The bachelor’s degree in Sports and Leisure Management at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences offers studies relevant, interesting and enjoyable to athletic and sports-oriented people. You have the opportunity to pursue sports and physical recreation outdoors and indoors with a multicultural group. This program is unique in Finland, combining sports management studies with activity tourism and business knowledge. The compact campus area offers state of the art equipment and an excellent study environment.

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Degree info

  • Bachelor of Sports Studies
  • 3,5 academic years / 210 ECTS
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Tuition fee: 7 000€ / academic year

Edunation application period

Joint Application
• 27.12.2023 – 12.01.2024
Pathway to Finland program
• Online studies: 31.07.2024
• Study hub in Finland: 20.05.2024

The aim of the bachelor’s degree in Sports and Leisure Management is to provide both Finnish and international students with a high quality, academic yet practical education in the field of sports. The students’ professional competence will be built upon a multidisciplinary knowledge base, as well as practical and interpersonal skills. Students will also be able to operate within different kinds of working groups and networks.

The studies include topics such as sports and exercise instruction, coaching and training as well as activity tourism. You will gain a working knowledge of project management and will be able to organize events. You can specialize in Recreation and Sports Services: Advanced Coaching, Wellbeing Tourism or Adventure Tourism. You can also complete part of your studies abroad using our wide network of international partners. For those interested in setting up their own business one day, we offer participation in a start-up program to develop entrepreneurial skills. The theme throughout the studies are experiential activities and smart solutions.

The learning environment actively encourages the achievement of the stated objectives by providing a program that is both responsive and flexible to the needs of students. Because of the nature of the program, the learning strategies employed to achieve its objectives are varied; depending on the subject they may include: lectures, PE demonstrations, seminars, individual tutorials, workshops, case study, group work, project work and research.

Interactive learning, team-based course work and small group sessions also form an important element of the learning process. The students are often offered possibilities to participate in planning and arranging different events locally. Participating in real-life events and projects provides students the opportunity to practice the skills they’ve learned in theory and to prepare for the working life.

The campus is located near the town centre, surrounded by excellent sports facilities for both indoor and outdoor sports. If you live on campus, you can just step outside to go jogging in the nearby forest, or skiing in winter.  At KAMK, you have two gyms and a sports hall available for students. A student-run start-up company KAMK Sports offers a variety of fitness lessons and sports activities for all students.

The second year of studies will take place in Vuokatti. Vuokatti is a famous Finnish sports-oriented village 30km from Kajaani. It is known as a unique year-round paradise for top sports, active people and holidaymakers.

The Kunnon Syke Learning Environment

A combined exercise and well-being facility, Kunnon Syke (‘Great Pulse Rate’ in English) facility includes a gym, a testing and musical exercise area where spinning bikes and a climbing wall are also located. The gym contains Technogym’s high quality gym equipment and so-called aerobic equipment such as two running mats, an exercise bike and a wave device. The gym also has audio equipment and a television will be installed close to the aerobic equipment to entertain clients as they run. The testing area comprises five Ergoline test bikes and a Fitware program to test aerobic fitness. This area also houses bone exercise monitors and Pedometers and Inbody, a versatile device for measuring body composition.

The music exercise area is for different types of workouts (e.g. step aerobics and muscle endurance workouts using pump bars) and body control classes (pilates, etc.) to dance classes and basic gymnastics. Individually adjustable spinning bikes are ranged along the wall of this area and if required they can be used in the middle of the floor for indoor cycling to music varying high and low gears for a real sweat! The climbing wall enables adventure education studies and it is also used by the School of Tourism.

Graduates of this program will be suitable for employment in sports and leisure organizations, associations, clubs and businesses, and they will possess the know-how to run their own sports and leisure enterprises. Your future job title might be Sports Instructor, Coach or Personal Trainer, for example, but you will be also able to work in different kinds of development, planning or training tasks within the field of sports or activity tourism. You can also work in managing and organizing sports events and activities. The bachelor’s degree in Sports and Leisure Management provides you with the vital professional skills in sports management supported with knowledge in activity tourism and leisure management and business skills.

Our Edunation Pathway to Finland program offers guaranteed access to KAMK’s bachelor programs and you can get accepted within 2 days. The admission requirements are:

  • High school diploma / Higher Secondary Education
  • Transcript of records
  • Proof of English language: from IELTS 5.0, TOEFL IBT 35-45, Duolingo 75-80, or equivalent
  • Copy of passport ID page

You can find more information about the English language requirement on our page.

Do not miss this opportunity and APPLY NOW to join the best education system in the world, Finland.

The students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The admission requirements for the program can be found on the university page.

Further information about the tuition fee and available scholarships for the program can be found on the university page.


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