For Visitors

Whether you are a teacher or a specialist from the educational field or business life, Jamk warmly welcomes you for a visit. Should you have specific interests and expectations for the visit at Jamk, please share them with us. We will do our best to find you a corresponding contact person to host your visit at Jamk and to assist with the practical arrangements.

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Teaching visit at Jamk

Are you thinking about visiting Jamk for a short teaching period? Please find some practical information below to support planning your stay with us. 

Academic year and semesters

The official academic year runs from 1 August to 31 July.
The year is divided into five periods, two in the autumn semester, two in the spring semester and one in the summer.

The semesters run as follows:

  • Autumn semester from mid-August to mid-December
  • Spring semester from beginning of January (in the School of Business from the beginning of February) to mid-May (in the School of Business towards the end of June)
  • Summer semester from end of May to end of June

Classrooms and lectures

Our regular classrooms include a whiteboard, projector and active speakers. Teachers bring their own computers to the classroom. Additionally we have special spaces for learning/group work and computer classes. To use Jamk's computers on campus you need a temporary username and password (available  from ICT services and info services). However, if you use your own computer there is no need for a username and password. If you have any technical difficulties (computer, projector, speakers etc.) you can contact the ICT Helpdesk or ask for help from the Info desk.  

One lecture is 45 minutes. Lectures start either on the hour or quarter past, please check this with the responsible teacher of the course. Also, please keep in mind that for long lectures (3 hours or longer) you may keep a 15 minute break.

ECTS in brief

Jamk uses use the European ECTS system (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) for the transfer and accumulation of study credits and grades. The annual workload for full-time studies is 60 ECTS or 1600 hours per year. Consequently, 1 ECTS credit equals 27 hours of student work. 

Course assessment

The competence attained during a course is assessed in relation to the learning outcomes for the course. The assessment is carried out using the scale specified in the course description. The scale may range from zero to five:

  • 5 (Excellent),
  • 4 (Very Good),
  • 3 (Good),
  • 2 (Satisfactory),
  • 1 (Sufficient)
  • 0 (Fail)

or a course is passed without a grade (H).

A course is assessed as Fail (0) if a student fails to reach the minimum outcomes for course completion. The same grading scale is applied to retakes.

In the Finnish grading system each student is graded on their individual performance, not in relation to the performance of others. There is no rule or expectation for how many students in a course can receive which grade, i.e. no grading curve is used. The Finnish system is used also at Jamk, where the grading scale from 0-5 is not a proportionate scale. Since the ECTS grading scale is based on an expectancy of the distribution of different grades, the two grading scales are not fully comparable.

The students have the right to know how the assessment criteria have been applied to them. The students are entitled to two resits at the official times specified for the degree programme. In cases where the course assessment is based solely on an exam, the student has a right to improve a passing grade once. The grade can be improved upon agreement with the Course Tutor by the end of the following semester after the course has ended. Passing grades will remain in the transcript of records.

The completion of a course will be entered in the record of credits within a month from the given end date of the course, and always before the end of the academic year.

Wireless networks for visitors

Visitors can use the wireless network on all Jamk's campuses. To get your username and password, please contact your host, the info services or ICT services. Further, if needed, we will arrange access to a computer.

Jamk has also virtual work spaces for partners and joint projects. Access can be granted by your contact person at Jamk.

Erasmus+ staff mobility

Based on the rules of the Erasmus+ programme, the home institution is responsible for awarding the possible Erasmus+ grant to cover the costs of the visit. Please contact the International Office of your institution to ask about the availability of funding.

For the Erasmus+ staff mobility, your home institution will require at least a duly signed Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Agreement for Teaching/Training. Fill in the document as guided by your home institution. To get the Erasmus+ documents signed by Jamk, you can send the documents to your host scanned by email prior to your arrival.

When you are about to end your Erasmus+ visit at Jamk, remember to ask for a signed certificate from your host. The home institution needs the document to confirm the dates of your Erasmus+ mobility.

