Internationalization and Exchange Opportunities

Hello! On this sunny day, I decided to cover one significant topic that people would like to be aware of before coming to universities. Today’s agenda is internationalization and exchange opportunities in JAMK. So, let’s get started!

When and where to go on exchange?

IB students have a great edge that makes it possible to graduate in 3 years as well as to go to a full-time job during the practical training period. This happens due to the tendency to write the final thesis on the second year of studies, so the third year stays “empty”.  At the beginning of studies, our group was given a speech by the International Coordinator, Mr. Risto Korkia-Aho, who said that we should use the time thoroughly, choose specializations and countries in advance and necessarily go on exchange to explore the world and become more interculturally effective.

There are several scenarios of how students can divide the third year. Some of them go on exchange during the autumn semester, then find a full-time job either in Finland or abroad. Others decide to take two exchanges in different countries or go to Germany or France for a double degree programme. People can also stay in Jyväskylä and take specialization courses or go on exchange to a home country, but these ideas are not so common, because JAMK does want its students to go farther to achieve unachievable goals and develop themselves.

The full list of countries where JAMK students can go:

  • North America (Canada, Mexico, United States)
  • Central and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Nicaragua)
  • Asia (China, India, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey)
  • Africa (Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania)
  • Australia
  • Europe (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland)

International Double Degree

Double degree is a very popular programme that gives a person who applied and successfully completed it two degree certificates from both universities: JAMK and another foreign partner institution. As it was stated earlier, IB students may go either to France or Germany, because in these countries the universities with which JAMK has the double degree agreement are located. Usually, exchange students do not pay tuition fee at the receiving institutions, but there can be exceptions, therefore it is important to get in touch with International Coordinators who will guide you through all the exchange process.

Within the Double degree programme, students spend the entire third year in a partner institution, completing courses and rarely writing the second thesis (it also should be discussed with International Coordinators). In the end of the studies, they first apply for a JAMK degree certificate, then show it to a partner university and obtain another certificate.

What is about money?

A very common and important question is financing. However, you should not worry about it, because grant money exists and it is available for students of JAMK. People can apply for grants, if they leave Finland and go on exchange, double degree programme or job during internship period.

Students can apply for Erasmus grant, if their practical training or exchange are inside Europe. If people, for instance, choose Australia or America, they contact JAMK’s own International Mobility fund. One more significant point to cover is a flexible grant amount that depends on the destination country. In average, JAMK offers approximately 250 EUR a month, but the precise amount can be calculated after selection.

Note that during exchange students must earn 30 ECT credits per 6 months. If there is less than 20 ECT credits earned, the grant must be returned.

Does Average Grade matters?

If you want to try your fortune and go to Australia or United Kingdom, you must work very hard to get the highest grades, because the number of places is limited and the competition is very tough. Of course, the average grade is important when you apply for exchange programmes, but not all the partner universities require 4.0 or 5.0. The satisfactory grade would be even 2.5-3.5, so it is more than possible to get.

Is it hard to study in JAMK?

When you have a motivation to study hard in order to improve your skills, become more literate and gain experience that will help you to get a great job, it will not be hard to discipline yourself to complete assignments and be on time with team works. Nobody can claim that studying is an easy process, because self-development, in general, is a very complex notion that requires time and effort. If you are ready to train yourself to become a field professional, the hardest parts of learning would turn into solvable challenges and everything will be reachable (even the highest average grade).

However, I will describe the JAMK’s learning routine more precisely in several weeks, so you will be able to understand how things work here.

I hope that the article was beneficial and inspiring for some of you. Remember that dreams come true as far as you believe in them and work hard to achieve. In addition to this, please do not hesitate to leave comments, ask questions and propose topics you want to read about!

Enjoy your life,

Iuliia

P.S. I am happy to say that only 16 days are left until spring, so warm times are coming 🙂

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