Congratulations on your study place!
This page provides new Master's Degree students with information about all the steps they need to take to prepare for their studies at TAMK.
Please follow the instructions on this page carefully to secure your place at TAMK. You are now on one of the pages of our online Student’s guide, which we advise you to explore further. The Student’s guide is a gateway to information that all our students need while studying at TAMK.
The programme-specific instructions offer you more detailed information about getting ready to start your studies. Links to the instructions are available further down this page after the new student checklist.
Good luck with your studies!
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If you are having respiratory symptoms for unknown reasons or are otherwise feeling unwell, we ask that you do not attend the on-campus events of the welcome week and report your absence to the study affairs coordinator of your degree programme. Contact details are available on the programme-specific pages.
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Checklist for a new student – Remember to complete these steps!
1. Accept your study place
All students must accept or decline the offered study place. Confirmation should be done by using the unique link sent automatically from the Studyinfo service. You are free to accept your study place as soon as you have received the email notification. Please note that the confirmation is binding. After confirmation at TAMK you cannot accept another study place in higher education in Finland starting in the same term (autumn/ spring) that you may receive later. Confirmation cannot be altered or cancelled.More information about accepting your study place
2. Register as a new student
All students must register for each academic year - either present or absent. Please note that first-year students can only register as absent on statutory grounds specified at the bottom of the page. For tuition fee-paying students registration requires paying the 1st installment of the first year tuition fee.Read more about registration
3. Apply for immigration (if necessary)
Some Master's programmes are structured so that students only visit Tampere during intensive weeks. In these cases you do not need a residence permit, please check if you need a visa for a short term visit from : https://um.fi/visa-to-visit-finland If your programme has on-campus teaching every few weeks, you should most likely relocate to Finland. Please start your immigration clearance process immediately, as the study permit may take months to be issued. You can start the process online at EnterFinland and you should only fill in one application to avoid identification issues. You can always supplement your application with documents later on. Remember to keep your access codes and passwords safe. If you are unable to log into the service later on, you should rather email the Finnish Immigration Service than fill in a duplicate application.Make sure are you required to pay the tuition fee
4. Book housing (if necessary)
If you are only visiting for intensive weeks, you can find more inexpensive short-term accommodation from the bottom of the housing link below. If you are relocating to Tampere, it would be wise to book accommodation as soon as you have been accepted as a student. First-come-first-serve principles apply and there are thousands of new students starting their studies at the same time. As student housing associations are independent from universities, you are contracting directly with them. Remember to read all documentation carefully and that a signed contract leads to liability to pay.Read more about student housing
5. Apply for student financial aid
International students are usually not entitled to the financial benefits to The Social Insurance of Finland (KELA). If you have worked in Finland prior to you studies or are married or in a long-term relationship, you might be entitled to some benefits. Check you eligibility from Kela. If you are entitled to Kela benefits, apply for student financial aid after you have received and accepted your offer of admission. If you are not eligible for student financial aid, you may be entitled to unemployment benefits while studying (www.te-palvelut.fi) or adult education allowance (www.tyollisyysrahasto.fi). If you receive adult education allowance, you can apply for a government guarantee for your student loan from Kela.Read more about student financial aid
6. Pay the healthcare fee of the Finnish Student Health Service
All degree students registered present are allowed to use the healthcare services provided by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS). As you are entitled to use the healthcare services by FSHS, you must pay a healthcare fee to Kela. Students pay the healthcare fee twice a year, once for autumn and once for spring semester. The amount of the healthcare fee is defined in a government decree and may vary on an annual basis. Please note! You must follow the instructions below to pay the fee as you will not receive a separate invoice. The due date for the healthcare fee in the autumn semester is 30 September.Instructions for paying the healthcare fee
7. Activate your TUNI account
When you have registered your attendance and your information has been transferred to TAMK’s student register, you will receive a link to the username registration and account activation by email. You can identify yourself by Finnish online banking ID's, Finnish mobile / citizen certificate card, European eIDAS identification or Finnish Authenticator Identification Service available for non-EU students.Activate your account
8. Prepare for original documents check
At the start of your studies we will need to see your original high school diploma or equivalent and compare the original to the one you have uploaded into Studyinfo when applying. Student selection is always conditional until TAMK has checked the admitted students’ original certificates. TAMK may withdraw the admission if you do not deliver the certificates by the deadline or if you have given false information. If your original degree certificate is in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, you have to submit a copy of its certified translation. The translation has to be in Finnish, Swedish or English and it has to include the translator’s signature and stamp. Please do not mail the documents as they may get lost on their way - bring them with you when you arrive!More about documents check
9. Join Students' Union Tamko and apply for a student card
By joining the student union Tamko, you will receive a student card that demonstrates that you are eligible for thousands of student discounts across Finland. Your access rights to TAMK will be automatically added to your plastic student card if you order one. Note that it takes estimated two weeks to you student card to arrive after you fill up the membership form on Tamko's website. If you order your student card beforehand, it’ll ease up your first weeks at TAMK.Become a member
10. Download Tuudo!
Tuudo is a free app, that has been made to make students’ life a bit easier. You can log in with your TUNI account info through HAKA login, so no Finnish online banking required! In addition to Tamko’s mobile student card giving you all the discounted student prices, you can find from Tuudo for example your class timetables, study credits, reservations for classrooms and other TAMK’s spaces, cafeteria’s menu and course enrolments, quite handy!Read more about Tamko’s membership benefits
11. Check orientation information
Orientation week programme for each degree programme will be confirmed later this spring. As soon as the programme is available and set, the link below will be activated. The information may change or details may be added later on, so remember to check back before your studies start in August. You should also keep an eye on your email when starting your studies is near, as important information may also come through email.
