member countries, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein

2.2.1 Schedule an appointment with the Finnish Immigration Services MIGRI  as soon as possible (office that suits your schedule and location the best). Make sure that the date of your visit is within three months of your arrival in Finland. Remember to ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. This way, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code.

2.2.2 Make an appointment and visit the Finnish Digital and Population Data Services Agency DVV office in the municipality of your residence in Finland. Register your municipality of residence with DVV.

  • Students from Valkeakoski Campus – DVV office in Tampere.
  • Students from Hämeenlinna, Evo, Forssa, Lepaa, Mustiala, and Riihimäki Campuses – DVV office in Hämeenlinna.

2.2.3 Once you have got your Finnish identity code, schedule an appointment with any police office (except for the one in Helsinki airport) and apply for a Finnish identity card during the visit.

2.3 For students from Nordic countries

2.3.1 Schedule an appointment and visit the Finnish Digital and Population Data Services Agency DVV office in the municipality of your residence in Finland.

  • Students from Valkeakoski Campus – DVV office in Tampere.
  • Students from Hämeenlinna, Evo, Forssa, Lepaa, Mustiala, and Riihimäki Campuses – DVV office in Hämeenlinna.

2.3.2 Take care of the following things with DVV:

  • Obtain your Finnish identity code.
  • Register your municipality of residence.

2.3.3 Once you have obtained your Finnish identity code, schedule an appointment with any police office (except for the one in Helsinki airport) and apply for a Finnish identity card during the visit.

2.4 For students from the United Kingdom

2.4.1 Follow through the immigration process after you have chosen the path that fits your situation. See immigration process for British citizens and a family member of British citizens.

2.4.2 Once you have obtained your Finnish identity code, schedule an appointment with any police office (except for the one in Helsinki airport) and apply for a Finnish identity card during the visit.

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

If you live in Finland permanently, it is good to know that the country provides comprehensive services, such as access to public transportation and to work and school premises, assistive devices, or even personal assistants. For more information, check services for disabled persons moving to Finland permanently by Info Finland.

In addition, Finland and HAMK follow the EU regulations that require certain allergens to be always mentioned in the food tags, so you do not need to worry about living in Finland with allergies.

3.2 Open a Finnish bank account

A Finnish bank account is a secure option for taking care of your finances when living in Finland. There are many different banks available in Finland, both international and national. It is good to compare the services and fees of different banks and choose the one that suits you the most. Some of the banks that you can contact are: Nordea I OP Bank I Savings Bank I Danske Bank.

3.3 Pay for the Finnish student health care services

If you have not paid for the Finnish student health services FSHS before arrival, you should do so after you arrive in Finland. Note that there is a deadline set by Kela. Only degree students need to pay the fee to FSHS.

Students in Finnish universities of applied sciences are entitled to Finnish Student Health Service FSHS when they pay a health care fee to Kela (Finnish Social and Health Care Services). The health care fee is compulsory. Please note that Kela will not send you an invoice for the fee, so you must make sure to pay it on your own initiative. See How to pay the student healthcare fee in higher education in Finland for more information regarding amount of fees and due dates of the payment.

3.4 Get a SIM card for your mobile phone

You can get a Finnish phone number by purchasing a Finnish SIM card. There are many mobile phone SIM card providers in Finland, so it is good to compare the services and fees of different companies and choose the one that suits you best. Some of the Finnish mobile phone operators that you can purchase services from are: DNA I Elisa I Telia.

If you do not have a Finnish identity card yet, you can buy a pre-paid SIM card. With a pre-paid card, you need to top up your phone before you can start making phone calls or using the internet. You can get the pre-paid SIM cards at R-kioski, some supermarkets or over the internet.

If you have a Finnish identity card and a bank account, you can take out a mobile phone subscription with one of the above-mentioned providers. A subscription allows you to pay your phone bills at the end of each month and no payment in advance is needed. To purchase a mobile phone subscription, you need to visit the service provider personally or make a phone call.

3.5 Connect to the internet

When you are in Finland, there are many places where you can get public internet for free, for example libraries, buses, and trains, and in some cafes. After you have activated your HAMK student ID, you can access the internet when you are at the campus. Almost all the student accommodation and some private rental apartments include a 10 Mb/s internet. If you need to purchase or upgrade internet connection services, you can contact the primary internet providers in Finland, which are also providers of telephone, mobile services, and TV services: DNA I Elisa I Telia.

