Practical information for admitted students
Depending on the nationality and the period of your stay, you may need a residence permit to live in Finland. Every foreign student is required to have a valid health insurance when applying for a residence permit if the studying period lasts for more than 3 months.
Students from EEU/EEA Countries
If you are an EU/EEA citizen, you do not need a residence permit. However, you must register your right to reside in Finland if your stay lasts longer than 3 months. This should be done within 1 week after arrival at the local police station in Finland.
Students from Nordic countries
If you are a Nordic citizen, you do not need a residence permit or a visa for studies in Finland. However, if you are staying in Finland for more than 3 months, you have to get the Joint Nordic Document of Moving from the local Register Office (Maistraatti).
Students from non EU/EEA countries and non-Nordic countries
If you are neither an EU/EEA citizen nor a Nordic citizen, you need a visa or residence permit, if you are going to stay in Finland for more than 3 months.
Health care and health insurance
EU and EEA students are permitted to the same social welfare benefits in Finland as Finns. Students who are citizens of the EU/EEA countries are advised to obtain the European Health Insurance Card from their local health insurance office before arriving in Finland.
All non EU/EEA students in Finland are required to have a valid health insurance when applying for a residence permit if the studying period lasts for more than 3 months.
You should make sure to have enough money to support yourself during the studies.
The average cost of living is estimated to be 550–700€ / month including rent (300€), food (200€), public transportation (50€), hobbies and leisure time (250€). There will be some costs for study materials. You may have to buy some books, although quite many of them can be borrowed from the SAMK libraries.
Part-time working while studying might be an option to cover your expenses. Studying at SAMK does not exclude the possibility of taking a part-time job in the evenings and over the week-ends. Of course, this can be strenuous and may interfere with your studies. It may also be difficult to find employment in Finland, especially if you do not speak Finnish. Because of this, you should not rely on finding a job to support your studies financially.
The process of the identification and recognition of competences (AHOT) is a procedure, through which the student can get earlier studies or competences or for example work experience included in the degree. Students don’t have to study again skills or other things they have studied/acquired earlier or during the present studies.
Students can apply for identification and recognition of competence throughout their studies and the academic year. There is no limit for the number of credits which can be identified and recognised. However, the thesis remains outside this process. AHOT procedure is always initiated by the student.
For every degree programme, there is a designated person who is in charge of receiving the applications. Information on this person shall be provided by the Degree Programme Coordinator.