12. Plan your arrival
Once you have made plans to arrive, let us know by filling in the Arrival Form (see link below). If you need assistance in arrival or apartment key pick-up, we can help you get settled here in Tampere!See arrival info
Programme-specific instructions for new degree students
This page includes instructions that apply to specific degree programmes starting in August 2023. Information will be updated here during spring and summer 2023, as soon as orientation days/week are set. Please select your programme to read more about the start of your studies and how to prepare for the new student orientation.
Find out more about studying at Tampere University of Applied Sciences
Get to know us
We offer seven fields of study and have activities spread across the Kauppi campus, Mediapolis and the Finlayson area in Tampere as well as multiple locations in the Tampere region. Find out more about Tampere University of Applied Sciences!TAMK at a glance
You need a username, a password and access to a computer to get started with your studies. Read our IT instructions so you know what to do next!IT services for new students
Student tutors are here to help you
Student tutors are part of our student guidance services. They help our new students get to know each other, adjust to their new environment and student life and become familiar with their field of study during their first year.Read more about student tutors
Useful links related to studying at TAMK and living in Finland
- As a student at Tampere Universities
- Academic calendar
- Initial study guidance and planning
- Student's desktop PAKKI
- Guidance and counselling services
- Accessibility and special arrangements at TAMK
- Student card benefits
- Student library
- Student housing
- Student Ambssadors
- Working while studying
- Friend Family Programme
- Student access to campus facilities
- International House Tampere
Don't fly solo, join Parvi!
Tampere Universities and TAMK are committed to supporting students’ well-being and delivering a positive student experience. Please do not hesitate to contact our support services if you have any concerns. The Students’ Well-being site offers you easy access to information about the broad range of guidance, support and health care services that are available to our students. You can also find information about learning support and free-time activities.Visit the Students' Well-being site
Get to know to the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS)
Student health care
Student health care services are provided by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS). The service is complementary to any possible health insurance you have purchased for immigration or just as a precaution (covering acute care). FSHS has an emphasis on preventive health and health promotion, specifically tailored to students and their needs. For a very nominal annual fee you have both on-site and online services at your disposal throughout your studies.Read more about student health care
Welcome to FSHS!
The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) is an expert in student healthcare and, as a student in higher education, provides you with general health, oral health and mental health services and promotes the well-being of student communities.Read about the services on the yths.fi website
FSHS for a new student -video
FSHS greets new students and introduces its services.Watch the video on YouTube
Tampere City, SportUni, Tamko, Visit Tampere and Nysse - Services and tips for students
Welcome to study in City of Tampere!
Executive Director (City of Tampere) Teppo Rantanen's greeting to new students: "I am so happy that you have chosen Tampere to be the place where you study. This is a great place, great city to live, to study, but also I want to invite you to stay after your studies and work here. Because this is also a great place to live for everybody in Finland."Watch the video!
SportUni – The best University sports in Tampere
SportUni offers high-quality and diverse sports services for students and staff at Tampere Universities. You can use the sports services on three campuses at a fair price.SportUni - Find your sport
The Students’ Union of Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Tamko)
Every University of Applied Sciences in Finland has a Students’ Union which monitors students’ rights and interests. The Students’ Unions are recognized and regulated by the Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences Act. To become a member, you must be a student at TAMK. Welcome to join, there are already over 7500 of us!Check out Tamko
Tampere - The most attractive city in Finland according to us Finns!
Tampere has a lot to offer! The city brings together beautiful natural landscapes and a thriving cultural scene. You can enjoy the magnificent scenery of Pispala and, for example, visit the theatre in a single day!Visit Tampere
Become a Student Ambassador
Just as you may have consulted with our Student Ambassadors when considering TAMK as a destination or planning your arrival, it would be extremely valuable to have you join in helping the next cohort an promote TAMK and Tampere as a study destination. Application period for the next academic year is usually in May and all new ambassadors are trained at the beginning of the Autumn term. Welcome aboard!Read more about the programme
A 30-day student season ticket is available from Nysse Mobiili app. The ticket, which has an unlimited number of trips, is valid for selected zones on buses, trams as well as trains. Night fares are not applied. The ticket can be purchased by full-time student who are 17 and over, and who study in an upper secondary school, a vocational institution, a higher education institution or a University.Read more about the student ticket!