Study practices

Students are entitled to complete the studies leading to a UAS degree in a chosen field of study as defined in the degree programme and respective curriculum and in the UAS Degree Regulations. Student’s Personal Curriculum is based primarily on the curriculum of the academic year during which they began their studies. The curriculum is revised each academic year, which may cause changes in the courses offered in a given degree programme.

Degree Regulations

The general regulations and guidelines for courses, studying and degrees are available in the Degree Regulations of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. The Degree Regulations are a document each student should become familiar with. The Degree Regulations for Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences are available on the Intranet of SeAMK, under Studying at SeAMK.

Study entitlement

The maximum duration of the studies for full-time students must not exceed the duration of the programme by more than one year. A student who started their studies before 1 August 2015 may register, based on a notice of non-attendance, as non-attending for two semesters. This period of absence is not counted as part of the allowed maximum duration of the studies. A student who starts their studies on 1 August 2015 or after that may be non-attending for a justified reason specified in the Act on Universities of Applied Sciences for a maximum period of one year without having their non-attendance counted as part of the allowed maximum duration of the studies. A student registered as non-attending can neither pursue their studies nor is entitled to student financial aid.

In the event a student loses their study entitlement, the guidelines of the Act on University of Applied Sciences are observed. The student is required to participate in the learning activities of each course to ensure they achieve its objectives. At the beginning of each course, students are informed of the tasks and methods of learning, as well as of the assessment of the course.

Registration for examinations

Students are not required to register for course-end examinations unless they are instructed to do so.

Students are offered general examination days or examination days for retakes and / or grade improvement, which are detailed in the examination instructions. Non-attendance at an examination is counted as a used opportunity to attend.

Assessment of studies

The assessment of studies is part of the learning and teaching process, the purpose of which is to measure how well students have achieved the objectives of the studies. Assessment involves oral or written examinations, assignments, or it is done using other methods of assessment. In addition to the assessment of knowledge (depending on the curriculum), it also includes an observation-based assessment of attitudes and working methods.

Students are primarily graded according to the following numerical scale:

  • Excellent: 5
  • Good: 4 to 3
  • Satisfactory: 2 to 1
  • Failed: 0

Courses may also be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Assessment of studies can be specified by the President’s resolutions. Grades for assignments, exams, etc. are assessed and entered into the transcript database within one month of the completion of the assignment/exam. However, the grades for studies completed during the summer months (June, July and August) are not entered into the database until September.

Students are entitled to know the assessment criteria applied to the assessment of their studies. The study attainments are kept for at least six (6) months after the results have been announced. Students dissatisfied with their grades may request rectification from the teacher who gave the grade and, if necessary, from the Examination Board.

Course records in Peppi

Through the Peppi student interface of the Pepi student administration system, students can register as students, follow the progress of their studies and register for courses.  See instructions for using Peppi Student’s Desktop at Jelppari website.

Course codes

Every course offered at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences has its own course code. Students may need these codes e.g. when registering for courses. There may be several courses available under the same title but with different course codes. The student will find the course meant for them based on the code in their personal curriculum and on their group code.

Degree certificates

When a student has completed all the studies required and fulfilled the other obligations, they can submit an Application for Degree Certificate through the Intranet.

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences grants the student a Degree Certificate as proof of the Degree they have earned. The Degree Certificate and its appendices show the courses the student has completed, the extent and the grades of the courses, the student’s language skills, and the language of the Maturity Test.

A student graduating from a Degree Programme taught in Finnish receives a Finnish Degree Certificate together with an English translation. A student graduating from a Degree Programme taught in English receives a Degree Certificate with the same content both in Finnish and in English. A double-degree student attending a Double-degree Programme taught in Finnish receives a Degree Certificate with the same content both in Finnish and in English.

Every student receives a Diploma Supplement in English, which is an appendix to the Degree Certificate. The Diploma Supplement contains a description of the Finnish educational system and a description of the level of the Degree in the framework of Degrees and other knowledge, as well as a description of the student’s own field of study and Degree Programme. The student’s English Transcripts of Records are part of and an appendix to the Diploma Supplement.

During their studies, students can request an official Transcript of Records free of charge once a semester at the Student Office of their Faculty.