Semester Dates for Exchange and Double Degree Students

Academic Year 2017-2018

Official semester dates for exchange and double degree students run as follows:

  • Autumn Semester: 21 August 2017 - 15 December 2017
  • Spring Semester:
    • School of Health and Social Studies, School of Technology (excluding Agricultural and Rural Industries Exchange Study Programme SEE BELOW), Teacher Education College: Mandatory orientation on the 4th and 5th of January. Classes run 8 January 2018 - 11 May 2018 (If taking summer courses, classes will continue through 20 June 2018). There is no exam period. Exams take place during semester dates.
    • School of Business Only!: Mandatory orientation takes place on the 8th and 9th of February. Classes run 12 February 2018 - 20 June 2018. Students are expected to enrol in max. 4 summer school courses. Summer school runs from 14 May 2018 through 20 June 2018. If students do not enrol for summer courses, their studies will end 11 May 2018. There is no exam period. Exams take place during semester dates.
    • School of Technology, Agricultural and Rural Industries Exchange Study Programme ONLY!: 12 March 2018 - 20 June 2018

Exam Periods: There are no separate exam periods at JAMK. Exams are held during the official semester.

Orientation: Please scroll down for orientation information.

Fall and Spring Break: During fall and spring break there are no classes but students may have assignments to complete. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see National Holidays.

  • Fall Break: 16 October 2017 - 20 October 2017
  • Spring Break (Hiihtoloma): 26 February 2018 - 2 March 2018


Orientation for exchange, double degree and International Degree students

Orientation takes place during the first week of each semester. All exchange students (excluding Agricultural and Rural Industries Exchange Study Programme and Health and Social Studies students arriving for practical training) are expected to take part in the orientation. A lot of useful information on living in Finland and studying at JAMK is provided during the orientation. We hope it will help students get started as smoothly as possible.

Academic Year 2017-2018

Orientation for Exchange student and Double Degree students

 Orientation for Foreign Degree Students

  • Autumn semester: 17 August 2017 - 25 August 2017
    • English-tuition degree programmes in International Business, International Logistics and Nursing. The orientation programme is sent separately to the accepted students.

Further information about the orientations: international(at)jamk.fi

Enrolment Period for courses for Exchange Students

Students will enrol for courses after they arrive at JAMK and will be guided by a JAMK staff member so students will have plenty of guidance.

  • Autumn semester: end of August - 15 September
  • Spring semester: beginning of January - 15 January
    (NB: additional enrolment sessions will be arranged for the exchange students in the School of Business, who start their semester in February)

Public Holidays

  • Independence Day: 6 December 2017
  • Christmas: 24-26 December 2017
  • New Year's Day: 1 January 2018
  • Epiphany: 6 January 2018
  • Easter: 30 March - 2 April 2018
  • May Day: 1 May 2018
  • Ascension Day: 10 May 2018
  • Whit Sunday: 20 May 2018
  • Midsummer: 23 June 2018

Arrival for an exchange or double degree period at JAMK

The Student Union JAMKO employs student tutors whose task it is to help the incoming exchange students with practical matters related to their arrival and studies, as well as getting around in Jyväskylä. The tutors will get in touch with you after you have received the official letter of acceptance. You should then confirm your arrival date and time by e-mail to your tutor no later than three weeks before the arrival. Please make sure you arrive in Jyväskylä in time for the orientation.

If you are planning to arrive in Jyväskylä during a weekend or on a public holiday you should be aware that most of the services and institutions you need are closed (bank, accommodation service, school etc.) and it is difficult to run any urgent matters. That is why we recommend you to arrive on business days: from Monday to Friday during the daytime if at all possible!

In this map you can check where the JAMK Campuses, KOAS office and accommodation, Travel Center and some other offices are located.