3.6 Furnish your apartment

Furniture is usually not included in rental apartments in Finland. In some of the student apartments offered by HAMK or by HAMK´s partner, some basic furniture is available if requested well in advance. Refer to your own campus for more information. You should be prepared to furnish your apartment, whether it is student apartments at HAMK campuses or a rental apartment by private providers.

You can find furniture from both nationally and internationally known brands. Some of them are IKEA, Masku, Jysk, Isku, and Asko. There are IKEA stores in both Tampere and Vantaa. There are also free-trading online secondhand platforms where you can purchase used items at good prices, such as Tori. Please note that most of the time you need to take care of the transportation of the furniture purchased from private traders. Check out HAMK living and leisure time for more information on shopping opportunities.

3.7 Obtain a home insurance or other insurances (if compulsory)

It is recommended to take out home insurance if you live in a rental apartment in Finland. For most private accommodation providers, it is compulsory.  With most of HAMK´s student accommodation providers, it is not compulsory, but it is worth having home insurance. Home insurance coverage depends on the contract and may include, robbery of property, damage to furniture or others. You can consider contacting one of the home insurance providers: Pohjola I Fennia I If I Tapiola. Other insurances, such as car insurance, health insurance, or pet insurance can also be obtained from those providers.

The insurance providers might provide information online in Finnish and in Swedish only, but you can contact them via phone or by visiting their local offices, as the personnel usually is able to provide you with services in English.

3.8 Take out an electricity contract (if necessary)

Electricity is included in the rent in those student apartments at HAMK campuses. If you live in a private rental apartment, remember to sign an electricity contract before moving in.

You can connect the electricity to your apartment in advance by simply calling a local electricity company in the region where you live. You will need to provide your name and your new address. The cost of electricity in Finland has two parts: electricity sales and electricity distribution. You can choose to purchase electricity from any vendor who offers electricity to your region, but you cannot choose the electricity distributor.

Electricity vendors available for all HAMK campus areas: Fortum I KSS Energia I Lumo Energia  I Vattenfall (information in Finnish).

3.9 Download the Finnish 112 emergency application

There is only one emergency number in Finland – 112. Please do not call the emergency number unless you have a genuine emergency and need urgent assistance from the authorities (police, paramedics, firefighters, or social services). Please refer to Emergency Response Center Agency Finland for more detailed information on calling the emergency number. You can also download the 112 Suomi 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

Your rights and responsibilities as a student in Finland are derived from both HAMK´s Degree regulations and Finnish current legislations. HAMK Student Union HAMKO has also clearly listed your rights and responsibilities. If you live in Finland permanently. It is also good to check your rights and obligations as a resident on a permanent basis in Finland.

4.2 Recognise the rules and regulations on driving in Finland

You need to have a valid driving license in order to drive in Finland. A driving license issued by European Union Member States is valid in Finland without limitations.

If your driving license has been issued by a country outside the EU, please be sure to check if it is valid on Ajokortti-info website. If you want to exchange your driving license, be prepared to wait for six months for all the legal documents to be issued.

It is good to know that car services in Finland are expensive. It is compulsory to have a car insurance. If you have not driven in Finland before, be aware of the animals you might encounter on the road and prepare essentials to drive in winter. Read the guide to driving in Finland by Visit Finland for more information.

4.3 Get familiar with the Finnish everyman´s rights

In Finland, you are free to explore and roam in the open nature. This freedom is known as “everyman´s rights”. You are allowed to roam freely, fish with a string and a rod, as well as forage for food.

However, those rights come with responsibilities. While the Finnish nature is accessible for all, you should also take good care of it. You are expected to follow the rules, such as getting a permit for fishing, respecting landowners´ privacy on private lands, causing no disturbance to animals, and leaving no traces behind.

Familiarise yourself with the Finnish everyman´s rights before exploring the Finnish nature.

4.4 Follow the controls on use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco strictly

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL coordinates and develops substance abuse prevention nationally, which covers alcohol, drugs, gambling, and smoking. Read more about substance abuse prevention in Finland and follow the related rules and regulations 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

There are many opportunities to enjoy yourself and make new friends, whether you prefer to party, do sports, go sightseeing or hiking, visit a museum or a church, dive into books in a library, study languages, volunteer, do a part time job, or just simply lounge with your new friends at the campus common areas. Learn more about leisure time activities at HAMK localities.

