Last year, after graduating from high school, I decided to challenge myself by studying abroad.
My name is Huong Giang Nguyen but my friends usually call me Annie. I am 19 years old. I was born and grew up in a small city in Vietnam. Last year, after graduating from high school, I decided to challenge myself by studying abroad. And now here I am, a second-year student in the Degree Programme in Tourism at Lapland University of Applied Sciences in Rovaniemi, Finland.
Since I was just a toddler, my parents already gave me a lot of opportunities to travel here and there. As I grew up, I gradually realized how much I got interested in tourism and culture. When I was in the last year of high school, I had to decide which major I should choose to study in the future. Without any hesitation, I pick Hospitality Management. However, I needed a more international space to develop myself; that is the reason why I chose to study abroad. After doing some research, I found that Finland is a fantastic place to live and study because of its best education system, welfare and living environment. Moreover, Lapland is always filled with tourists coming from everywhere. My dream was to see winter snow and the aurora. So what could have been a better place for me to major than Lapland UAS?
The education system here is very different from what I have experienced in Vietnam. It is not just sitting at school for hours listening to teachers giving lectures. Beside the knowledge we learn from school, we also have a chance to visit many places like Arktikum museum, workshops regarding local people and reindeer, or one of the beautiful hotels of the Lapland Hotels chain. There are some activities that I have really liked, for example when we created memorable activities for others in a project. I also enjoyed a case when we formed a group with Finnish tourism students and made a video to promote Lapland. The most challenging but also very educating task was when we established our own virtual companies. We had to take care of all the legal issues, accounting, sales and marketing. I think that will help me a lot in my future career.
I have lived and studied here for more than a year now and my experiences have been great all the time. Local people here are so friendly and always willing to help. The study environment is multicultural and the teachers dedicated and helpful. The nature always creates wonderful, peaceful vibes for me. I will never regret coming here to live and study, and I hope I will enjoy my studies here even more in the future with more amazing experiences.
If you are looking for a perfect place to live, an international and friendly study environment , then why don’t you come to Lapland UAS?
-Huong Giang Nguyen-
The education system of Finland is different. The teachers care about your learning, you are free to ask or share your opinions with them anytime during the teaching and the atmosphere makes you relax in the class.
My name is Wenchien Hsu and I am from Taiwan. I am studying a Bachelor Degree of Hospitality Management at Lapland University of Applied Sciences. I started my studies in Rovaniemi 2018.
I studied sports economics and management at Beijing Sport University. The programme I am studying at Lapland University of Applied Sciences is the Degree Programme in Tourism.
Since the Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing 2022, Beijing Sport University and Lapland University of Applied Sciences cooperate in a special programme which is Ski Resort Management. There is an opportunity for us to study winter sports and resort management in Finland. Before I came to Finland, I hardly knew about winter sports. I came from Taiwan and there are no ski resorts at all. To be honest, I haven’t seen the snow season like in Finland before. I think this is a great chance for me to experience a totally different life here. I was super excited when I signed up for this programme.
Before I moved to Rovaniemi, I lived in Beijing. Since we have to study in Finland for two years, we definitely need to live here. In my opinion, Rovaniemi is quite a small but lovely town. People are kind and warmhearted including my tutors and classmates. I have met a lot of new friends here. Actually, I haven’t been to a such cold place before but now I am used to it. And I really like the natural setting around Rovaniemi. The best thing here for me is fresh air, for sure. I strongly recommend you guys to come and experience the Nordic life in Lapland!
I have been doing the thesis process recently which means this is the last step before I graduate. Within these two years, I have learned a lot from many different courses. My favourite one is a skiing lesson. Although it took few weeks only, I still benefitted a lot from it. Before this course started, I had no idea about skiing. During the lesson, we learned how to ski in a proper way. More importantly, skiing eventually became one of my hobbies because of this course. Our skiing instructor was very patient and she gave us a lot of useful advice after class. In addition, our tutors brought us to watch the Levi World Cup which was an opening competition for downhill skiing last year. That was my first time to see the slalom skiing competition. Lapland provided such great conditions for us to experience and learn winter sports.
