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Studying in Open Studies

Sama objectives as in degree studies

Open Studies courses have the same objectives, contents, requirements, and teachers as the courses of JAMK’ degree programmes. However, you cannot complete a degree in Open Studies. In order to complete a degree, you must apply for admission to JAMK’s degree programmes through the national joint application of universities of applied sciences. If you are admitted later, your Open Studies courses can be credited towards a degree at JAMK.

You will attend the same groups as the degree students of JAMK. 

Theory and practice

The studies emphasise working life-orientation, practicality and seeking and applying information. The student’s background is taken into consideration as much as possible.

Classroom, part-time or online

Different forms of study are utilised in the studies. Depending on the course, you may pursue your studies in a classroom, online or as a combination thereof, alone or together with others.

Right to study
How long can I study?

The duration of open studies is indicated in the course details. One registration gives you a right to study in that specific implementation. If you do not bring your studies to completion, you will need to register for another implementation.

The aim is to enable you to expand through your studies exactly the competence that you need.

Required study abilities

Required prior knowledge

There are no specific requirements for prior education in open studies as such, but please consider the following:

  • The courses may have requirements for prior knowledge and skills, obtained by way of education or otherwise.
  • Master’s degree studies should be based on a bachelor’s degree or similar competence.
  • You will need to possess the necessary abilities for studies at a university of applied sciences.

Check the required prior knowledge and skills from the description of each course or module.

Study abilities

University-level studies require the following from the student:

  • self-direction
  • ability to define one’s own targets and a target-oriented approach
  • self-management ability
  • critical information seeking skills
  • reflection/self-evaluation skills
  • ability to express yourself fluently in writing, academic writing skills
  • presentation and interactive skills
  • networking skills

Depending on the studies, special emphasis is given on a different set of skills.

Social and Health Care Sector

To pursue studies in the social and health care sector, your health and functional capacity must be such that it will not prevent studies in the field concerned. JAMK can request an extract from the criminal record for students whose studies essentially require working with underage persons.

Language skills

You must have sufficient proficiency in the language of instruction of each respective course (on average, B2–C1). A required entry level proficiency has also been defined for language studies. You may assess your language skills by yourself using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - Self-assessment grid (Europass language passport). You may carry out an online self-assessment using the Dialang test.

Information technology

During the studies, you will need to have a computer with access to the internet as well as the basic skills for using information systems.

As a student, you will be responsible for ensuring that you have the sufficient abilities, background knowledge and tools to pursue your studies.

Planning your studies

1.
Define your objectives

Before starting your studies, reflect on your goals: where do you aim at, what do you want to learn, why do you study? Write down your thoughts. The clarification of your objectives will help you in choosing the right subjects and modes of study.

2.
Schedule enough time

Studying always requires commitment, motivation and time. Before starting your studies, please consider how you will organize time for them. The rule of thumb is that 1 ECTS credit (cr) equals approximately 27 hours of student work. Calendar management is essential when planning your studies. You should anticipate future tasks and schedule a certain weekly amount of time for studying.

3.
Different modes of study

JAMK’s Open Studies are implemented both through contact lessons and online learning. Studying can include independent work, lectures and/or group work. The aim is to provide a theoretical basis, in addition to developing strong practical competence. The courses can include writing, reading, discussion, but also hands-on doing.

Starting the Studies

Before starting the course, you will be e-mailed a course letter, which contains

  • confirmation of course commencement
  • information on practical course arrangements
  • instructions how to get your personal user name for JAMK’s network

Please note! Any communications or changes regarding courses will only be sent to students’ JAMK e-mail addresses. Go and read your e-mail before courses start!

At the beginning of the course, its objectives, contents, implementation, and assessment criteria will be presented. You must be present during the first course meeting. If you have an insurmountable obstacle, inform the teacher!

The scope of studies is measured in ECTS credits (cr): 1 cr = an average of 27 hours of student work

Instructions for studying at JAMK

Here you can find important instructions for studies at JAMK: academic calendar, degree programmes and curricula, glossary etc.

Open Studies

Open Studies are available to everyone, irrespective of age and educational background. The courses are suitable for you, if you want to develop your expertise or are considering degree studies.

All the courses in Open Studies

There are studies from all the fields in Open Studies.

Studying in JAMK's Open Studies

Open Studies courses have the same objectives, contents, requirements, and teachers as the courses of JAMK’ degree programmes.

Benefits and services

As Open Studies student you have many benefits and services at JAMK.

Registration and fees

Register and pay online. The fee is only 10-15 € per credit!

Contact us

Please, contact us if you want to make inquiries concerning Open studies or need help in planning your studies!