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. The last two weeks of each period is reserved for examinations.
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.
See the Academic Calendar page for more information.