Register as a new student
Registering for first academic year
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.
Tuition fee paying students:
Your registration is completed when you pay the first installment of your tuition fee from the following link :
Please check the details on tuition fees and scholarship options on the registration form. After payment and registration is received, you will receive a signed and stamped Acceptance Letter in order to proceed with your immigration process.
You can register when confirming your study place in Opintopolku / Studyinfo The link will appear after you confirm your study place.
Absence in the first year of studies
First-year students can only register as absent on statutory grounds (source: Polytechnics Act 325/2015 § 29-30):
- to complete Finnish national service in accordance with the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Voluntary Military Service for Women (194/1995); Supporting document to be sent to email@example.com : The Finnish assignment to service to demonstrate that the service will be completed during the academic year
- if on maternity, paternity or parental leave; Supporting document to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org : Kela’s certificate of maternity, paternity or parental allowance period or, if one is not yet available, a medical certificate of the pregnancy. Paternity leave can only be demonstrated with Kela’s certificate. Equivalent certificates of statutory parental leaves given by foreign authorities are also accepted.
- if unable to begin the studies due to an illness or disability. Supporting document to be sent to email@example.com : The Finnish sickness allowance decision or, if not available, a medical certificate. The illness or disability as well as the fact that it prevents beginning the studies on 1 August 2020 has to be stated on the medical certificate. Sufficient documentation of obstacles caused by practical arrangements related to the illness or disability, for example a student housing foundation’s certificate of queuing for a special needs flat. The student’s personal notification is not enough. It also has to be demonstrated how the issue will be handled. Disability is a permanent state and thus it is not enough to refer to the disability. There has to be temporary disability-related grounds for absence.
Absence due to the COVID 19 corona pandemic
The COVID-19 corona pandemic is added as the fourth statutory reason for absence for first-year students (see other three reasons above).
The legislation states that:
- A student may register Absent if she/he is unable to start studies due a regulatory provision given by authorities or for other strong reason related to the COVID-19 corona epidemic.
- Regulatory provisions can be e.g. bans on travelling or border crossing.
- Other strong reasons can be e.g. delays in the residence permit process in the Finnish Embassies or Finnish Immigration Services.
- STUDENT’S OWN DECISION TO NOT START STUDIES IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AS A STRONG REASON.
- IF A UNIVERSITY DOES NOT ARRANGE DISTANCE LEARNING, A STUDENT HAS A RIGHT TO REGISTER AS ABSENT.
However, all TAMK’s programmes taught in English will arrange distance learning for the first-year students during Autumn Term 2020 except one exception. The plans are published and updated on TAMK webpages for new students. Further plans will be reviewed in August/September 2020.
TAMK is actively monitoring the coronavirus situation and will provide updates on a regular basis. We advise you start the residence permit process as soon as possible and be prepared to move to Tampere at the latest in the beginning of January 2021.
TAMK is aware that many international students live in different time zones and may face technical challenges with e.g. accessing internet and online tools. However, TAMK is committed to enabling all new students in degree programmes taught in English to start their studies through distance learning.