Xamk Pulse Open University of Applied Sciences is the largest and most popular Open University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

Xamk Pulse studies are intended for all regardless of age or educational background.

Xamk Pulse studies also

  • accumulate ECTS credits
  • are carried out either online or among degree programme students on our campuses in Finland
  • do not result in graduation and are therefore not regarded as full-time studies
  • are based on the curricula of Xamk University of Applied Sciences
  • cost EUR 12-45 / credit or semester fee EUR 175, we also have many courses free of charge
  • are not intended for Xamk degree students.

Do you want to update, expand or deepen your expertise? With Xamk Pulse learning happens your way. Whether you are interested in an individual course or more extensive studies, you can pick and choose from a wide variety of courses offered by Pulse.

The extent and duration of the studies varies, and you can choose the most suitable way of studying for you. Xamk Pulse offers:

  • individual courses, the extent of which is 2-5 ECTS credits. The majority of the courses is carried out online and on a nonstop start basis.
  • Diplomas of Higher Education (in Finnish korkeakouludiplomit) and Expert trainings (in Finnish osaajakoulutukset), which extent is 60 or 30 credits.
  • UAS route studies for general upper secondary students and for vocational students (in Finnish väyläopinnot lukiolaisille and väyläopinnot ammattiin opiskeleville). UAS route studies are open UAS studies that can be completed by upper secondary students as part of their upper secondary level degree in Finland.
  • path studies for students intending to apply for degree studies in Xamk later.



The studies we offer are at university level. We require that you have good IT skills to participate in the studies.

Please note that Xamk Pulse does not provide IT support during your studies!



  • Xamk recommends using either desktop computers or laptops for studies. Some courses can involve assignments that cannot be completed with tablets or smartphones.
  • The online learning environment Learn works best with the Mozilla Firefox browser.



From September 1, 2024 onwards, only students with a Finnish social security number (i.e. a personal identity code) can start their studies on Xamk Pulse’s courses.

How to get the personal identity code? The personal identity code is issued only to a foreign citizen moving to Finland from abroad.

Residence permit based on Open studies? Open Studies are not full-time and do not lead to a qualification – therefore it is not possible to get a residence permit based on studies at Open University of Applied Sciences. More info on this site.

What else Xamk has to offer? Get to know Xamk’s Global Talent Acquisition Programmes and Xamk’s Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree programmes. Also follow our course calendar in the Autumn 2024 and Spring 2025. We are aiming to offer new educational products, that will unfortunately be subject to a fee in the future.

Course calendar

Look at Pulse course calendar and pick the next destination on your path of learning.

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Summertime at Pulse

If you are studying Pulse studies in the summer, please note that the lecturers do not evaluate coursework during the summer months, i.e. 1 June – 18 August, 2024.

Pulse's staff is on vacation in July, when our offices are closed on all campuses.

We wish everyone a good and relaxing summer!

Examples of Pulse studies

Introduction to Video Games Creation, 35 ECTS cr

97 % of course participants are willing to recommend our online course on Introduction to Video Games Creation!
The course is free of charge!

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OODI studies

New skills and guidance for temporary protection beneficiaries in Finland.

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Information on Pulse studies

Welcome to study at Xamk Pulse

  • What to consider when planning to start your studies at Xamk Pulse?
  • What happens after enrolling?
  • Who to contact if you need further advice?

Xamk Pulse’s staff is happy to help you. You can contact us by email or by calling us.

Check out our versatile list of courses at www.xamk.fi/openstudies and www.xamk.fi/koulutuskalenteri

The largest Open University of Applied Sciences in Finland is here for you!

Introducing our students


Ukraininan Yelyzaveta recommends the Pulse studies for everyone. Read more about her journey to Finland and the studies at Pulse.

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Get inspired and start your studies today.

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facts and figures

Open Higher education in Finland

Open Studies in Finland


What are ECTS credits?

European Commission

Finnish education system

Ministry of Education on Culture

Contact us

Do you have a question? Contact us or visit our office!

We primarily respond to students’ inquiries by email within three working days. If you want to visit, Xamk Pulse offices are open on Wednesdays from 9 am to 3 pm at all four Xamk’s campuses in Kotka, Kouvola, Mikkeli and Savonlinna.

Hox! Due to the Kotka campus moving, Pulse don’t have a customer service in Kotka on August.

If you have questions about enrolment, student IDs, course fees, transcripts of records and study certificates or other study policies, you can find more information here.

If you can’t find an answer on our website or if you need advice on planning your open UAS studies, please contact our education experts. We are happy to help you in English and in Finnish! Unfortunately, our customer service is not available in other languages. You can contact us at openstudies@xamk.fi

Suggest a new course

Here you can suggest new course ideas to Open UAS and request to be contacted.


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