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Dear new student!

Welcome to study at KAMK and thank you for choosing Kajaani University of Applied Sciences as your study place!

On this page, we have compiled information for a smooth start to your studies. Please read the material carefully and make sure to take all the necessary steps to secure your study place.

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have and look forward to meeting you at the orientation!  

Mandatory steps to secure your study place and before arrival: 

1. Confirm your study place

Accept the offer of admission electronically in the My Studyinfo service as soon as possible to allow enough time for the possible immigration process:

  • 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 nor online banking credentials, mobile certificate, or an electronic ID card, please read the instructions on the My Studyinfo email notification you received and confirm your study place through the link your receive from the email.
  • If you are not able to confirm your study place electronically, please contact the Admission Services of KAMK: admissions@kamk.fi

Make sure that to confirm your study place by the given deadline. Otherwise, you will lose the offered study place. Confirmation of the study place is binding and cannot be altered or cancelled.

 
2. Pay the tuition fees (for non-EU/EEa citizens only)

A student from a non-EU/EEA country who is liable for tuition fees: Pay your tuition fee in the KAMK Flywire service according to the instructions in the acceptance letter you receive by email.

If you do not pay your tuition fee by the deadline, you will lose your study place.

If you have problems paying your tuition fees, please contact: admissions@kamk.fi

More information about 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 11 July 2024.
  • 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@kamk.fi by 11 July 2024 at the latest.

Students who are liable for tuition fees agree to the KAMK Student Agreement when accepting a place at KAMK.
 
3. Submit the certificates

Please attach copies of certificates/photos to your application by 11.7.2024 at 3.00 pm Finnish time or by the given deadline, if you have not already attached them to your application. You can submit the documents to your application via StudyInfo or via the link in the confirmation message you receive when you submit your application.

Applicants’ eligibility is verified as part of the application process either before the selection or after admissions, as the university of applied sciences decides. The study place is conditional until the university of applied sciences has verified the eligibility of the applicant.

If you have any questions regarding the certificates, please contact: admissions@kamk.fi tel. +358 40 654 8475.

 

4. Register for the academic year
Once you have paid the tuition fee and the conditionality of your choice has been removed from the Studyinfo -service, enroll as present or absent for the academic year. You can find the link to the attendance enrollment form in the StudyInfo -email.
5. Apply for a residence permit if necessary

Many things, such as your nationality and the length of your studies, will affect the type of permit you need. If you come form outside the EU/EEA, you usually need a student residence permit. For more information of the permits, please visit the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) website.

You can start your residence permit application process after being admitted to KAMK. The application process needs to be started within 14 days from the admission notification, and you must provide proof that you have applied for the residence permit within 14 days and paying the tuition fee as instructed. Attach the acceptance letter and the receipt of your tuition fee payment from Flywire for your residence permit application.

 The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) provides step-by-step instructions on how to apply for the student residence permit. Please check the detailed student residence permit requirements and procedures on the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) website. You can also use the Migri guide for students to assist you on how to apply for the first permit via the Enter Finland online service

When applying, please remember to also request registration in the Finnish Population Information System. This will give you a Finnish personal identity number (social security number SSN), which is mandatory during your stay in Finland. Please send the picture of your residence permit as soon as possible by encrypted email to studyoffice@kamk.fi.

Please note, that you don't need a residence permit for the part-time Master's Degrees, as all your studies will take place online.

If there is a delay with your residence permit, please contact the Study Office: studyoffice@kamk.fi 

6. Identify yourself to receive access to KAMK network

International students must verify their identity in order to access the KAMK network using the Candour ID mobile application. Study Office will send more detailed instructions for the verification by email in July-August. Read more in the Activating user IDs section.

7. Fill in the Notification of Arrival form

Once you have received your KAMK user ID, please fill in the Notification of Arrival form. You will receive a link to the form in a separate email closer to the start of your studies.

We use this form to collect information about the status of your residence permit and more detailed information about your arrival in Finland. Please keep us informed on your residence permit process and your arrival plans.

In case you are arriving with family and children, we also need the information well in advance.

