Hi, my name is Kseniia and I am a 1st year International Business student in Lapland UAS.
I have been living in Finland for the past 7 years, here and there. 3 years ago, I moved to Rovaniemi and fell in love with the city and its nature.
I saw Lapland UAS as a perfect opportunity to boost my already existing educational background and future career opportunity.
While working in tourism I realized that a lot of its aspects are intertwined with the business field. Lapland UAS has a good reputation and since my life is already established in Rovaniemi, it was a perfect combination of high-quality education and good location for me.
The International Business program is built in a way that you are not tied up in one specific specialization and that is what I like – after completing the degree you have a choice and during the studies you can choose a career path and specific skills you would like to develop more.
Being a first-year student, it is hard to evaluate all the studies offered by UAS but based on the curriculum and the courses description it provides you with a good start for your career. It offers numerous options of educational paths and an opportunity to tailor your skills.
The teachers I have met are nice and always ready to help you. They are involved in your development and you feel that you are being taken care of.
Lapland itself is a magical place. I know a lot of people who came for exchange and later moved to Rovaniemi permanently.
Being familiar with the winter activities since my childhood, I find Lapland as a perfect place to continue the active lifestyle and even after these few years of living here, I keep discovering new places. The landscapes are breathtaking and nature is amazing.
I hope, that my opinion about Lapland UAS will only grow towards positive emotions and experiences.
Kseniia, International Business -student
Hello all and welcome! My name is Annika, I come from a city/town from Southern Finland called Tuusula and I’m here now as a first year IB student in Lapland UAS. I am very thrilled about telling my story on how I ended up far up North doing an international degree as a native Finn.
Before coming to study I was really struggling with getting into schools I wanted. Not having a plan, I ended up doing courses from open universities with no success and since the pandemic started, there wasn’t really possibilities to go abroad to study, either. So I was just doing work full time in jobs where I saw no future. With just a high school background, there wasn’t that much job opportunities interesting enough, either. This made me want to educate myself further, though for a while I wasn’t even planning on doing it.
So why I wanted to come to Lapland’s UAS was because I needed a break from the city, and though still staying in Finland, I had a feeling of being abroad. As mentioned before, I did have plans going overseas to study, but studying an international degree, it felt like I did. I heard great things from my boyfriend, who studied here few years ago and because of him I wanted to give it a try and I so far regret nothing!
As and IB student I wanted to give myself an overall education that can lead me anywhere, whether it was a country or career path I can work towards. Also, having a variety of different backgrounds and cultures in one class was part of my plan getting network from all over the world.
So why did I choose Rovaniemi, the furthest studying destination from all of the places in Finland? Because it was different. It had surprisingly different nature, not even getting started with the weather conditions. The housing prices are cheaper, there is so much work for students, there are so many activities you can do… Coming from near the capital city, I knew the second I moved here that the city was never the place for me to live. I would have to travel quite a bit to see nature, everything was so hectic, and winters were always dark. It’s quite the opposite in here and I love it.
Rovaniemi as a study destination, well, I cannot compare it to anything else other than Helsinki. All of the schools in Helsinki were rather hard to get into (at least for me), whereas Rovaniemi, being a rather small study city, was so much easier, although they have all of the same recourses that they have in Helsinki. So, in a way I think that Rovaniemi is quite underestimated, though it is so unique! There are so many bars and pubs, affordable restaurants where a lot of the students go to all the time. Everything is basically in a walking distance, even the Jokiväylä campus is only 2km away from the city center. I like all of those facts that I just mentioned. There’s something going on almost every day, and even if there wasn’t, the possibilities of doing different things are major and all within a walking distance. So, for all of those who value these things when choosing a study destination, Rovaniemi is the place for you.
At the start of the studies, all of our classes were in Adobe Connect or Teams, not in campus. Yes, you could wake up five minutes before your class stared but you didn’t get much out of it because of distractions you have at home. That I’d say so far being the only disadvantage when moving here. But other than that, I have loved the campus, the teachers, and most of all, my peers.
I can say that with three months of studies, I’ve already learned so much. There have been fun and less fun courses, but all of them have taught me a great deal about overall economic situation in the world and also teamworking and such.
School comes home with you, for sure, but what do you expect when you’re applying to a higher education? After our lectures which go from about 9 to 3, there’s always homework and assignments to do. As a university of applied sciences, a lot of work is team orientated, which I prefer to having a big work load for yourself. And although at first, I thought there was so much work coming in all the time, at the end of the day I find it good as I’ve learned so much more in a short time and I can already see connections between courses and to my dream careers, too.
