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Courses in KdG

I decided to write one more post to briefly introduce the courses I attended.

 

1. EILC Dutch language course. I definitely suggest to participate this course in the beginning of semester, since you get very good skills of everyday basics of Dutch language. At least for me it was a good help during my stay in Antwerp. Even though people speak very good English, it is good to know some basics in your everyday life. Takes only one month and is definitely worth it!

2. Maritime transport & ports. We had a visiting lecturer during the whole course and he taught us well to understand differences between types of vessels and their way of operation. Also port logistics and operations were included in this course. I suggest every logistics-related student to attend this course.

3. International trade. Maybe the most difficult course I had. From the beginning we started to make a huge project related to transportation of goods from a country outside EU to some EU country. For 3 credits there was definitely too much work, but as an experience I think it was worh it. Lots of local students in this course, who prefer to communicate in Dutch (presentations, questions etc.)

4. Human Resource Management. Visiting lecturer was sitting in front of the class and talking. Then we write. Repeat. There were problems with examination since the results were not always correct. There is some useful information about basic company structures but the lessons were very oldschool.

5. Brand Management of industrial goods. A teacher from Austria introduced us to some theory about the topic and then gave us a case study. I liked the course very much, since the teacher was motivating and the case study was interesting. Even for logistics student I think this is very good course to have. Totally suggest!

6. Supply Chain Management. Visiting lecturer again, at first telling what SCM is about and then divided different case studies for every group. The course was brief but I think it is good for logistics student to attend.

7. EU Transport policy. Very interesting course, where we get to know detailed information of how EU legislation is based on and how decisions are made. Also lot of information about liabilities and regulations for logistics inside EU. Very high-quality lecturing and also visit to a session of EU Committee of transport and tourism is done to Brussels!

8. Import & Export Management. This course is very interesting and at least for me there was lot of information about importin and exporting goods. The course introduces different participants of transport operations and some liabilities included in importing and exporting of goods. Important course I think..

9. Economic Geography. This course is a bit funny. The teacher introduces different kinds of cases where geographical knowledge is used to solve logistical and economical problems, in the end of course each student is going to prepare own real-life case study from their home country or a region nearby. Interesting but needs a lot of attention if you want to be up-to-date on this course.

 

Overall the courses in KdG are interesting and well-taught. Level of English is always very good and the courses are usually only for Erasmus students. So you meet lot of friends there, but sometimes it is also a bad thing if you want to pay attention to the lesson. Belgian Culture & Economy course is interesting and almost all the time there are visits to different places in Antwerp and Belgium (EU Parliament, Brussels, 1st world war sceneries, Antwerp city hall & museums, Port of Antwerp etc…). I decided to fail this course because after all the visits, we had to write a report of each visit.

Back home, was it good? YESS!!

It’s been now three weeks since I came back home from Antwerp. I have not been writing a lot since Easter because I had fantastic things to do all the time with other students! Erasmus in Antwerp was a great experience! The final exams in May were not too difficult, but without any preparations I would not have passed them. Some exams were done orally, and for some courses we just had to write a report or a case study about some topic.

There were not so many contact lessons, so we had a lot of free-time besides school. In the early months I spent most of the time doing sports, but towards the end I started to travel and party more and more. I believe that variation in free-time activities gives you much better overview about the city. During the weekends I did a lot of travelling, for example to Paris, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and also to some other Belgian cities. From Antwerp it is easy and quite cheap to travel around Europe, especially compared to Finland.

I would definitely recommend the spring semester of International Business Course in Karel de Grote-Hogeschool to everybody studying Logistics, since at least I learned several things we have never even talked about in JAMK. Of course in Jyväskylä we study engineering, not management.

I felt a bit depressed when I came back to Finland. There was so much life and nice people in Antwerp, that Finland (especially Vantaa where I’m working during the summer) feels really boring. Actually, I’m still very unhappy not to be in Belgium. During Erasmus you meet so nice people from whatever country, so it’s very difficult to suddenly leave them and get back to the “normal” lifestyle. However, there is at least one person I didn’t have to say goodbye forever, since I happened to find a girlfriend during my stay in Antwerp. At the time I’m in the plane flying to see her, but I will not tell to which country 😉

If you ever have a chance for Erasmus, take it! And take it in Antwerp 😀

Last lap

The almost three-week easter holiday is now left behind and it is time for the final period of my exchange. Before the holiday I already had quite big issues inside my head, I just was so homesick that I couldn’t really enjoy my time here. After the holidays the things changed, fortunately. I had a one-week trip to Spain just by myself, and it was very relaxing. After the trip I came back to Antwerp and the weather here was perfect! Every day was just sunshine and 25-28 celcius 🙂 Spring here is just lovely, lots of events and things to do! I also realized that perhaps Belgian people are a bit like Finns, waking up when the sun starts shining 🙂 Thockxis weekend we are going to hitch-hike to Amsterdam to celebrate Queensday. Let’s see if we ever get back home alive 😀

Not so many contact hours at school any more, but lot of papers to write and presentations to do. Here are photos from my holiday in Spain and a free Drumnbass/Dubstep/House festival last night! Njoy!

Holiday

First exam week, check!

Long time no see?

It’s been a while since my last post and I’m very sorry for that. I’ve been quite busy with many things and now I finally got myself to write here again, since the first exam week is finished. I have to say I’m quite surprised how easy it actually was, a lot easier than back home 🙂 There is certainly nothing to be worried about if you just stay alert on the lessons, or at least attend them. I studied one week, each day something about the subjects. The results were just fine!

Last weekend I had a superfast visit to Finland, since I suddenly got myself a job interview. The visit was worth paying for, since I got the job! Unfortunately the negative side is that I have to spend my summer in Helsinki 🙁 I also had a one day trip to Paris, which was lovely. One day is certainly not enough to really get to know Paris, but if you can walk fast and just want to touch the surface, you can make it in 10 hours. I didn’t have time to climb up to Tour Eiffel, nor visit the museums, but I saw many beautiful things and enjoyed sunshine. I also had a chance to use my beginner-level French (three courses in JAMK is definitely enough for getting around and ordering food, asking directions etc.), which I had already practised a few times in Brussels.

Spring has come to Antwerp, and the temperatures have been as high as 18 celcius! However the cold wind has sometimes a bad effect on these sunny days. Now I’m really looking forward to April, since then we have again a holiday season (2 weeks no school!) and this boy is heading to Andalucia! I try to remember to write here as soon as something special takes place here! See ya!