Good to know before starting your studies 

Receiving a study place and registering as a student

The timetables of the first joint selection for spring 2024:

  • Student selection results published by 31 May
  • Deadline for accepting a study place by 11 July 3:00 pm Finnish time
  • Admissions from waiting lists end by 30 July 3:00 pm Finnish time

Those who have received a student selection decision must receive their study place in My Studyinfo service and register as present or absent by 11 July 2024 at 3.00 pm Finnish time.

Those who have been accepted from a reserve place have 7 days to confirm their place and register for the academic year as present or absent.

If you have not confirmed a study place and registered by the deadline, you will lose your reserved study place.

 
Postponing the start of the studies

In the first academic year, a student can only register as absent for a statutory reason (AmkL 932/2014, 29§) if student

  • is performing service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), the Civilian Service Act (1446/2007) or the Voluntary Military Service for Women Act (194/1995)
  • needs time off from studies to care for own child in connection with the birth or adoption of the child, or
  • is unable to start the studies because of own illness or disability.

Proof of absence must be provided by the following documents:

  • recruitment order, service certificate or valid conscript card
  • KELA certificate of maternity, paternity or parental leave or, if no such certificate exists, a medical certificate of pregnancy
  • sickness allowance decision or, in the absence of such a decision, certificate of incapacity for work/sick leave certificate

The sick leave certificate/medical certificate must be clearly indicated in Finnish or English:

  • Title of the medical certificate/sick leave certificate
  • Purpose of the certificate
  • Name of the person requesting the certificate: student's full name and nationality, personal identity number/passport number
  • Findings and conclusions of the study:
    o Inability to study due to illness, defect or disability: diagnosis or diagnosis code and a few explanatory words
  • Duration of sickness absence 
  • Name & authorisation/certificate of the doctor, date and signature or electronic certification

The document justifying the absence must be submitted by 11.7.2024 at 3.00 pm Finnish time by encrypted e-mail to Admissions Services: admissions@kamk.fi 

If the document is not submitted by the deadline, student will be registered as present, which will consume the duration of the study right.

You can find more information about accepting a study place on Studyinfo -service and if you have any questions, please contact us: admissions@kamk.fi.

 
Activating user ID and two-factor authentication

Activating user ID through Candour app

In order to obtain a university user account, you must have accepted a place at the university and registered as present student. International students verify their identity through Candour ID mobile application. Study Office will send instructions for the verification by email in July-August. After you have done the verification successfully, the user ID for KAMK information systems and instruction for activating the KAMK account will be sent to your personal email address.

Activating user ID through suomi.fi authentication

If you have Finnish bank account, you can register your username through id.kamk.fi

  • Go to the id.kamk.fi and click on "Register your account"
  • Log in to the service. To activate your user account, you must have a strong suomi.fi login, e.g. with a bank account or a mobile certificate.
  • Please read carefully the User rules for IT services and accept the terms. 
  • Finally, set a password for your username.

When your KAMK ID’s are ready for use, you can use them to log in to

If you have problems with activating your user IDs, contact to KamIt: helpdesk@kamit.fi 

Two-factor authentication

KAMK services use two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is required in situations where logging in is considered to require additional security, e.g. for 365 services. Please enable two-factor authentication as soon as possible after registering your username and password. Your account will only be valid for two weeks without two-factor authentication.

You can use two-factor authentication by the following ways:

  • Using the Microsoft Authenticator app on your phone
  • by SMS, or
  • by text message or phone call
You can choose which authentication method you want to use.
 
The KAMK IT department recommends using the Microsoft Authenticator phone app for authentication, which makes it easy to manage the login process for services. The app can be found in mobile app stores under the name "Microsoft Authenticator".
 

Enabling two-factor authentication with Microsoft Authenticator

It is recommended to use a computer and a browser for the setup. You will also need your phone.

