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Welcome new students!

Congratulations on your study place and welcome to study in HAMK! We are waiting for you.

Achieving a place to study always requires a lot of work. Since your place is secured, it is a good time to breathe a little and pat yourself on the shoulder for a great performance.

After this, it is good to start orienting yourself to the studies that will begin soon. There are many things to keep in mind as you prepare for this new and perhaps exciting phase of life. We put together some useful tips for the new student.

Confirm study place and get HAMK student ID

  1. Confirm your study place at Also: remember to enroll for the academic year! (After confirming your study place, you should be forwarded to enrollment for academic year.)

  2. Activate your HAMK student ID to get access to all HAMK’s student systems. See instructions on HAMK’s website.

Start getting to know HAMK and university studies

  1. After you have activated your HAMK student ID, get to know Starter Kit of Digital Skills -course. There are infographics available of Starter Kit’s content and instructions.

  2. All new students will be required to bring their own personal laptops . BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) refers to the use of your personal devices for study and work purposes while inside HAMK’s premises. Learn more about Bring Your Own Device at HAMK from this link.

  3. If starting studies also means moving to a place of study, you need to apply for accommodation. You will find good accommodation-related tips for all campus locations on HAMK’s website.

Welcome to join your Student Union 

  1. HAMKO promotes all HAMK students’ interests. As a member, you will get an official student card with access to thousands of student benefits around Finland. You can join HAMKO online. Check out our blog for a few tips to fill out the joining form!

  2. In addition to the physical student card, you will have access to a Pivo digital student card. You will have an access to your Pivo digital student card when your presence as a degree student at HAMK begins.

  3. The first AMK student cards arrive within a few weeks of the start of the academic year or term. You will be notified of the arrival of the card in your e-mail.

  4. You can attach the HAMK key card and even the library card to the membership card, so you do not need to obtain all of these separately when you have a AMK student card.

If you are living permanently in Finland, check your eligibility for a financial aid for students

  1. Apply for financial aid online. Please note that the e-service is available in Finnish and Swedish only.

  2. If you live and study in Finland, check if you can get general housing allowance. It must be claimed separately.

If you are a degree student, remember to pay a student healthcare fee

All students who study for a bachelor’s or a master’s level degree from a university of applied sciences are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service. (The exchange students are unfortunately excluded from this service, so exchange students don’t need to pay the fee).

  • When you register for a semester, pay a healthcare fee to Kela by the due date at the latest. You will not be sent an invoice, but the payment must be paid on your initiative. The healthcare fee is mandatory, so don’t leave it unattended.
    1. The fee is EUR 35.80 per semester, i.e EUR 71.60 per year, and can be paid in two installments.
    2. For the spring term, the due date is 31 January and for the autumn term, the due date is 30 September provided you have registered as attending by then.

Exchange Students Survival Kit

Student Union is selling Survival Kits for incoming exchange students studying in HAMK. Survival Kit includes necessities that are needed for your everyday life in Finland, for example the essential kitchen utensils and bedclothes. Learn more info from here.

Welcome to the student life

  1. Events are a great place to meet other students. HAMKO and the student associations operating in HAMK organize various events throughout the year. We recommend also take part in events other than your campus!

  2. Keep track of upcoming events from our event calendar. There you will find both live and remote events. Be sure to grab a free Student Culture Pass for yourself in the autumn!

  3. Student overalls solve many dressing problems, so they are a great and fun accessory for student life. We order overalls before the start of the academic year, so you can get them even right at the beginning of the semester, and you don’t have to wait! Here you can read more about overalls.
    • You can earn overall badges from various events or buy them on campuses. Also take a look at our partner’s offer and order fun bedges to decorate your overalls!
Overalls are an needed part of student’s wardrobe.

If you have any questions about Student Union’s membership or student cards, for example, please don’t hesitate to contact us! The best way to reach us is by e-mail You find all contact info from here.

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Best luck to your studies!

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