Time: 26 August 2024 – 31 July 2025. Studies begin on Monday 26th August 9AM online. Participation in the orientation days is mandatory for all students.
Place, University: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk). The 1st year of studies are carried out as daytime studies online. The 2nd year of studies – if you get a place as a degree student – take place at Xamk's Mikkeli campus, Finland. The 3rd and 4th study years are online.
Extent: on average 60 ECTS credits 

Target group: All who are interested in these studies.The students need to be fluent in English and have basic computer and Internet skills. 

Credited in degree: Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Enrolment period: 2-8 August 2024, the enrolment is binding. The enrolment form will open 2 August at 9am at Finnish time (UCT +3).
Number of study places: 10
Price: Semester fee EUR 230, EUR 460 for the whole academic year. You can read more about our payment policy here.

Note that you can enrol for Open UAS studies at the maximum of 50 ECTS credits per semester. One person’s enrolments exceeding 50 ECTS credits are deleted in the enrolment order. Paying attention to this is important when planning your studies.

Please notice,  that Xamk's degree students cannot enrol Open UAS courses.


  • Ability to study at university level 
  • Fluent English language skills both in writing and in speaking 
  • Appropriate device for studies, see BYOD below (mobile is not enough) 
  • High motivation and time management skills 
  • Responsibility for own studies 

This study programme is carried out as daytime online studies (1st, 3rd and 4th academic year) and partly through onsite studies (2nd year is on Xamk’s campus in Finland). Online studies are teacher-led, but require a lot of independent work based on the materials provided. The courses can include virtual lectures at specific times, so you need a headset and a mic. In some cases the virtual lectures are recorded so you can watch them later. Studies include a lot of learning tasks, group work, essays and other tasks that have certain deadlines. In addition there is usually an exam at the end of the course.  

Onsite studies requires a presence in Mikkeli, Finland (2nd year). 

The student's workload is as follows: There are 30 ECTS credits per semester in the Autumn and in the Spring. 1 credit equals 27 hours of student work, ie 30 credits equals 810 hours = 101 study days. Online studies require self-direction, time management, and commitment. Note that these studies are University studies and you have to meet the expectations of that level.  

Learning outcomes (objectives):
The goal of the path studies is to complete 60 credits of core competence included in the education in one academic year. By completing at least 50 ECTS credits, you have the right to apply a study place as a degree student.

Environmental Engineering (EE) program provides you with a wide perspective to the professional field of environmental technology. You learn about the causes, consequences and prevention of environmental problems from local oil spills to global problems, such as climate change and microplastics in waters. The field of environmental engineering is expanding and developing rapidly around the world for ensuring good living environment in the future. 

After graduation you can work in different positions of environmental research, supervision, planning and management. You may develop and improve recycling solutions for cities or conduct investigations and remediation measures in contaminated areas. Other tasks could be water and soil sampling, environmental monitoring or you may plan and organize water acquisition and treatment processes. 

In the working life the tasks may include career positions like environmental manager, project engineer, research or development engineer, environmental specialist, consultant. 

Contents and methods:
The learning outcomes and requirements of open path studies correspond to those of programmes leading to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.  Before the beginning of your studies or soon after starting, you can make a personal study plan (PSP) together with your mentor teacher.

The language of instruction is English. The studies are carried out as online studies (except for the 2nd academic year) in the group of degree students

Information regarding studies: 
Principal Lecturer Arto Sormunen, arto.sormunen@xamk.fi 

Information on degree studies: 
Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering (B.Eng) – Xamk

Link to the curriculum: 
Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering | Study Guide, XAMK

BYOD – Bring your own device
The BYOD policy demands students to use their own laptops. Read more here.

Enrolment and cancellation:
Enrolment on path studies is binding. Open study path students are taken in enrolment order. If you enroll on several paths, the primary path is the one you enrolled on first.

If you cannot participate in the path you have already enrolled on, please let us know as soon as possible by email openstudies@xamk.fi

Terms of cancellation: 
The enrolment is binding. You will be charged. Study place cannot be canceled free of charge. You can still cancel your enrolment, but the course fee will not be refunded. Cancellation must be sent to openstudies@xamk.fi.

If a student interrupts path studies he will be charged the semester fee for the current semester. Fees for the following semesters will be cancelled.

Study grants
Studying at the Open UAS does not entitle you to a study grant or other student benefits or discounts. In case you intend to study unemployed, please contact your local employment office (TE-toimisto) before you begin your studies. If your employer has granted you at least two months of uninterrupted study leave, you can apply for a full adult education allowance from Employment Fund.

Additional information 
You should bring the following documents with you on the first day of studies: passport/residence permit or official Finnish ID.

Residence permit
Students who live outside the EU and the EEA need a residence permit to study in Finland. However, the residence permit is not issued based on studies at the Open University of Applied Sciences. More info here.

From path to degree
You can apply in joint application period forBachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering degree programme during your open path studies, if you qualify the admission criteria. More information here.

It is also possible to apply for a degree student without a formal qualification at separate admission organized by Xamk. This is possible after you have completed 50 credits at Xamk. More information here. The credits you have completed will be recognized as a part of your degree. Please notice, that if you are admitted as a degree student, the tuition fee for students outside of the EU/EEA is: Bachelor’s degrees 10700 euros / academic year and Master’s degrees 13500 euros / academic year.  More information on tuition fees here.

Additional information about the enrolment
The office of Xamk Open University of Applied Sciences, email openstudies@xamk.fi.

OUAS reserves the right to make changes.


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