After the Study Place is Confirmed...
Congratulations on being selected to study at KAMK! After confirming the study place, you can continue with other important practicalities and formalities you must go through before arriving to Finland.
Students admitted to the degree programmes should start their residence permit application process as soon as possible to avoid delayed start of studies. Citizens of non-EU -countries need a residence permit if the period of study in Finland is longer than three months. Students must be able to prove that they have sufficient funds for their studeis in Finland. Foreign students apply for their first residence permit before arriving in Finland at the Finnish diplomatic mission in their country of origin / the country of residence.
If you are a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland you will not need a residence permit for Finland.
Please note that you can request to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System when you apply for your first residence permit in Finland. After registration, you will receive a Finnish social security number (ID number). Having a personal identity code facilitates, for example, banking and access to health care.The ID number will be indicated on your residence permit card.
Student Accommodation in Kajaani
A company called Kajaanin Pietari provides accommodation for students in Kajaani. The students coming to study for a full degree should apply for accommodation themselves.
Kiinteistö Oy Kajaanin Pietari offers shared accommodation and also family apartments. Some of the accommodation is located on campus and other housing is located 1 – 3 km from the UAS. The student accommodation on campus (address: Ketunpolku 5) is furnished with basic furniture such as bed, table, chair and the price is 325 euros / month. It is shared accommodation in an apartment with 5 students each of them having their own room with fridge.
There are also furnished student apartments in Lohtaja (Kaikukatu) and in Lohtajankatu. These types of apartments include water and electricity in the rent.
Please note that if you choose to rent an apartment without furniture, the apartment will be empty at the beginning and you need to arrange the furniture yourself.
Further information: http://www.kajaaninpietari.fi/en
Tuition Fees and Student Grants
Non-EU students will have to pay tuition fee for their studies. The tuition fee does not include books or study materials or other living costs. The fee is 6 000 euros per academic year. A scholarship worth 3 000 euros will be available for students progressing well in their studies from the second study year onwards.
All the students must to pay for books and other study materials, as well as for accommodation and other living expenses themselves. The average cost of living for a student is approximately 600 euros per month.
Please note that the expenses during the first month(s) of stay in Finland are often higher due to relocation costs and that it is not easy to find a part-time job in Kajaani or Kainuu region.
Starting Your Studies in a Foreign Country
Before packing your bags and heading to Finland, it is a good idea to get familiar with the country you are going to. It is easier to leave for a foreign country if you know what to expect. Find information on Finland and its culture, habits, the weather etc. Get to know the special features by reading books and searching the internet.
Staying in a foreign country surrounded by unfamiliar customs and culture, away from friends and your everyday environment causes some people to experience so-called 'culture shock'. The feeling of culture shock generally sets in after the first few weeks of coming to a new place. It is good to get familiar with the idea of a culture shock in advance.
Notice of Arrival
For international students arriving from outside Finland, arrival in a foreign country and a new town is exciting. Our tutoring students will do their best to help you to get started and will meet you on arrival to give you the keys for your accommodation. To enable meeting you, please fill in a Notice of Arrival for us to know when and where you will arrive.