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.
Who else wants to join the DPT family?
Isabella Victoria Borgogni – Tourism student
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