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Incoming Exchange Students

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) warmly welcomes students from our partner schools for an international student exchange. It is also possible to apply to be a trainee, to complete a practical training at places organised by Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. Exchange students normally come through exchange programmes such as Erasmus+.

Application Procedure

An applicant should first contact the international office of his/her university to get an approval for study/practical training abroad period at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. Students are nominated in advance by their home universities. The nomination includes the following information:
- Last name
- First Name(s)
- Date of Birth (dd.mm.yyyy)
- Gender
- Email address
- Duration of exchange / semester
- Field of studies

The students who have been nominated by their home universities, will receive an email with log in instructions to the online application system (SoleMove).


Nominations from partner universities for incoming exchange students should be sent to KAMK International Office:
- by 15 April for the autumn semester
- by 15 October for the spring semester.

Applications for study abroad or practical training periods are submitted through the online application system (SoleMove). The nominated students should submit their applications and their learning agreements by the following deadlines:
- by 30 April for the autumn semester
- by 31 October for the spring semester

Language Skills Requirements
Incoming exchange students must have sufficient skills in the English language to follow classes (at least level B2 on the Common European Framework ) as the studies offered given in English are of advanced level. However, we do not require any official languages test certificates from the exchange students coming from our partner universities.
Offered Courses

At KAMK there are four fully English-taught degrees on Bachelor level: International Business, Esports Business, Tourism and Sports and Leisure Management. The School of Information Systems also offers second year game development studies in English.
The School of Health and Social Services and the School of Engineering offer studies mainly in Finnish, the Schools have agreed to arrange practical placements for incoming students.  
KAMK also offers two Master's Degree programs taught fully in English: Master's Degree in International Business (part-time, fully online) and Master's Degree in Global Business Management (full-time). 

Incoming exchange students follow studies in the field to where they have been nominated by their home university. Studying at KAMK is practically oriented and studies usually include lectures and seminars, group and project work, presentations and different kind of assingments.

For incoming exchange students, we offer a beginner's course in Finnish: Finnish for Exchange Students (3 ECTS). It is highly recommended to study the basics of the local language during your exchange and it is fun way to bond with the other exchange students. 

Offered courses are updated to KAMK Study Guide before the application period has ended.

Studies in Finland

1 Finnish credit (cr) is equal to 1 ECTS credit (ECTS = European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).  This equals to approx. 27 hours of a student's work. For one semester, the recommended amount of credits to complete is 30 ECTS. A student's workload in a full-time study is 1600 hours per academic year, corresponding to 60 ECTS credits.

[Erasmus code or city]

EGRACONS [If applicable]

SF Kajaani05

ECTS grade: National grade (KAMK):
A Excellent = 5
B Very Good = -
C Good = 4, 3
D Satisfactory = 2, 1
E Sufficient = -
FX Fail = 0
F Fail = 0
P= Approved
For grade P, 70% correct answer must be achieved. Grade P equals minimum of grade 3. 



Insurance for Incoming Exchange Students

KAMK offers voluntary accident insurance for incoming exchange students. The voluntary accident insurance covers accidents occurring during normal school hours as well as during travel to and from school. It is still highly recommended, that all incoming exchange students has also their own insurance that covers travelling and leisure time, treatment of sudden illnesses as well as possible accidents and accidental death.

For non-EU-students health insurance is one of the basic requirement for obtaining a residence permit for studies. Foreign students must have a health insurance policy that covers the costs of medical care.

Students coming from EU-countries other than the Nordic countries are entitled to use public health care services in acute cases of illness or accidents requiring medical attendance by using the European Health Insurance Card. Students who come from the Nordic countries are required to prove their right to receive medical care by showing their passport, medical insurance card or identification card.

Required Permits

Eu-citizens may stay in Finland for a maximum of three (3) months without registering their right of residence if they have a valid identity card or passport. EU citizens who reside in Finland for more than three months have to register their right of residence after arrival at Kajaani. The registration is processed and regulated by the Finnish Immigration Service (www.migri.fi).

Non-EU-citizens need a residence permit if their studies last longer than 90 days. If the studies take less than 90 days, you should apply for a visa (unless you come from a visa-free country). Students must apply for their first residence permit for study purposes from the Finnish embassy in their home country. The Finnish Immigration Service (www.migri.fi) decides whether the permit will be granted or not.

Section 6.2. of the Constitution of Finland states that no one shall be discriminated against due to age, origin, language, state of health, or disability. The Equality Act (21/20.1.2004) also prohibits discrimination based on (working) conditions and practices. It obligates education organisers to take reasonable action to ensure that the disabled have access to education and training. The same principles of operation also apply to different types of learners.

You can participate to study exchange and progress in your studies according to personal study plan even if you have dyslexia, an illness or a disability, issues with mental health, a different language or cultural background or other difficulties concerning studies. It is possible to receive support and guidance in your studies, and you can apply for personal study arrangements to support you in your exchange studies.

It is important that the student contacts the school staff to let them know the needs regarding accessibility and special arrangements needed.

Double Degree Programme

Complete a part of your studies at KAMK and on graduation, receive two degrees! 
For more information, please contact
Marjo Seppänen
Study Affairs Coordinator
Tel. +358 40 7232 163

Meira Kaikkonen
Head of International Affairs
Tel. +358 44 7101 617

Email: firstname.lastname@kamk.fi