Next week, I am going to graduate so I want to share with you guys my experience of studying and living in Rovaniemi in 3,5 years.|
Moi! I am Nhi Nguyen, a Vietnamese girl who studies International Business at Lapland UAS.
At the very beginning, Lapland UAS wasn’t my first choice of studying a Bachelor’s degree. However, it was a destiny that I could have the opportunity to study here. At the university, teachers and staff are very nice and helpful. They always facilitate your studies and whole-hearted instruct their students. There is no distance between the teachers and us. Besides, all the courses and knowledge are well-managed and up-to-date. At Lapland UAS, students have the chance to study exchange in another country and also do the internship in the third year. I feel so lucky that I didn’t miss those opportunities.
The period of studying International Business at Lapland UAS did help me a lot in my career path. I’ve built a basic foundation and developed my soft skills. In this major, I was taught many different subjects such as marketing, human resources, finance, business law, and so on. Hence, when studying here, students can take part in different courses in order to decide which one is the most suitable for them. And for me, I choose marketing as the field that I want to pursue in my career path. If you take your career planning seriously and put effort into it, you will get the job that you want after graduation. Hard work pays off!
If you are a nature-lover, Lapland is definitely an ideal destination for you. It has plenty of magnificent forests, lakes, and mountains to explore. In the winter, you can hunt the amazing Northern Lights dancing above the skies and capture these splendid moments that you will never forget. Also, you can join interesting winter sports such as skiing, ice skating, ice swimming, etc and experience Finnish traditional sauna in your spare time. Fortunately, every building of student housing has a sauna for people and it’s free!
As you know, people said that living in Finland is really cold and depressed. In my opinion, it’s just partly true. The weather is super cold but I love winter. And trust me, -20 degrees in Rovaniemi is still better than 45 degrees in my home country… In the period of living here, I’ve met lots of awesome friends. That’s one of the reasons why I had a very good time in Finland. I also had a Finnish roommate and we are still close friends until now. For me, Finns are a little bit shy but they are warm, sincere, and kindhearted.
Studying at Lapland UAS is one of the best decisions in my lifetime for sure. Thus, I wish you guys would also have wonderful experiences in Rovaniemi like me. Kiitos!
- Nhi Nguyen, R31D16S
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 possibilities to have these kinds of international experiences.
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!
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
I have always been a determined and adventurous student.
Everything just felt right for me to come here!
Hello, my name is Nijah Roches. Studying in International Business abroad was the next logical step after completing my first two years of studies in Canada.
By learning and working with students from around the world, your communication, selfawareness, creativity and collaboration will translate into real-life skills that go beyond your degree.
During your time, you will learn what above the ordinary means when you discover the inner peace that connecting with nature brings to those who spend time in the exhilarating outdoors.
So if you want a truly unique experience that has no limits, then Lapland UAS is for you!
Nijah Roches, Business-student
This is Dili, student from International Business department, with love. Frankly speaking I wasn’t sure about if myself fit for business study until it started, it’s sort of feeling like you never tried one food before your entire life just because “you think you won’t like it”, then after you ate it you just wonder why haven’t you tried earlier.
So the love story between Lapland UAS and me started from a magical winter, I got a job offer from Rovaniemi and it was “let’s get it over with” trip by my first intention. However through the job as a salesperson, I started to enjoy the part that I could make a difference in selling, in order to sell good requires all-around skills, from marketing, cross culture communications and international sales, and I realize I needed education to get better, and I want to get better. Out of nowhere, I found Lapland UAS had this international business program, everything just felt right for me to come here.
Time flies when you having fun, indeed. First year went in a snap of fingers, all I can remember is all the laughter we had during school and the creative lesson we had. Had to mention about” problem based learning”, one of my favourite lesson of all time, students breaking barriers try to work together and solve the problem, and you will be surprised how much you changed after the study. Moreover, the teachers in school are professional and international; they are open to any question and willing to help you. I am very grateful for all the people I met and all the stories we shared, and it continues next autumn.
So if you one of those people with ambitious, willing to make a difference in your life, then international business all the way!
- Dilixiati Bolati, International Business student
I was in second grade at high-school, when I visited Lapland and learnt about their education system, culture and style of living. I felt like this whole place can’t be true:
couldn’t believe how convenient, functional and student-oriented their approach is in every spectrum and stage of education.|
Born and raised in Veszprem, Hungary – sister town of Rovaniemi, my elementary school had organised a student exchange programme, during which we stayed with local Lappish families and went on school & leisure activities with them. I will never forget the first time I saw the reflection of the pine forest on the river and how I suddenly found myself feeling home at such an extraordinary place I have never been to. All in all, I knew I wanted to experience this modern system and their peaceful nordic lifestyle, so I decided to start planning my higher education studies back then already. My feelings were right back then: Lapland is the place to study and grow into the best self of who you are.
