Studies in Seinäjoki, Finland - Martin Dolejší

2/8/2012
​One of the other students, who studied abroad is Martin Dolejší, who studied in Finland and would like to share this experience with us.
I was convinced I wanted to study abroad ever since my first day at the university. I set a goal of going abroad during my bachelor studies, at best during the third or fourth semester, before the compulsory internship. Already at the end of my first semester, which might look early, I started looking for possibilities to study at foreign partner universities. The ŠAU offers a wide range of partner institutions from which to choose. And this word is something I would like to point out - choose. The reason is simple. From what I have heard from my friends who study at other economy-oriented universities it was clear that they very often had very few, if any, possibilities to study abroad. Furthermore, the students complained about al the red tape, documents, arranging and hassle they had to face when applying for a study abroad and the connected administration. None of this happens at the ŠAU. The only documents I had to submit until the due date of 31st January was an application for the study abroad and a request for financial support in the Erasmus programme. Of course, I had to attach a cover letter and a CV in English to the application as well.

The choice of foreign university was in my case very simple. I have always been attracted by the North of Europe, not only for its high educational standards (one of the best educational systems in the world), but also for the urge to get to know the local culture, nature and lifestyle in the harsh northern climate. The fact that I love Winter, snow and frost made my choice even easier. My favourite choice, what I decided for without any long hesitation, was the University of Applied Sciences in Seinäjoki, Finland.
 
As I have already mentioned, I submitted the application and other necessary documents during January 2011. Then I had no other possibility but wait. Already in April I received the message that I was accepted for study at the Finish university and that I would be given financial support by the Erasmus programme. I only had to fill in a couple of bits and pieces with the coordinator (e.g. the Learning Agreement) and the adventure could begin.

On the last August day, on 30th August 2011, together with Ondra Hrabovský (also a ŠAU student), we set forth for our year’s journey. Once having arrived in Helsinki, we took the waiting Finnair bus, which took us to the city center and the central train station. Finland’s public transport is relatively expensive, but once compared with the Czech republic, on an incomparably higher level. The trains are beautiful, clean, very silent and comfortable.

We were awaited by an Intercity train, going from Helsinki on the South to Rovaniemi, which is on the Arctic Circle. We got off the train after some 400km at Seinäjoki’s train station. Here we were already awaited by the so-called tutors, who take care of the problem-free arrival, accommodation and comfort of the foreign incoming students. For our first night, me and Ondra were accommodated in a hotel situated quite near the college campus.
 
On the next day, together with a short instructional talk, we received keys from our apartment. The apartment we moved into had three large rooms and a shared kitchen with a dining room, a toilet and a bathroom. It was very nicely furnished and cookware was left here by the former tenants. The rooms were also well furnished and everything was absolutely adequate to a regular student’s life. The university campus has all the apartment buildings built in a circle, making contact amongst all the students living here no exception.
 
The next days had for us a welcome for the university itself by a Seinäjoki walk-around and later a lecture on our prospective studies, information systems and other university facilities.

The study at SEAmk itself is very different to that in the Czech republic. Before the beginning of my studies in Finland, I was not sure how the tuition will be organized, what are the demands on students and what attitude do the lecturers apply towards the students. To gain a better picture, which would help me get rid of the beginning uncertainty, I tried to apply the Czech educational model onto a Finish school. This helped me in planning things out and, so to speak, “put two and two together”. Right after the first lecture it was clear that the Czech model does not fit a Finish school. The tuition was designed in a very different fashion and the lecturer’s attitude was different. The content of courses was different, too.

To describe what actually happened in a course, I will have to start from the very beginning, so from the initial lecture. During this first session, the lecturer of the respective course introduced himself as well as the educational plan of the course, timetable actions and requirements for a successful finishing of the course. Then we, the students, introduced ourselves. Very often, a formation of work groups would follow, sort of teams, which of the student would be a member for the better part of the course. It is worth mentioning that most of the work done at a Finish university is done in a team. This is on the one hand an excellent opportunity to widen one’s horizon through friendship and work with people from all over the world, on the other hand it is also very enlightening and enrichening for one’s team working abilities.
 
