Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) is a gaming and tourism-oriented university established in 1992 in Kajaani.

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Many international students have chosen KAMK as their perfect option to study international business and tourism in Finland. For many years, KAMK has been at the forefront of game and simulator education and application development in Finland and Europe. The latest virtual reality hardware and software are all available on the KAMK campus.

Now, with four international degrees in English at affordable tuition fees and great scholarships, students have the opportunity to experience the Finnish education system in the heart of Finland, Kajaani.

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Semester starts

August/September 2024

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Application period

• Joint Application: 27.12.2023 – 12.01.2024

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Tuition fee

7 000 € / year

KAMK library

The school prides itself on its internationality, which it utilizes in developing the region. KAMK is considered the most proactive university of applied sciences in Finland. It has friendship universities and other partner institutions in more than 40 countries worldwide.


Ketunpolku 3,
87100 Kajaani


Kajaani University of Applied Sciences

KAMK has passed the Quality Audit by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre, FINEEC. In 2011, it was the best university of applied sciences according to the yearly survey by Talouselämä magazine, and based on student feedback they have been in TOP 3 several years in a row in the quality of the teaching and student counseling. Moreover, the Ministry of Education and Culture closely oversees the quality of teaching in all higher education institutions in Finland, including Kajaani University of Applied Sciences.

The KAMK campus area is a melting pot of different countries and cultures. To make things easy for you, all the student services are located comfortably close to each other.

Campus facilities include modern technologies, like data center and game design labs3D printersrobotics and smart gym where digitalized environment and games are utilized to boost the training.

A wide range of sports services are offered for students. Two sports halls, two gyms and a climbing wall on campus are in students use for instructed group sessions, ball games and individual training and exercising.

Besides course books and printed materials, campus library provides extensive electronic resources.

The campus guarantees that you will enjoy the comfort and ease of on-hand services while being temptingly close to the magic of the taiga and Kajaani’s fantastic outdoor sports and leisure areas.

All the international students are warmly welcomed to KAMK. New students can soon notice that they care for all of their students. They arrange a reception for their new international students on their arrival to Kajaani. The tutoring students will meet you on arrival and make sure that you will find your way to the accommodation safely. The studies begin with a 4-day orientation program and team-building activities to make the beginning of studies as smooth as possible.

Friend Family Program

KAMK runs a Friend Family Program, which offers our international students the chance to get to know Finnish culture and language better by pairing participating students with families from the Kainuu area. The Friend Family Program not only allows students to experience everyday Finnish life but also helps them adapt to their new surroundings by connecting them with a welcoming Finnish family. Foreign students can apply for a friend’s family after starting their studies.

Tutoring Students and Student Union KAMO

KAMO is the Student Union of KAMK. It is a non-profit-making association, which looks after the interests of KAMK students. KAMO also organizes numerous events during the academic year, including outdoor recreation days, social gatherings, and parties. KAMO organizes tutoring activities at KAMK. Tutoring students help new students to get their studies started and to cope with everyday life in Kajaani.


Student accommodation is available in modern and neat apartments on campus. Each student is provided with a private furnished room in a shared apartment. According to the students’ preferences, also unfurnished student accommodation is available within a walking distance from campus, or if willing, students can rent an apartment privately. The rent for the student accommodation on campus is 310€ per month. The rent includes water and electricity. The internet connection is paid separately.


Kajaani University of Applied Sciences currently offers 5 bachelor’s degree programs and 2 master’s degree programs fully in English.

Admission criteria

The application process is fast and simple. The students are pre-screened on a first-come, first-served basis which means that if you meet the eligibility requirements, Edunation forwards your application to the university that makes the final admission decision. You can expect the decision within 1-2 months.

  • Guaranteed admission

    Our Pathway to Finland program offers guaranteed access to the following programs at KAMK:

    • Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business
    • Bachelor of Business Administration in eSports Business
    • Bachelor of Sports Studies in Sports and Leisure Management
    • Bachelor of Hospitality Management in Tourism

    Admission requirements:

    Students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Admission requirements

    Make sure you have all the following documents ready when you fill out the application form.


