What is it like to study in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences? What are the Bachelor's and Master's degrees like in practice? See the videos and read the stories to get to know the students' perspective.

Videos

Marine Technology/ Maritime Management (Master's): Novia UAS

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International Business students' experiences (Bachelor's): JAMK UAS

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Studying in Joensuu: International Business (Bachelor's) Karelia UAS

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Natural Resources Management (Master's, online studies): Novia UAS

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Graduate story: Purchasing and Logistics Engineering (Bachelor's) JAMK UAS

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Alumni experience: International Business (Bachelor's) Karelia UAS

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Hungarian students' experiences from Lapland UAS

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Tang Tian, China

Tourism, Lapland University of Applied Sciences

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 "Three years ago, I convinced my parents to allow me the opportunity to study abroad in the official hometown of Santa Claus! With a strong desire to learn about different cultures in a famous tourism city, my plan was to enrol at the Tourism degree programme offered by Lapland University of Applied Sciences. The years in a multinational environment made me grow and improve rapidly. More importantly, the Finnish model of education taught me to construct and share my own ideas through project and training opportunities.

One example of this occurred during my advanced training period as a receptionist with a destination management company, which always exceeded their legal obligations to manage their environmental impact. I was greatly impressed with their practices to reduce energy consumption, provide job opportunities to local people, offer high quality products to customers, increase job satisfaction amongst their employees and sponsor local associations. Yet, there was a problem within this small business. Their operations were fragmented and did not integrate into the company’s culture and policies.

At that time, I began preparations for my bachelor’s thesis and I was wondering if this could become my thesis topic. Fortunately, after discussions with the managers, I chose integration of corporate social responsibility (CSR) into small-sized tourism company strategies for my thesis topic, and they agreed that they could provide me an environment to conduct my thesis project research. Therefore, I finally got a chance to independently finish a project with a real company under supervision of my two thesis supervisors. Later on, I had my thesis presentation, which was successful and unforgettable. After the presentation, my supervisor said I had improved a lot during these three and a half years and she still remembers that in the first year, I was a student who was always afraid of expressing my own ideas.

In one week, I will leave Rovaniemi and go back to China. After half-a-year gap, I will continue towards my Master’s degree next September in another country. However, I will never forget Lapland University of Applied Sciences, the MTI campus, all teachers and my classmates. The decision of getting the Tourism degree at Lapin UAS is one of the best choices I have ever made."

Articles

What are Universities of Applied Sciences? What can you study there and what are the studies like? How to apply and prepare for the entrance exams? Howabout practical training and employability? Read the following articles to get answers to the questions!

 

