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GroupVAP19-20/Free-choice elective studies
Study unitLAVV14 International Student Ambassador, 3.00 ECTS credits, 80 h
Free choice electives
UnitCommon studies
Time of implementationAutumn1/2019-2020, Summer/2019-2020
Responsible teacherJuotasniemi Sanna
Other teachersKehusmaa Kati
Status of implementationFinished

Description status Under modification
Language of instruction English
Starting and ending dates21.08.2019 - 20.05.2020
Minimum number of participants 5 
Maximum number of participants 9 
Enrolment period20.08.2019 - 20.10.2019
Implementation method
Virtuality 0 ECTS credits
R&D integration 0 ECTS credits
Resit dates of the exam
Teaching schedule (website link)
Description language English 

The student works as an international student ambassador to Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

After completing the course, the student is able to:

-Describe Finnish and northern culture, Lapland UAS and it’s international working environment as well as recognize the meaning of internationalization to a student as a part of his/her studies and future career.

-Promote the possibilities of internationalization and operate in different presentation situations.

-Work in constructive collaboration with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Assessment criteria
  • Participation in training, planning and activities

  • Reporting of activities and returning the report as instructed

You know how to introduce and promote the exchange possibilities of Lapland UAS to internal and external stakeholders using different channels.

You know how to guide international quests as well as introduce the host organization, town and the Lappish culture.

You know how to take into account the different views of the group members from different cultural backgrounds and work as a member of the group.

Pedagogical arrangements

The student submits an application form. International services invite the student to an interview based on which the selection is made (Selection criteria include language skills, motivation, good interaction skills and progress of studies. Studies abroad are considered as an advantage).

The student participates in the training. International services organize the activity in cooperation with faculty international coordinators. Student ambassador commits to the activity for one academic year. Student ambassadors work and plan different activities as a group as well as independently based on the assignments given by the international services or the faculty international coordinators.

The student reports his/her actions to Lapland UAS international services, which checks the report and marks the evaluation to a student records of credits. International services provide a separate certificate and written feedback for the student.


- Lapland UAS website: Going Abroad, Exchange Students, Students, Applicants

- website and publications

- other material given by international services

Recommended literature:

- Gert Jan Hofstede, Paul B. Pedersen, Geerd Hofstede: Exploring Culture: Exercises, stories and synthetic cultures (2002)

- Susan C. Schneider & Jean-Louis Barsoux, Gunter K. Stahl: Managing Across Cultures.

- Jean-Claude Usunier & Julie Anne Lee: Marketing Across Cultures.

- Marie-Joelle Browaeys & Roger Price: Understanding Cross-Cultural Management.

- Edward T. Hall: The Silent Language.

- Ray French: Cross-cultural management in work organisations

- O'Connor, P. & Pilbeam, A. & Scott-Barret, F. 1992. Negotiating.


- Participating in the training.

- Presenting and promoting the opportunities for internationalization in Lapland UAS(for example organizing the international day with international services, participating in the organization of exchange info sessions and sharing one's personal experiences during the info sessions as well as using social media).

- Participating in programme implementation of incoming international guests of Lapland UAS; introducing the facilities and surrounding environment as well as sharing one's own study experiences at Lapland UAS with guests.

- Possible other tasks related to international activities.



Evaluation is carried out as a continuous assessment during the course as well as based on the students written report. Written feedback is given from both the report and the activities.

Instructions for the report: Write a two-part report.

  1. Part: Write down your participation in the training, ambassador activity and planning as well as your working hours. (for example in excel sheet)

  2. Part: Write a report (min. 3 pages), where you ponder and reflect the growth of your knowhow in relation with the learning objectives and assessment criteria: What have you learned (knowledge and skills)? How has your expertise in internationalization been improved? How could Lapland UAS improve the international student ambassador activity? Also evaluate your success in the activity.

In order to pass the course, the student must participate in the training and international student ambassador activities for minimum the required working hours (80h) and write and return the report as instructed.

Assessment: Fail / Pass

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