International Business Programme (IB)

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Planning Your Studying Period Abroad

International affairs at JAMK

JAMK University of Applied Sciences is an international venue for the education of  skilled professionals for international duties both in Finland and abroad.
Our further aim of the international activities is to support the industrial policy and the developmental strategies of Central Finland.

JAMK University of Applied Sciences has partners all over the world: in Europe, Asia along with North, Central and South America, Australia and Africa.

The different schools of JAMK University of Applied Sciences focus their international activities according to their own special fields of expertise, based on the common strategy of the institution.
The aim is to develop the skills related to international affairs of both the students and the personnel.

For further information on the possibilities of involvement in international activities, contact Risto Korkia-Aho in B206 on the main campus.
You can find detailed information on student exchange in the Exchange Guide. Paper versions are available at the International Services and at the offices of the International Coordinators of the schools.

General information

Recognition of Courses Taken Abroad

The full-time studies and practical training completed abroad should be fully credited in the student’s Finnish degree at JAMK University of Applied Sciences. This gives the student a chance to get financial aid for the studies abroad. It is very important for the student to plan the studies / practical training in detail together with the International Coordinator / Practical Training Coordinator. Studies abroad may contain participating in courses and taking exams according to local practices. They may also include compulsory practical training, carrying out a project assignment agreed upon in advance or compilation of the bachelor’s thesis, including collecting and analyzing data. The studies abroad should preferably last from 3 to 10 months.

Application Procedure

Information on exchange student places abroad offered by JAMK University of Applied Sciences and application procedure is given in the Exchange Period Abroad guide. Further information can be get from the International Coordinators of the schools, the International Services (in the Administrative Unit) and you can also find them in this section of the Optima Study Forum.
Students can also look for an exchange student place abroad independently. Prior to starting any studies abroad, the student should always consult the International Coordinator of the school and the Head of Programme. The timing of the studies abroad can vary between the different degree programmes. If you are taking Bachelor’s Degree you can go on exchange after the first year of degree studies at the earliest. If you are taking Master’s Degree you must have completed at least one semester of degree studies before going on exchange. Please ask the International Coordinator of your school or your Head of Programme for further information.

Selection of Exchange Students

Exchange students are usually selected during the semester preceding the period abroad. There are some requirements for prospective exchange students: completed basic studies or 1st year studies at JAMK University of Applied Sciences, success in studies, sufficient language skills and participation in international activities. Attendance in courses conducted in a foreign language and tutoring foreign students can also be considered an advantage. See also Criteria for Exchange.


Familiarize yourself with the guidelines for grants.

The grant is paid in two parts: the 1st part (80 per cent of the awarded amount) is paid approximately 3 weeks before the exchange. The 2nd part (20 per cent of the total amount) is paid after the exchange period according to the actual duration of it. Notice that the grant is indeed based on the duration of the exchange period; if the duration is shorter / longer than originally planned, it affects the total amount of the grant. If, for example the duration remains shorter than originally planned, the 2nd part of the grant might not be paid at all, or some of the grant paid in excess in the 1st part can be collected back.

In the guidelines you can find the criteria for awarding the grant, the amounts and specific information on the payment practicalities of the grant concerning both studies and practical training abroad. Every student must read the guidelines before applying for the grant!

Exchange Period Abroad -guide

For those who are interested in studying abroad the International Services publishes yearly a guide ‘Exchange Period Abroad’ on matters concerning student exchange and the international partners of JAMK University of Applied Sciences. In the guide you can find information, for example, on the following:

  • Criteria for the exchange period abroad
  • Exchange programmes
  • Erasmus Intensive Language Courses
  • Language tests
  • Application procedure (links to the forms in the electronic guide)
  • Exchange places by schools (in the electronic guide you can enter the website of an
  • institution by clicking on its name)
  • Costs
  • Financing
  • Permits
  • Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Taxation
  • Reporting
  • Accreditation of studies

Read the guide through carefully and use the checklist at the end of it as you are getting ready for your exchange. You can find printed versions of the guide at the International Services and at the International Coordinators’ Offices. The electronic and updated version of the guide can also be retrieved from the link below.

Exchange Period Abroad 2012 – 2013