In the Czech republic, the tuition is typically divided into lectures and tutorials. In Finland, it is always a combination of both. Even if the students sit in a lecture hall seating some 150, the interaction between them and the lecturer is very intense. An educational block (often even four hours long) would typically have a 45 minutes’ worth theoretical introduction and then the lecturer would give a topic for discussion or give work to the individual teams. The teams then sit together and start working on the task set, still communicating with the lecturer and the other teams. I should say that this style is implemented in lectures, where are at most some 50 students (the approximate number of international students at the Business faculty), but even so, the lecturers have the organization well managed. Sometimes the lecturer might set a task, where the teams may leave the lecture hall and move to a computer-equipped study room. Such a scenario may take place even more times within a single educational block. Even though this may sound impossible or inefficient, in reality it is a very efficient and functional mechanism.
 
Another large chapter of the workload in Finland is the home team work, which means a work meeting in the individual teams, which have to take place very often, so as for the team to be able to fulfil the tasks set in time.
 
I believe I have described the SEAmk studies in enough detail now. Now I would like to focus on my spare time activities I did in the course of the year. There were so many that if I were to describe all of them I would hardly ever finish this report at all.
I could mention for example the International Club, where the international students, in collaboration with the Finish coordinators, prepare presentations on their home countries. During these meetings, the respective cuisine’s delicatessen are also presented.
 
During my Finish stay, I visited a number of sights both in Finland itself, such as Tampere, Vaasa, Pietarsaari, Oulu, Rovaniemi and in other countries. In November, we went for trip to St. Petersburg, later also into the wilderness of Lapland, beyond the Arctic Circle and many other interesting trips.
 
One of the largest and greatest trips I made during my stay was doubtlessly the trip to the Norwegian islands of Lofoten, which is situated far beyond the Arctic Circle. Because of its geographic location, the trip was not possible until the end of May. The expedition consisted of five men, four Germans from all over the country and me. We rented a motor home, which would accommodate up to six persons, filled it with food and drinks and other necessary equipment and the journey could begin. We started along the Finish coastline to the North via the towns of Kokkola and Oulu, where we turned to the North-West and crossed the Swedish border. Here we entered the northernmost province, Swedish Lapland and went further towards the Arctic Circle and on. Reindeer herds crossing the road were nothing out of the ordinary and the driver had to be constantly vigilant. Once having crossed the borders of the Arctic Circle, we also visited the city of Kiruna, where for decades, high quality iron ore has been mined. Before entering Norway itself, we had to cross a high mountain ridge, reaching the altitude of 1000 meters, with the mountain peaks reaching 2000 meters of altitude all around us.
 
When we entered Norway, we could not come out of amazement over its natural beauty. The fjords in combination with crystal clear seas and snow-covered mountain tops are something one could watch for days and still crave for more. As the days passed, we aimed our motor-home over further fjords, mountain passes and coastline roads to the westernmost cape of the Lofoten islands. We entered the village on this westernmost cape sticking into the Atlantic after some two days’ journey on the islands.
 
When I returned from Norway I only had a couple of days left in Scandinavia. I started packing and preparing for the departure. I cannot but evaluate this two-semester stay as an amazing experience, which enriched me a lot and broadened my horizon. I met a lot of people from all over the world and with a lot of them I am still keeping in touch. I will never forget this episode of my life and the beautiful experience I gained will make me happy forever.
 
Martin Dolejší

 

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​Martina comes from Jičín but currently lives in Prague. She completed her follow-on Master’s degree programme at ŠKODA AUTO University in 2014. Right after graduation, Martina started working for Estée Lauder, first in the HR department. She worked her way through marketing to a PR position and currently takes care of promotion of seven world-renowned brands.
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​Viktor Myslil, a graduate of our Bachelor’s degree programme Business Administration and Operations, comes from Prague. His passion for ŠKODA AUTO cars made him decide to study in Mladá Boleslav. He also wanted to try something different than all his other classmates.
​I have been dreaming about living in a foreign country since I was small child. This wish made ŠAVS more appealing during my “university selection period” because I learned, thanks to their Open Day and a visit from the ŠAVŠ PR Department to my high school, that this school offers a lot of possibilities to study and complete internships abroad, the latter which is important in one’s future career. When I got the opportunity to spend my mandatory internship abroad, I did not hesitate a single moment. After my Study Erasmus in Slovenia, I left to spend another semester in Dublin, Ireland to work with Škoda’s Irish importer.
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​Bc. Michala Fořtová studied the part-time form of the Bachelor’s degree programme Business Administration and Sales. As she says, she chose ŠKODA AUTO University because of her interest in cars. However, the deciding factor was the option of studying part-time as well as the great facilities of a modern university comparable to schools abroad. What she appreciated the most at ŠKODA AUTO University was the personal approach, something unthinkable in large institutions with large numbers of students, the excellent facilities, access to modern technology and the high level of the university in general.
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​Our student Andrea listened to the advice of her classmates when choosing her internship. She also visited the Magna company booth at the ŠKODA AUTO University Career Day and she– this was the partner for her six-month internship.
We are pleased to invite you to the Summer School of ŠKODA AUTO University.
I would recommend an internship to everyone. It is a great way to discover yourself, plus you get to learn the language and customs and most of all, it is an unforgettable experience.
Martin Dolejší, student of our Master Programme Global marketing and Sales, spend quite a lot of time abroad whilst studying at our university. Now he has three different experiences abroad: studies in Finland, internship at ŠKODA AUTO UK and also the prestigous programme, Global Village, in the USA. You can read the interview we did with Martin to see what he learnt and how he assesses his stays abroad.

