How to prepare for the entrance exam and what to expect from the studies
My name is Wang Xiaoyue and I’m coming from China. Just a year ago I started my BIT studies at Lapland UAS in Tornio. As any other applicant I was anxious about the entrance exam and, having passed it, I was anxious about the beginning of the studies as well. I didn’t know what to expect and now, here I am, just finished the first year the learning process is running smoothly and I am not stressed anymore.
I heard about the school from my friends. I wanted to study abroad and to study something relevant. That’s why I chose Business Information Technology – it included IT and business area that are so current these days.
When I was preparing for the entrance exam, I did some practice on reading and math, I also tried to train my English harder, so that I would perform well in the discussion part of the exam. So, the exam consisted of the following: reading, mathematics and a group discussion. The easiest for me was to do the math; although, the reading part turned out to be more challenging, there you need to understand the vocabulary; and therefore, to the new applicants, I would advise to do some reading practice beforehand. In addition, if you are not a native English speaker, practice your English to be able to participate in the discussion.
After I received the acceptance letter, my first impulse was to have a good rest before the studies since I wanted to have enough energy for the challenge. To my surprise, the beginning was very smooth and relaxing and, actually, it was great! In the orientation week, I and my classmates received a set of information and our friendly tutors patiently guided us everywhere, and gave us very helpful tips. We also learned how to use Moodle and SoleOps, which are the Web-platforms where you save all of your study materials. Except for the school activities, once we had a barbeque party beside the river, it was quite something.
So far, I like the studies. We’ve had the basic computing skills, learning skills information, OS and hardware, servers and network, mathematics, system analysis and design, programming and Finnish for foreigners. By the way, Finnish is a compulsory course here, so no matter what, you will have to learn “terve” and “kiitos” J. Personally, I like mathematics and Finnish here, whereas programming seems a bit challenging for me.
I associate Tornio with piece, quietness and cleanliness. It really wins your favor, because nothing distracts you from your studies and you can work with your individual pace. The locals are very friendly and there, actually, is many international people living here. Tornio differs very much from my hometown in China.
So, if you are wondering whether you should come here or not, I will tell you that in Tornio you will learn about business as well as IT, which means you will have more opportunities to find a job in future; and moreover, you can pick one of the specializations and study it more deeply if you decide so, the school will provide you with everything you need.
- Xiaoyue Wang, BIT'15, Tornio -
Professional growth at Lapland UAS
It has been a long time since I graduated from Lapland University of Applied Sciences however the memories are still fresh. My name is Deepak KC and I come from Nepal. I started Bachelor Degree Program in Business Information Technology in the year 2006. I do not exactly know what made me come to Lapland UAS but today I feel very proud about the decision I made few years back.
Lapland UAS have provided me with an ample opportunity to master my skills in the field of information technology. The study environment, access to the latest technological innovations, friendly and inspiring instructors and small study groups helped me learn better in an international environment. Lapland UAS always tries to keep balance between the practical and theoretical aspects of computer and business studies. The courses are designed and regularly updated by considering the current technology trends and job market in the field of information technology. The practical training (as compulsory studies) is an opportunity for a student to demonstrate skills one has learned at Lapland UAS. It also opens the door to the professional career.
Being a part of Lapland UAS, both as a student and a lecturer for several years, I know the university very well. The teaching method is comprised of modern pedagogies and usage of different technologies, for example, Moodle learning environment to enhance the learning process. Teachers try their best to provide comprehensive study materials, assignments, team and project works that facilitate students’ learning and help them prepare for a better future. Student learning is continuously assessed and monitored during the course via assignments, exams and project works.
Lapland UAS has made a great impact on my career. It provided me with the best learning environment and proper guidance even after the graduation. It shaped my career and helped me to become the person I am today. Currently, I am holding a full time lecturer position at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences and doctoral position at University of Jyväskylä in the faculty of information technology.
I feel proud of being a part of the Lapland UAS and therefore I strongly recommend Lapland UAS to prospective students. If you prefer to learn in small multi-cultural groups with proper guidance and to have an access to the latest technologies, it can help you prepare for a better future in the field of business and information technology, then Lapland UAS is the right university of applied sciences to begin with.
-Deepak KC, Nepal, BIT-
Business Information Technology
Never before I have enjoyed spending time in a library like in Lapland UAS, we are lying on beanbags while making homework
My name is Norbert Herczeg. I am an exchange student from University of Óbuda that has faculties in both Budapest and Székesfehérvár in Hungary. I am studying Business Information Technology in Tornio for 1 semester.
The reason why I chose to come to Lapland is that I wanted to experience a very different country and get to know the Scandinavian culture. In previous semesters, I was already involved with Erasmus because I had met quite a lot of exchange students and made many friends. In the end, I even became a kind of tutor for them in my faculty so I really wanted to experience it myself too. I can say that it has proven to be the right decision. Almost everyone speaks English here so I have never had trouble in everyday life when you go to the shop or bus station for example. All parts of the country have seemed to be generally clean, safe and ordered.
Lapland UAS is very well equipped. When you enter the university, you find yourself in a productive environment. I have never before enjoyed spending time in a library like here, we are lying on beanbags while making homework. How cool is that? I also really like the small class courses, it can be a lot more interactive and practice oriented because the teachers can focus us. The staff and teachers of the University are very friendly; I could solve all my problems in the matter of minutes. They really treat us as equals and it makes the time I spend at the university much more convenient. We have very friendly tutors that help us with any kind of questions that we have during our stay. Even though the polar nights with all that darkness can be challenging, we have a good community within international students’ so it is easy to make friends if you are open to that.
In some of the courses, I have learned things that improved my understanding in topics that I had already used in work. I have seen northern lights a couple of times, which was a unique experience that I will never forget. I am sure I will always tell stories about my time here and my experiences will be useful later in my personal and professional life too.
- Norbert Herczeg, BIT -
The best things in Lapland UAS and Tornio city are the friendly and international environment with a mixture of many cultures
The best things in Lapland UAS and Tornio city are the friendly and international environment with a mixture of many cultures. It is nice to meet new people from many countries. I feel comfortable and happy here in Tornio. I like to be on my own and have made many good friends from different countries.
The Business Information Technology study program is well designed and interesting, and I can learn from expert teachers here. I especially like the practical, up-to-date approach and course materials, as well as the necessity of teamwork and interaction with other students.
I chose to come to study in Finland in Lapland UAS because I had personal interests and prior studies experiences in Information Technology which I wanted to raise to an international level. Lapland UAS was attractive because of the extreme conditions caused by its location. I was also interested in Scandinavian culture and the way of life. Finland is a wonderful place, quite extreme though, but that is the reason why it is so unique.
If you are interested in IT or business field, BIT is a great opportunity for you. The study program allows you to first develop the necessary basic IT skills and later specialize in IT or business field, according to your preference. There is a huge need for experts in both fields. If you are not sure about your English language skills, don’t worry! We share the same worries and the insecurity will disappear after a couple of weeks.
In Lapland UAS I have experienced efficient management of matters whether it was regarding the application process, practical training or the thesis process. Teachers and staff members are friendly and professional. Student life in Tornio is lively and several organized events bring us foreign students together. The university also offers a lot of possibilities to travel even further abroad for an exchange semester for study or practical training.
I think that when I will be applying for a job, the studies in a foreign country and degree from a university abroad will be a great competitive advantage.
- Péter Ivanics, Hungary -