Are you a team player with a passion for sports wanting to develop a global outlook and business mindset?
The Sports and Leisure Management degree at KAMK is a unique degree in Finland. We offer you a versatile degree that develops your professional skillset and competencies in management and leadership but also in coaching and instructing, health-enhancing, sports tourism, and exergaming, with a global outlook. Our students will be doing part of their coaching studies in collaboration with Vuokatti Sports Institute, an international training center for all year round training.
Our compact university of applied sciences offers you the synergy between the degrees in Sports and Business, bringing together the professional side of sports with the know-how applied to sports business. The degree is a combination of practice and theory, providing you with a strong theoretical background to succeed in practical work. During the studies, you will gain real-life work experience from hands-on projects with local companies and two practical training periods. This will enhance your opportunities to find employment opportunities after graduation.
Entrepreneurial competence is the central theme of this study program, along with experiential activities and smart solutions. Our facilities' small-town environment allows us to create individualized educational paths that are custom-fitted to students’ future career desires and also allowing you to graduate more quickly. Beginning in the autumn of 2020, students are able to choose between various specializations including arctic sports and tourism, event management, or marketing communications to develop their personalized academic path.
For those interested in setting up their own business one day, we can offer the opportunity to participate in a start-up program that’s designed to develop entrepreneurial skills.
Smart Gym Concept
The SmartGym Concept is a unique model based on new knowledge and competence. SGC introduces students to ‘exergaming’ (exercise + gaming) as a national and international phenomenon and its potential benefits in future job markets. It produces cross-disciplinary expertise in exercise and health promotion using game technology combined with a business and technology-oriented perspective. The concept enables students to work intensively in work-based projects and to network with the best people in the industry.
Our campus offers excellent sports and exercise facilities! The Vimpelinlaakso Sports Park, tennis hall, athletics/ski stadium, ice-rink, ball-games facility, and forest running tracks are all located next to the campus. Kajaani’s other municipal services are also situated close by, as the town center is only 2 km away. A famous holiday and sports destination Vuokatti is located only a half-an-hour drive away.
During the studies, you will be developing your sports and coaching competencies, but also communication, leadership, and marketing skills. You will also learn to work on hands-on projects and arrange events. To support the sports competence gained from professional studies, you will specialize in arctic sports and tourism. In the Arctic Sports and Tourism specialization, you will learn about active and passive sports tourism and identify the key characteristics of the adventure experience creation process as well and learn to plan and implement nature-based activity programs. In addition, the studies include a customer-oriented approach to commercializing sports tourism and utilizing sports technology and trends to meet the customer’s needs.
However, at KAMK, the School of Business includes degrees in Tourism, Business, and Sports allowing you to select courses and modules from other fields as well, such as marketing or event management.
You can also accomplish professional studies abroad in one of our many partner universities as an exchange student and benefit from their expertise, for example in sports coaching, health promotion, or business.
In Kajaani, the entrance examination may include a motivational essay, an evaluation of the applicant's motor skills through a series of sport tests, an evaluation of his/her instruction skills during a coaching session (the short task is given during the entrance exam), and an interview. Further details of the entrance exam and necessary clothing will be mentioned in the invitation letter.
Online exam for Sports and Leisure Management: The entrance examination includes written tasks such as essays, motivation tasks, and mathematics and logical thinking. An online interview is a part of the selection process. The sports tasks will be requested to be submitted separately via video according to the detailed instructions that will be sent to the applicants directly.
Note: for Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Leisure Management entrance examination results from other UAS will not be accepted.
Submit your application online through the joint application system at Studyinfo during the application period. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2020 is as follows (choose one):
The application period for studies starting in autumn 2021 are as follows:
Application period 1: 7 - 20 January 2021
Application period 2: 1 March - 23 April 2021
Graduates of this program will have attained skills that make them suitable to be employed in a variety of sports and leisure organizations, associations, clubs, and businesses, and they will also possess the know-how to run their own sports and leisure enterprises.
Your future job title might be Sports Instructor, Sports Consultant, Coach or Personal Trainer, for example, but you will be also able to work in different kinds of development, planning, or training roles within the field of sports or activity tourism, or work in managing and organizing sports events and activities.
The tuition fee at KAMK is 6 000 euros per academic year. The students, who accept their study place within 14 days from the notice of admission, get a 50% discount off the tuition fee as an early bird scholarship. Later on in the studies, the scholarship rewards for study progress, ie. the students who complete a minimum of 55 credits per academic year, get a 50% discount on the tuition fee. In addition, KAMK offers an additional scholarship for those, who pass a national language test in Finnish during their studies. This scholarship is available once during the studies and offers the students the possibility to study a year for free - providing that they get both scholarships (55 credits + Finnish language) the same year.
The scholarships are always used directly to reduce the tuition fee. Scholarships are available by application only. The first year fee is paid when accepting the study place, and later on, it is paid in May yearly. The scholarship applies only to the tuition-fee paying students.
In addition to the tuition fee, the students must pay for their study materials and for their own living costs. The average monthly living expenses for a student living in Finland are approximately 700 – 900 euros. This may vary depending on personal circumstances. When applying for a residence permit in Finland, non-EU/EEA nationals need to demonstrate that they have at least 560 euros per month at their disposal – in addition to the tuition fee.
Will, Sports, and Leisure Management
"I chose KAMK because of the international environment at the university and the unique opportunities abroad, such as exchange and practical training."