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Hame University of Applied Sciences, HAMK has been offering the most inspiring and the most customer-oriented applied research since 1840. Today, 179 yearslater, HAMK is still helping its students navigate their way to success.

In addition to a competitive, high- quality education, HAMK is committed to driving new ways of thinking in our ever- changing world with outstanding modernlearning facilities and world- class education methods.

HAMK has over 7,000 students from over 60 countries based in its seven campuses locatedin and around the picturesque lakeside town of Hameenlinna in southern Finland with fantastic transport links to the rest of the country. All campuses are equipped with the latest technology to ensure studentsreach their full potential and enjoy their time at HAMK.

The degree programmes in English are held in Hameenlinna, Riihimaki, Valkeakoski and Forssa campuses.

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HAMK is committed to guide its students to international success.It has strong international networks, from which students can takeadvantage of during and after studies. The student is the centre of all outoperations and the workplace is the immediate beneficiary. HAMK graduatesare desired experts in the labour market; they are global problem solvers with a creative and progressive approach. HAMK students, undoubtedly, become the next generation leaders in their respective fields.

20 reasons to choose HAMK

  • 1. Internationally recognized degrees
  • 2. Higher education and applied research since 1840
  • 3. Public university with over 7,000 students.
  • 4. Towards the end of the studies, students can specialize in the chosen topics of interest
  • 5. Highly qualified lecturers and teaching staff
  • 6. Interdisciplinary learning across subjects.
  • 7. Wide range of student support services from well being services to career advice.
  • 8. International study environment (students with over 60 nationalities study at HAMK)
  • 9. Students gain cultural perspectives and develop international networks
  • 10. Engaging teaching and small class sizes
  • 11. Great location in the heart of Finland between biggest cities Helsinki and Tampere
  • 12. Smart learning environment equipped with the latest technology
  • 13. Close ties between lecturers, students and administrative staff.
  • 14. All students are treated equally and with respect.
  • 15. Excellent opportunities for business interaction through projects and work placements.
  • 16. Studies focus on widening student’s career prospects by focusing on skills that employers need now and in the future.
  • 17. “Out of classroom- into the world” approach
  • 18. Possibility to learn Finnish Language and culture
  • 19. Learning and knowledge sharing across the world.
  • 20. HAMK graduates are desired experts in the labour market; they are global problem- solvers with a creative and progressive approach


  • Population 67 600
  • Distance to Helsinki 95km (1h by train)
  • Distance to Tampere 75km (50mins by train)
  • Degree Programmes Computer Applications, Construction Engineering
Hämeenlinna is history, industry and outdoors

Hämeenlinna is the oldest inland town in Finland and it was founded in 1639. However, Hämeenlinna was already a trading place a hundred years before it became a town. Construction of the medieval castle started in the 13th century. The castle is the symbol of the town and a landmark in the history of buildings. History also comes alive in the town centre, which has a church from the 18th century and buildings from various periods in the 19th and 20th centuries.

A history of education and administration

Hämeenlinna has a long history as an educational, garrison and administrative town, and it is nowadays the administrative centre of the province of Southern Finland. Hämeenlinna’s economy is based mainly on the service sector, in which public services are unusually prominent. In addition, Hämeenlinna has heavy and light engineering, and textile and printing industries. Commuting to work from nearby municipalities or to Helsinki is common.

Added with a present of culture and sports

Annual events in Hämeenlinna include a children’s festival in the Häme castle, a series of Music in the Castle concerts, LinnaJazz jazz festival, the National Antiques Fair, and the August fair for the whole family. There are many different museums: the history museum, prison museum, artillery museum, Sibelius’ birthplace museum, art museum and postcard museum. A wide range of sports facilities is provided in the town by several sports and fitness clubs, a comprehensive cycling network and hiking trails.

Most activities in Hämeenlinna are concentrated around the Market Square, which is situated in the very centre of the city. The railway station is located about 1 km from the market square and residences for international students about 2 – 5 km from the market square.The Hämeenlinna University Centre is situated 3 km from the market square.

