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Academic Information for Students

This page includes academic information for the international students of SeAMK. On this page you will find information about the Academic Calendar, Study Guide, Extracurricular Activities, Study and Training Exchanges and also little bit about the Finnish language.

Welcome to Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences!

Academic Year 2017–2018

Autumn semester 2017:

  • From 4 September until 15 December 2017: Exchange programmes in the School of Technology, School of Health Care and Social Work and School of Food and Agriculture
  • From 5 September until 15 December 2017: Exchange programmes in the School of Business and Culture

Spring semester 2018:

  • From 19 February until 25 May 2018: Exchange programmes in the School of Business and Culture, School of Health Care and Social Work and School of Technology
  • From January until May 2018: School of Food and Agriculture, please refer to the Programme Leaflet at www.seamk.fi/from-field-to-fork-2

The timetables for the first classes in each semester and in each programme will be informed to all students before the semester begins.
Dates when tuition is not provided:

(Week 42: Please check with your exchange programme coordinators if you have contact lessons during week 9, which is an independent study week in most programmes)
(Week 9: Please check with your exchange programme coordinators if you have contact lessons during week 9, which is an independent study week in most programmes)
30 March to 2 April 2018 (Easter holiday)
1 May 2018 (Labour Day)
10 May 2018 (Ascension Day)

Student Services

Student Services offers services related to academic and social issues.

The Student Services of SeAMK handles issues regarding student applications, selection, financial aid, student study rights and studying in general, as well as counselling and consultation pertaining to student affairs.

Further information about Registration as a Student and Study Entitlement

Contact Information

Student Services

studentservices(a)seamk.fi

+358 20 124 5055

Study Guide

In the Study Guide you can find the curricula of all degree programmes with detailed descriptions of the courses. Additionally, the Study Guide contains general information about Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences and some useful general information for the students.

Study Counselling

The overall purpose of study counselling is to support students with achieving the general goals of their studies. For example, consultation and advice can be provided in choosing a suitable professional direction and career planning, assistance in recognition of prior learning, as well as assistance throughout the progression of studies and problem solving advice regarding any difficulties during the studies.

Study counselling is based on the SeAMK student counselling guidelines, SeAMK accessibility guidelines and SeAMK guidelines for recognition of prior learning. Each faculty of SeAMK is responsible for executing study counselling according to the guidelines of the faculty.

A student has a right to counselling services throughout his/her study period. Counselling and consultation is provided in all stages of students’ education, as group consultation and individually, based on individual needs. Counselling is provided pertaining to studies and practical training as well as personal study planning. The student is responsible for participating in the counselling as needed. Being active and having a desire to receive counselling are crucial factors in student counselling.

  • Degree students: Registration as a Student and Study Entitlement

    A student continuing their studies

    •  A student continuing their studies shall register as a student for the whole academic year at a time between 1 March – 31 May using the student interface WinhaWille.
    • The registration data can be changed for a well-founded reason during the registration period (1 March – 31 May) or during the change of semesters (1 November- 31 December)
    • The registration period for the spring term is 1 November – 31 December (does not apply to those who have already enrolled for the whole academic year)
    • A student who has been granted a discretionary extended time to complete his/her studies is not allowed to enroll for non-attendance.

    A student can change his registration also one time after the registration period (between 1.6. – 31.7.) by contacting student services. Change attendance to non-attendance can only made with reasons defined in law (Service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women’s Voluntary Military Service (194/1995); maternity, paternity or parental leave and in case the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury).

    Duty to enroll

    According to the law on Polytechnic Studies (L255/1995, L583/2001) the student must enroll for attendance or non-attendance for each academic year. The duty to enroll applies to all students with studies leading to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a university of applied sciences. A student who does not register by the designated time, will lose their study entitlement. A student who has lost her/his study entitlement, will receive an automatic Email within two days notifying that the user ID will be deactivated within seven days. (Access to Email, WinhaWille and other interfaces of SeAMK will be denied.)

    The student may apply for the restitution of the study entitlement. The application processing fee is 50 Euros (A1440/2014, 3 §).

    You can get further information about registration and study entitlement from the study counselor and student affairs’ office in your unit and also the Degree Regulations.