Coming to school here I was really excited to learn about sustainability which Lapland’s UAS promotes a lot. We’re now going through a course called introduction to sustainable business, which is teaching us about how sustainable or unsustainable companies and individuals can be and what are some factors that can change that to better. So far, the teacher has been amazing, having interesting stories and topics of discussion. Our class has had the most interesting points of view in these topics. This course so far has taught me that whatever I do in the business world, I want to act sustainably and toward a better future. If you value this, you don’t want to miss out on this course nor degree.
I’ve liked everything about my studies so far, but aside from the course of Introduction to Sustainable Business, the favorite part of my studies has been the networking with my peers. Especially after going to the campus for lectures, I could finally connect voices I heard online to real faces. This way I started enjoying and understanding my classes even more.
I know I have a long time to enjoy being a student but since starting my studies I already have new dreams about what I want to do when I grow up and how my studies can help me with that.
I come from a long family history of entrepreneurs and although I don’t know what that will be yet, I know for sure I want to start a company of my own. It might be right after I graduate or 10 years from now, who knows. Maybe rather later than sooner, as I’ve found my passion in marketing, especially photography and videography kind of marketing. Maybe working for a company, who share my values in that area, could give me the right tools that can help me with a company of my own. I haven’t yet worked in the field but having photography as a hobby thrives me forward. So if you have a hobby or an interest, don’t hesitate to maybe make it work as a work field. I would love to take photography, videography and another hobby of mine, horses, and put them all together into maybe a bed-and-breakfast someday.
In conclusion, I advise everyone reading this who think about coming to study here to do so. International Business degree gives you tools for several different careers and possibilities and meanwhile studying, you can enjoy the rare and beautiful surroundings, people, and nature Rovaniemi has to offer.
Annika, International Business -student
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
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
Hello, everyone! I am Shi Shengjin (Allen) and I am very happy to share with you some of my study experiences in Lapland UAS regarding:
So, I chose Finland because of three important aspects:
1. It is the happiest, safest and stable country in the world.
2. Finland has world’s most well-known and cost-efficient education system. Importantly, Lapland UAS offers high-scholarships (almost free!!!) through every year for international students, which can largely reduce financial burden for their family. Furthermore, teaching style are quite flexible and humanized, individual study plan will be made based on the learning ability of the student which means he or she does not have to worry about getting lost in study progress as important lectures will be recorded on the study platform.
3. Lapland UAS is located in Kemi, Tornio and in Rovaniemi city which is a perfect masterpiece of nature and modernity as well as the hometown of Santa Claus, also just on Arctic Circle. Thus, many are able to see great Northern Lights as well as the opportunity to visit real Santa Claus. Excited?
As for learning experiences and environment as a whole, academic atmosphere in Lapland UAS is excellent and teachers are highly qualified as well. In addition, teachers will often give the feedback & improving advice after classes. More importantly, teaching methods in Lapland UAS are diverse, rich and professional (indoor and outdoor). For example, during the studies, the school will arrange many valuable activities for students regarding personal professional learning and growth such as company field visits, CEO entrepreneurial experience sharing & communication, different workshops and business projects, labs for testing business ideas, etc. This is something that business student needs.
Lapland UAS also provides compensated international internship opportunities for students. I achieved my first professional practical training in 2017 from May to November with a good financial support from Erasmus. I worked as a general manager assistant in a local hotel business in Spain. After half year in that position, I slowly realized what a real professional working life should be (strict work schedule & 100% execution, highly disciplined & emotional controlled, effective team cooperation and communication skills, excellent working competence, etc.). Thus, as a qualified entrepreneur, one not only requires number of professional theories from school but also the practices from actual work. Consequently, Lapland UAS can be an ideal study place which offers international students excellent business theories, the opportunity to do business projects with internationals and an internal platform for testing business ideas under the assistance from business tutors.
Facing graduation, most students including me, are thrilled and sad in a way because a lot of things are coming to you at once such as thesis writing, feedback & improvement, graduation application process....and diploma certificate eventually received. However, I acquired both professional theories and practical work experiences during my degree studies in Lapland UAS from past 4 years. Thanks to all teachers who taught and helped me during my business studies and I felt indeed a powerful education system as well as enthusiastic teaching atmosphere, I am truly grateful for such efforts and patience from all of you teachers and I am very proud of my school! LOVE YOU️!!!
Shi Shengjin (Allen)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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