    • Copy of the final/official upper secondary school certificate
    • Transcript of Records with a GPA 50% or above. This is required to be able to apply through Edunation.
    • Proof of English language proficiency
    • Passport: can be either biometric or non-biometric

    A copy of an official Finnish, Swedish or English translation must be provided if not written in one of these languages. The translation must have the translator’s signature and stamp.

    Selection Method

    International UAS Online entrance examination 

    • The entrance exams will be organized fully online
    • Will be held on 21 March 2024 from 12:00 o’clock noon onwards (Finnish time, UTC/GMT+2).

    More details about the International UAS exam

    Language Requirements

    One of the following is accepted:

    • IELTS Academic/UKVI/Online: a minimum total score of 6.0 (Test sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking)
    • TOEFL Academic (iBT)/Home Edition: a minimum total score of 60 (Test sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing)
    • PTE Academic/Online: a minimum total score of 55 (Test sections: Speaking and Writing, Reading, and Listening)
    • Cambridge English Scale Score: a minimum total score of 169 (Test sections: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening, and Speaking)
    • Upper secondary or higher education degree completed in English in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or the United States


    • Results must be verifiable from the online verification service of the organizer until 21 March 2024.
    • If possible, the test results should be sent to the UAS. When taking the language test, choose Kajaani University of Applied Sciences.
    • You must also submit a scanned/electric copy of the test result to the application for verification purposes, and notify their unique identifier.


  • Admission process

    International UAS Online entrance examination 

    • The entrance exams will be organized fully online
    • Will be held on 21 March 2024 from 12:00 o’clock noon onwards (Finnish time, UTC/GMT+2).

    More details about the International UAS exam

    Proof of Identification

    The applicant needs a valid, acceptable identification document to be able to participate in the International UAS Exam. 

    The following documents are accepted as proof of identity:  

    • A passport. The passport can be either biometric or non-biometric.
    • A biometric EU/EEA identity card

    The passport/identity card has to be valid until 21 March 2024.

    Note: You will also need a valid passport when you apply for a visa or residence permit.

    More details about Identification

  • Application instructions

    Read our general page about how to apply to study in Finland.

Tuition Fees & Scholarship

Tuition Fees

Studies starting in 2024

  • 7 000 € per academic year

Studies starting in 2023 or earlier

  • 6 000 € per academic year

All Finnish higher education institutions charge tuition fees for degrees taught in English. The tuition fees apply to applicants from countries outside the EU/EEA.


Bachelor’s Degree Scholarships (First Year)

Early Bird Scholarship are available to joint application applicants who accept the study place and pay tuition fees within 14 days of admission.

  • For Students Starting Before December 31, 2023: Covers 50% of the tuition fee.
  • For Students Starting After January 1, 2024: Covers €2,000 of the full tuition fee.

Bachelor’s Degree Scholarships (After First Year)

1.) Good progress in Studies Scholarship:

  • Eligibility and Allocation: Tuition-fee paying students eligible. Scholarships allocated through application. Available for the standard 3.5-year study period in Bachelor’s degrees.
  • Scholarship Details: Apply for a €3,000 scholarship from the second year onward. Requirement: Achieve a minimum of 55 credits per academic year at the Bachelor’s level. Studies impacting the next year’s scholarship must be completed within the previous academic year (between 1.8. – 31.7.). Accredited credits from prior education not considered.

2.) Finnish Language Proficiency Scholarship:

  • Eligibility and Criteria: Bachelor’s Degree students can apply based on a Finnish language level test taken during the academic year. Accepted test: National certificate of language proficiency (YKI), intermediate level or higher. To be eligible, if the student passed the test earlier, they must pass a higher level.
  • Scholarship Value: Worth €3,000, directly reduces tuition fee. Each student can receive the Finnish language scholarship only once during their studies.


Note: Students can potentially receive both Finnish language and progress in studies scholarships in the same year.


Please note that the early-bird discount does not concern pathway applicants!


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