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Exchange studies differs in Bachelor-level and Master-level

Studying as an exchange student differs on bachelor and master level. It is good for you to prepare yourself for different ways of studying so you know what to expect.

Exchange studies: Bachelor-level

Studying at bachelor level is full-time. Depending on the courses a student has chosen and their timetables, the student will usually have contact lessons on a daily basis. Even during contact free days students usually need to do independent work/studying in order to complete courses successfully. At JAMK working in groups is also a very common mode of study. Therefore, exchange students on bachelor level need to be prepared to study full-time. There is no specific exam period at JAMK, instead you will usually have exams at the end of each course.

Exchange studies: Master-level

Studying at master level is usually part-time. Other students in the groups are mostly adults who study alongside their work, which is why contact lessons are designed from that perspective into tight and concise packages. This means that at the beginning of a course students take part in contact lessons that might be arranged during late afternoon/evening hours even for 8 consecutive hours. After that the students continue working independently on assignments provided by the teacher. At JAMK working in groups is also a very common mode of study, so some of the assignments might be done in groups as well. All in all, exchange students applying and arriving to study in the master level programmes should be prepared for self-directed and independent learning/studying outside the classrooms. Most likely you will not have many exams, but you will have a lot of writing to do.

Guidance

Exchange and double degree students are served and guided throughout the exchange period, from applying to arrival, studying and leaving for home, by International Services and the Academic Advisors of the Schools. International Services gives general guidance concerning different stages of the exchange and administrates the documents related to the exchange. The Academic Advisors give School-specific guidance related to the studies and are responsible for helping the students to complete their study plans, i.e. help the students choose the courses they will complete during their exchange. Both International Services and Academic Advisors help with any difficulties the student might face during the exchange.

Further information: international(at)jamk.fi

Courses and Assessment

Upon applying the student draws up a preliminary study plan i.e. Learning Agreement. Information on courses offered for exchange students can be found here.

After the exchange period has begun the study plan often undergoes some changes and the Learning Agreement is updated by filling in the Changes to the original Learning Agreement.

Learning outcomes are assessed in relation to the competence objectives of the course. Assessment is based on the criteria presented in course descriptions. Courses are assessed on a scale defined by the course description. The scale can be, depending on the purpose, either a five-step scale:

5 (Excellent)
4 (Very Good)
3 (Good)
2 (Satisfactory)
1 (Sufficient)

or Pass (S) / Fail (0).

A Course is assessed as Fail (0) if a student fails to reach the minimum objectives set for course completion. If a student has enrolled for a course or has chosen the course in the Learning Agreement/Changes to the Original Learning Agreement, but does not show up or contact the teacher, the course will be assessed as failed with the letter E.

JAMK uses the ECTS credit system, which means that the courses and study modules are credited according to the amount of work they require to attain the requested objectives. 

ECTS in Brief

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is a European system for the transfer and accumulation of study credits and grades. The system has been used for over ten years.

The purpose of reforming the system has been to create a uniform European higher education area.The ECTS increases the competiveness and attractiveness of European higher education, as compared to other continents, and facilitates student mobility and the comparison of the curricula of different higher education institutions. The starting point for the ECTS is the student workload needed to achieve the learning outcomes of a degree programme.

Please, see further information on the ECTS website of the European Commission.

Student Workload

Student workload in full-time study is 1600 hours per academic year, corresponding to 60 ECTS credits. If the annual hours are allocated to 40 weeks, the workload of each week is 40 hours. Respectively, the total workload of a semester is 800 hours of student work (30 ECTS credits). One ECTS credit is equivalent to about 27 hours of student work. This can consist of contact lessons, online learning, group work, independent study, preparation for exams, exams, etc.

Enrolling for Courses and Course Schedules

Enrolling for courses

Exchange students enrol for the courses online in the student portal ASIO after the exchange period at JAMK has begun. Enrolments for the courses are done according to the study plan outlined in the student’s Learning Agreement.

If a student arrives to JAMK after the semester has already begun and the course enrolment system in ASIO is already closed, the student should contact the International Coordinator of the School to agree about completing the course enrolments.

Students at the School of Health and Social Studies and other students doing practical training at JAMK do not usually need to do any course enrolments, unless they have chosen also courses in addition to the practical training period in their study plan i.e. Learning Agreement. In this case the students should contact the International Coordinator of the School to agree about the course enrolments.

All students must be present in the first contact lesson of each course. If a student has a valid reason for absence, he/she must personally contact the teacher of the course before the first contact lesson. In the online courses, students must inform the teacher about participation within two weeks. If a student has enrolled for a course or has chosen the course in the Learning Agreement/Changes to the Original Learning Agreement, but does not show up or contact the teacher, the course will be assessed as failed with the letter E.

Course schedules

Each student creates their own study path by choosing the courses they prefer, so JAMK cannot give any ready-made course schedule to exchange students at the beginning of the semester. When students enrol for courses after the exchange period has begun, they should check the schedules of each course and make sure they do not overlap. The courses students enrol for also show up in the students’ personal Elmo desktop, which serves as their course schedule as well.

Further information about the course schedules and Elmo desktop will be available after the exchange period has begun.

Exams

There are no separate exam periods at JAMK. The course examination takes place during the semester, at the end of the course (agreed upon with the course lecturer usually during the first lessons).