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Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Leisure Management

The Sports and Leisure Management degree at KAMK is a unique degree in Finland. We offer you a versatile degree that develops your professional skillset and competences in management and leadership but also in coaching and instructing, health enhancing, sport tourism and exergaming, with a global outlook. 

Our compact university of applied sciences offers you the synergy between the degrees in Sports and Business, bringing together the professional side of sports with the know-how applied to sports business. The degree is a combination of practice and theory, providing you with the strong theoretical background to succeed in the practical work.  During the studies, you will gain real-life work experience from hands-on projects with local companies and two practical training periods. This will enhance your opportunities to find employment opportunities after graduation.

Entrepreneurial competence is the central theme of this study program, along with experiential activities and smart solutions. Our facilities' small-town environment allows us to create individualized educational paths that are custom-fitted to students’ future career desires and also allowing you to graduate more quickly. Beginning in autumn of 2020, students are able to choose between various specializations including arctic sports and tourism, event management or marketing communications to develop their personalized academic path.

For those interested in setting up their own business one day, we can offer the opportunity to participate in a start-up programme that’s designed to develop entrepreneurial skills.

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Smart Gym Concept

The SmartGym Concept is a unique model based on new knowledge and competence. SGC introduces students to ‘exergaming’ (exercise + gaming) as a national and international phenomenon and its potential benefits in future job markets. The concept enables students to work intensively in work-based projects and to network with the best people in the industry. 

It produces cross-disciplinary expertise in exercise and health promotion using game technology combined with a business and technology-oriented perspective. In addition to the SmartGym (a gym equipped with digital exercise solutions), the concept’s activities include work in partners’ development projects. This genuinely international provides you with the opportunity to work with partner universities around the world.

Sports Facilities

Our campus offers excellent sports and exercise facilities! The Vimpelinlaakso Sports Park, tennis hall, athletics/ski stadium, ice-rink, ball-games facility and forest running tracks are all located next to the campus. Kajaani’s other municipal services are also situated close by, as the town center is only 2 km away.

Study places
210 ECTS
3,5 years
Degree Title
Bachelor of Sports Studies
Further information
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Students are often also offered opportunities to participate in the planning and arrangement of different events locally. Participating in real-life events and projects provides students with the opportunity to practice the skills they've learned in theory, and to prepare for real working life.

Application for the English-taught degree programmes in Finnish higher education institutions are submitted online through the joint application system at Studyinfo during the application period. Summer application for studies starting in autumn 2020: 5 - 12 August 2020!

Application period for studies starting in autumn 2021 are as follows: 
1) Apply based on entrance exam results: 7 - 20 January 2021.



Entrance Exams

For the application period 1 (8 - 22 January 2020), the eligible applicants will be invited to take the entrance exam. The exams will be arranged in Kajaani and in specified countries abroad.

For the application period 2 (31 March - 15 April 2020) there are no entrance exams, but the selections are based on the SAT test result or taking an online entrance exam. In this application round, the applicants for Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Leisure Management using the SAT test for admission, an additional Sports video (performing certain tasks based on instructions and filming a video) will be required. Further information will be sent to the applicants directly.

Summer Application 2020 (5-12 August): The entrance exam will be held on 14 August 2020 at KAMK in Kajaani. Registration at 8.30. It will also be possible to take the exam online.

In the Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Leisure Management you will specialize in Arctic Sport and Tourism. However, at KAMK, the School of Business includes degrees in Tourism, Business and Sports allowing you to select courses and modules from other fields as well, such as marketing or event management.

You can also accomplish the professional studies abroad in one of our many partner universities as an exchange student and benefit from their expertise, for example in sports coaching, health promotion or business. 

Read more about the content of the studies: Study Guide

Graduates of this programme will have attained skills that make them suitable to be employed in a variety of sports and leisure organisations, associations, clubs and businesses, and they will also possess the know-how to run their own sports and leisure enterprises. 

Your future job title might be Sports Instructor, Sports Consultant, Coach or Personal Trainer, for example, but you will be also able to work in different kinds of development, planning or training roles within the field of sports or activity tourism, or work in managing and organising sports events and activities.

KAMK arranges Sports and Leisure Management entrance examination in Finland (Kajaani) as well as abroad in cooperation with FINNIPS network. 

In Kajaani the entrance examination may include a motivational essay, an evaluation of the applicant's motor skills through a series of sport tests, an evaluation of his/her instruction skills during a coaching session (short task is given during the entrance exam) and an interview.  

FINNIPS exam for Sports and Leisure Management: The entrance examination may include a written part, group discussion and a series of sports tasks. The written part and a group discussion will be performed during FINNIPS entrance exam day. The sports tasks will be requested to be submitted separately via video according to the detailed instructions that will be sent to the applicants right after FINNIPS entrance examination. See the entrance exam countries    

Further details of the entrance exam and necessary clothing will be mentioned in the invitation letter. 

Note: for Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Leisure Management entrance examination results from other UAS will not be accepted. 

The tuition fee at KAMK is 6 000 euros per academic year. The students, who accept their study place within 14 days from the notice of admission, get a 50% discount off the tuition fee as an early bird scholarship. Later on in the studies, the scholarship rewards for study progress, ie. the students who complete a minimum of 55 credits per academic year, get a 50% discount off the tuition fee. In addition, KAMK offers an additional scholarship for those, who pass a national language test in Finnish during their studies. This scholarship is available once during the studies and offers the students the possibility to study a year for free - providing that they get both scholarships (55 credits + Finnish language) the same year.  

The scholarships are always used directly to reduce the tuition fee. Scholarships are available by application only. The first year fee is paid when accepting the study place, and later on, it is paid in May yearly.  The scholarship applies only to the tuition-fee paying students Read more about tuition fees

In addition to the tuition fee, the students must pay for their study materials and for their own living costs. The average monthly living expenses for a student living in Finland are approximately 700 – 900 euros. This may vary depending on personal circumstances. When applying for a residence permit in Finland, non-EU/EEA nationals need to demonstrate that they have at least 560 euros per month at their disposal – in addition to the tuition fee.

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