My name is Matti Hämäläinen and I am a third-year International Business student in Lapland UAS in Rovaniemi.
Before studying at Lapland UAS I was in the International Baccalaureate high school in Rovaniemi. During my high school years, I was always interested in economics, and I considered myself fairly proficient in different languages. I was looking for a field in which I could combine these two things, and to my good fortune, I discovered that there was an International Business degree program right here in my hometown. Almost all of our high school classes were also in English, which helped me to transition into the university of applied sciences.
The campus here in Rovaniemi has been really convenient for me. As a local, everything in this city is familiar and easy to reach for me, but also but I also feel that all the services here are very accessible to newcomers too. Rovaniemi is also a very international city, and our diverse student community means that it is easy to get many interesting and lifelong friends here during your studies. The arctic attractions like the northern lights, Santa Claus, and winter landscape have been part of my everyday routine for all my life, but it is very easy to see why newcomers to this area are so enchanted by them.
My favorite aspects of Lapland UAS have been our practical approach to learning, and excellent opportunities for internship and exchange. Working with real-life companies, our classes are primarily focused on practical issues. Usually, we work in groups in order to solve and discuss different issues that our business partners introduce to us. I find it very enjoying to actually help different people while also learning new things from it! The learning environment is also very enjoyable. The teachers have become very familiar to us students, and they are super easy to approach and understand.
One of the fondest memories I have of my studies was the opportunity to work for the Consulate General of Finland in New York for half a year. Thanks to the amazing internship opportunities that our school provides, our students have so many opportunities to have these kinds of international experiences. Besides my internship, I have also managed to work in other fields during my summer breaks. I have worked in the tourism field in the local camping ground, and as an accountant in the city’s hospital. While I don’t know what my plans are after graduation, I am certain that many potential employers will value the versatile International Business Administration degree.
I would recommend Lapland UAS for everyone who likes to challenge themselves in this international environment with practical learning experiences. If you find a degree program that is interesting to you and and are willing to challenge yourself in the cold climate, you are most welcome to join this school!