    Study Entitlement

    Restitution of the Right to Study

    Degree students who have lost their right to study, may apply to have their right restituted to allow them time to complete their studies. A fee of 50 euros is charged for the processing of the application (A1440/2014, 3§). There are two cases when a restitution of the right to study can be applied for.​

     A) Re-registration

    Students who have missed the registration date for the academic year/semester, can apply re-registration. The application processing fee is 50 euros (A1440/2014, 3 §).

    When you submit the form, you will be forwarded to the online payment service. You cannot submit the application without paying.

    As a rule, registration is active from the beginning of the month, you made the application.

    Application to re-registration

    B) Suspended studies

    If your right to study has expired, you can apply to have your study right restituted. Before submitting the application you must have a meeting with your student counselor or your tutor teacher to formulate an practicable plan for completing your degree. The application processing fee is 50 euros (A1440/2014, 3 §).

    When you submit the form, you will be forwarded to the online payment service. You cannot submit the application without paying.

    Students who have incomplete coursework amounting to no more than 60 credits (bachelor’s degree) or no more than 40 credits (master’s degree). The right to study can be granted from the beginning of the month, you made the application. The right to study can be granted for a period of 1 year at the most, if you don’t have study right left anymore. Additional information can be found in the Degree Regulations in the intra-website. The decision cannot be made before August, because of the summer holiday season.

    Application to Restitute the Right to Study

    Notice of withdrawal

    If you want to withdraw from the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, please use the form below. Students who have withdrawn, lose their right to study at the UAS beginning from the date of the announcement. After withdrawing you will receive a certificate of withdrawal and a transcript of record of your studies by mail to the address you have given in the form. If there are any grades missing, please contact the relevant course teacher and ask for a new transcript of records from the student services (studentservices(a)seamk.fi) after any updated grades are recorded. Please remember to cancel the study grants you have applied for and return any items (parking card, pass, keys etc.) belonging to the property of school, back.

    Notice of withdrawal

    You can get further information about registration and study entitlement from the study counselor and the Student Services.
  • Finnish Language

    In Finland, Finnish language is very important both in everyday life and in working life. With language skills you get more out of your friendships, working life and living as a member of the society. And you experience more.

    Finnish language courses in SeAMK

    In SeAMK, the degree students of the International Business and Nursing programmes are offered four Finnish language courses. The students who study in SeAMK for a semester or two may participate in two Finnish Language and Culture courses specially aimed at exchange students. Course descriptions (in short):

    Finnish 1-4 (International Business, Nursing)
    You will be able to talk about yourself and your everyday life in Finnish. You will be able to run errands for e.g. in a shop, restaurant and the health care center using some Finnish. You will also express yourself in basic working life situations. Additionally, you will also familiarize yourself with Finland as a country and the Finnish way of living.

    Finnish Language and Culture (exchange students)
    You will learn survival Finnish and will be able to communicate for e.g. in a shop and at a restaurant. Additionally, you will also familiarize yourself with Finland as a country and the Finnish way of living.

    Finnish language courses offered by other institutions

    SeAMK encourages all students to study the Finnish language in their own time, by searching for online study methods and by using the course offerings of the local institutions such as the Finnish for Foreigners courses at Seinäjoki Upper Secondary School, the FinTandem method, and by taking Finnish language courses at the Seinäjoki Adult Education Centre, and so on.

    Learning Finnish online

    You can find many good Internet sites for Finnish language training, such as

Open University of Applied Sciences

Complete courses of Bachelor degree or Master degree programmes regardless of your educational background and age. Open University of Applied Sciences gives you a chance to improve your professional competencies.

Study and Training Exchange

Students of SeAMK are recommended to do part of their studies abroad. It is possible to have a one semester or one academic year study exchange or practical training exchange abroad in a partner university or in working life. Each year approximately 170 students attending SeAMK study abroad or do their internship abroad. Every year more than 150 students also go abroad for shorter periods, e.g. for intensive courses.

SeAMK has approximately 160 incoming exchange students and trainees yearly for one-or two semester exchanges and approximately 200 incoming students in shorter exchange periods, such as intensive courses. Study and training periods are usually one semester of one academic year. Students come from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States.

The most common mobility programmes are based on the bilateral agreements between SeAMK and its partner institutions, most often linked to the Erasmus+ programme, or other smaller programmes such as the Finnish-Russian Student and Teacher Exchange Programme FIRST.

Where to Find Practical Information for the International Students?

You can  find some information about living in the City of Seinäjoki and the support services available for international students in the Practical Information for Students page.

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