I have really enjoyed the time when staying in Finland. I have experienced a totally different life here including a different language, culture and people. The education system of Finland is so much different as well. For instance: you will have more than one time to take the exam if you happen to fail or you are not satisfied with the grades. The teachers care more about your learning instead of your grades. The atmosphere always makes you relax in the class. So, if you want to experience the Nordic life and everything here, please do not hesitate to join us!
- Wenchien Hsu -
I am studying in a great school and the teachers are really nice and lovely
Hi, my name is Tri, I was born and grown up in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I am a freshmen in the Tourism Programme at Lapland University of Applied Sciences.
After my high school graduation in Vietnam I studied Tourism in Ho Chi Minh City University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology but I realized that to develop better in my major, I needed to find a better environment. After having searched many places, I decided to choose Finland – a place which has a popular education and which is also the happiest country in the world. I supposed that my studies in one of the best education places would be a fantastic idea and also an interesting adventure to the beautiful Arctic Circle, so Lapland University of Applied Sciences was a perfect choice for me to follow my passion.
I really love the content of the Tourism programme in Lapland UAS. Instead of coming to class and getting a lot of knowledge which sometimes make us bored, I have enjoyed visiting museums and planning projects like Pohtimo to get practical experiences. Besides, I went to SantaPark to have more work experience that will help me a lot in my major. In the second semester I studied how to start a business. This was a project that will help us plan for future, it was really useful for me.
Having lived for nearly one year in Rovaniemi, Finland, it is so amazing, out of my imagination: great environment, studying in many ways, kind and nice friends. I hope that I will enjoy the rest of my studies with unforgettable memories, that I will continue with getting more knowledge and developing myself.
If you are searching for a perfect choice for your studies, why don’t you come to Lapland University of Applied Sciences and enjoy it?
-Ta Duc Tri- Tourism student
I have a range of work experience and this was the one of the reasons why I chose to study the Degree in Tourism. I hope to start a business of my own.
Hi, my name is Linda Krajewski. I am 35 years old, a dual citizen for Finland and Australia.
I was born and raised in a small family in Helsinki. During my teenage years I enjoyed horses and nature, spending much of my time caring for them at the stables. I completed my trade in Vantaa as a surface treatment technician, but I went on to pursue a life of personal fitness and travel. I have 8 years’ experience as a Fitness professional and an assessor trainer at a private education company. I settled in Australia after meeting my husband who was in the Australian Army. We then raised our family together in different parts of Australia for 10 years. I have been to countries such as Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and many more. I love travelling and learning about new cultures. I completed several vocational courses in Australia including business and management.
I have worked in many cafés, restaurants and fitness centres. As a pizzeria employee I was the head of the prepping for the opening of the business and training new staff. I have also worked as an educational trainer and assessor in Australia to qualify other fitness leaders. I have a range of work experience and this was the one of the reasons why I chose to study the Degree in Tourism.
I have always enjoyed providing a good and positive customer service experience wherever I work. I have started my own business where I provide experiences and accommodation. I love working with different nationalities. I applied for Lapland University of Applied Sciences in the Degree Programme in Tourism because I believed this will complete my knowledge what I have done before and it will help me to prove my business. I’m extremely enjoying the studies at Lapland UAS.
I am hoping to continue towards the Master’s Degree at Lapland University. I hope to grow my business here in Lapland. The more time I spend in here in the nature, the more I fall in love with the forest. I joined the hunting club when we moved here; it’s fascinating. Sitting in the forest over the bond fire is magical.
- Linda J. Krajewski --
You can get involved with so many different nationalities and cultures while experiencing the arctic lifestyle.
Tourism studies has it all. It is broad and unique and works best for anyone who wants to get a little international. If you do not want to exit the arctic area, you can let the nationalities come to you here in Rovaniemi through the studies. Want to go abroad? That is possible too. It is all included.
My name is Jakke and I have been born and raised in Rovaniemi. In fact, I have lived most of my life in here so far. I have grown to praise and respect the arctic conditions that we have here. Unlike many others, I actually enjoy the constant darkness in winter that swallows the land most of the time, as I find it very atmospheric. I could spend countless of days having the bonfire/fireplace as the only source of light.
