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 (master’s degree studies are usually not full-time studies)
  • 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 (both bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes). 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. The studies will prepare you for the potential entrance examination. The studies will also serve as proof of your motivation and studying skills, so it is advisable to highlight them in the potential interview.


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.
  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.

Open Study Path

80 %
were admitted

In the spring of 2019 all of those who applied via the open study path were admitted to degree studies conducted in English.