Practical Information for International Degree Students

Before Arrival

Residence Permit

Students from the EU member states, Nordic Countries, Liechtenstein and Switzerland don’t need to have a visa or residence permit. However, they do need to register with the Finnish Immigration Service to register the EU citizen's right of residence, if their stay in Finland lasts longer than 3 months. Students coming from Nordic countries should register at the Local Register Office (Yliopistonkatu 28). See instructions at the website of Local Register Office.

Students outside EU or EEA need to apply for a residence permit before leaving for Finland and it is recommended to do so without delay at the nearest Finnish consulate or embassy after getting the notice of acceptance.

Please note! The precondition for obtaining a residence permit is that the student has valid health insurance coverage with a reliable and solvent company or institution. Further information can be found on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.

Finnish Personal Identity Code

Notice, you need to have a Finnish personal identity code which is required for our student registration system. Having a personal identity code also facilitates, for example, payment of salaries, banking and access to health care services. If you have not applied a Finnish personal identity code at the beginning of your residence in Finland, please visit the Local Register Office to obtain the code immediately. After you have received it, please inform your student services secretary at JAMK.

General Information on Jyväskylä and Finland

Study Guide

In the Study Guide for Bachelor's Degrees / Master's Degrees you can find necessary information on studies and everyday living. It is the main source of information during your studies. The Elmo Student (login required) are the additional sources of information, providing topical announcements and school- / degree-programme-specific information.

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