5.2 Check out HAMK Moves programme

HAMK offers a broad selection of sport activities on all campuses to all students. To start using HAMK`s sports services, you are recommended to get a sports pass. The sports pass can be added to your student union card. All the information related to sports activities on HAMK campuses can be found at HAMK Moves.

5.3 Check out HAMK´s Friend Family Programme

HAMK’s Friend Family Programme will continue in autumn 2022 on the campuses of Hämeenlinna, Riihimäki, Valkeakoski, Forssa and Mustiala. In HAMK’s Friend Family Programme, international students can get to know everyday Finnish life. Joining the programme is voluntary. All the information related to the Friend Family programme can be found at HAMK 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

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

Degree Programme in International Business

Full-time studies:

  • Contact lessons on campus will start at Tietotie 1, 37630 Valkeakoski (B building) on Wednesday 17 August 2022 at 8:15 AM. Please be at the campus on time! Time will be announced in these web pages latest in June.
  • For any information regarding studies, please contact internationalbusiness@hamk.fi . Arrival guidance to Valkeakoski you can find on Valkeakoski Campus.

Part-time studies:

  • The orientation will take place online in Zoom on 26 August. The link will be emailed to your personal email address.
  • For any information regarding studies, please contact internationalbusiness@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 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 Tuesday 16.8 at 11.00.  It is possible to get the Kela meal subsidy card from the Student Services office at 10.00. 11.00 let’s start the studies together. 13.00 Navigation in Tammela. In the evening: free program for example Disc-golf
  • Wednesday 17.8. and Thursday 18.8. HAMK International: Welcome to HAMK, the exact time and place will be informed later.
  • Friday 19.8 from 10.00 to 14.00 Introduction to HAMK online tools, equipment, environments and methods used in higher education studies and how to live here on Mustiala campus.
  • From Monday 22.8 onwards Introduction to the degree and studies in the first module
  • For any information regarding studies in Tammela, please contact farming@hamk.fi.

Master’s Degree Programme in Management in Sustainable Business

  • Studies will start on Monday 1 August 2022 .
  • Wednesday 3 August 2022 Online orientation studies. Link will be published here in June and it will be also emailed to you.
  • Intensive Orientation Week at Hämeenlinna Visamäki Campus September 12 – 16. Weekdays 9 – 16.
    • General information about the programme and guidance
    • Double degree possibilities
    • Workshops on programme related topics
    • Start of the thesis process
  • For any information regarding the studies of this programme, please contact sustainable.business@hamk.fi

Master’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Technologies

Welcome to study in Degree Programme of Sustainable Technologies!

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

Wednesday’s programme will be at campus at 9.00-16.00. The programme includes information about student services (student healthcare, HAMK Moves, library etc.) All the students are welcome to join but the event is not compulsory for students who have done their B.Sc. studies in Finland. Wednesdays programme  is strongly recommened to international students and especially students arriving from abroad. If you attend the programme on Wednesday, please arrive at 9.00 to the room C-242 (C-building, 2nd floor) Link to the campus map. Please park only on HAMK student parking places.

Thursday´s programme is compulsory for all Sustainable Technologies students. The programme is online at 9.00-16.00. The instructions and link to Zoom will be sent  to you in the week beginning 8 August.

On the module map you can see the schedule of your studies for the academic year 2022-2023.

Please activate your HAMK user ID and start Starter Kit of Digital Skills well in advance of the starting day. Started Kit is compulsory part of starting your studies. It will help you to get acquainted with the IT systems used in HAMK. We recommend that you complete all the sections in Starter Kit.

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HAMK’s e-mail is HAMK’s official communication channel. If you are unable to commit to read HAMK’s e-mail often enough, we recommend that you forward HAMK’s Outlook e-mails to the e-mail address you otherwise use. You must have 2-Step Verification enabled before attempting to forwarding. When contacting HAMK, always use HAMK’s e-mail. We need to identify you as a HAMK student for security reasons.

For any information regarding studies in Hämeenlinna, please contact sustainable.technologies@hamk.fi

Contact us

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.

Email: arrival@hamk.fi

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.

Email: admissions@hamk.fi

If you have questions related to tuition fees and scholarship, please read through the tuition fees and scholarship webpage first. For further questions, please contact tuitionfee@hamk.fi.

Contact information of IT services

For questions related to technical problems, please contact IT services.

Email: it@hamk.fi

Check also the IT Services webpage for more information.