Planning my studies & moving to Rovaniemi
So around my last year of high-school, I realised that this dream of studying in Finland is not necessarily a dream and I can easily turn it into a plan that can be then executed, right? I didn’t really know what to study exactly back then & didn’t get much guidance on which direction to go for. As I did not know anyone who went to Finland to do their Bachelors, I started digging and doing a research, after which I knew plenty about their system, school types and even got interested in one of Lapland University of Applied Science’s programme. Their courses were built upon Problem and Project based learning, where teachers were sort of guiding how to apply your knowledge into certain areas of the field. They also offered student talent mentoring by their individual study plan programme, which perfectly suited their practice-oriented approach. The programme sounded just exactly what I needed after being raised up by a heavily academic education.
Application & moving to Lapland
After applying in January and taking the entrance exam, which is a test and an interview in April in Budapest. Having prepared well & being really enthusiastic about my studies in Lapland, I know I will get accepted. As the Finnish entrance exam was the sole basis of student selection, I felt relieved and I was able to ignore the insane amount of stress, that our Hungarian baccalaureate brought upon us (which by the way, I have passed all with the best grade) Plus the numbers were on my side too, Helsinki and rather southern places are more popular within Finland, as people think that it’s less cold and dark there – well, they are wrong!
So I got the email of acceptance in June: this girl is moving to Lapland! What an exciting summer it was, with all the planning, packing and organising. It was quite easy to find the local student housingcompany and just like that, I had my new home waiting for me. I will never forget the feeling of packing your life into two luggages and flying alone the first time to a new country 3000km away, just to follow my dreams. This feeling of freedom felt intoxicating & scary at the same time I admit, but when I arrived to Lapland, I found myself surrounded by the kindest and most welcoming people I ever met.
Studying in Rovaniemi, Lapland UAS
Rovaniemi the capital of Lapland, a town of 60 000 people & 200 000 reindeers. Ideal place to focus on studies, develop yourself and have enough time for everything you have not had before. You can definitely finish that book, network, find friends for life, connect with nature, learn winter sports andpick up that guitar or start that business – no reason for procrastinating! Not to mention that there are around 10 000 students, from two universities – which definitely bring the town to life during Wednesdays (little Saturdays) and weekends. Several student events, social happenings and leisure opportunities are offered by the student unions & ESN. The student life was truly amazing, I had an international class of students from like 10 different countries like U.S., Vietnam, Nepal, Russia,Cyprus, Finland and we were welcomed by student mentors, senior students who guided us in the first months. We were also joined by exchange students in our second year, after which we had representatives of almost all the European countries, as Lapland really is the place to study!
Individual study plan and Learning experiece
The student-teacher relationship was something very different, that I have experienced before. Teachers became our friends and the teaching style was very much direct, we were learning together with them, sharing knowledge, information and having their guidance when needed. We could easily trust with asking for professional consultancy regarding our professional development building our career. Each class had their tutor teacher, who helped us planning our individual study plan (ISP) during the semesters. This meant that we could always change and tweak the direction a bit according to our interests, which meant an amazing level of flexibility & tailored learning. This is the main reason I could get my degree within 2 years: I have become the best self of myself, more motivated knowing that I can study what I am the most keen on & what will get me to where I want to be. Plus they offered online courses as well, which I could take during the summer and the one semester of practical training could be done while still studying as well. I personally like to keep busy, however this is an option too: as many decides to take it easy and slow while others rather take it quick and more challenging.
The studies started smooth, our courses were project based, making them feel more exciting and we had only a small amount of lectures. There was also a possibility to get previous knowledge accepted, if you have acquired the needed skills before, which is another proof of how flexible and development oriented the teaching is. Team work, group tasks & individual learning were core parts of our studies, teachers were more of tutors & mentors, who stepped in when needed. In my opinion, this is why we got ready for the ‘real life’ & work: we developed real products and services instead of only learning about the theoretical steps of implementing. Entrepreneurs and representatives of businesses were brought to the classroom, who gave us projects to be done via creating a tailored marketing, accounting or business model for them. Innovation and sustainable
business thinking were core parts of our classes, nurturing the minds of young business students – the next generation of decision makers.
