Location and Demographics
Jyvaskyla is the seventh largest city in Finland and is home to famed architect Alvar Aalto, who designed over thirty buildings in the city. The campus is positioned by lakes and forests and Finland has often been regarded as similar to Maine with its rocky coastlines, forests, and laid back atmosphere.
Jyvaskyla is home to its own orchestra, outdoor theatres, museums, saunas, and outdoor activities. Cultural trips to St. Petersburg, Russia and Stockholm, Sweden are within reach.
Established in 1992, JAMK is quality-focused and has an entrepreneurial approach toward learning. Over 8,000 students attend JAMK with 160 exchange students, 105 outbound students, and 100 international students seeking degrees with 50% of the entering class of 2008 being non-Finnish. With three degree programs taught exclusively in English, the university offers an array of courses taught in English. Education in Finland is pragmatic, with close collaborations with local industries. The city has a modern infrastructure and dependable transportation system.
The university is amiable and provides services such as tutoring, cultural opportunities, and comprehensive student services for its exchange students. The International Affairs Office (IAO) helps transition exchange students to the country and get adjusted to life in Finland, for which it is easy to assimilate.
The values of the university are trust, responsibility, and creativity. Teaching methods are less formal than the USA and professors are usually addressed by their first name while maintaining mutual respect. Professors in Finland are required to have significant, direct work experience in their field in order to qualify for teaching at the university. JAMK is one of the best institutions in Finland with its multidisciplinary education and research and development.
Visit the JAMK exchange student website
Course Listings in English for Exchange Students
JAMK University Photos
Exchange students enroll online for JAMK courses after they receive a comprehensive orientation at the university and are cleared for registration.
SUNY students stay off-campus in double occupancy, apartment style living. Just 15 minutes from the campus by bus, the housing is comfortable and furnished.
Application & Deadline
Applications and inquiries should be directed to SUNY College at Oneonta Office of International Education only. A completed SUNY Overseas Application is due to the OIE by April 15st for Fall, March 1st for Summer or Academic Year Study; October 1st for Spring study abroad.
Download the Overseas Academic Programs Application form.
Duration and Cost
Cost for the program is affordable and value-added for in-state and out-of-state residents.
SUNY students may study for the fall, spring, or academic year.
A short-term Summer program featuring Business coursework is also available.
Semester Cost Sheet
JAMK offers a 3-week Summer program featuring Business coursework.
Students can take 3 or 4 courses (and earn a total of 4 to 6 U.S. credits), in addition to participating in daily activities that are organized by JAMK student mentors.
Group excursions are also offered to nearby cities of interest, including St. Petersburg in Russia, Stockholm in Sweden, and Finland’s capital city of Helsinki.
For more information, check out JAMK’s Summer program page.
Open to all majors, ideal for Business, Economics, Healthcare, Hospitality & Tourism, Music, Music Industry, Mass Communications, Communication Studies, Food Service and Restaurant Administration majors. Eligibility for studying at JAMK includes sophomore status or above with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher with strong faculty recommendations. Entry to the exchange program is competitive and academically strong, qualified students are encouraged to apply.
Note: Music Industry coursework is only available during the Spring semester at JAMK.