"Kauppakadun Appro" is one of the most traditional student events held in Jyväskylä, Finland. The event was first organized in the 1970s and has, over its long history, gained a legendary reputation among student gatherings. Kauppakadun Appro is the best way to kick off the academic year with fellow students from all over Finland.
The starting point for Kauppakadun Appro is the Lutakko Harbor Square, where appro-goers set out to earn their degrees in Jyväskylä’s restaurants and bars. At the starting location, there will be various forms of entertainment to get everyone in the Appro mood.
The concept of Kauppakadun Appro is built around playfully earning academic degrees by collecting achievement stamps in the Appro passport. This is done by collecting stamps in the predefined restaurants and bars located in the center of Jyväskylä.
The circuit culminates at the official afterparty at the Paviljonki, where examiners assess the candidates’ performance. At the afterparty, badges corresponding to the earned degrees in the Appro passport are distributed. Top artists ensure the best student experience in Finland.
§ Each examinee must adhere to the laws, regulations, and rules of order and obey the orders of law enforcement.
§ Examinees must be of legal drinking age, and everyone must prove their age at the starting area.
§ Do not litter or otherwise dirty the city – surely you can manage to dispose of trash in the nearest bin and hold it until you find the nearest restroom.
§ The degree is completed at local examination venues. Remember to stamp your diploma after passing each exam.
§ The examination time is 5 hours, for doctoral candidates, it’s 6 hours.
§ Those completing ”Approbatur” may complete one academic achievement, ”Cum Laude” and ”Laudatur” completers may complete two, and those seeking a doctoral degree may complete three academic achievements per restaurant.
§ Examiners will assess the Appro achievement at the final party venue. There is no appeal against the examiner’s evaluation.
APPROBATUR: 8 ACHIEVEMENT STAMPS
CUM LAUDE: 11 ACHIEVEMENT STAMPS
LAUDATUR: 14 ACHIEVEMENT STAMPS
DOCTOR: 17 ACHIEVEMENT STAMPS
ÜBERTOHTORI: 19 ACHIEVEMENT STAMPS
One can only complete a higher degree if they have completed the preceding degree in previous years.