Hello, I am Georgios Ioannou from Cyprus. After graduating from high school in Cyprus, I served my country’s military for two years. After my military service I moved to Australia where I worked and lived for another two years. Before leaving from Australia I decided that Finland especially Lapland was the next goal on my list, so while working as a Safari guide here in Rovaniemi I was also learning Finnish language to make myself feel comfortable around different culture and language.
A degree in International Business in English is a ticket for work at any business around the globe. Moreover, I have always wanted to become an entrepreneur, but I knew that a degree program in Business Administration would assist me to accomplish my dream.
I decided to come to study in Lapland UAS because while living and working in Rovaniemi, I had found out about International Business degree at Lapland UAS, so it felt like the right place to study.
The natural beauty, winter activities and opportunities in the Arctic were the main reasons why I decided to come to Lapland. I wanted to be close to nature, enjoy winter activities and Rovaniemi is a place where I can also develop myself and enhance my knowledge.
This place is affordable and easy for foreigners to find a job while studying and in my opinion, for studying, Rovaniemi is one of the best choices for students.
So far, the studying has been amazing to my opinion. The studies include for example Project Management, Marketing, Sales, Accounting, Law and Entrepreneurship. I have experienced a more practical way of studying which I enjoy. Studying in Lapland UAS consists everything like lectures, exercises, practical exercises, projects and work placements. The most enjoyable courses are when teachers let students alone to think and be creative. The learning environments are helpful for students.
I will never forget about Managing Business Project case that we had to create an actual seminar. I have learned a lot from that course especially how to be innovative.
Best in studies have been meeting new students especially from Erasmus program who studied with us in 2nd and 3rd year, so we have the possibility to make important contacts for the future concerning business.
Most likely I would like to work in sales, but I have also plans to become an entrepreneur in the near future.
For students I would say that be responsible, work in multicultural setting, take in account time management and be creative.
I would recommend Lapland because it is unique place especially for me as a Southern European citizen, if you want to take a different path than others and experience a more practical way of studying then Lapland UAS is your place.
I recommend Lapland UAS because you will study in an international environment and in a more practical way rather from books. Practice makes perfect! With International Business degree in English you can basically work anywhere around the globe.
Georgios Ioannou, R31D17S