Indeed, the Introduction to Law course is one the most popular courses. Other disciplines enjoying popularity among students are psychology, business studies, computer science, and nutrition. Students can choose courses from the Open University’s entire offering.
“Some courses are specifically designed for students in general upper secondary education, seeking to offer them an introduction to what it’s like to study the discipline,” Juurela says.
When students think about whether to enrol on a university course, they should weigh the benefits it gives them. The fact that the courses constitute part of academic degrees and students are awarded credits for completing them, is a concrete plus. According to feedback from students, getting to know the university and being able to see oneself as a university student, is also a big plus. Things learned on university courses have also come in handy in the matriculation examination.
However, extra courses are not for everyone, and students need to pay close attention to their time management and timetables. The partner schools’ and the Open University’s career counsellors play an important role in supporting students interested in, and completing, university courses.
In Joensuu, students in general upper secondary education also have access to other study opportunities through, e.g., collaboration with Karelia University of Applied Sciences.
“It is possible for students to complete the Hygiene Passport, the Alcohol Passport and the Occupational Safety Card alongside their studies. As many as 153 students from our school have already signed up for these. These courses coincide with their study periods and students can reap the benefits instantaneously when, for example, applying for summer jobs,” Tuominen says.