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Open University of Applied Sciences

Open University of Applied Sciences (Open UAS) studies consist of Lapland UAS’ degree programme studies. Entire degrees cannot be completed at the open UAS. Open UAS offers both bachelor’s and master’s degree studies. Education is open to everyone interested, regardless of age or previous education. To start studying master's degree studies student also have to have an applicable degree from a higher education institution. 


Studies in the Open UAS

  • Offer students a possibility to develop their facts and skills needed in working life
  • Offer an opportunity to study for those who are planning to get a UAS degree later. Open UAS studies doesn’t directly entitle the student to get into one of the degree awarding programmes in the Lapland UAS but the credits collected from Open UAS studies can be attached to a degree.
  • Offer an opportunity to develop yourself


What is required?

  • Students have to have their own laptop
  • Students have to be able to study in university level
  • Student’s English skills level might be tested

Foreign students may need a visa or a residence permit depending on their citizenship. Please note that studying in Open University of Applied Sciences does not entitle to visa or residence permit. For more information can be seen on the home pages of Finnish Directorate of Immigration at http://www.migri.fi.

Financial aid from the government is not granted for Open UAS studies because they do not lead to a degree. For this reason, Open UAS students are not eligible for students’ social benefits.  


Open University of Applied Sciences (Open UAS) students can take a single study unit, a study module or path studies in the group of degree programme students according to their timetables. Open studies have the same objectives, contents, requirements and teachers as the studies of Lapland UAS’ degree programmes. Curricula can be seen in Peppi.

Teaching takes place primarily on campus during the day.  The studies consist of contact teaching and independent studying. Studies require a laptop.

Open UAS studies does not directly entitle the student to get into one of the degree awarding programmes in the Lapland UAS but the credits collected from Open UAS studies can be attached to a degree according to the procedure agreed in the University of Applied Sciences.

Study units can be found in opiskeluhaku - hakijan-tyopoyta - Liferay (csc.fi)

If you have any questions about studies or you need help in planning your studies, please contact us primarily to  avoinamkLapin AMK sähköposti harmaa


Path Studies

path Studies

Lapland UAS`s Open University of Applied Sciences (Open UAS) provides the opportunity to study towards a degree. Student doesn't need to be a degree student to start studies in Open UAS as a path studies student. Path studies consists of studies which are parts of education leading to a degree. In Lapland UAS´s Open path studies are usually first academic year's studies in Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

PAth studies can be found in opiskeluhaku - hakijan-tyopoyta - Liferay (csc.fi)

When an Open UAS student has earned credits from study units that are included or otherwise suitable for a specific degree programme in UAS, the student may apply for a degree student. In Lapland UAS student can apply on the basis of open UAS studies once she/he has completed 60 credits of Bachelor's degree studies or 20 credits in 60 credits / 25 credits in 90 credits Master's degree studies suitable to the degree programme.

You can find more information about applying to degree here.


Interrupted UAS studies or upgrading a junior college or higher education degree
Who can apply?

The studies are intended for persons who have unfinished bachelor’s or master’s degree studies. Studies are also intended for those who wish to upgrade their junior college-level degree into a bachelor’s degree or a higher-level degree into a master’s degree.

If, according to an individual study plan prepared with a study counsellor, you are missing:

  • 120 credits or less from a bachelor’s degree
  • 40 credits or less from a master’s degree.

Preparing an individual study plan
An individual study plan (ISP) is prepared with a study counsellor of the degree programme. Please contact the study counsellor of the degree programme – you can find the contact information here: https://www.lapinamk.fi/en/Students/Student-Support-Services/Counselling-and-Tutoring

To become a bachelor’s or a master's degree student through the application on the basis of open UAS studies must first complete half of the credits required according to their individual study plan at the Open UAS.

For example, if you need 80 credits of studies to complete the degree according to your ISP, you must complete 40 credits of the plan at the Open UAS before applying for a degree student.  

Registration and fees
You will receive a personal registration link from the study counsellor.  The fee for open studies at the Lapland University of Applied Sciences is €15 per credit, and the fee for studies consisting of 20 credits or larger study units is €300. Registration is binding.

Applying for a degree student on the basis of Open UAS studies
After completing the necessary studies at the Open UAS, you can apply to become a degree student of Lapland UAS




From 1 November 2020, students of the Open University of Applied Sciences will be charged €15 per credit and €300 per 20 credits or larger study modules. The fee is payable upon enrolment. Enrolment for studies is binding; fees are not refunded. Exceptions are made for cancellations based on a medical certificate from a doctor or if the student is accepted as a degree student for the same degree programme at Lapland University of Applied Sciences prior to the start of the path studies.