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: computerapplications@hamk.fi

Degree Programme in Construction Engineering: construction@hamk.fi

Degree Programme in Electrical and Automation Engineering: electricalandautomation@hamk.fi

Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology, Bioeconomy: bioengineering@hamk.fi

Degree Programme in International Business: internationalbusiness@hamk.fi

Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology: mechanicalengineering@hamk.fi

Degree Programme in Smart and Sustainable Design: smartandsustainabledesign@hamk.fi

Degree Programme in Smart Organic Farming: farming@hamk.fi

Master’s Degree Programme in Management in Sustainable Business: sustainable.business@hamk.fi

Master’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Technologies: sustainable.technologies@hamk.fi

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 askus@hamk.fi. Note that it takes longer for us to reply to uncategorized questions.

Frequently asked questions

Important dates

When should I confirm my study place?

Confirm your study place by 15 July 2022 at 3:00 pm (Finnish time UTC+3) at the latest. If you do not confirm the study place by the deadline, you will lose your study place.

When should I pay the tuition fees?

If you are a non-EU/EEA-citizen and you have not provided any document that would exempt you from paying the tuition fee, you are required to pay a tuition fee for your studies by 15 July 2022.

When should I register for the academic year?

After you have accepted the study place and paid the tuition fee (if required), you can register for the academic year. A link to the enrolment service will be activated at www.studyinfo.fi after you have accepted the study place and paid the tuition fee (if required). If you do not register as a student, you will lose your study right.

When should I arrive at the campus?

You are expected to participate in the Orientation Days programme for new international students (both degree students and exchange students). Arrive a few days before the Orientation Days start. The schedule of the programme is different depending on the academic year.

When should I apply for a residence permit?

If you need a residence permit, start the application process as soon as possible – right after you accept the study place at HAMK. The processing time can be over two months during peak application time. If you need to register your right of residence, you can send the application before arriving in Finland.

When should I apply for an accommodation?

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. Therefore, start looking for accommodation as early as you can. For more details check the information on HAMK´s website.

Confirmation of your study place

How do I confirm my study place?

You can confirm your study place electronically through the confirmation link sent to you by email. You should confirm your study place by the deadline set for your academic year. If you are not able to confirm your study place electronically, please contact admissions@hamk.fi.

Can I accept another study place after I have accepted the study place at HAMK?

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.

What happens if I do not confirm my study place by the deadline?

You will lose the study place if you do not accept the study place by the deadline.

Registration for the academic year

How do I register for the academic year?

After you have accepted the study place and paid the tuition fee (if required), a link to the enrolment service will be activated at www.studyinfo for you to register for the academic year.

I cannot register for the academic year electronically. What should I do?

If you are unable to register electronically, please contact admissions@hamk.fi.

Can I delay the start of my studies?

If you are not able to start your studies in the semester that you are accepted, you can delay the start of your studies if there are legal grounds for your absence. Read more: Registering for the academic year.

Tuition fees and scholarship

Do I need to pay tuition fees?

If you are a non-EU/EEA-citizen and you have not provided any document that would exempt you from paying the tuition fee, you are required to pay a tuition fee for your studies by 15 July 2022. Read more: tuition fees and scholarship

Does HAMK provide any scholarship?

From 1 January 2020 onwards, HAMK grants scholarships based on Finnish language skills. The scholarship programme awards scholarships to those students who are liable to pay tuition fees. Check out more on HAMK´s tuition fees and scholarship programme.

Travel

Which airport do I need to fly to?

There are a few of viable airports in Finland. To learn morego to this page and choose your campus location.

How can I get from the airport to the campus?
You can take a train, a local bus, or a taxi from the point of your arrival. Check campus and map for more information.

How do I get from the campus to the bus/train station?
Train stations and bus transport hubs are usually located in the city centre. Depending on which campus you are studying at, please check campus and map for more information.

Immigration process

I am from a non-EU/EEA country. What kind of permit do I need to study in Finland?

If you are coming to study at HAMK from outside the EU/EEA countries, it is compulsory to apply for a residence permit for studies. Start your application for the first residence permit for studies at MIGRI Online Service.

I am from an EU/EEA country. What kind of permit do I need to study in Finland?

If you are coming to study at HAMK from EU member countries, Lichtenstein, or Switzerland (full list of countries), you do not need a resident permit. Instead, you need to register your right of residence at Finnish Immigration Service MIGRI. You can start the process by sending an application online before you arrive in Finland.

I am from one of the Nordic countries. What kind of permit do I need to study in Finland?

