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Last year we introduced a new degree programme in English, Bachelor of Humanities in Adventure and Outdoor Education (210 ECTS, 3 years). 21 students from nine nationalities were chosen to our first programme and the students are currently experiencing  the high season in Lapland as having their first work replacement in tourism industry. The application for the students with non-Finnish study documents is starting in the 9th January 2019. The application ends on the 23rd January 2019 at 15 o’clock Finnish time. Please note that the applicants having Finnish high school degree apply in II application period  20.3.—3.4.2019.

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As you can guess from the degree programme’s name, your studies will take you outside the classroom. The learning in real outdoor conditions, like in the wilderness in Lapland, will be the central part of the studies. Have a look on the photos taken by the current students in Instagram and you will get an idea on this very unique degree programme. Students have also started to write on their studies in a aded-blog:  http://aded.humak.fi/

Watch the video from the degree programme (YouTube, Humak)


Experiential learning in authentic environments

Adventure education aims to support the growth, development, well-being and agency of individuals, groups and communities through adventure-based activities. As the basis of the studies is a multidisciplinary theoretical framework, which is put into practice in versatile authentic learning environments, such as lakes, the sea, forests, and in the fells and wilderness of Lapland.

During the studies, students learn to plan and carry out safe adventure educational processes for different target groups and to evaluate and develop adventure educational activities.

In the degree programme in Adventure and Outdoor Education students strengthen their expertise in technical and outdoor skills and especially their competence in instructing and teaching them. Students may also focus on one or more adventure educational activities and become specialists in them.

“During the studies, students familiarise themselves with different adventure and outdoor activities, especially hiking, trekking, paddling and climbing, including general outdoor skills. They also learn technical knowledge and skills related to the different activities. All the skills will be practiced first in easy conditions, and as learning proceeds, in more demanding conditions. Students learn how to instruct adventure and outdoor activities as part of an adventure educational process”, says principal lecturer Anita Saaranen-Kauppinen.

“This is not extreme sports. The aim is to train professionals who are highly skilled in instructing various groups safely. Adventure doesn’t need to take place at some glacier in Northern Norway, for instance. A skilled adventure and outdoor educator can create an adventure even in everyday circumstances, for example at sports hall”, says Humak’s long-standing adventure and outdoor education lecturer Kai Lehtonen.

Bachelor adventure and outdoor education

Students skiing in Lapland, Northern Finland.In Finland, several associations and educational institutions have organised courses in adventure and outdoor education over the years. However, Humak UAS is the only university of applied sciences which has offered adventure and outdoor education in extensive study modules. Open UAS studies in adventure and outdoor education at Humak have been very popular. At the moment the open UAS courses are offered in Finnish.

The teaching language of the degree programme is English, enabling students to work in an international environment. For non-native Finnish speakers, Finnish will be taught as part of the curriculum and students will be encouraged to continue their Finnish studies all through the programme in order to equip them with language skills to meet the demands of the Finnish labour market.

Work Practice as a Central Part of the Studies

The hub of the studies is situated in Nurmijärvi, 45 minutes from Helsinki centrum. You can find a Nuuksio National Park just nearby Nurmijärvi campus. Students will make excursions to different parts of Finland and Northern Scandinavia. Currently the students from the current study group are having their work practice period in various tourist resorts in Lapland. Please note that also summer semesters are used for the studies. This makes it possible to graduate in 3 years.

You have to comply English language requirements. If you are qualified to apply you have to pass either SAT-test in 9.3.2019 and interview on 2.-3.5.2019 OR pass the entrance exam in 25.4.2019.  You can find the more detailed information on the procedure from the study programs own pages.

The studies are full-time day studies, including summer semesters. A good part of the studies will be conducted as supervised internships, excursions and projects in Finland or abroad.

-“Internships and cooperation projects in working-life contexts are an essential part of developing students’ knowledge and skills”, says principal lecturer Anita Saaranen-Kauppinen.

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