South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, XAMK


Welcome to Xamk

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk – is an institute of higher education which focuses on

  • wellbeing,
  • technology and
  • creative industries.

Xamk is the 5th largest university of applied sciences in Finland. We provide education in eight fields of study, participate in research and development and provide services to the businesses and residents of the area. There are campuses in four towns: Kotka, Kouvola, Mikkeli and Savonlinna.

International cooperation is an important part of our profile, with more than 350 partner educational institutions around the globe.

Xamk is a strong implementer of RDI activities and it is currently Finland’s largest UAS in the field of RDI, based on external financing alone. There are over 170 ongoing projects annually, in which our experts find, test and develop new products and services, or conduct research for future needs.

International Activities

International activities promote students’ ability to work in international and multicultural environments. We receive approximately 600 international students each year, representing over 60 countries. Students can study a whole degree or parts of them in English. Five bachelor’s degree programmes and three master’s degree programmes are taught fully in English.

Xamk’s international networks provide access to studies and work placements abroad. Xamk has approximately 350 partner schools.

Facts about Xamk

  • 9400 students
  • 750 employees
  • 1700 graduates per year
  • 62 Bachelor’s programmes
  • 27 Master’s programmes
  • 4 campuses
  • 350 partner institutions around the world
  • Region of operations: Southern Savonia and Kymenlaakso
  • Second largest UAS in Finland in terms of budget; annual turnover EUR 70 million
  • Extensive RDI activities
  • Versatile services
  • President and CEO Heikki Saastamoinen


Xamk provides a broad range of education services.

  • bachelor’s and master’s programmes
  • open UAS studies and study paths
  • multidisciplinary continuing education
  • specialisation education
  • apprenticeship training in higher education
  • Full-time studies leading to a bachelor-level degree last 3.5-4 years (210-240 ECTS).

You can apply to study for a master’s degree if you have a degree from a university of applied sciences or another higher education degree plus at least two years of work experience in the relevant field of study. Studies in a master-level degree programme take 2.5 years (90 ECTS).

Open UAS

Anyone interested in studying may take Open UAS courses, regardless of age and previous education. Open UAS studies do not lead to a degree but may be recognised as prior learning if you become a degree student in the same field of study. Students may choose individual courses or larger modules (study paths).

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XAMK - South-eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

Patteristonkatu 3 D
50100 Mikkeli, Finland
+358 40 6550555


Pääskysentie 1
48220 Kotka, Finland


Paraatikenttä 7
45100 Kouvola, Finland


Savonniemenkatu 6
57100 Savonlinna, Finland