Student Story - Alvaro Perez
International Business, exchange student
Home country: Spain
What are you currently doing: Business Administrator at Microsoft
How did you find out about TAMK and what made you choose it for your studies?
At the time to choose the destination university for my Erasmus program, I had decided that I wanted to go to Finland, so I was provided with a few options. If I remember correctly, the partner universities were Haaga-Helia, SAMK, Lapin AMK, KAMK and TAMK.
The reason I went for TAMK was that I wanted to experience Finnish culture while still live in a city that was easy to travel to and from, and for this, Tampere as a city was the best choice. Helsinki is another European capital so there is a more international environment and the rest of the destinations seemed a bit too far to get around.
What did you like most about Tampere and Finland?
There are so many things that I love about the city so it is very hard to pick, but I guess that the best thing is how well Tampere is integrated with the nature around it. You can be in the city centre drinking a coffee or enjoying a fine meal, and just 5 minutes after, you may find yourself by the lake shore on your way to Pyynikintori.
In what ways have your studies contributed to your professional and personal life?
The courses I took at TAMK were really interesting, especially the ones about international cooperation. We got the chance to visit companies like Glaston or Tredea, which gave me an insight on how businesses work in Finland and how they are taking on the challenges of a globalized world, managing both local and international talents to be competitive.
Also, this international experience has helped me a lot both in my work and personal life, working abroad in the hotel industry in England and now in Microsoft, dealing with similar situations as these companies described.
Regarding my personal life, after my exchange period I became a member of ESN (Erasmus Student Network) in Spain to help other students in their mobility abroad.
How has TAMK supported your needs as a student?
TAMK and the Finnish student system are perfect, there are a lot of student benefits that you can use, from student housing to meals in the canteen or the gym facilities, all of these with very nice student prices.
Also, every exchange student is assigned a mentor which is a great help to get around the city in the beginning, as well as for the activities during the welcoming week.
What would you say to anyone considering studying at TAMK?
It is a great choice! There are a lot of talented professionals working there, as well as loads of great students to team up with.
This story was written in August 2016.
Note: TAMK no longer has a separate Degree Programme in Tourism. At the moment, Tourism is a specialisation within the International Business programme.