Getting the job I wanted, even before I have officially graduated
We were advised to get a practical training at the field we felt the most interested about, as our skills will be developed in that area & valuable field-related experiences are acquired that are awesome for your CV. Having the opportunity to organise a student-business network event at the university, I got really interested in project & event management - I was offered a practical training in this area at my university by my lecturer during the spring semester of 2019. Later around April, when I was thinking to start writing my thesis during the summer, I was put in contact with a former Lapland UAS student, who now is a co-founder of a London-based company related to R&I project collaboration. I asked if they would like to take me & give me a case, based on which I can write my thesis. The answer was yes & yes – they even offered me to work with them as a trainee in their London office.
From Lapland to London, what a change! Realising that I only have 20 credits left apart from my thesis, I took online courses during the summer, such as Circular Economy & International Project Management & Funding Instruments. It was a busy summer: working, writing my thesis & doing online courses. Although, It was all worth it: by October I got into an amazing startup in London & I am living the life I have always wanted. Although I have to say: I miss Rovaniemi, surprisingly jealous of their early snow and miss my friends a lot too. My path may lead me back some day, but definitely going to visit as often as I can. I think choosing Lapland UAS was the best decision I could have, given
all the nurturing, opportunities & the welcoming people I met there. I am utterly grateful for my teachers, friends and colleagues from Rovaniemi & Lapland UAS :)
Orsi Tuba, International Business graduate
Studying in International Business degree programme you get a very wide picture about the business world.
Applying for Degree programme in International Business was the first choice for me. I wanted to have a higher educational level and more theoretical knowledge, this degree program enables me to have it all.
From my studies I remember the most the courses about cross-cultural communication, event planning and how to become an entrepreneur. Currently I work in a big international company where cross-cultural skills are essential. We have suppliers from all over the world the biggest are from America and Asia, our company has received good feedback about our good communicational skills. I think projects and group work assignments were very beneficial, I learned what it means to have a good teamwork skills and how to share the workload.
One of my favorite courses was about entrepreneurship, with my class mates we established an actual company, made a business plan and researched its possible commercial markets and opportunities. We choose target group for our products and made a marketing plan for all the chosen marketing channels. We didn’t learn theory just because of formal reasons, everything was applied in practice and working life as well. Reading the books and learning from that is not my strength, I really appreciate the various opportunities that the Lapland University of Applied Sciences provides. The learning process can proceed by attending the lectures and listening, reading, discussing in the group and using example “Problem Based Learning”-tools. That kind of learning environment is the most suitable for me.
Studying in International Business degree programme you get a very wide picture about the ‘business world’. When doing the practical training which is part of the studies you really get deeper understanding about working life and that also gives you a very good opportunity to create networks for the future. Networking is essential even though you would graduate with the best papers. With good networks you will have many doors open. However, I believe the right attitude is what it matters at the end. If you are motivated and active with your personal initiative approach, everything will work out the right way.
I recommend International Business degree to all. It gives you a wide range of employment opportunities. You can become an expert example in financial management or marketing. You will also strengthen your Business-English skills and gain self-confidence communicating in different languages.
- Marni Nattestad, BBA-International Business -
I recommend the business degree in Lapland UAS for those who want to gain practical know-how and who want to study in an international environment.
My name is Heli Huhanantti and I was born and raised in Rovaniemi. I enjoy living in the North and at the moment, I work as a Sales Manager for Arktikum Service Co. I take care of the sales and marketing in Arktikum Museum & Science Centre and in Korundi House of Culture.
Before applying for the business degree at Lapland University of Applied Sciences, I had been studying and working for many years. I was looking for something new and was especially interested in studying in English. The Innovative Business Services study program sounded interesting for me, and, therefore, I decided to apply to Lapland UAS.
Project management, cross-border culture/business as well as the law courses interested me the most! I also liked marketing and entrepreneurship-related lessons, because they were useful for my career.
Among the lectures and basic group works I attended, mainly I enjoyed tackling real-life cases and projects, in which I had a chance to participate. I gained valuable experience and contacts while studying.
I appreciate the knowledge I got in the degree. I recommend the business degree in Lapland UAS for those who want to gain practical know-how and who want to study in an international environment. The programme gives you as much as you are willing to invest in it. Motivation and working hard pays off!
Even though I cannot predict the future and my career path may change, I am happy with what I am doing right now. The study programme and the contacts I gained during the studies helped me in my career progression for sure.
Picture is taken by Hayden Lloyd Photography
- Heli Huhanantti, IBS -