If you are from one of the Nordic countries (list of Nordic countries), you do not need a resident permit . Instead, you need to register your right of residence within three months of your arrival at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency DVV.

I am a British citizen. What kind of permit do I needto study in Finland?

As a British citizen or a family member of a British citizen, if you arrive in Finland for the first time after 31 December 2020, you need to apply for a residence permit in the same manner as other persons from outside EU countries. Read more: Entering Finland under the withdrawal agreement of Brexit.

What is difference between the Finnish Identity Code and the Finnish Identity Card?

The Finnish identity code (also known as social security number SSN) is a unique, personal number. It is compulsory to have if you live in Finland permanently or for a long period of time (more than three months). Read more: The personal identity code.

Finnish identity card is different from other forms of identification such as a Finnish identity code, a residence permit, or a passport. A Finnish identity card is important as it allows you to fully access different services in Finland, such as banking and telephone. Read more: How to apply for an identity card.

When and why do I ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System?

When you apply for the residence permit or register your right of residence at MIGRI, make sure to ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System as well. By doing so, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code (social security number SSN), which is compulsory to have while staying in Finland.

Can my family member get a residence permit?

If your family member is coming to Finland with you, they are obliged to follow the immigration process as well.  You can find information from MIGRI at residence permit on the basis of family ties.

Studies

How do I activate my HAMK user ID?

After you have enrolled for the academic year, you will receive an automated message requesting you to activate your user account at HAMK. You can activate your HAMK user account via self-service user registration. If you have problems activating your HAMK user ID, please contact it@hamk.fi.

What is Digital Starter Kit and when do I take this course?

Digital Starter Kit is an online self-study course that will help you start using HAMK online tools, equipment, environments, and methods, which are widely used in higher education studies in Finland. It is compulsory for you to take this self-study course before starting your degree studies. Some degree programmes might require their students to complete at least some modules in the course before they can start their degree programme courses. Consult your degree programme guidance counsellor for more information.

How do I access the Digital Starter Kit course?

Please read the instructions for studying the online Digital Starter Kit course.

Where can I find my timetable?
When you start your studies at HAMK, you will be instructed on how to enrol on the modules/courses and search for timetables. If you wish to search the timetable of your studies in advance, HAMK’s timetables are available at lukkarit.hamk.fi. NB: The course timetable will be published slightly before the start of the teaching period.

Do I need to bring my own computer with me?
Yes, BYOD (bring your own device). Read more about BYOD and other IT-related information here.

What specifications should my computer have to be suitable for studying at HAMK?

You can read more about the recommended computer specifications and other IT-related information here.

I have problems with selecting my courses, what should I do?
Contact your degree programme´s guidance counsellor.

I want to go for an exchange during my degree studies. What are the opportunities?
It is possible to go for an exchange during your degree studies. Check HAMK´s Go Abroad webpage for more information.

Where can I get my transcripts of records and other studies related certificates?
You can contact HAMK Student Services about transcripts of records and other studies related certificates.

What support does HAMK offer to special needs students?

If you have any special needs, please inform student services of your campus. HAMK offers special arrangement and support for students with special needs. It is possible to make an individual arrangement with our special needs teacher.

Accommodation

How do I find an accommodation?
You can find information about accommodation on each campus on our HAMK´s accommodation webpage. Choose your own campus and follow the instructions accordingly.

Do I need to apply for the student apartment?
If you would like to be granted an accommodation in student apartment, you are responsible for filling in an application in this regard. HAMK does not arrange accommodation for degree students.

Do I need to buy furniture?
Rented apartments in Finland usually come with no furniture. Check with your apartment provider for more details.

Is there an internet connection in my accommodation? Is it wireless?
In student housing apartments (HOPS), there is normally internet (wireless or wired) but you may need to make a separate agreement with the operator. If you are living in a private sector apartment, normally you should make an internet agreement of your own.

Do I need to pay for the electricity?
In student apartments, the electricity is usually included in the rent. In private sector apartments, it is likely that you need to make an electricity agreement your own. Ask your apartment provider about it.

Do I need to pay the water fee?
In student apartments, monthly water fee is usually included in the rent. In private sector apartments, ask your apartment provider about the details.

There are some problems with my accommodation, what should I do?
You need to contact the accommodation provider.

Where can I do the laundry?
In student housing apartments, there is often a laundry room. If not, you might have to purchase your own washing machine. If you live in a private sector apartment, ask your landlord if the building has a laundry room. If not, you will have to get a washing machine yourself.