  1. Using the browser on your computer or phone, log on to: https://aka.ms/ssprsetup 
  2. Enter your KAMK email address and password
  3. After logging in, you will be prompted to download the Microsoft Authenticator app to your phone. Download the app from your phone's app store (Google Play or Appstore).
  4. Once you have downloaded the app, click the Next  button in the browser on your computer or phone.
  5. Open the installed Microsoft Authenticator app on your phone and press the Add Account button. Select Work or School as the account.
  6. In the browser on your computer or phone, press the Next button.
  7. You will see a QR code. Read the QR code using the QR code reader in the Microsoft Authenticator app or enter the code manually in the Authenticator app.
  8. Once the QR code has been read or entered, click the Next button in your browser
  9. You will finally be notified that the multi-factor authentication has been successfully enabled. When the website asks if you want to stay logged in, you can select No.
  10. When two-factor authentication is required, a message will appear on your phone from the Microsoft Authenticator app asking " Is this login accepted?" and you can accept the login by entering / selecting the same number in the Authenticator app as the number displayed in the service login window.
Read more about two-factor authentication on the KAMK intranet (requires login).
Study certificate

You can prove your studies with an official study certificate after you have accepted a place in My Studyinfo and enrolled as an attending student.

You can download the official, electronically signed study certificate yourself from the Pakki student desktop after you have received your KAMK ID’s (approx. 2 weeks before starting studies).

Downloading the certificate from the Pakki student desktop:

  • Go to https://opiskelija.pakki.kamk.fi/ and log in with your KAMK ID: short ID + password.
  • Click on Documents (download icon) in the top bar.
  • Select the document you want to order from the New order section: study certificate
  • Once you have ordered a document, download it from the Documents -tab next to it

The certificate is electronically signed and is valid for electronic transmission to the authorities.

If you need a student certificate before you can access your credentials, please contact Study Office: studyoffice@kamk.fi

Once your studies have started, you can prove that you are a student with an official student card, which you can order by joining to the Student Union KAMO or by activating your student ID in the Tuudo mobile application.

Student's own computer and wifi connection on campus

BYOD - Bring your own device

Students of Kajaani University of Applied Sciences are required to use their own computer. Having your own terminal device enables you to study regardless of time and place, using your own familiar and most suitable device.

Device recommendations

Different schools have different hardware recommendations for student computers. For more detailed guidance on the right computer for your studies, please see the recommendation for a student computer.
 
You can also ask KamIt for help in choosing a computer: helpdesk@kamit.fi or your teacher at your degree program.
 

Eduroam network connection on campus

You can connect your laptop to the Eduroam network while you are on campus. Eduroam is a nationwide roaming system shared by universities and research institutes. Read more on Orientation Kit in Reppu.
 
To connect to the Eduroam network, you will need your KAMK user ID and a few steps on your personal device:
  • Select the Eduroam network from the list of available networks and click Connect
  • You will then be asked for your username and password:
    • The username is not your email address but the format yourID@kamk.fi (e.g. JohnSmi@kamk.fi).
    • Your password will be the password for KAMK user account.

Please see the Eduroam instructions in the KAMK intranet (requires login.)

New student Orientation Kit in Reppu Moodle

Once you have received your KAMK user ID, you will be able to complete the Orientation Kit for all new KAMK students in KAMK’s Reppu Moodle eLearning Platform.

The purpose of the Orientation Kit is to provide information to support your studies and at the same time to introduce you to the KAMK e-learning platform Reppu. You must complete the Orientation Kit before starting your studies. In the Orientation Kit you will receive instructions on how to use the Pakki Student Desktop, how to enroll for courses, how to plan your studies and accredit your earlier studies, how to use the KAMK information systems and tips on the various services for students.

Some of the topics in the Orientation Kit will also be explained during the Orientation week, when you will have the opportunity to ask more questions.

Logging in to the Orientation Kit

  • Go to reppu.kamk.fi
  • Log in with your KAMK username, using the Haka login method: short name + password.
  • Enter the code: ddcgqr in the Easy enrolment field on your desktop and click on the Join Course button.

You will then be able to complete the Orientation Kit at your own time and in the order of your choice. You can see your progress in the percentages on the Complete -bar.

The Orientation Kit is available throughout the academic year, so you can always come back to check things if you need to.

Download Tuudo app

Download the Tuudo app on your phone!