 

I worked in the Purchase Department in the Projects team which consisted of 16 nice colleagues who were always prepared to help me kindly if I needed it. The beginning was quite exacting as we had to manage our bank account and request all Bentley systems such as SAP, TEVON, AVON, B-release database, but everything was arranged sooner than we expected.

I can confirm that trips abroad are a great opportunity to become more independent, gain new experience and make new friends. All young people should definitely use this opportunity.
The five-week event brings together students, young professionals and businessmen from different industries from around the world. During courses, panel discussions, tours in businesses and organisations, debates, consultation projects, national presentations, trips to New York City and Washington D.C. and cultural events, the participants learn skills and insights necessary to become a successful leader.
Anna is a graduate of the Bachelor field of study, Business Administration and Sales, and the follow-on Master field of study, Marketing Management in the Global Environment.
I decided to study abroad at the last minute – in the last semester of my studies. But I can say that it was the right decision and I would not change it. Our university offers several options to study abroad. I chose to study in Italy as I was mostly attracted to this country.
At the annual ACBSP conference in Philadelphia held on 14 June 2015, docent Pavel Mertlík, Rector of ŠKODA AUTO University, accepted the accreditation certificate of the American association Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), awarded to ŠKODA AUTO University in November last year.
When I found out that I was chosen for an internship abroad in Bentley Motors I was thrilled but at the same time very afraid of how to manage everything and especially how to cope with being alone for five months in a different country. Fortunately, I was teamed up with other interns who were starting at the same time. After that everything was much easier.
How did I arrive in this country and job? During the semester offers with foreign interships appeared on a bulletin board on the Information Document Server. Since I had always been interested in going somewhere far away, to improve my language skills and to learn about a new culture, I did not hesitate to send my CV and cover letter.
I got my first professional experience at Bentley Motors Limited. Bentley Motors Limited is a British luxury automaker, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the German company Volkswagen AG.
Europa im Wandel: The second stage of the 11th year of the joint project of ŠKODA AUTO University and Fachhochschule Münster took place.
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Evgenii did his internship in a Slovak company, Treves – Slovakia s.r.o. However, he did not stay only in Slovakia– thanks to business trips, he also got to visit Barcelona in Spain or St. Petersburg in Russia. The work he did during his internship was undoubtedly quite diverse...
Each year a bunch of students from our university is chosen and sent to Bentley Motors in order to do our internship abroad and gain some valuable experience.
Wednesday March 11 was dedicated to careers! ŠKODA AUTO University was visited by the representatives of its thirteen partner companies who gave presentations on the possibilities of internships and employment during studies and after graduation.
ŠKODA AUTO University celebrated International Women’s day. The event included not only interesting lectures by Biljana Weber, the General Manager of Microsoft CZ, and Libuše Šmuclerová, the General Manager of Czech News Center, but also a fashion show and a concert by INFLAGRANTI.
We would like to invite you to our OPEN DAY which will be held on January 14th 2016.
ŠKODA AUTO University has successfully passed the accreditation process of the American Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, obtaining a prestigious institutional ACBSP accreditation according to all its standards.
At the invitation of the head of the personnel department and students in 3rd year of the Bachelor’s degree programmes at ŠKODA AUTO University, who are taking their 5-month internships in Magna Bohemia in this semester, four of our students visited the plant in Libáň u Jičína on 24 November. This company became a partner of Škoda earlier this year as one of the main suppliers of interior parts for ŠKODA AUTO and other makes within the VW group.
Obligatory or continuous internship at EY? Why not! Adéla Burdová and Jan Breburda talk about their first impressions of the internship.

