Frequently Asked Questions
What can I study at the Open UAS?
You can study any of TAMK's bachelor degree courses at the Open UAS.
When are the lessons?
The contact teaching sessions take place in the daytime or in the evenings from 16.00 to 21.00. Contact teaching may also be arranged on Saturdays. The daytime and some of the evening courses are arranged in mixed groups of Open UAS students and degree students. Some courses take place entirely in the online learning environment Tabula, and have no contact teaching.
How are students admitted?
Anyone can study at the Open UAS regardless of their age and prior education. Students are admitted in the order in which their registrations are received.
What are the prerequisites?
Courses may have prerequisites, which are stated in the course description. It is up to the individual student to decide if (s)he has the prerequisite skills for the course. N.B. This self-assessment principle does not apply to music courses. For these courses, the teacher makes sure in the first lesson that the participants have sufficient knowledge and skills to complete the course requirements. Many courses include written assignments and online study tasks which require use of IT.
How much do the studies cost?
The fee for Open UAS studies is set by the decree on universities of applied sciences. The fee is 10 €/ per credit; the invoice is sent by mail to the student's home address. (Electronic invoicing will be introduced during the academic year 2014-2015.)
How do I register for the studies?
You can register for Open UAS studies by filling in and submitting an online form. You will find a link to the form on the same page as the description of the courses or the path studies.
What if I have to cancel my registration?
Registration becomes binding 7 days before the course begins. If your plans change, and you cannot participate in studies that you have registered for, you must contact the Open UAS office either by telephone or email to cancel your registration before the registration becomes binding (7 days before the beginning of the course). It is never enough simply to inform a teacher that you wish to cancel your registration.
If you do not cancel your registration in time, the whole course fee will be charged even if you do not participate in the course.
What benefit do I get from Open UAS studies when applying for a degree programme at TAMK?
If you complete 60 credits of Open UAS studies, you become eligible for TAMK's bachelor degree programmes. In this case, you can apply to a degree programme at TAMK via a separate "open path" application, by-passing the usual joint application process. See the guidelines for the separate "open path" application. Completion of individual courses is also beneficial, because if you are admitted to a degree-awarding study programme at a later date, the credit you have earned from your open studies will count towards your degree. Working on Open UAS studies can also help in preparing for the entrance examination for a TAMK degree programme.
What are path studies?
Path studies are packages of degree-level studies larger in scope than a single course; they are completed in the Open UAS with the aim of facilitating access to a complete degree programme at a later date. Path studies are usually first-year courses from the degree programme which the Open UAS student hopes to enter.
How do I start open UAS studies at TAMK?
See the webpage on the educational provision of the Open UAS and register for the course you want. If you do not find courses that interest you in our provision, please see TAMK's study guide for the curricula of different degree programmes and course descriptions. You can register for any of these courses, and we will find out if there are free places on the course.
When you have registered, an invitation will be sent to you by email. The email message will tell you how to get the access codes (user name and password) that you will need in order to use TAMK's computer network, and how to find the timetable for your studies.