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From Lapland UAS into future business expert

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By choosing Degree Programme in International Business you will learn the skills to work anywhere in the world in a multicultural environment, and also make lifetime friends who you will remember forever!

Hi! My name is Nina Niskala, born and raised here in Rovaniemi. At the moment I'm studying my third year in International Business and I got to say I have been really happy with my choice for place to study!

I recommend Degree Programme in International Business for everyone who are not afraid to challenge themselves. During the first year you will get a good knowledge base about working in international team, project work and accounting. After that during the second and third year you will adapt your skills into practice through several case studies in multicultural environment.

Another great way to develop yourself and get valuable working experience is by joining our student union InnoBarentsLab. My journey in IBL started back in fall semester 2015 with Give Back to Finland -project, which is a social entrepreneurship project aiming to encourage people to give back to the society, and also break the ice between foreigners and local older generation in this area. During that time I gained lot of new friends, and got to do things which I will always remember. Since then, I worked in various roles within IBL, and gained lot of practical experience through different projects. So I guess in my case, joining IBL really changes everything for me, because now when I look back at my study time (which is still not finished though) all my best experiences are somehow related to InnoBarentsLab.

So, if you choose to apply to study in Lapland UAS, you will also have the chance to join IBL and see for yourself how much you can accomplish already as a student. Not to mention the Lappish environment and great hospitable people are certainly the features you will notice if you move here. What I like the most about International Business is that even though I get to study in my home town, I have met lot of new friends from all over the world. Rovaniemi is becoming more and more international all the time, so student life here and possibly your future career will give you lifelong memories.

So take up on a new challenge and come to study in Lapland - unique environment with a lot of potential. Nähdään siellä!

–Nina Niskala, IB´14-

I Recommend International Business Degree to All

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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 -

From Lapland UAS into a Sales Manager

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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.

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- Heli Huhanantti, IBS -

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