South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

Are you interested in practical learning? Would you like to study in modern facilities with top-class teachers? Are you attracted to new ways of teaching and learning? If you said yes, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk – might be just the place for you.

Top reasons to study here

  • Finnish education system is one of the best in the world and Xamk is known to be at the top of Universities of Applied Sciences in the country.
  • Excellent degree programmes with working life orientation.
  • Campuses locate in beautiful Finnish towns close to nature.

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South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk – started on 1 January 2017 when Kymenlaakso and Mikkeli Universities of Applied Sciences merged.  South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk – is an institute of higher education which focuses on wellbeing, technology and creative industries.

Our campuses are located in Kotka, Kouvola, Mikkeli and Savonlinna. 


Bachelor’s degree studies include basic studies, professional studies, practical training and a bachelor’s thesis. Completing these studies makes students qualified for posts requiring a degree of higher education. The degree can be completed through full-time or blended studies.

Master’s degrees allow students to further develop their professional competence after working life experience. Students learn to obtain and process the research information of their professional field and to apply it in their work. 


Our goals are to help businesses thrive and to generate new entrepreneurship. We have approximately 250 ongoing projects annually, in which our experts find, test and develop new products and services, or conduct research for the needs of businesses and the world of work.

Our focus areas include:

  • Digital Economy
  • Forest, the Environment and Energy
  • Sustainable Wellbeing
  • Logistics and Seafaring.


Close cooperation with workplaces constitutes an important part of each degree programme. We engage in various forms of collaboration with local companies and organisations. In addition to work placements and thesis work, students work on real-life assignments and development projects as part of their studies.

These contacts are very useful for you after graduation as references and evidence of work experience.

The studies enable you to build a career path that is based on your own interests. You may choose complementary courses from the extensive range of courses provided by Xamk:

  • research, development skills
  • leadership, entrepreneurship
  • communication and network skills
  • other current themes


Student services

On each campus, there is a Student Affairs Office that offers you guidance and help you in many different matters.​

 Every degree programme has  a student affairs advisor who is your contact person to the Student Affairs Office but don’t be afraid to ask for help also from the other advisors. And let’s not forget the e-services for student affairs that are at your use 24/7!

Student tutors are senior students who act as your peer counsellors. They help new students to become familiar with the school and its routines. When new students start their studies, student tutors help the members of the student group to learn to know each other and develop team spirit. 

Housing services

The housing situation in South-East Finland is good, compared to the situation in the Helsinki region or other similar European metropolises.

The rental level is relatively low, and finding affordable accommodation is quite easy.

Degree students arrange housing themselves before their arrival in Finland. Unfortunately, Xamk cannot offer accommodation for students. Please, look for more information from new students website. 

Please remember that campuses are conveniently located in the town centre or nearby.

Library services

The Library services of South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences provides services to the students and staff of Xamk in Kotka, Kouvola, Mikkeli, and Savonlinna. The libraries also offer services to outside customers.

Medical services

You can use FSHS services if you are studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and you have registered as an attending student. Frontpage - FSHS ( 

All students eligible for our services are also required to pay a university student health care fee to Kela. In 2021, the amount of the fee is 71.6 euros, so the fee per semester is 35.8 euros. 

Student Life

Campus life

Xamk has campuses in four towns: Kotka, Kouvola, Mikkeli and Savonlinna.

The range of services on our campus is wide: restaurants, cafés, libraries, indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities, as well as services to promote studying and student well-being. The learning environments – classrooms, auditoriums, laboratories, workshops – are modern and comfortable.

The nature is always close in our campus towns. Depending on the season, one can do different things: swim in a lake, hike, ski, canoe, ice fish, etc. 

And if you wish to visit the capital of Finland, Helsinki, it’s only few hours way by train or bus.

Student clubs

Student union Kaakko is an advocate of students at Xamk and their mission is to support you throughout your studies. At Xamk it’s your time to enjoy student life, create wonderful memories and shape the future as you wish. Student Union Kaakko organizes various sports and hobby events. We want to support and promote team spirit among students and staff and provide you the opportunity to have fun both on and off campus.


The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) awarded Xamk a quality label (2021) that is valid for six years. Xamk’s quality system meets the national criteria for quality management in higher education institutions and corresponds to the European quality management principles and guidelines.

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