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378 international students enrol in autumn session

9/6/2018 1:00 PM

International students can come in either as exchange students or as full degree students, with the institutions offering a wide range of courses for students to choose from.

International students.jpgNew international students in front of the University of Lapland.
Rovaniemi welcomes about 378 international students to enrol in the autumn session at the University of Lapland and the Lapland University of Applied Sciences, the two major educational institutes of the city.

Coming from various countries around the world, exchange and degree students make a positive contribution to the cultural diversity of the city’s academic environment. With the previous years’ students, the city now has about 1,000 foreign students.

International students can come in either as exchange students or as full degree students, with the institutions offering a wide range of courses for students to choose from.  

A total of 155 exchange students arrived at the University of Lapland for the new academic session while 20 students arrived for the degree programmes.
Jani Suokanerva, the advisor at the internationalisation office of the University of Lapland says international students come mostly from European countries such as Spain, Germany, Italy and France. A handful of students also come from China, Japan and South Korea.

“International students are very important for cultural diversity, as it enriches the Finnish culture, considering the small size of the city’s population. Through these international students we get glimpses of what is happening in other parts of the world. They also bring their own ideas and values in terms of teaching methods and we get feedback on that. It also allows our teachers to re-evaluate their teaching style based on the feedback and improve the standard of teaching and learning,” Suokanerva tells.

“At Lapland University of Applied Sciences with Rovaniemi, Tornio and Kemi campuses, 124 students arrived for the exchange programmes while 79 students arrived for the degree programmes this autumn,” university officials says. They are coming from different parts of the world including France, Holland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Russia and a handful from Asia.

Most of the international students usually stay in dormitories of Domus Arctica-Säätiö such as Kuntotie, Rantavitikka, Asemarinne and others located near the campus and surrounded by nature. A group of students and tutors from the two universities are actively offering help to the newly enrolled students to settle down and give answers to their enquiries.

Some of the international students say they chose Finland because of its famous high-quality education system. And, in spite of the cold winter and the upcoming long dark days, all the international students seem to be excited for their very first Arctic experience in Rovaniemi.

This has been the trend for years now, as the Lapland University of Applied Sciences gets almost the same number of students on a yearly basis. 
International students make Rovaniemi, the second largest tourism city in Finland after Helsinki, even more cosmopolitan.

Besides, as in 2017, more than 1,541 foreign immigrants live in Rovaniemi. Refugees account for about 20 percent of the foreigners living in Rovaniemi. Russians are the largest group of the city’s foreign immigrants, followed by Chinese, Swedish, Iraqis, Afghans, Vietnamese, Syrians, Ukrainians, and Bangladeshis, among others. 



City of Rovaniemi-Daily Finland Report