Hello! My name is Juulia, I am 20 years old and a first-year student at Lapland University of Applied Sciences. I am studying in the Degree Programme in Tourism in Rovaniemi and I have been living here for my whole life, so it was kind of natural for me to apply for a school in Lapland. Choosing the English programme felt right since I already speak English with my friends quite a bit on my free time.
In spring I graduated with a dual qualification from a local high school along with a vocational school which focused on chef studies. Because of my previous studies, I was fortunate enough to get a job in a restaurant as a chef, which really strengthened my wish to work in the tourism field. It was only in 2018 when it was completely sure for me that I would apply for this programme since our chef class got the opportunity to work with the annual Gala that the tourism students arranged. It was my first touch to the degree and from that moment on I knew clearly what my future would hold.
Since I already live in Rovaniemi I was able to avoid the whole “moving to a new place” hassle. As a studying town Rovaniemi is very welcoming. It has a lot of different activities and things to do on your free time around the whole year. In Rovaniemi you can experience all the seasons, which is something that some foreign students, and why not Finns as well, really look forward to. If you want to study in the heart of tourism, I would highly recommend studying in Rovaniemi.
The past few months I have been studying at Lapland UAS is what I was expecting. Academic but still practical with a few group assignments every now and then. Having a balance between writing assignments and creating a fun experience for our fellow peers is what I really like in the programme. All the teachers are friendly and professional, they are willing to help you the best way they can and encourage you to ask questions if there is something you do not understand or want to know more.
If you are looking for a programme that gives you endless opportunities regarding your future employment, the tourism degree is for you. Studying in English is also very appreciated in the field and it prepares you for the future, especially if you want to work abroad.
- Juulia, DPT student -