Hello everyone! I am Isa. I love winter and I love travelling, so being a student in DPT (Degree Programme in Tourism) is the best study choice I have ever made.
When the moment to choose my university studies arrived, I just wanted to move away from the country I lived in to get new experiences. That’s why I started looking for Degree Programmes all around the world through the Internet. I wanted to study in a programme with great opportunities to travel, learn new languages and cultures and gain knowledge of first-hand experiences. After a couple of nights spent in company of my laptop searching for a suitable candidate, I found the right place for me: Lapland UAS Degree Programme in Tourism with the main focus in Experience Design.
The specialisation area of Experience Design especially got me because, after graduating from here, I would like to make people have amazing travelling experiences like the ones I had every time I visited a new country. In my opinion, this fact can change people’s lives for the better by changing their way of thinking and their approach to life and to the world.
I applied, I did the entrance exam and after about two months I got the email I was most waiting for at that time: I got accepted to study here.
As soon as I landed in Rovaniemi, I felt at home. I felt so good, and my feelings are still the same that I don’t even really want to go back to my other home country because I would feel homesick from here. I study in a multicultural class with amazing people coming from all around the world. There are students from France, Catalonia, Bulgaria, different parts of Finland, Australia, China, Vietnam, Bangladesh and then there’s me, a Hungaritalian (half Hungarian and half Italian). In here, I felt as belonging to a big family from the very beginning.
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Isabella Victoria Borgogni – Tourism student
My name is Jenny and I will be graduating from Lapland University of Applied Sciences this fall. I am originally from Porvoo Southern Finland. When I was little my dream job was to be an elf and help Santa Claus make children happy all over the world. In high school my favourite subject was English but otherwise I had no idea what I would like to do in future. During my senior year in high school, my aunt who was working as a study counsellor brought me some brochures about English Degree Programme in Tourism. I got excited and I decided to apply. For my big surprise, I got accepted and moved to Rovaniemi. I knew absolutely nothing about Lapland and I had just been twice in Rovaniemi before moving there.
The first year of my studies was an exciting time for me I was suddenly studying in English, which was totally new for me and also a little bit demanding in the beginning. In my second year I did my Erasmus exchange in Austria. That was absolutely one of the best years of my life. I had so much fun travelling around Europe and studying in Austria. I have also worked one summer in Turkey as a guide. During my studies, I have gained a lot of valuable work experience, improved my English skills and learnt so much. Rovaniemi has become my home city and I will now start my third season working for a local safari company. Studying and working in the tourism industry in Lapland is especially exciting now when the industry is growing so quickly and there are good work places available. For me the Lappish way of life really fits and I enjoy the easy going and relaxed atmosphere in Rovaniemi.
- Jenny Nousiainen, Tourism student
My name is Thao Nguyen and my friends call me Tibby. I am from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where I have graduated from a college specialised in Import-Export Business. However, I decided to change my major into Tourism and Hospitality Management and Lapland University of Applied Sciences in Finland caught my attention. After searching for information about the programme online and from the Admission Services, it was time to take action. I filled in an online application and sent all the needed documents by post and then received an invitation to take the entrance exam in Vietnam.
In 2015, the entrance exam consisted of three parts: motivation letter, essay and math. You can prepare for the exam by considering your motivation for the studies and reading information related to your study field. However, the most important tips for the exams are the following:
• Before the entrance exam day: eat, relax and most importantly, sleep well.
• Entrance exam day: concentrate, stay calm and believe in yourself -you can do it!
I was so delighted and proud of myself when I received the results and information about the study place. Then I just followed the instructions to confirm the study place, found an apartment through the student housing organisation and applied for the resident permit. On August 25, 2015, a Vietnamese girl finally went her own path and started a new life in Rovaniemi. A year in Finland has been wonderful for me. I have learned and experienced new things and have gained lots of friends from many different countries. Rovaniemi is my second home now.
- Thao Nguyen, Tourism student
I was 17 years old, when left Russia and I came to study Tourism here. Probably, as any other newbie would be, I was nervous about making friends in a new place. I mean, it’s quite common to worry, whether you will fit in a new community or not, but I was twice more concerned that I would study in an international group. But, you know, all of my fears flew away as soon as I got to know my classmates. They were very friendly and open.
Originally, I decided to study tourism, because I loved (yes, loved very much) languages! At high school, I learned Finnish, German and English. Finnish and English were my favorite languages, so I decided that the international degree in Finland would suit me the best. The second reason was my wish to travel the world and I thought it would be easier for me to start from the study exchange. Last spring, I spent 4 months studying in Austria in the Alps. It was a very memorable experience and, more importantly it changed me! I recommend a year abroad to everyone! You not only learn new things about other cultures, places and history, but you also learn new things about yourself!
Another thing, which appealed to me, when I was applying for Degree Programme in Tourism, was the specialization in Experience Design. I am an artistic person and I don’t like spending the whole time in front of the books or a computer. The tourism degree offered exactly what I wanted: different projects, international environment and practicality, so I applied to study Experience Design.
For me, it was a pleasant surprise that we would have a lot of study-trips. Since the beginning of my studies here, I’ve traveled the whole Lapland, visited Sweden and went to Central Europe. Furthermore, I have worked in several positions, including animator, guide, interpreter, receptionist and cashier, but I am still searching for my real calling. This is like a journey of life, and I do like journeys! ;)
-Lada Stukolkina, DPT’13-
I am Imran. Born and raised in Pakistan. I graduated from Lapland UAS in 2015 and I am currently working in Clarion Hotel Helsinki as a night audit agent.
When I applied for Lapland UAS, I had already graduated from Commerce with a specialization in Accounting but at the same time, I wanted to travel abroad for further studies. I started to look for different study options in Finland because I had some friends who recommended me to study in Finland. I have always been mesmerized by the midnight sun and northern lights phenomena and always wanted to observe them. As soon as I knew that Finnish Lapland has the midnight sun and northern lights (keeping in mind I was not good at geography :D) I decided this is the place where I wanna be!
Lapland UAS has a very balanced study structure between theory and practical training. We had lots of on-the-field assignments, for example visiting tourist attractions and safari companies. This helped me a lot to learn about the local and international culture. It was an extensive and deep learning experience from contact lessons to group work and study tours. The teachers really own you here. I remember, my teacher tutor Ulla even helped me to find a job during my early days in Finland.
If you are planning to study in the tourism and hospitality field, I highly recommend Lapland UAS because here you have great opportunities to learn about tourism in a real environment. Rovaniemi is a small town that means easy to move around. I call it my Finnish hometown.
After graduation, I started looking for a job because I really wanted to stay here in this beautiful country. It was not easy to find a job without proper skills of Finnish. I was motivated to start my career as a hospitality professional, so I decided to go to full time language school and after spending there only 6 months I heard of a Norwegian hotel chain entering into the Finnish market. The next thought I had was ‘‘a job at a hotel in Finland means you need to have fluent Finnish skills’’. I had doubts and fears while I was writing the application for this job. But at the same time, I had passion and courage to tell the world that nothing is impossible if you have these two qualities.
I would also like to share my journey to this job. The company launched a big recruitment campaign in Helsinki. The first audition was to sell yourself to the employer within 2 minutes. Guess what? I did it! I made my way to the second round. Then after a week, we had a few online tests where I succeeded as well. This was the moment when I said to myself that I am gonna get this job. Then there was a 3rd round and after this final interview, I was selected to be part of the team.
My advice for new students is that have dreams in your life, work hard for them, never lose hope and live your passions, success will follow you! Cheers!
Imran Safdar, DPT-graduated