What made my study tourism in Lapland then? Well, I have tried many things when it comes to work, but I really wanted to get to put my English skills to use. Of course, the second heaviest influencer was the fact that I like to work with people. If you are a Finnish person like me and may have been giving thought for applying to tourism studies, but are scared if your English skills are sufficient, I have something to tell you: Do not hesitate. You will do perfectly fine. It is not rocket science and you will improve all the time with it throughout your studies.
From the beginning of the studies your class will be very multicultural and you will keep meeting more and more people as you progress. The studies are a lot about project working, marketing, event organizing and learning about business models. Creativity holds an important role in the field and practicing it in group tasks is in key role. You can also study languages in here!
The extensive possibilities that this field offers is definitely worth checking!
- Jakke Rutonen, DPT15
My studies can provide me a possibility in almost any working area but it is focused on entrepreneurship. After graduation I would like to stay in Lapland.
Hello there! My name is Boris Stoev and I am from Bulgaria. I am studying in the Degree Programme in Tourism at Lapland University of Applied Sciences or more accurately Experience Design and Hospitality Management, here in Rovaniemi, Finland. I started my studies in the autumn of 2017.
I came to Lapland UAS right after I graduated from High School in Bulgaria. To be honest, this degree was not my first choice, but I am definitely not regretting it. In fact, I am loving it. I ended up applying for and choosing the Degree Programme in Tourism because I love nature, being out in the wild and different cultures (my parents also had an influence on my choice), but the courses here surprised me in a good way. I had to make a hard decision between this degree here in Finland and another one in Arts/Drama in Bulgaria. In the end I chose Finland and I am happy about it, because I have never studied anything similar to what we learn here and I am enjoying it.
I was aiming at going out of Bulgaria and Finland was the country I headed to; I just did not know where at the time. Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, was a place I had visited and loved as a child and in the end, I ended up here. One of the reasons I wanted to come to Finland was that the education is one of the best ones in the whole world. Other reasons were that the country has amazingly fresh air, clean and wild nature, one of the best tasting water in the world (if not the best) and of course that the crime rate is significantly low... but of course also the fact that you can meet Santa Claus every day of the year here in Rovaniemi is also a plus.
I love studying here because the teachers care about educating their students and about their usual life. I like the way how the teachers also encourage us, the students, to call them by their first name (or nickname); it makes a friendly environment. And well, some Finnish surnames are quite hard to pronounce for non-Finnish people. I like that there are many student events like checkpoint races, parties, hang outs (usually in nature by a shelter and a campfire with a grilled sausage) etc.
So far my studies have been going well. Of course, I have had ups and downs in some of the courses but this is why I am here - to learn! Some courses are very interesting, for example at the moment we are studying Human Resource Management and it is amazing. We had to organize in our first year one very fun event and if I am not mistaking, it is a Finnish one – Vappu. I also had an amazing opportunity to be in the organization of Dash Lapland, which is a design hackathon event.
We have been studying some Finnish laws, Accounting and Budgeting, Finnish language (which by the way is very fun but not so easy), Designing Tourism Services and so on. The thing here is that we study in a problem-based way, which helps us improve our teamwork skills with different people and learn more easily. Usually we also have presentations and projects but we are allowed to do some of them in our own way. This means that we can complete them as plays, acts, songs, whatever comes to your mind. It is a fun and non-ordinary way of doing it. One of my most memorable courses was the Finnish language course. There we studied only in Finnish (with some help in English) and we had different games to memorize some words or phrases. We had to make a tour for our Finnish teacher and our course mates in Finnish, which was a lot of fun; we made videos and recordings of our conversations and shared them with our course mates and the teacher. Studying at Lapland UAS is one amazing experience ;)
After I graduate I am planning to continue working in my current workplace and maybe also do the Master’s Degree here. I have been working since my second semester here. My first job was at SantaPark and it was a lot of fun. The second year I was working for a while as a cleaner and after that I became a safari guide at Safartica and this has been my favourite workplace. After the season in Safartica I worked in the planting business, planting pines and spruces in Finnish forests. And now I am back in Safartica. Being a guide in a tourism company helped me in some of my studies in that same area. My studies can provide me a possibility in almost any working area but it is focused on entrepreneurship. After graduation I would like to stay in Lapland. I do not know for how long, but I know that if it happens I will love it!