Facebook post by Finnips We are so proud of our alumni 🤩 They have found their own path in working life by being creative, curious and proactive. Many of them have moved to Vaasa from the other side of the country or from abroad. ROMAN PIKALENKO was only 17 when he moved to Finland from Russia. He had chosen International Business at VAMK, a degree program that has students from all over the world. Open minded and social guy he is,@roman_pika had no difficulties going to parties and student events. He remembers those times warmly. "The tutors were amazing. They made sure no one was left behind." According to Roman, the first two years of studies are crucial for your personality. The uni encourages you to get work experience and this might even lead to permanent employment. Finding a job during pandemic has not been easy, Roman says. He advises other students to work all kinds of jobs to get experience and keep their eyes open for job fairs, internships, and networking opportunities. “I used to hate when people said you must have connections to get a job. But now I know it’s true. You are not going to get hired just by being amazing.” ➡️ Read full story:vamk.fi/apply If you got questions or got interested, please follow us on: �🧡 Web: http://www.vamk.fi/apply� 🧡 FB: https://www.facebook.com/VAMKofficial/ 🧡 IG: https://www.instagram.com/vamkofficial/� 🧡 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/vamkofficial P.s. The application period for International Business is 5.1.–19.1.2022, read more at https://www.vamk.fi/apply
Facebook post by Finnips STUDYING BUSINESS IN VAASA, FINLAND 🤓 DINA MURTAZINA studies International Business at VAMK. To get the most of your time in Vaasa, you have to make friends and be active all year round. Dina made the leap in 2019, as she moved from St Petersburg, Russia to Vaasa in Western Finland. She had no idea what to expect from this life change, only a distant thought of attending a Finnish university after high school. – My friend’s son was planning to study in Finland, so I adopted the idea from him and soon was attending a language course to prepare myself. First thing Dina noticed in Vaasa was the peace. She felt relaxed and enjoyed the silence and the nature. At some point, the honeymoon was over, and she found herself missing the big city vibe. – It is very easy to focus on studying in Vaasa. There are not so many clubs to go to, so you end up spending less time partying. But if you have good friends, you can make the most of the few clubs. One thing she wants to stress, is the beautiful nature in Finland. She encourages everyone to travel around Finland and get to know different places. – I have even been to Lapland and visited Santa’s place! The summer in Vaasa is wonderful with beaches and sun. Another thing to consider is attending exchange programmes. Dina is leaving for Spain in February to study at one of VAMK’s many collaboration universities. – That is something many people don’t realize: that you can study abroad and go to yet another country to study more. You must enjoy student life because some day you will miss it. ➡️ Read full story: https://www.vamk.fi/ib P.s. The application period for International Business is 5.1.–19.1.2022, read more at https://www.vamk.fi/apply #vamk #vamktarina #vamkstory #BeBold #sympaattinen #opiskelijaelämää #opiskelupaikka #studyinfinland #internationalbusiness #yhteishaku #finnips
Instagram-kuva käyttäjältä vamkofficial STUDYING BUSINESS IN VAASA, FINLAND 🤓 Dina Murtazina studies International Business at VAMK. To get the most of your time in Vaasa, you have to make friends and be active all year round. Dina made the leap in 2019, as she moved from St Petersburg, Russia to Vaasa in Western Finland. She had no idea what to expect from this life change, only a distant thought of attending a Finnish university after high school. – My friend’s son was planning to study in Finland, so I adopted the idea from him and soon was attending a language course to prepare myself. First thing Dina noticed in Vaasa was the peace. She felt relaxed and enjoyed the silence and the nature. At some point, the honeymoon was over, and she found herself missing the big city vibe. – It is very easy to focus on studying in Vaasa. There are not so many clubs to go to, so you end up spending less time partying. But if you have good friends, you can make the most of the few clubs. One thing she wants to stress, is the beautiful nature in Finland. She encourages everyone to travel around Finland and get to know different places. – I have even been to Lapland and visited Santa’s place! The summer in Vaasa is wonderful with beaches and sun. Another thing to consider is attending exchange programmes. Dina is leaving for Spain in February to study at one of VAMK’s many collaboration universities. – That is something many people don’t realize: that you can study abroad and go to yet another country to study more. You must enjoy student life because some day you will miss it. ➡️ Read full story: vamk.fi/ib P.s. The application period for International Business is 5.1.–19.1.2022, read more at vamk.fi/apply #vamk #vamktarina #vamkstory #parastaaikaa #sympaattinen #opiskelijaelämää #opiskelupaikka #studyinfinland #vaasa #internationalbusiness #yhteishaku #finnips
Facebook post by Finnips We are so proud of our alumni 🤩 They have found their own path in working life by being creative, curious and proactive. Many of them have moved to Vaasa from the other side of the country or from abroad. PAWEL KIJOWSKI had worked for a variety of big tech companies, including Samsung and IBM, until he caught Facebook’s eye. "When I was a newly graduated engineer, all this seemed like a dream." Pawel first came to Vaasa as an exchange student. He was supposed to study at VAMK for only a few months but applied for extension. Eventually he graduated from Vaasa in 2006 and never returned to Poland. In Vaasa Pawel started working at Wapice, and after a little while he left for Britain to develop Symbian software for Nokia devices. "It was a crazy time in the British job markets. You could just go and work almost anywhere with a proper degree, and I was valued for my studies at VAMK." Having worked with Nokia software before, Pawel shortly proceeded to a programming job in Dallas. At Quick Office company he worked on an e-mail software for Nokia devices. "Facebook has a totally different approach to the recruitment process. First they hire you, an engineer, and after that they ask you what projects inside the company are you interested in. So you mold the job according your interests." Pawel was keen to research and develop artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality, and that’s his job now. Facebook has a VR/AR branch in Redmond, Washington, which is also known for the Microsoft campus. The area is becoming a significant IT-hub, and Kijowski family likes it there. "I have always wanted to try different things and move around. I used to live in Dallas for almost 11 years before moving to Seattle, so maybe it was just time to move on." He sends his regards to those thinking about whether or not to apply in Vaasa University of Applied Sciences. –"If you are wondering, the answer is yes. If you put some work into it, you can explore the world. There are companies like SpaceX looking for engineers and even sending people to Mars!" ➡️ Read full story: vamk.fi/apply P.s. The application period for Information Technology is 5.1.–19.1.2022, read more at vamk.fi/it
Facebook post by Finnips STUDYING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN ENGLISH – Of course, you have to know some English, but I wouldn’t say you have to be perfect at it. After all, my study group is multicultural, so hardly anyone speaks English as first language. Love was one of the reasons Robin chose Vaasa and VAMK. His girlfriend was attending Novia, a Swedish speaking University of Applied Sciences in Vaasa. He didn’t really know what to expect when moving to Vaasa from Pietarsaari, a smaller city about a hundred kilometers North from Vaasa. – Now I have found it to be a beautiful city. Not too big and not too small. Actually it’s quite perfect for students. ➡️ Read full story: vamk.fi/it P.s. The application period for Information Technology is 5.1.–19.1.2022, read more at vamk.fi/it
Instagram-kuva käyttäjältä vamkofficial STUDYING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN ENGLISH – Of course, you have to know some English, but I wouldn’t say you have to be perfect at it. After all, my study group is multicultural, so hardly anyone speaks English as first language. Love was one of the reasons Robin chose Vaasa and VAMK. His girlfriend was attending Novia, a Swedish speaking University of Applied Sciences in Vaasa. He didn’t really know what to expect when moving to Vaasa from Pietarsaari, a smaller city about a hundred kilometers North from Vaasa. – Now I have found it to be a beautiful city. Not too big and not too small. Actually it’s quite perfect for students. ➡️ Read full story: vamk.fi/it P.s. The application period for Information Technology is 5.1.–19.1.2022, read more at vamk.fi/it #vamk #vamktarina #vamkstory #parastaaikaa #sympaattinen #opiskelijaelämää #opiskelupaikka #studyinfinland #informationtechnology #finnips #finnips
Facebook post by Finnips The bold stories from the amazing Vaasa area continue – this time VAMK Vaasa University of Applied Sciences will take the handle. Welcome to follow us! 😊