  • Population 28800
  • Distance to Helsinki 65km (45min by train)
  • Distance to Tampere75km (1h by train)
  • Degree ProgrammesMechanical Engineering and Production Technology

Riihimäki has a history of railways and glass-making

Riihimäki is a small town in the junction of main motorways and railway lines.

Riihimäki is a town with 28,800 inhabitants. It lies at the junction of southern Finland’s main motorways and railway lines. The town is located about 70 km from Helsinki and the airport, and it takes only 45 minutes to reach Riihimäki from anywhere in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

The history of Riihimäki is closely connected to the history of Finnish railways. The railway from Helsinki to Hämeenlinna – via Riihimäki – was finished in 1862. The railway between Riihimäki and St. Petersburg became available for use 1870. The town of Riihimäki began to develop in the 19th century.

Beside railway lines, Riihimäki is known for know-how in glassmaking. Craftspeople continue the tradition of glassmaking even today in their workshops. The Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki focuses on the history of glassmaking in Finland, glass design and art in glass.

Riihimäki is also well known for its concentration of expertise in environmental technology. The advanced information and communication technology sector is a large employer in Riihimäki, along with metal and mechanical engineering industry. Food processing and the wood industry are important industrial sectors in Riihimäki as well.

  • Population 21200
  • Distance to Helsinki 140km (1h 30min by train)
  • Distance to Tampere35km (30min by bus)
  • Degree ProgrammesElectrical and Automation Engineering, International Business

Valkeakoski is a town in the southern part of Finland that offers a variety of services and free time activities.

For a town of just over 21,000 inhabitants, Valkeakoski is surprisingly diverse. Here, it is possible to do sports of many types and also to watch sports at national level, eat in ethnic restaurants, go to movies or theatre, party, enjoy the beautiful nature and of course participate in high level education.

What you cannot find in Valkeakoski, is found in bigger cities nearby. Tampere is just 30 minutes drive by bus and Hämeenlinna is also nearby. Bus connections in the area are good and the nearest railway station in Toijala, is also near, 21 km from Valkeakoski. In the city centre, there’s a shopping mall and many other services including cafés, restaurants, library, banks, cinema, swimming hall, ice hall etc.

For the best shopping facilities in Finland, you do not have to travel far from Valkeakoski. Ideapark in Lempäälä is one of the biggest malls in Finland with over 200 shops, cafés and restaurants in the same building, only 15 minutes away from Valkeakoski.

  • Population 17500
  • Distance to Helsinki110km (1h 30min by bus)
  • Distance to Tampere90km (1h 30min by bus)
  • Degree ProgrammesBioeconomy Engineering

Forssa is a commercial centre and a sporting town

Forssa is the administrational, commercial and service centre of its economic area.

Forssa is situated in the southwest of central Finland, which is the most populated area of Finland, only one hour from Helsinki, Tampere and Turku. There are about 17,500 inhabitants in Forssa, and together with the surrounding municipalities Humppila, Jokioinen, Tammela and Ypäjä 35,000 inhabitants.

The long history of Forssa began in 1847 when Swedish-born Axel Wilhelm Wahren founded a spinning mill by Loimijoki River. During industrialisation, the town grew and developed together with the mill. Beside the spinning mill, Wahren built apartments, a hospital, a library, a shop and a school. The textile industry was the largest employer until the late 1970s, and in the 1980s the construction industry became the largest sector. Today, the food industry is the major employer.

Forssa in an attractive and densilybuit city of parks that has also received a national city park status. It means the city values cultural landscapes, a diverse environment and a valuable cityscape. Enviromental friendliness and sustainable development play a strong role in the city’s actions and in the development of business and industry.

Forssa is a sporting town

Forssa is widely known as a sporting town. For sports enthusiasts, there are many options available, including ice-hockey athletics, baseball and football facilities. The Waterpark Vesihelmi is a popular place for exercising in water. For tennis players, there are two outdoor courts. There is an archery field, as well as tracks for throwing the hammer and shot putt. For people who like being outdoors, there are three nature paths with lighting, which serve as ski tracks in the wintertime. There are also unlit tracks of varying distance for cross-country skiing in the winter.

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