My internet is not working, what should I do?
Contact your internet service provider.

How to dispose of the garbage?
Recycling bins are usually somewhere nearby your apartment. The detailed information on how and where to dispose of the garbage should be provided by your landlord. It is important to recycle the right way so make sure to pay attention to the instructions.  It is also worth noting that some types of bottles and can packaging are collected by the supermarkets with a small amount of money in return.

My friends are coming to visit me, can they stay in my apartment?
Make sure to discuss with your landlord in case any of your friends would like to move in with you. Temporary guest visits do not require a permission. If you are living in a shared or student apartment, make sure to have a conversation about it with your roommate beforehand.

Can I drink tap water in Finland?
Yes, you can. Finland is one of the countries with the cleanest tap water in the world.

How can I terminate my rental agreement?
In case of student apartments, you usually need to terminate your agreement at least one calendar month before you move out of the apartment. For example, if you want to leave at the end of May, you need to notify your housing provider the latest by the end of April. You need to fill in an official form to terminate the agreement. Check with your accommodation provider for more information.

Do I get a basic home equipment (survival kit) after I move in?
No. HAMK provides survival kit to exchange students only.

What to do with leftover furniture after I move out?
When you move out, you need to leave your student apartment in the same state it was when you moved in. You will be charged a fee for any furniture left that has not been there when you moved in.

How do I get my deposit back?
In case of student apartments, rental supervisor returns deposit approximately 3 weeks after lease ends. You receive deposit in full, if all rent is paid and apartment is cleaned to moving-out standards.

Insurance

What kinds of insurance do I need?

You will need at least:

International Insurance in order to get a residence permit or register your right of residence. You should have a private insurance that can cover your medical expenses, or either European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). HAMK requires all foreign students to have extensive insurance coverage for their studies. The insurance must be valid when you arrive in Finland. The insurance fee depends on the insurance you take out.Read more: Finnish Immigration Services: Insurance requirements for international students in Finland.

Student Health care: students at Finnish universities of applied sciences are entitled to Finnish Student Health Service FSHS when they pay a health care fee to Kela (Finnish Social and Health Care Services). The health care fee is compulsory. Please note that Kela will not send you an invoice for the fee, so you must make sure to pay it on your own initiative. See How to pay the student healthcare fee in higher education in Finland for more information regarding amount of fees and due dates of payment.

Do I need a home insurance?

It is recommended to take out home insurance if you live in a rental apartment in Finland. For most private accommodation providers, it is compulsory.  With most of HAMK´s student accommodation providers, it is not compulsory, but it is worth having home insurance. Home insurance coverage depends on the contract and may include, robbery of property, damage to furniture or others. You can consider contacting one of the home insurance providers: Pohjola I Fennia I If I Tapiola.

Where can I get insurance for cars/pets/others?

In Finland, it is compulsory to have a car insurance if you own a car. Pohjola I Fennia I If I Tapiola are the insurance providers that you can contact for more information. You can also obtain other kinds of insurance from those providers.

Practicalities of living in Finland

I need a Finnish mobile phone number, how can I get it?
When you arrive, you can purchase a prepaid SIM card at R-kioski. If you have a Finnish identity card, you can visit one of the SIM card providers and get a SIM card based on subscription. A SIM card based on subscription allows you to pay bills after every month.

Do I need insurance?
Please read the section above INSURANCE.

How can I join HAMK Student Union?
Information can be found on the HAMKO web pages.

What kind of winter clothing do I need?
Read more here.

Where can I buy winter clothing?
You can purchase winter clothing from clothing stores, markets, and flea markets in Finland.

How can I meet other students?
You will meet your colleagues during the Orientation Days which are organized specifically to welcome all new international students. Remember to also take part in the student activities organised by HAMKO or the tutors of your degree programme.

I need to book an appointment to the doctor. How can I do that?
You will find campus-specific information about student health care here.

How do I get my library card?
Please check the instructions here.

I feel very stressed, who can I contact?
In case you are feeling stressed or anxious contact HAMK Student Wellbeing Services. You will find contact information here.

How can I participate in sport activities or go to the gym?
Read more about sports activities for each campus here.

Where can I buy lunch?
Each campus offers student-friendly meals. Read more here.

Others

Is it compulsory to become a member of the Student Union?

No, it is not compulsory to become a member of the Student Union, but it is highly recommended. You can get a student card with many student benefits. Read more: HAMK Student Union HAMKO.

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