If I had to evaluate my stay in Athens, the words I could use would be amazing and unforgettable. Not only that, I met with great friendly people from many parts of the world, and I also learned about Greek culture.

My daily task was to negotiate discounts with suppliers and ensure a steady flow of orders in the internal system called Workflow.

One of the main reasons why I decided  on Škoda Auto University was the possibility for extensive internships, not only at Škoda Auto a.s. but also abroad with companies such as VW, Audi, Seat and Bentley.

ŠKODA AUTO University offers a lot of options for an exchange semester abroad. As a result, it was not easy to decide which university is the most interesting.  I decided to study at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.

From 10th February till 25th July 2014 I had a great opportunity to be a part of the Purchasing department in Bentley motors Ltd. in a small town called Crewe. Crewe is situated in the north-west part of Great Britain.

May was an important month for ŠKODA AUTO University! We had the chance to welcome Eduard Hoeks, the Dutch ambassador, who discussed study possibilities at our University with the management, took a tour around our premises and talked to students. He described our study fields as unique and you can look forward to his lecture at our University!
Bohdan Wojnar, member of the Board of ŠKODA AUTO and Pavel Neuman, CEO of Magna Exteriors & Interiors (Bohemia) s.r.o., signed a cooperation agreement today between the two organisations. The cooperation will provide ŠKODA AUTO University students with many new possibilities, particularly in terms of work placements and graduate positions.
After last year’s successful acquisition of the European Commission certificate, the University is currently joining the elite club of institutions accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. From 8th to 11th May, the school hosted the first visit of the accreditation mentor prof. Kevin Cooney from Northwest University in Seattle, which will be followed by a visit of three accreditation commissioners in the autumn. The accreditation decision will be made by the end of 2014.
On Tuesday 6th May, ŠKODA AUTO University welcomed Dipl.-Kfm. Winfried Krause, member of the Board of ŠKODA AUTO for Economics, who delivered a lecture on “Managing Financial Results at ŠKODA AUTO”, in which he presented the development of ŠKODA AUTO since 1991, financial planning, management of financial goals as well as facts and figures of ŠKODA AUTO for 2013.
Miloš Zeman, president of the Czech Republic and Joachim Gauck, president of the Federal Republic of Germany, visited Mladá Boleslav on 7th May. As a part of their visit of the ŠKODA AUTO factory, they also met students of ŠKODA AUTO University.
I would highly recommend working in Bentley, because it is a unique opportunity to test school knowledge in practice and six months is long enough to get to know all the processes in procurement.
A great experience for me was the opportunity to become independent in a foreign country, use my foreign language skills in everyday communication and last but not least to make many new friends and contacts across Europe.
During my internship I was responsible for all documentation related to sales and car orders from the German production plant based on orders from dealers, so called Porsche Centers.
On April 15th 2014, Pavel Pěnička, Director of Siemens Elektromotory Mohelnice and Jan Dušek, Director of ŠKODA AUTO University signed a cooperation agreement on the premises of  Na Karmeli Educational Centre.
Jaroslav Follprecht, Vice Chairman of the Board of AIMTEC a. s. and Rostislav Schwob, member of the Board of AIMTEC a. s., Jan Dušek, Director of ŠKODA AUTO University and Petr Šulc, Rector of ŠKODA AUTO University signed an agreement on the cooperation between ŠKODA AUTO VYSOKÁ ŠKOLA, o.p.s and Aimtec a.s. on March 27th 2014 on the premises of ŠKODA AUTO University.
At the end of 2013, ŠKODA AUTO University received the Diploma Supplement Label, which is an international certificate awarded by the European Commission confirming quality and international standardisation when issuing qualification documents acquired by graduation.
The opportunity to spend several months in SVW as an intern was and will be a wonderful experience, life event and invaluable opportunity to gain world-class views while working in an international team.
​When I was deciding where I wanted to do my compulsory internship in the fifth semester, it became clear to me that I did not want to stay in the Czech Republic.
One of the many benefits from the Erasmus programme is the internationalisation of the study environment. As there is the possibility to encounter a wide range of cultures, and this allows students to learn and discover from each other. Felix Böttner, who spent winter semester 2013/2014 at our university, has shared his experience with us.
​I made use of my previous knowledge, gained a richer overview of business in the IT field, managed to combine theory from the basics of management and project management with practical use and thus gain valuable new skills.
