The journey from Finnish archipelago to arctic Lapland
Bachelor’s Degree in Adventure and Outdoor Education
Bachelor of Humanities 210 ECTS
Community Educator, Adventure and Outdoor Education
Study at Humak University of Applied Sciences, the leading higher education institution in adventure education in Finland.
The community educator studies train specialists in adventure and outdoor education. Adventure and outdoor education is based on experiential and activity-based learning methodology and aims at supporting the growth, development, well-being, and agency of individuals, groups, and communities.
As the basis of the studies is a multidisciplinary theoretical framework, which is put into practice in versatile authentic learning environments, such as lakes, the sea, forests, and in the fells and wilderness of Lapland. During the studies, students learn to plan and carry out safe adventure educational processes for different target groups and to evaluate and develop adventure educational activities.
After graduation, students have multiple employment opportunities within the different sectors of national and international working environments. Community educators with adventure educational orientation can be employed e.g. in the field of youth work, organizational work, education and training, well-being services, or nature- and adventure-based entrepreneurship.
Depending on the students’ own interests and specialization, they may choose to work as instructors or guides in e.g. kayaking, trekking, rock climbing, and skiing.
- Studies begin: September.
- Language of instruction: English.
- Teaching time: Day time teaching.
- Mode of teaching: Contact teaching, Blended learning, Online Studies.
- Form of learning: Experiential learning, Coaching, Individual learning, Supervised internships, Work-based learning.
- Extent of the study program: 210 ECTS credits see Study Contents.
- Planned duration: 3.5 years, including summer semesters.
- Tuition fees: Charged from students coming outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland area, 9000 euros/study year. EU/EEA area and Swiss citizens are not subject to the charge.
- Transportation and equipment fee: 1000 euros/study year (included in the tuition fee).
- Qualifications: Bachelor of Humanities (BH, in Finnish yhteisöpedagogi (AMK))
The studies in community education with adventure educational orientation coach the students towards the mastery of the variety of skills needed in the professional field of community and adventure education. Students acquire the essential principles and practices of preventive work and wellbeing promotion and familiarize themselves with the different forms of action within communities and society.
During the studies, students acquire pedagogical, social, technical, environmental and safety skills and are also prepared for entrepreneurship. Practical training periods and collaboration with working life are an essential part of developing the community skills and adventure educational competences of the students (see also Learning Environments).
The methods of adventure and outdoor education can be applied in various environments and contexts with different target groups, in different sectors of society. Adventure education can be applied e.g. in the areas of preventive work, youth and NGO work, education and training, and nature- and adventure-based entrepreneurship. In addition, depending on the students’ own interests and specialization, they may choose to work as instructors in e.g. kayaking, trekking, rock climbing, and skiing.
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Experiential and activity-based learning
Through experiential and activity-based processes the students will learn multiple new skills. Dialogue between theory and practice will be emphasized through the degree program.
Theory Put Into Practice
From the beginning of the studies, the theoretical framework of adventure and outdoor education will be put into practice through different kinds of activities and excursions, e.g. hikes and treks, kayak tours, summer and winter camps, and Nordic winter activities. Through experiential and activity-based processes the students will learn how to plan, organize, implement and evaluate safe adventure and outdoor activities for different target groups in different environments and under various circumstances.
During the studies, the students will learn multiple new skills, especially pedagogical, leadership, social, environmental, technical and safety skills. The studies for community educators will also cover areas such as the Nordic welfare system, preventive work, equality, diversity, and entrepreneurship.
Dialogue between theory and practice will be emphasized through the whole curriculum. The students’ knowledge and skills will develop from factual knowledge, supported by practical experience, towards more abstract and analytical knowledge and skills.
The studies are full-time day studies, including summer semesters. At least 30 ECTS will be conducted as supervised internships either in Finland or abroad. The students’ study and work history will be taken into account (recognition of prior learning) in their individual study plans.
The workload of the degree program equals 210 ECTS credits. The degree program covers the following core contents:
- General studies 10 ECTS
- Professional studies 125 ECTS
- Professional language studies 15 ECTS
- Introduction to community education 10 ECTS
- Pedagogical skills in adventure education 40 ECTS
- Technical skills in adventure education 30 ECTS
- Social studies 30 ECTS
- Advanced professional studies 30 ECTS
Professionalism in adventure education:
- Network and partnership development 15 ECTS
- Adventure educational programming 15 ECTS
- Studies in applied research and development, including bachelor’s thesis (final project) 30 ECTS
- Optional studies 15 ECTS
The final project (bachelor’s thesis) is a working life oriented development project. Through the final project, students demonstrate their capabilities to develop a working life in a concrete manner. The final project can be conducted individually or as a group. The eventual outcome of the project may be e.g. a product or an event.
What to expect in practice
Your community education studies will focus on adventure and outdoor activities. You will be studying both indoors and outdoors. You will participate in multi-day camping trips where you will be sleeping in tents and/or in wilderness cabins. Days at campus start usually at 9.15 and last until 16.00. Field trip days may last longer. During the internship periods, the daily schedule is determined by the internship place.
During the first year of your studies, you can expect that approximately 1/3 of the time will be spent on classes/activities/practicing skills, 1/3 of the time will be spent on projects/independent studies/group assignments, and the last 1/3 will be spent in internships (working-life based practical training). Please, familiarize yourself with the structure of the studies and the curriculum.
Equipment and clothing
Humak provides all the special adventure and outdoor equipment, such as tents, camping stoves, paddling gear, ropes, and harnesses. In terms of clothing, please pay attention to the four seasons!
More information on clothing and equipment will be provided within the acceptance letter. As a new student, you will receive a list that helps you to get prepared for your studies. The list gives you examples of appropriate outdoor clothing and other camping-related gear needed for the studies.