Tuudo-mobiilisovelluksessa näet mm. arvosanasi, lukkarisi, kampuskartat  sekä ruokalistat

Tuudo is your personal study assistant. You can find your own timetable, library card, intranet news, restaurant menus, student ID for meal subsidies, travel benefits, and help navigating around campus.

Download Tuudo from the app store on your phone (Google Play or Appstore). First select Kajaanin ammattikorkeakoulu from the list and then log in with KAMK ID: short ID + password.

 
Timetables for the academic year 2024-2025

New students will start at KAMK from 20.8.2024. Check the start date, time and location of your group below.

In the academic year 2024-2025, students will have a total of 40 working weeks (35 teaching weeks and 5 weeks of independent study) and one week of holiday (week 52).

Autumn semester 2024

  • Orientation weeks for new students between Tue 20 - Fri 23 August 2024
  • Students must arrive on campus by 15 September 2024
  • Independent study week: 14 - 20.10.2024 (no teaching)
  • Semester ends on 18.12.2024

Spring semester 2025

  • Studies start on 8.1.2025
  • Semester ends on 23.5.2925
  • Independent study weeks (no teaching)
    • 30.12.2024 - 6.1.2025
    • 3.3. - 9.3.2025
    • 26.5. - 8.6.2025
 
Student's timetables

All the timetables for KAMK courses can be found at: https://lukkarit.kamk.fi/ 


  • In the Group Search -field, enter your group code and then click on the Search button (you can find your group code below, in the Starting dates and group codes section).
  • Then use the +Add button to add the desired group to your calendar.
  • Once you have added a group, click on the Hide search results -button and scroll down the calendar to the desired date to see the teaching bookings for the selected group.

You can also find the lesson schedules in the Tuudo app and on the Pakki student’s desktop after you have received your KAMK ID and logged in.

Remember to enroll for all your courses in Pakki, so they will also appear in your timetable!

 
Student grants and benefits

Kela Study Grants 

If you are not a Finnish citizen and have come to Finland to study, you will not usually be eligible for student financial aid from Finland.

Read more about student financial aid on the Kela website.

VR Student Discount

You can get a student discount on long-distance and VR commuter train tickets if you have a student card or student ID that entitles you to the discount.

Read more on the VR website.

Kela Meal Subsidy

If you are a student at a higher education institution, you can get a discount on the price of a student meal in restaurants that are covered by the Kela meal scheme.

You can get the meal allowance at a student restaurant:

  • by showing your digital Frank, Kide.app, Pivo, Slice student card or Tuudo student ID
  • by showing a valid student card from your university of applied sciences.
  • showing a valid student card or ISIC student card with the name of a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, or
  • by showing a Kela meal allowance card.

The meal allowance is EUR 2,55 per meal. The student restaurant deducts the subsidy from the price of the meal, so you pay less for your meal than the subsidy. You can only get a meal allowance for one meal a day. For example, in Kajaani, the price of a subsidized student lunch at Restaurant foX is EUR 2.99. Restaurant foX is open Mon-Fri from 10.45-12.45 and you can find the foX menu here.

You can find all subsidized restaurants in the Kela student restaurant search.

Read more about Kela meal subisidy.

Student Union KAMO 

When you join the KAMO student union, you will receive a student card for the University of Applied Sciences, which entitles you to a wide range of student benefits and discounts. These benefits are available to you both locally and nationally.

KAMO members can have both a physical and a digital student card.

By becoming a KAMO member, you will support KAMO activities such as tutoring, student advocacy, student welfare and KAMO Activities events!

Read more and become a member!

FSHS Services and Healthcare Fee for Students

FSHS Services and Healthcare Fee for Students

If you are studying for a university degree and are registered as a student, you are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS, and in Finnish YTHS).

Students at universities of applied sciences must pay a health care fee to Kela. You will not be sent an invoice for the fee, but you must remember to pay the fee in OmaKela e-service each semester. Once you have paid the health care fee to Kela, the FSHS services are free of charge.