Visa, permits and invitation letter

A visa is a permit to enter the country for short-term and temporary visits, for three months stay at the most. A residence permit is required when the stay in Finland is over three months. Please note that visitors from the EU member states, Nordic countries, Liechtenstein and Switzerland do not need to have a visa or residence permit to enter Finland.

In case a visa is needed for your visit, you will need an official invitation from Jamk for the visa application. We will provide you the invitation after the receiving department has accepted the visit and a detailed programme has been made. The invitation is written and sent only for the duration of your visit at Jamk. The decision of granting the visa is made by the Finnish authorities.

More  information about applying, granting and validity of visas can be found on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Further information about residence permits can be found on the Finnish Immigration Service's website.


There are several options where to stay during your visit in Jyväskylä. Since many organisations have their own rules for arranging and booking accommodation, we recommend you to make the bookings independently and as guided by your organisation.

Jamk's campuses in Jyväskylä are located near the city centre, where most of the accommodation options are also located.


Jyväskylä is a lively city with numerous hotels you can choose from. 

Apartment hotels and hostels

Alternatively, you may rent an apartment or a big hostel room, if you e.g. travel in a group. The locations may vary from the city center to more residential areas.

Jamk guest flat

Jamk has a guest flat – a furnished, cosy, two-bedroom flat, 75 m² in size at Rajakatu 30 C 19. It includes two bedrooms for two persons, a kitchen, living room, shower and balcony.

The reasonably priced guest flat is meant for short-term accommodation for guests and guest lecturers at Jamk.

You can rent only one of the bedrooms or the whole flat. Towels, linen and parking space are included in the price.

Further information, prices and reservations:

Main Campus Info, phone: +358 40 760 6957, email: info.rajakatu(at)


Mobility statistics (both staff and student mobility) are reported annually to the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Thus, all guests, whose visit is confirmed by Jamk (whether they are teachers or other professionals) are requested to register as a visitor. By filling in the registration form you give us information about international mobility and cooperation at Jamk. The information is purely for statistics and saved on Jamk's secure servers. None of your personal details are forwarded to the Ministry. The information is not sent to 3rd parties. 

For more information about data registration, please contact international(at)

Registration Form

Please follow to the link to the online registration form to submit information pertaining to your visit at Jamk. We thank you for your assistance in compiling a full picture of Jamk's international mobility.

Visitors' Register Data Description

International Visitors Register

1. Register maintained by

JAMK University of Applied Sciences P.O. Box 207, FI-40101 Jyväskylä Tel. +358 20 743 8100

2. Contact person for register

International Services, international(at)

3. Name of register

JAMK University of Applied Sciences, International Visitors Register

4. Purpose of maintaining the register

The register provides JAMK information about international mobility and cooperation at JAMK. Mobility statistics are reported annually to the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture but no personal details are forwarded.

5. Information content of the register

All foreign guests visiting JAMK, whether they are teachers or other professionals, are requested to register.

6. Regular sources of information

The information has been collected from a Webropol online questionnaire, data sheets filled by the visitors as well as from the hosts of the visits at JAMK.

7. Regular disclosure of information and provision of information to areas outside the EU or the European Economic Area.

No outside parties have access to the information in this register. The information is used for the annual statistics for the Finnish Ministry of Culture and Education.

8. Protection of the register

Manual material: The register does not contain manual material

Electronic material: The register’s users all have a personal user ID and a password.

9. Right to inspect information and realisation of this right

An individual has the right to check their own information once a year free-of-charge. An inspection request must be issued in writing to the register’s contact person.

10. Correction of information

Personal data will be corrected and altered according to notifications provided by the individual in question. A correction request must be issued in writing to the register’s contact person.

11. Other possible rights

Information of the registered is not given for direct advertising, distance selling or other marketing purposes neither for marketing, opinion surveys, other personal registers nor genealogy studies. The prohibition shall be marked in the register.