If you would like to have international, educational and most importantly fun experiences in your (study) life I would advise you to come over here and join us in the hometown of Santa Claus. And if you are interested in having more knowledge in experience design and hospitality management, why not join us.
- Boris Stoev -
Beneath Arctic, Above Ordinary. This is the way I feel after studying here.
My name is Yen, I'm a 19 years old girl from Taipei, Taiwan. Many people may wonder why Finland? Why Rovaniemi? Well, I am going to tell you the story.
The first time I been to Rovaniemi was on Christmas in 2014, when I was a high school exchange student in Joensuu. My family brought me to visit Santa, which was my first time to see the magical and lovely old man. This is how the magic happens: ‘Snowy, white, and hopeful’, this was my first impression to Rovaniemi.
In the summer, I visited Rovaniemi again, which was very different from winter. There was nice weather, sunny and it was not so crowded with tourists. Rovaniemi is an amazing city, which secretly grew the dream in my heart, that this is the place where I want to spend some time.
At the age of 18, I decided that I wanted to go back to Finland to study something that I truly love, at somewhere that I like, meaning, at the well-known country, which offers the best education in the world. I have always been a person who love travelling; therefore, tourism was my first choice.
I wanted to know more about traveling and I dreamed that people would have nice traveling experience because of my expertise. The question was where should I choose to study? There were so many schools in Finland that I could choose. Oh yes, I remembered the hometown of Santa: the amazing city where you sometimes can see the magnificent dancing light show if you are lucky, the city with beautiful snow, Rovaniemi, where Lapland UAS is located. I started to search for the information about Lapland UAS, and applied to it in studyinfo.fi. After few months, I got the invitation to take the exam in China and few months later, an email came in the late evening, saying: "Congratulations, you have been accepted to Lapland UAS". So, here I am.
I truly feel the difference between my home country schools and Lapland UAS; it is in the way we are taught in class. Here, you are free to share your ideas, you're free to ask any questions, you're free to say anything out loud. Besides, we get a lot of chance to design our project, where you can discuss your innovative ideas with your classmates, and make your project happen. This is not just talking and writing theory on paper. This is the place where we actually make everything happen.
Tourism industry is a multicultural working environment, and in Lapland UAS this is the perfect place for you to practice your future career and build your network. There are Finnish, Russian, Vietnamese, Icelandic, Canadian, Spanish, Italian, Bangladesh in our class so you can't find a better multicultural environment than here.
We are also encouraged to do exchange abroad. You are able to see more about this world, study different things in different countries and broaden your horizon. We have many training periods during which you can try different jobs and different tasks to find out what you like to do in the future. You can develop the skills that you are good at.
If you feel like this is exactly what you want to do and want to join us, get ready and hop on to this amazing journey, we are waiting for you here!
Yen Lo, Taiwan
I have made so many new good friends here.
My name is Li Jialun and I am from China.
What impressed me most about Rovaniemi was the amazing view. There are fresh air, clean lakes, beautiful forests and the Northern lights there. Every time I walk through the bridge, those stunning sceneries can ease my mind. Then the pressure gets lower and I feel extremely relaxed at that moment. I still remember the first time I saw the Northern lights, that was around two years ago. Before that, I only had seen them on social media, but still, when that really happened just in front of me, I was totally surprised and I felt I was so small under the wide sky.
When it comes to my studying environment, I have met so many good friends and teachers here. They have helped me a lot in different aspects especially during my first year when I was really shy and introvert. For me, it is also interesting to study in this multicultural environment. My friends who are from all over the world introduced me to different cultures and through these lovely interactions, I have learnt how to communicate in order to respect their cultures. I have also become more open-minded and easy-going.
Partying is also part of students’ life and it is a good way to meet more people. In Rovaniemi, there are many student events which are organized pretty well. I have participated in some of them and met many people like locals and exchange students. We laugh together and share each other’s stories; this is the best part of my memories as well.
Come and study in Rovaniemi!
- Li Jialun -