Academic Information for Students

We have gathered here academic information for our students. On this page you can find Academic Calendar, Study Guide, Extracurricural Activities, information about Study and Training Mobility and also little bit about Finnish language.

Welcome to Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences!

Academic Year 2017-2018

Autumn semester: From 1 September to 18 December 2017

Spring semester: From 3 January to 25 May 2018
+ optional summer courses in June and in August

The dates above mark the official academic year in SeAMK. 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 (week of independent study, “autumn holiday”)
Week 9 (week of independent study, “winter holiday”)
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 pertaining to student applications and selection, financial aid, student study rights and studying in general, as well as counselling and consultation pertaining to student affairs administration.

Contact Information

Study Guide

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

Study Counselling

The purpose of study counselling is to support students in achieving the general goals of their studies, choosing a suitable professional direction and career planning, as well as in the recognition of prior learning, the progression of studies and in possible problems pertaining to their studies.

Study counselling is based on the Seinäjoki UAS student counselling guidelines, Seinäjoki UAS accessibility guidelines and Seinäjoki UAS guidelines for recognition of prior learning. Each faculty of Seinäjoki UAS 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.

  • Student Union SAMO

    The student union of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SAMO) is an association established and run by the students. The union’s diverse objectives range from monitoring the standard of instruction and networking with the Finnish Government to organising student parties and other leisure time activities. A special social programme is available for international students organised together with the staff of interntational office and the different schools of Seinäjoki UAS.

    Samo website

  • Extracurricular Activities

    In Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences student life is more than studying. Each semester a social programme/extracurricular activies is organised together by the staff of international office, the student union and different schools of Seinäjoki UAS. In addition there are various sports, parties and other events arranged by the Seinäjoki UAS Student Union SAMO.

    Latest programme:
    see the first attachment on the bottom of this accordion.

    Also the local churches offer activities such as an international choir, Finnish cooking course etc. for international students. See the Student Pastor’s page for more information.

    International students:
    Pay attention to your @seamk.fi e-mail because a lot of information about the events will be sent to you during the academic year.

    We are also in Facebook Seinäjoki UAS International Office

  • 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 enrol 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-attentendance 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 enrol

    According to the law on Polytechnic Studies (L255/1995, L583/2001) the student must enrol for attendance or non-attendance for each academic year. The duty to enrol applies to all students studying in an education 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 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 had a meeting with your student counsellor or tutor teacher to formulate a practicable plan for completing your degree. The application processing fee is 50 euros (A1440/2014, 3 §).

    When you submit 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 at intra. The decision could made not until August, because of holiday season.

    Application to Restitute the Right to Study

    Notice of withdrawal

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

    Notice of withdrawal

    You can get further information about registration and study entitlement from the study counselor and 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 Seinäjoki UAS

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

    Finnish 1-4 (International Business, Nursing)
    You can tell about yourself and your everyday life in Finnish. You are able to run errands e.g. in a shop, restaurant and health care center in Finnish. You can also express yourself in basic working life situations. You also get familiar with Finland as a country and the Finnish way of living.

    Finnish Language and Culture 1-2 (non-degree students)
    You know survival Finnish and are able to communicate e.g. in a shop and restaurant. You also get familiar with Finland as a country and the Finnish way of living.

    Finnish language courses offered by other institutions

    In addition, Seinäjoki UAS encourages all students to study the Finnish language on 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 or Finnish language courses at Seinäjoki Adult Education Centre, and so on.

    Learning Finnish online

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

Study and Training Mobility

Students of Seinäjoki UAS are recommended to do part of their studies abroad. It is possible to have a one semester or one academic year study mobility or training mobility abroad in a partner university or in working life. Each year approximately 180 students attending the Seinäjoki UAS study or do their internship abroad. More than 300 students go abroad for the shorter periods.

Seinäjoki UAS has approximately 250 international mobile students and trainees yearly. Study and training periods are usually one semester of one academic year. In addition there are international students studying in shorter intensive programmes at Seinäjoki UAS. Students come from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States.

The most common mobility programmes are:

  • Erasmus +
  • North-South-South Higher Education Institution Programme (NSS)
  • Finnish-Russian Student and Teacher Exchange Programme FIRST
  • Nordplus
  • Science without Borders

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