How to study
Studying at Laurea is full of opportunities. You can study online, on campus, at a work place, in projects big and small, through creating a business of your own and by going on an international exchange abroad.
Learning by developing
At Laurea you will learn through research, reflection and development activities carried out together with teachers, other students and workplace actors. You will build up your knowledge base, practise skills, develop creative problem-solving techniques and acquire competence needed in your professional field by taking part in development projects. Laurea engages in close interaction with employers, and you will thus establish contacts with working life while still a student. This operating method typical of Laurea is called Learning by Developing (LbD).
LbD is present in all types of studies. The cornerstone of this operation model is that you are not only engaged in analyzing theoretical problems but are constantly seeking for solutions for real -life situations arising from the working life. At Laurea, we have a hands-on approach!
Different ways to study
Studies at Laurea include elements that are essential for your future career; the amount of each is for you to decide according to your aspirations:
Online studies are included in all study programmes, amount varying from less in daytime studies and more in blended learning to nearly all in online study programmes. Online studies consist of independent study, teamwork and online guidance. Blended learning and online study programmes require students to be self-directed.
The purpose of the placement is to support the development of your professional identity. Work placements are a mandatory part of each study programme, as they provide you guided instruction to the most important practical aspects of work in your field and let you apply your skills and knowledge in practice.
Thus, placement is one of the most important parts of your studies as it will open the doors into the world of work. The length, objectives, content and organisation of the placement vary in different degree programmes. You will receive further information on the placement when you have started your studies. Placement can be carried out in Finland or abroad. Placement can be completed either as a full-time or as a part-time work.
Project work is included in all study programmes. Projects vary from smaller ones that are part of a study unit to larger ones carried out for individual companies or as part of a large-scale international project. Depending on your field of study, you may complete several study modules in projects. Research is part of project work and prepares you to do your thesis at the final stage of your studies.
If you work while studying, you also have an opportunity for work-based learning: acquiring a foundation of knowledge to support your working tasks and putting it into practice as you perform the agreed working tasks.
Work-based learning is an alternative study method. To utilize this operational model, you should have personal self-initiative and take up the matter yourself at Laurea. You can ask more from your tutor teacher.
So how and what should I learn?
It is possible in work-based learning to learn the knowledge and skills required at work in a versatile and comprehensive manner. You acquire foundation of knowledge as support for your working tasks, which you can quickly put into practice as you perform the agreed working tasks.
The tasks agreed for your work-based learning are entered into your Learning contract in order to identify and obtain recognition for the competence you have acquired. The demonstrations are based on the goals of the curriculum.
Work-based learning proceeds on the basis of your own development needs. It is advisable in arranging your tasks to consider your own career path. You can try with your employer to arrange job enrichment, i.e. a job role that has more versatility and range than before. You can therefore embark on consciously developing yourself with regard to your own competence in the manner you prefer.
How is my competence assessed?
Learning and competence should be made visible – so it can also be evaluated by another person. A portfolio, for example, serves as a demonstration technique. The evaluation occurs by documenting your own learning and competence, adding up the total number of working tasks, and qualitatively assessing your own competence. In addition to self-evaluation, the evaluations and feedback from your supervisor, a close colleague and your teacher are applied.
How do I arrange work-based learning?
To arrange work-based learning, proceed as follows:
- Acquaint yourself with the curriculum and think about which competences are included that you could develop at work.
- Have an initial conversation about the working tasks at your workplace and the targets of work-based learning.
- Arrange a preliminary discussion to assess, together with the teacher responsible for the module or a study unit, the possibilities for work-based learning. The person in charge of the module or study unit will guide you in the preparation of the Learning contract.
- Plan the development of your competence by filling in the Learning contract.
- Arrange a discussion with the representative or teacher in charge of the module, during which you confirm the Learning contract and prepare the evaluation form.
- Start your studies in accordance with the Learning contract and document your competence.
If you don't know how to get started with the process, you can ask assistance from your tutor lecturer.
Competence obtained via work-based learning is recognized as part of the degree programme. The performance items accumulate credits that entitle the student to a study grant.
For more information, contact the head of student affairs or your tutor teacher.
Demonstration of prior learning
Demonstration of prior learning
Prior competence can be included in your degree through the recognition of prior learning.
Apart from the academic environment, you may have acquired competence, for example through work experience, training organised in the workplace, organisational activities or hobbies.
Prior studies completed at a higher education institution can be included in the degree if their content corresponds to the learning outcomes of the curriculum. The outcomes of studies are described in the curriculum.
Recognition of prior studies
Studies completed at another higher education institution, of which you can present reliable documentation (a transcript of records), can be included in the degree under certain conditions. Recognition takes the form of substitution or inclusion. An upper secondary level degree (e.g. vocational upper secondary qualification in business information technology, business and administration or nursing) cannot be recognised.
The content of prior studies is assessed in relation to the learning outcomes of the degree. The competence must be up-to-date. Due to this, studies completed over ten years ago cannot usually be accepted as such in the degree. Instead, another demonstration of competence is also required. Your instructing tutor or the head of student affairs can provide more information.
Demonstration of competence
You can demonstrate your competence in the manner agreed. In a demonstration, you can prove you have the competence corresponding to the study unit’s learning outcomes, irrespective of how you have acquired the competence. Portfolios, samples of work, interviews, written pieces of work or oral conversations can be used for this purpose.
Contact your instructing tutor or the head of student affairs at the beginning of studies to discuss whether a demonstration is a suitable way for you to complete a particular study unit. Demonstrated competence is evaluated according to the same criteria used in the study unit otherwise.
The recognition of studies and demonstrations cannot take place until you have accepted your place of study and the studies have begun.
Entrepreneurship and innovations are strongly supported at Laurea. You can work on your own business idea or link your studies to developing an existing business, and get support from e.g. development environments, pre-incubators, growth company programmes and competitions, networking events, international entrepreneurship camps, or the Laurea Entrepreneurship Society (LaureaES).
Internationality comes naturally when studying at Laurea. Besides studying together with students from varied cultural backgrounds, you may apply to study or train abroad, study languages or include international elements in your thesis. Laurea has a network of over 200 exchange destinations over the world.
Writing a thesis is part of the final stages of studies. In degree programmes leading to a Bachelor’s degree, the thesis comprises 15 credits; in a programme for a Master's degree it comprises 30 credits.
In a thesis a student can demonstrate capabilities for applying knowledge and skills from his or her field in practical expert tasks. The goal is for the student to know how to develop business activities through research and to produce new solutions as products, models of action, and working culture.
You can select the topic for your work yourself according to your own area of interest. Ready topics are offered both by companies as well as Laurea's development projects.
Laurea's theses are public documents. It is possible to read theses in the Theseus database. The theses also give a good impression of our students' expertise.
We have six different Bachelor's Programmes and three Master's programmes. Find out which one of them suits you best and apply!
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Bachelor's Programmes in Finnish
We offer Bachelor's Degree programmes in Finnish. Each programme offers some study units in English, so exchange students may also find suitable studies from these programmes.
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Student union Laureamko
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