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Practicalities of studying

Good day to all reading this blog!

I wonder how quickly time passes by when your days are busy with work or studies. The end of second year studies was not so long ago. Next thing you know, it is almost August. It seems that my first day of studies at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences is so close, as if it was just yesterday. Next thing you know, two years have already passed, and there is only one left.

This time two years ago I was already a student of Saimaa UAS. The summer months were full of pleasant anticipations for the study year to start off, and mark the beginning of a new stage in life. As I was preparing for moving to Lappeenranta, time was flying by, and the month of August was already there bringing closer the day when I will eventually meet my groupmates and dive into a lively student life. It really happened fast.

A new study year is approaching very fast. For some of you reading this blog, this year is the first one. Therefore, it would be good for you to be familiar with some aspect of students’ life. For this purpose, I have decided “practicalities of studying” to be a topic of today’s blog entry.

Academic year

The academic year consists of three semester: autumn, spring and summer semesters. Each of the first two semesters consists of two study periods. The autumn term begins in August and finalizes just before Christmas. The spring term runs from January to May. The summer term starts in May and ends in August. You can see the Academic year calendar below:

academic year 2016-2017

Curriculum

Each of the degree programmes has a programme-specific detailed annual plan, which is called curriculum. These curricula could be found on the student pages of Saimaa UAS at www.saimia.fi/en-FI/ > Studies > Shortcuts > SoleOPS. As I have already mentioned in one of the previous articles, SoleOPS is an online system for the planning of teaching.

Credits

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard of comparing the study performance of students of higher education across the EU. Students earn credits for the courses they complete as a part of their degree. Depending on the degree programme, bachelor’s degrees comprise 210 or 240 credits. One credit is approximately 27 hours of work. Average annual workload is 60 credits, but you can increase the amount of credits by taking some extra courses or courses from the next year, if it is allowed.

Exams

If you ever fail an exam at your first try, do not fear an early expulsion from the university, as you have the right to two more chances to take a replacement exam. If you ever get a poor grade, you have one more try to achieve a higher one. It really makes students’ life easier and less stressful.

Assessment

Courses are graded either “pass”-“fail”, or on a scale of 1-5, where 5 stands for excellent and 1 stands for satisfactory, but still is a pass. From my personal experience, grading is absolutely fair and unbiased, and students get the grade that they really deserve. For those of you who are planning to apply for Master’s degree after getting bachelor’s, I would strongly advise to keep your average grade on high level, as it is one of the selection criteria.

Attendance

The necessity of attending courses is determined by the teacher at the beginning of each course. A course could have free and compulsory attendance, or could be fully taught online.

Enrolment for a study year

If you are a new student, and have already informed Saimaa UAS of your acceptance of the study place, you are then enrolled automatically. Please note that students must register as present or absent at the beginning of each school year.

Enrolment on study course

Students must enroll on study course via WinhaWille, which is a student interface to the WinhaPro student administration system. There will be an introductory course on this and other student interfaces in the beginning of your study year, so don’t fear it. It will come easy after some time.

Study support for students

Both Skinnarila and Linnala campus have their own student affairs office, from where students can get information about certificates of study, grades and student identification card.

The information provided in this blog is valid as of July 19, 2016. For more full and up-to-date information on practicalities of studying, please, refer to Saimaa UAS’s Official Web Page.

This is all for today. Hope today’s blog entry would be of at least some use to you.

Have a nice day and see you soon!

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