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Lapland UAS is a Great Opportunity for the Future



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I think the educational system in Finland is really well organized, it provides lots of opportunities and options for students.

My name is Raivis Aire, I am born and raised in Latvia. I moved to Rovaniemi, Lapland two years ago when I got accepted into Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

Bachelor of International Business is one of the Lapland UAS international degree programmes. I think the educational system in Finland is really well organized, it provides lots of opportunities and options for students.


Studying in international programme and being part of multicultural study environment is a great benefit for myself in the future. International degree program allows me to build lifelong networks with people from all over the world. Being part of multicultural study environment I have learned a lot about different cultures. I also think that the teachers in the Lapland UAS are very open minded, flexible and supportive.

I like to live in Rovaniemi because it is a student friendly city. I think Rovaniemi is a good city, small and easy to get to know. From Latvia I miss the most my family and friends but otherwise I feel happy here in Lapland. In a future I am not sure yet where I will be located but if I would get a good job opportunity here in Lapland I would definitely stay here.


I am happy with the studies in Lapland UAS. With the project studies I feel especially motivated, I have already done several events for the school. Latest was the running competition Run Fun Rova, a playful competition open for all. It was a great success and I have received lots of good feedback from it. The Fun Run Rova gathered together international students from Lapland UAS and University of Lapland. Hopefully next year there will be also Finnish students and staff members participating it.

In Lapland UAS I like the most its flexibility. I appreciate the opportunities that the school provides, I can come into school early mornings and stay until late night if I want to. There are always computers, printers etc. what to use. I like that. If I could do one improvement to Lapland UAS I would provide more high protein meals in student’s restaurant, as a sportsman good nutrition is essential for me.

Greetings to all - Be brave and come to Lapland, it’s full of opportunities.

- Raivis Aire, IBS'13 -


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.

Picture is taken by Hayden Lloyd Photography

- Heli Huhanantti, IBS -


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