Even though many parts of the students’ life for FMs are similar than for MMMs, I thought that it would be a good idea to mention some things about our studies. However, it is a good idea to read also Mona’s posts to know more about life in Jyväskylä.
The FMs are mainly studying at JAMK’s Lutakko campus which has just about a perfect location. We are just a short walk from the city center, right next to Jyväskylä’s travel center, harbor and conference center. The campus is a blend of old and new, as the Dynamo building is modern looking and Turbine building is actually an old factory with red brick walls. Finding the campus is rather easy as there’s a tall, red chimney between the two buildings. And the chimney even has a small sauna inside it. 🙂
Some courses, including language studies, are held at the main campus about a 20 minute walk away. The compulsory courses have lots of business, research & development, and management studies. As for the elective studies, FMs are free to select courses from all degree programmes but you are expected to focus on at least one field of FM. However, you are allowed to do some courses on subjects that have nothing to do with FM. Yes, bird watching is one of those options, but you can also select courses on first aid, business clothing or photography – or something completely different. The choice is yours. If you are interested on going to student exchange, it is the perfect time to put your personal study plan to use, and do as many electives as possible on your field of interest.
Like Mona has already told you, JAMKO is our student union. But the study field organization for hospitality management students is called MatkaRaTa Ry (which translates to travel lane, but actually comes from the Finnish names of the three study fields that are in the Tourism and Services Management). All FMs have the possibility to participate in their operations, and the MatkaRaTa events are a perfect way to meet other hospitality management students – some of whom are studying in Finnish. In order to get to know Jyväskylä and other students of JAMK, the freshman event Tursajaiset is something you will not want to miss. The event will take place in September and more information will be available in the beginning of the autumn semester. 😉
P.S. As my lovely internet connection decided to stop working, this entry was posted even later than the previous ones. Sorry about that.