Jyväskylä, located in the blue-lake district of Finland, 170 miles north of Helsinki, is a lively and compact city in a beautiful setting of lakes, ridges, parks and forests. It offers a great variety of cultural and sporting events, such as the annual Summer and Winter Arts Festivals, the Alvar Aalto Symposium, Graphica Creativa, the Neste Rally Finland, museum exhibits and an ongoing variety of plays and concerts. Jyväskylä is an ideal city for sport and physical recreation: there are more than 200 different venues for sport and leisure activities, and a wide choice of maintained trails and recreational facilities within walking distance. Jyväskylä is the seventh largest town in Finland and has a large youthful student population.
Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK) is an attractive, internationally oriented higher education institution with a strong role among the developers of the Jyväskylä region and Central Finland. Student enrollment is 8,000. The efficient, yet relaxed atmosphere of JAMK guarantees an enriching Finnish studying experience.
Colleges at JAMK include the School of Business and Services Management, School of Health and Social Studies, School of Technology, and the Teacher Education College. Many courses are offered in English, and Finnish language courses are available for international students.
Services for exchange students at JAMK include an orientation prior to the start of each semester, a "tutor" program that connects Finnish students with exchange students for additional support in practical matters, and a Friend Family Program that connects exchanges students with Finnish families to increase the cultural immersion.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at JAMK University. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
International students are housed by the Central Finland Student Housing Foundation (KOAS) in furnished student residences. KOAS is the Central Finland Student Housing Foundation and thus, arranges student housing for all students in Jyväskylä. It's important to note that KOAS is not owned by or associated with JAMK. Exchange students are normally housed in Roninmäki or Myllyjärvi in furnished apartments. The housing is basic, but relatively inexpensive compared to the private market. The rent includes electricity, water and laundry. Normally students have their own room and share a kitchen and bathroom with other tenants. KOAS accepts applications from incoming exchange students only after the students have received the official acceptance from JAMK. For more information about housing, visit JAMK's housing website.
Students need a residence permit in order to study in Finland for a semester or academic year, and they should apply online for the residence permit as soon as official acceptance information is received from JAMK. Students should review the following resources for additional information on the Finnish residence permit.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.