At VAMK, we encourage our students to be bold to find their path and to jump into the unknown. Cosy campus where you will feel right at home, lively student community, and trainee positions in top global companies will welcome you with open arms.
Here in Vaasa we enjoy a high quality of life: great flats don’t cost a fortune, and wherever you want to go, you’ll be there in 15 minutes. In Vaasa, it is easy to be happy.

 In the joint application 5-19 January 2022, we offer Bachelor Degree studies in International Business and Information Technology. Furthermore, we offer an online Master’s Degree in International Business Management. Stay tuned, this week we will showcase some student and alumni stories. #finnipsfeaturing #vamk #bebold #vaasa Prepare to start your new life. https://vamk.fi/apply
Facebook post by Finnips Thank you all for this week! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Remember that if you have any questions, we will be more than happy to answer them for you. Follow us here on Facebook Yrkeshögskolan Novia - Novia UAS and on Instagram@yrkeshogskolannovia for more updates from us! We will hopefully see many of you in autumn 2022! 😃 #finnipsfeaturing #noviaUAS
Facebook post by Finnips Aim high – keep learning! Advance your career with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration! We offer two degree programmes that both answers the constantly growing competence requirements and needs in businesses and working life: 🔸 Digital Business and Administration – a programme for you who wish to develop your skills in management, business and digitalization on an education that combines theoretical knowledge with practical application. Find out more here: https://www.novia.fi/study-at-novia/master-degree-programmes/master-of-business-administration-management-and-business-in-a-digital-environment 🔸 Service Design – the profile of the programme is on the combination of design thinking, business and society and the focus is on the area of service design. Read more about it here: https://www.novia.fi/study-at-novia/master-degree-programmes/master-of-business-administration #finnipsfeaturing #noviaUAS