Enrolment for Open UAS studies

You can enrol for studies at the Open UAS of Lapland UAS in the online.


Open UAS studies are subject to fees and enrolment is binding. Any exceptions are specifically mentioned in the section on fees. Always familiarise yourself with the fees and payment terms before enrolling.

Any preliminary knowledge or skills required for studies are explained in the additional information of studies in the online shop. Therefore, please also familiarise yourself thoroughly with the information of the studies you apply for before enrolling. Open UAS study places are usually filled in the order of enrolment.

Online shop enrolment instructions

Searching for studies
You can search for studies in two different ways:
=> Free word search in the search box at the top of the page.
Tip: Since a word in Finnish can appear in many different inflected forms in the online shop, use only the word stem in your search to get more search results at once (for example, not “mielenterveyden”, but “mielenterv”).
=> Filtered search using the search constraints on the left.
Tip: Under “Muut tiedot” (“Other information”), you can find search restrictions for teaching in English and online studies, among other things.
You can also combine the search methods and search with, for example, a search term and campus.

Information on studies
Click on the name of the studies in the results list to find out more about them.
At the top of the page is basic information related to enrolment and more detailed information on competence and term packages. At the bottom of the page you will find more detailed information on the implementations included in the studies and the teaching times, i.e. the timetable.
The data on implementations also contain any preliminary knowledge or skills requirements for the studies. Please note that if the studies involve several different implementations, their prerequisites may differ.

Click “Lisää koriin” (“Add to basket”) to start enrolment by adding the desired studies to your study basket. You can collect multiple studies in the basket at once. If there are restrictions on registration, the online shop will give further instructions.
When you go to enrol, the online shop first asks you to confirm that you have read the terms and conditions and familiarised yourself with the prerequisites for all the studies you chose.

Next, your identity will be strongly authenticated with online banking credentials. Weak authentication is also possible, but do not use it if strong authentication is an option for you. In case of weak authentication, you must visit the student services in person for identification before the start of studies. Strong authentication is a condition for the right to study. After authentication, you will proceed to fill in your personal data on the enrolment form.

After saving the data, you will see a summary of your enrolment. In the summary you can also see whether you are receiving a place to study right away or staying in queue or waiting for a later selection decision.

Payment of fees
If you received a place to study right away, you will proceed to pay for your studies immediately after the enrolment. Payment is made in the Paytrail online payment service, where you can also choose payment by instalment. For your purchases, you will receive an order confirmation by e-mail, which will also act as the receipt.

If you did not get a place to study right away, you do not need to pay anything yet. The fee will be paid later if you are offered and accept a place in the studies.

E-mails from the online shop for paid education
You will always receive a confirmation e-mail for enrolments if you provided a valid e-mail address during enrolment. If you do not get a message in your inbox within a few hours of enrolment, be sure to check your spam folder.
The e-mail messages sent by the system include instructions regarding starting your studies. If necessary, you can also find instructions on cancelling your studies in the message.

Monitor your e-mail particularly closely if you were in queue waiting for a cancellation or applied for studies where students were to be selected at a later date. If we can offer you a place in the studies, you only have limited time to accept the place before it is automatically transferred to the next person in the queue.

Student selection
Select the enrolment order option to immediately see in the online shop whether you got a place in your chosen studies. If the studies you selected are alrea



Quality system refers to day-to-day procedures that are employed to ensure and develop the quality of education and other operation. Quality assurance is carried out according to Lapland UAS’s quality system. More information about Lapland UAS’s quality system is available at https://www.lapinamk.fi/en/Who-we-are/Quality-System.

The objective of quality system is to:

- give each Lapland UAS student tools for continuous development of operation
- produce information for the development of Lapland UAS’s operation
- bring forth good practices and areas needing development.

Quality system of the Open UAS is based on Lapland UAS’s quality system. We want to develop our Open UAS operation and services together with our customers. An important part of quality system is student feedback.  The Open UAS uses an electronic Webropol-system to gather student feedback. A summary of feedback and development proposals are saved on the Open UAS web-pages. In addition, everyone can send inquiries and feedback about Open UAS operation and students services to  avoinamkharmaasähköposti.jpg  

Customer service and contact information

Customer service


Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding studying at the open UAS. 

Lapland UAS student service desk is in Rovaniemi (Jokiväylä 11A). Please contact us first to arrange the meeting.



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