Haaga-Helian Summer School 2019 culminated on Friday, September 16, when this year's participants gathered for the closing ceremony at Pasila campus. This was the last opportunity for the participants to get together and think back on the memorable weeks they spent together in Finland and Haaga-Helia.
This summer, 46 students from 13 different nationalities around the world attended Summer School. For some students, Summer School was a good starting point for living and studying abroad. Many of them had never traveled outside their home country.
– It was great that our students came from so many countries. This was a truly international experience for them, says Laura Hämäläinen, International Services Assistant.
This year's Summer School focused on service, sales and entrepreneurship. The studies were divided into two modules from which the students could choose the one that interested them the most.
– Our aim was that the modules would consist of already existing courses at Haaga-Helia. This makes it possible for the participants to qualify for degree studies if they ever choose to apply to Haaga-Helia, says Project Manager Harri Hälvä.
In addition to the unique experience, Summer School enabled participants to earn credits and study toward a potential degree. According to Hälvä, however, the idea was never that the students would only focus on their studies. The aim was for them to enjoy summer in Helsinki and to do other things they consider important.
– When we were planning the courses and the general timetable, our starting point was to allow the students time for more than just studying. By doing so, they also had time for leisure activities such as hiking in Nuuksio National Park or visiting Suomenlinna fortress.
The feedback has been very positive, both in terms of leisure and studies. Especially the lecturers and multicultural atmosphere were praised. Even new study methods were warmly welcomed.
– In addition to the the international atmosphere, my most favourite part about this entire experience has been the international environment that we were given, and the different learning structure that is all about the assignment work and not about the final exams, which makes it a lot easer for the work load, comments Andreas Doslea, who studies Hospitality Management at IUBH Bad Honnef University of Applied Sciences.
– During these four weeks I have just been enjoying Haaga-Helia and Finland as well as studying. It’s my first time coming to Europe so it was just a great experience. My favourite thing has been meeting all this new people, Rafael Orfin, a marketing student from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, praises
Hämäläinen also shares the positive comments.
– Now that Summer School is over, I dare say that everything went really well and the students seemed satisfied. They have also formed a tight group, says Hämäläinen.
Haaga-Helia Summer School 2019 was held in Helsinki from 22 July to 16 August.