The students in the degree programme in adventure and outdoor education will be enrolled at Nurmijärvi campus. The campus is located by lake Sääksjärvi and surrounded by forest areas. There are good connections to the capital city of Finland, Helsinki, which is located just 45 km south of campus. Helsinki-Vantaa international airport, a major European hub for flights to Asia and North America, is no further away than half an hour by car.
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In addition to Nurmijärvi campus and its surroundings, the studies will take place in various authentic outdoor classrooms in different locations in Finland, and also in Northern Scandinavia. The studies are carried out in lakes, sea, forests, and among fells and wilderness in Lapland. The Nordic nature will offer an unique and authentic learning environment. Studying is an adventure in itself!
Through internships and practical training, students have a possibility to practice and develop their skills and knowledge in a workplace context. In Adventure and Outdoor Education at Humak UAS, the organizations for placements are principally selected by the staff members, in order to ensure the intended learning outcomes. As a strategic choice, extended periods and a few organizations are preferred over multiple short periods and several different organizations.
Each internship is built on a strong partnership between Humak UAS and the selected organization, and is supervised and mentored by the representatives of both parties. During the internship periods, housing is usually provided for interns.
The first internship period, lasting approximately three months, will take place in Lapland, Northern Finland, during the mid-winter months. This internship offers the first year students a possibility to intern for some of the leading nature and adventure tourism companies in Finland and to learn adventure and outdoor educational skills and knowledge in practice.
During the second year of study, the aims of the internship period are related to adventure and outdoor education in youth and NGO work settings. Students familiarize themselves with different organizations, for example with youth centers, in various locations in Finland.
Students are free to decide the location and organization of the third internship based on their career interests and personal preferences. Moreover, students may conduct their final project (bachelor’s thesis) in association with this last internship.