What are study paths?

If you are working towards degree studies, a study path is for you. Study paths usually comprise first-year degree studies, and studying usually takes place in the same group with degree students. If you already have previous studies from a relevant field, an individual study path can also be tailored for you.

For whom?

Study paths are suitable for you if:

  • you are working towards degree studies
  • you want to make the most of your gap year
  • you are prepared to pursue bachelor’s degree studies on a full-time basis and at a rapid pace for one year
  • you want to study with the same group during the whole year
  • you want to continue your studies as a degree student directly from the second study year onwards
  • you are working towards admission via the open study path

Leverage study path studies in your degree studies

  1. Study path studies allow you to earn enough credits to apply via the open study path and get admitted to degree studies even without an entrance examination. Read more about the open study path.
  2. Your studies will be credited towards a degree at JAMK, if you later become a degree student. This enables you to jump directly to the second study year!
  3. You may test whether the field concerned and university of applied sciences studies in general feel like the correct choice for you.
  4. If you are otherwise not eligible to apply for admission to a university of applied sciences, you will gain eligibility by completing the studies required for the open study path.
  5. If you apply for a degree programme through a joint application system, the studies will help you develop your study skills and thus prepare for possible entrance exams.


Open studies will have no effect on your status as a first-time university applicant.

By starting in study path and continuing in degree studies, you can graduate as fast as by starting directly in degree studies.

Things to consider when planning your study path

  1. Consider carefully whether you will be able to commit yourself to study path studies. Study paths often require the possibility to study in the daytime on weekdays (check the hours of your path). Study paths also consist of quite extensive study modules (1 ECTS credit refers to an average input of 27 hours of work by the student).
  2. Make sure that you possess the necessary study abilities and that the special requirements for the social and health care sector are met. Check the criteria before registration.
  3. Clarify any issues related to studying while being an unemployed jobseeker with your local Employment and Economic Development Office well in advance before applying for the studies! The studies will be considered full-time if you earn more than 5 ECTS credits / month. In this case, you will not be entitled to receive unemployment benefits. Instead, you may be eligible to pursue studies supported with unemployment benefit (for those aged 25 or over). 
  4. Open studies are not eligible for the state’s student financial aid or student discounts unless your other studies entitle you to them. Consider financing your studies and life in advance.
  5. Many study paths only have a few places available and they will be filled by order of enrolment, so it is advisable to act fast as soon as the registration is opened. It is also worth registering for the waiting list!
  6. Make a plan for when you intend to apply for admission to degree studies. Remember to submit your application in due time.
82 %
were accepted for degree studies

In 2020, 82% of those who applied through the open study path, were accepted for bachelor's degree studies.

Study path fee
150 € / semester

In the autumn of 2021, a study path fee of 150 € / semester will be introduced at JAMK's Open Studies. The full study year will therefore cost 300 €. NOTE! For unemployed jobseekers, laid-offs and asylum seekers, study paths are  free.

With the study path fee, you can study the courses included in the path and, if possible, additional courses during the study path. You will receive registration instructions at the beginning of the studies.

Study individual courses

You can take individual courses to develop your skills or aim for degree studies at a slower pace. You will recognize Master's level studies of the title "Master's Degree" in our course lists.

See all the courses at JAMK Open Studies