NOTE! You must always pay the university student health fee if you are eligible for FSHS services. You cannot be exempted from the fee if, for example, you use occupational health services instead of FSHS services, or if you do not receive student financial aid.

The amount of the health care fee for university students is reviewed annually, and you can pay both the spring and autumn semesters in the spring, and only the autumn semester in the autumn. The fee for the autumn semester 2024 is €36.80. Check the payment due dates in OmaKela e-service.

You do not have to pay the healthcare fee if you have social security coverage from another EU/EEA country, Switzerland, Great Britain or Northern Ireland. In that case, send a picture of your valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) to Kela.

Find out more about FSHS services and the Healthcare Fee.

Accommodation in Kajaani

Student apartments in Kajaanin Pietari

Kajaanin Pietari rents affordable studio, two-bedroom and cellular apartments in Kajaani, suitable for students. Look for apartments with furniture when arriving on your own. When applying for student accommodation in Kajaani Pietari, you will need a valid residence permit and student acceptance letter or study certificate to accompany your application. NOTE! You should not apply for housing before you have obtained a residence permit!

Read more and apply for an apartment in Kajaani Pietari.

Accommodation for rent in Kajaani

You can find out more about rental housing in Kajaani through the following services:

Please note that rental apartments come usually without any furniture. 

Temporary accommodation in Kajaani

Do you need accommodation in Kajaani only occasionally? See if these are the temporary accommodation options for you:

Support for students

KAMK offers a wide range of support for both new and continuing students, including.

  • Study guidance and Counselling
  • Support provided by special needs teacher
  • Various skill groups
  • Support for dealing with nervousness

Feeling Nervous?

Do you feel anxious about new situations and going to new places? You can visit the campus in advance with the welfare officer, so the first day of studies doesn't feel as daunting! Get in touch and book a visit: kuraattori@kamk.fi

Find out more about the support available for students in the Orientation Kit in Reppu platform.

Students under 18 years of age in Finland
Please note that if you are under 18 years old when you start the studies in Finland, you are legally a minor and you can’t for example make a rental agreement for accommodation, electricity contract or open a bank account by yourself. Life in Finland will be very challenging for a minor student without the parents because of that.

Starting your studies

The studies will start with a joint orientation in August. You are expected to attend the orientation week and the courses from the beginning, as we will share a lot of practical information about studying during the orientation week, and your presence will help you to get to know each other, the group and the campus.

Part-time Master’s degree students are also required to attend the joint start of their studies, which take place remotely.

Below you will find your group name and group ID, where and when your group starts and other tips for your own studies. The orientation programmes will be published later during the summer.

For a more detailed description of your studies and the timing of your studies, please see the KAMK Study Guide

Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's Degree in International Business LBI24S

Studies for new students will begin on Tuesday 20 August, 2024 at 9.00 am (Finnish local time) with orientation.

All new students have to be present on the first day of study. Everyone must arrive to Kajaani by 15 September 2024. It is not possible to join the courses after this date. In case you cannot travel to Kajaani by 15 September due to residence permit delays, you can do autumn semester studies independently. 

Those who did not receive the residence permit in time for the autumn semester, are expected to be in Kajaani by the start of the spring semester (7 January 2025). It is not possible to start in the spring semester without completing the autumn semester courses. 

Bachelor's Degree in Esport Business LBE24S

Studies for new students will begin on Tuesday 20 August, 2024 at 9.00 am (Finnish local time) with orientation.

All new students have to be present on the first day of study. Everyone must arrive to Kajaani by 15 September 2024. It is not possible to join the courses after this date. In case you cannot travel to Kajaani by 15 September due to residence permit delays, you can do autumn semester studies independently. 

Those who did not receive the residence permit in time for the autumn semester, are expected to be in Kajaani by the start of the spring semester (7 January 2025). It is not possible to start in the spring semester without completing the autumn semester courses. 

 

Bachelor's Degree in Tourism ATA24S

Studies for new students will begin on Tuesday 20 August, 2024 at 9.00 am (Finnish local time) with orientation.