​Vít Pečínka, a student of master´s degree, spent one semester in Finland. He would like to share his experience with us.
When I got the offer for a five-month internship at ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland GmbH, I did not hesitate and accepted the offer.
​During my stay, I realised we are still similar to Austrians in many aspects in terms of mentality and views.
As with every new semester, we again welcome all the international students who decided to spend an exchange semester at ŠKODA AUTO University. In total, 12 international students arrived from Turkey, France, Slovenia, Germany, Ukraine, Austria and China.
Representatives of the International Office at ŠKODA AUTO University attended the 20th anniversary year of the largest education fair in Spain “AULA 2014”. The event which took place from 19 to 23 February 2014, was attended by more than 100,000 young people from Madrid and surrounding areas.
​7th year of The Central European Study Abroad Fairs Gaudeamus, 28th - 29th January 2014, Exhibition Centre Praha Holešovice, Halls E and D, 8:00 - 16:00.
​Getting an internship abroad had been a great motivation for me from the very beginning of my studies.
During the last week, a project seminar called “Europa im Wandel” was held, which was organised in cooperation with our partner school Fachhochschule Münster.
​Our student Denys Sliusarenko spent 6 months in Bentley. He will share his experience with you in this article.
On 14th November 2013, Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences hosted the signing of a double degree programme agreement by both Universities’ Rectors
​Between 4th and 6th November 2013, doc. Šaroch and Dr. Horská, from the Department of Economics, were invited to join the group of independent economic experts for the Czech Republic and participated in consultations of the European Commission in Brussels.
Between 18th and 19th November 2013, international team members of the project "Developing New Distribution Skills for SMES and HEI students” met to discuss matters regarding the project.​
​On 12th October 2013, the  fourteenth year of the Trends in Automotive Logistics Conference was held in Prague.
​The main reason why I chose to study at ŠKODA AUTO University was the prospect of obtaining professional experience in ŠKODA AUTO during my studies.
​I spent my Erasmus study placement in the Norwegian coastal town of Ålesund.
​The third annual Summer School “Global Management in the Automotive Industry” officially started on Monday 2nd September 2013 at ŠKODA AUTO University.
​The university arranges student internships and stays abroad not only in Europe but also in Russia, China, India and other countries. Our student Martina Bartošová spent winter semester in ŠKODA AUTO India Pvt. Ltd. She would like to share her story with us.
​ŠKODA AUTO University was the only Czech university which participated at the Annual Conference of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs held between 21st - 24th July 2013 in Salt Lake City.
​Our University participated in the 37th Education and Career Fair in Moscow during March 2013.
To study abroad is an interesting experience and a great change to everyday studies - Bc. Tereza Siebertová, Bc. Tomáš Holub and Bc. Petr Rolák. 
​David Řežábek studied at the FH Wien University of Applied Sciences in Austria.
​Lucie Dědečková studied at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Steyr.
​One of our students’ favourite places abroad for compulsory or optional internships is Bentley Motors Ltd. in the English town of Crewe.
​The students are slowly returning from their stays abroad, where they could not only study, but also work. They wrote interesting articles about their journeys, which we will gradually publish.
P​avel Srovnal undertook his mandatory internship at ŠKODA AUTO UK.  Below you will find his account of his time in the UK.
​The ŠKODA AUTO University opens annually the course Czech Language and Culture for Foreigners, where the students learn Czech, so that they can, once having finished the course, enrol to Czech universities (for Bachelor or Master programme).
​Jana Baková, a student, spent her internship in the ŠKODA Marketing department of Volkswagen-Audi, S.A. - ŠKODA AUTO’s Spanish importer. She will share her experience with you in this article.
​A group of advanced students of German, took part at a week long stay from 7th to 12th of November 2011 in the German city of Münster
​The Škoda Auto University is also attended by a few foreigners in the follow-on Master programme, which is taught entirely in English. Gaurav Mehra and Gopi Kasharla come from India.
​Lukáš Müller studied the Bachelor programme Business Administration and Sales at the ŠAU and then went on to study the Master programme Marketing Management in the Global Environment. 
​A Škoda Auto University graduate, Ing. Štěpán Lacina, who studied at the school from 2003-2009, responded to a few of Daniel Suchánek’s questions.
​Experience of the ŠKODA AUTO University’s student Anna Dolejší from studying at Fachhochschule Wien and from internship at Audi AG within the Erasmus programme.