The academic year has two semesters. The autumn semester generally runs from late August to December, and the spring semester from January to May. There is no summer semester, but usually students can take examinations and study for their degrees in the summer months if the courses are arranged.
At VAMK academic year is divided into five periods; two in the autumn semester, and three in the spring semester. International students’ semester begins with the Orientation Days which are arranged at the beginning of each school year.
More information also: Schedule for academic year
Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland apply to the European Credit Transfer System ECTS. According to the system a student´s annual workload is 1600 hours. The workload is arranged evenly between not only different study years in the curriculum but also during the individual study year so that workload will not be excessive. For a student the academic year is based on 40 working weeks. Thus the average workload is 40 hours per week. It includes all work a student needs for learning – contact studies, independent studying, practical training, project works and preparation for study performances.
|New Year's Day||01 January
||All Saints' Day||02 November 2013|
||Independence Day||06 December
|Good Friday||29 March 2013||Christmas Day||25 December
|Easter Day||31 march 2013||Boxing Day||26 December
|Easter Monday||01 April 2013|
|May Day||01 May
|Ascension Day||09 May 2013|
During national holidays all banks and shops are closed, apart from some kiosks. Public transport also follows specific timetables during national holidays.
Information for exchange students:
Please note that degree programs do not have classes during the 5th period. It is the period for practical training. In other words, the academic year for exchange students usually ends at the end of April!
Orientation day for incoming exchange students during week 35.
Orientation day for incoming exchange students in the beginning of January.
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