All new students have to be present on the first day of study. Everyone must arrive to Kajaani by 15 September 2024. It is not possible to join the courses after this date. In case you cannot travel to Kajaani by 15 September due to residence permit delays, you can do autumn semester studies independently. 

Those who did not receive the residence permit in time for the autumn semester, are expected to be in Kajaani by the start of the spring semester (7 January 2025). It is not possible to start in the spring semester without completing the autumn semester courses. 

 

Bachelor's Degree in Business Information Technology, Game Development TBIT24S

Studies for new students will begin on Tuesday 20 August, 2024 at 9.00 am (Finnish local time) with orientation.

All new students have to be present on the first day of study. Everyone must arrive to Kajaani by 15 September 2024. It is not possible to join the courses after this date. In case you cannot travel to Kajaani by 15 September due to residence permit delays, you can do autumn semester studies independently. 

Those who did not receive the residence permit in time for the autumn semester, are expected to be in Kajaani by the start of the spring semester (7 January 2025). It is not possible to start in the spring semester without completing the autumn semester courses. 

 

Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Leisure Management ASL24S

Studies for new students will begin on Tuesday 20 August, 2024 at 9.00 am (Finnish local time) with orientation. All new students have to be present on the first day of study.  

International students must arrive to Kajaani by 15 September 2024, at the latest. In case you cannot travel to Kajaani by 15 September due to residence permit delays, you can postpone the start of your studies until August 2025. We are not offering studies online! All students are expected to be in Kajaani by the start of autumn semester 2025.

The sports students will need to have sportswear with them for the studies (such as sneakers for both indoors and outdoors, clothing for indoor and outdoor sports and swimwear). 

Please note! The first year of studies in the Sports degree will take place in Kajaani and the second year takes place in Vuokatti (30 km from Kajaani).

Master's Degrees
Master's Degree in International Business Management, part-time LBY24S

Studies for new students will begin on Thursday 22 August, 2024 at 9:00 am (Finnish local time) with online orientation. All new students are expected to be present on the orientation sessions.

Please note! The studies take place fully online and you do not need a residence permit to Finland for the studies. 

Master of Engineering Degree in Game Business Management, part-time MGBE24S

Studies for new students will begin on Thursday 22 August, 2024 at 9:00 am (Finnish local time) with online orientation. All new students are expected to be present on the orientation sessions.

Please note! The studies take place fully online and you do not need a residence permit to Finland for the studies. 

Master's Degree in Game Business Management, part-time, MGB24S

Studies for new students will begin on Thursday 22 August, 2024 at 9:00 am (Finnish local time) with online orientation. All new students are expected to be present on the orientation sessions.

Please note! The studies take place fully online and you do not need a residence permit to Finland for the studies. 

Master's Degree in Game Business Management, full-time, FMGB24S

Studies for new students will begin on Wednesday 21 August, 2024 with orientation.

All new students have to be present on the first day of study. Everyone must arrive to Kajaani by 30 September 2024, at the latest.

In case you cannot travel to Kajaani by 30 September due to residence permit delays, you can postpone the start of your studies until January 2025. We are not offering studies online! All students are expected to be in Kajaani by the start of the spring semester 2025 (7 January 2025).

Master's Degree in Global Business Management, full-time GBMY24S

Studies for new students will begin on Wednesday 21 August, 2024 with orientation.

All new students have to be present on the first day of study. Everyone must arrive to Kajaani by 30 September 2024, at the latest. In case you cannot travel to Kajaani by 30 September due to residence permit delays, you can postpone the start of your studies until January 2025. We are not offering studies online! All students are expected to be in Kajaani by the start of the spring semester 2025 (7 January 2025).

Any Questions?

You can contact the following services directly:

Application and admissions enquiries:
admissions@kamk.fi

General student guidance and counselling:
studyoffice@kamk.fi

Support for study planning and the recognition of prior learning, special needs teacher support:
guidance@kamk.fi

IT issues:
helpdesk@kamit.fi

Challenges in managing your life or relationships:
Book an appointment with a KAMK university counsellor: kuraattori@kamk.fi

Student health issues:
Find out about FSHS student health services and make an appointment if needed: https://www.fshs.fi/