Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) is a gaming and tourism-oriented university established in 1992 in Kajaani. Many international students have chosen KAMK as their perfect option to study 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.

Kajaani university campus in Kajaani, Finland
KAMK Campus in Kajaani

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.

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 TOP3 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.

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Ketunpolku 3,
87100 Kajaani
Finland

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Kajaani University of Applied Sciences

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences currently offers 3 bachelor’s degree programs fully in English.

  • Bachelor's degree programs
  • Credits

    Bachelor’s degrees

    All bachelor’s degree programs at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences last 3.5 years and award you with 210 ECTS credits.

  • Campus

    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 labs, 3D printers, robotics 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.

  • Student services

    All the international students are warmly welcomed to KAMK. New students can soon notice that they care all of their students. They arrange 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 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 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.

    Accommodation

    Student accommodation is available in modern and neat apartments on campus. Each student is provided a private furnished room in 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.

Tuition fees

Bachelor’s degrees

Students who are from a non-EU/EEA country are required to pay a tuition fee of 6000 € per academic year for bachelor’s degrees in English.

 

Scholarships

A scholarship of 3000 € is possible from the second year onward, given that the student meets the minimum requirement of 55 credits per academic year.

You need to apply for the scholarship with a separate application.

The application process is fast and simple. The students are accepted on a first come, first served basis which means that if you meet the admission requirements, you can get your acceptance already in a month.

  • Admission requirements

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

    Educational background

    Applicants who have completed a qualification outside Finland must submit the following documents to Edunation:

    • Copy of the final/official higher secondary school certificate or vocational qualification in English that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the awarding country
    • Transcript of records in English with an average or above average GPA (around 60%)

    Proof of nationality

    • Copy of passport ID page OR Official ID card indicating the nationality

    Language requirements

    A proof of English proficiency is required for all degrees at KAMK. You will need to take at least one of these tests with the following scores:

    • IELTS: 5.5
    • TOEFL iBT: 46
    • TOEFL pBT: 520
    • TOEFL cBT: 192
    • PTE academic: 43
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): C

    The language certificate must be valid during the application period. The Pearson test of English, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are valid for two years. There are no limitations on the period of validity of the other certificates.

    Language test is not required if secondary level education has been completed in a native English speaking country (USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand).

    Other documents

    After you have submitted your application and KAMK has confirmed that you are eligible to apply, you will be sent instructions for the motivation letter and motivation video. Do not make the motivation letter and video before receiving the instructions since they include the questions you will need to answer.

    For the degree program in Sports and Leisure Management, you will be asked to submit an additional video that includes sports test. Instructions for the video will be given after we have received your application.

     

    Note: All documents need to be translated to either Finnish, Swedish or English, if the original document is in none of those languages. The translations need to be signed and stamped by an authorized translator.

  • Application instructions

    Read all the information below and follow the steps carefully.

    • Choose a degree program you would like to apply for at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
    • Fill out the online application form found on Edunation’s website
    • Attach the required documents
    • Make a  motivation letter and video after you have received the instructions
    • Submit an additional video if you applied to the degree program in Sports and Leisure Management
    • If you meet the eligility criteria, you will be invited for an online interview
    • Apply for a residence permit, once you have received your acceptance letter and paid the first year’s tuition fee

    If you fulfill the admission requirements, you will receive an acceptance from the university within a month from submitting your application. Only then can you start your residence permit application process.

    You will also be notified by email if you do not get accepted.

Quick facts

Semester starts:
August

Tuition fee:
6000 € / year

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Reasons to choose Kajaani University of Applied Sciences

Located between two lakes, the picturesque Kajaani is the centre of the Kainuu region.

Unique degree programs such as Sports and Leisure Management.

Meet with a local Finnish family and familiarize yourself with Finnish culture and language.

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