Contend of Studies
Annual Themes – Study Progress Description

Each study year has its own theme which describes the main focus of the courses.

1st year

S2011 - K2012

Observer of Tourism
-The student has the basic information needed to understand the fundamental process of tourism, its structures, and impact on society in economic, social and ecological terms.
-The student gains knowledge of the theoretical models applied in tourism.
-The students will gain the necessary computer skills and methodological tools needed for data collection, analysis and reporting.

2nd and 3rd year
S2012 - K2014

- In 2nd and 3rd year the student will deepen both the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to function in tourism.

4th year


Developer of Tourism
- In the 4th year the student has competences to develope and analyse tourism products and services. The student is able to develop business
activities by implementing the latest findings in the field.

Structure of the Programme
Basic Studies (75 cr)
Basic studies are compulsory studies and should be completed mainly during the first year of study. These courses include basic courses in tourism and business activities and methodological as well language studies.

Professional Studies (75 cr)
These courses are carried out from the second year onwards and they include special study modules covering different areas of tourism. The aim of professional studies is to equip students with both the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to function in tourism.

Free-choice Studies (15 cr)
The studies include a minimum of 15 credits of free-choice studies. Free-choice studies are included in professional studies. The aim is to provide the student with the opportunity to deepen and widen knowledge related to his or her own professional field. These can be chosen from the degree programme or from another degree programmes in the same school or from another university of applied sciences, university or elsewhere
by prior agreement. The head of degree programme approves optional studies chosen by students.

Practical Training (30 cr)
An essential part of studies is a five-month-long practical training period, which takes place during spring semester of the 3rd study year. Practical training can be done either in Finland or a foreign country. Before starting practical training students must have a minimum of 115 credits. The purpose of practical training is to offer students the possibility to put into practice the knowledge acquired from their professional studies by carrying out practical tasks in companies.

Thesis and Maturity Test (15 cr)
The purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate students’ ability to adapt knowledge and skills acquired during professional studies. This can be accomplished in the form of project work, research work or applied research. It is recommended that the thesis be completed in co-operation with a tourism company or in co-operation with other interest groups. Preparation of the thesis is accomplished towards the end of the student’s studies; a  minimum of 150 credits must be accomplished before starting work on the thesis. The maturity test is done after completing the thesis. The test demonstrates students’ language skills and how familiar they are with the chosen subject of their thesis. Finnish students write the test in Finnish and foreign students in English. The test is completed under supervision with questions provided by the thesis/project supervisor.

Foreign Studies
For Finnish students it is recommended that the 2nd year autumn semester is spent in a foreign university or university of applied sciences. Foreign students may choose not to go abroad. To apply for foreign studies the student must have achieved a minimum of 45 credits per academic year. In addition it is required, that the students have good language skills (good skills in English and at least basics in the target country’s language if possible) and good grades. Students without prior international experience will be given priority when decisions concerning exchange places are made. Exchange opportunities will be presented in information meetings. More information can also be found on Kajaani UAS’s internet pages. Kajaani UAS’s partner institutions in different countries offer studies in English or in other languages. Each student makes a personal study plan with the school’s international co-ordinator for the period of foreign studies. Studies completed abroad are approved as part of the degree programme within either further specialisation studies or free-choice studies.

Language Studies
The Degree Programme in Tourism includes 21 credits of compulsory language studies. Language studies should comprise at least studies in Finnish and English. Finnish students also have two compulsory Swedish courses. It is highly recommended that students choose one language as part of their free-choice studies. These studies should include at least 8 credits in order to achieve a good level of the chosen language (5 cr beginner’s course + 3 cr intermediate/advanced studies). Foreign language courses offered at this level are French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Swedish and German.
 Finnish Students  Foreign Students
English 9 cr  
English 9 cr
Finnish 6 cr Finnish 12 cr
Swedish 6 cr

It is recommended that foreign students concentrate on studying Finnish language during the first study year and start another new language during the second year.