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University of Helsinki

Helsingin Yliopisto, Yliopistonkatu 4 - P.O. Box 33, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
4.05 / 5 based on 198 reviews.
Description:
The University of Helsinki (Helsingin yliopisto) is the oldest and largest university in Finland. It was founded in 1640 as the "Academy of Turku"; Turku being the former capital of Finland, which was then part of the Swedish realm. After Finland was annexed to the Russian Empire in 1809, the capital was moved to Helsinki. In 1827 the University was transferred to Helsinki, where it opened the following year under the name of the Imperial Alexander University, after the Russian Czar Alexander the Second. It was the only university in Finland until 1919.

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Programmes
Accreditations
88% of students recommend
198 reviews
Housing
4.1/5
All experiences (198)
Student life
4.5/5
5 stars (84)
Academic
4.2/5
4 stars (72)
Languages
4.2/5
3 stars (36)
Expenses
3.1/5
2 stars (6)
Overall
4.5/5
1 star (0)
I would recommend to have a visa, so that you could go and visit Russia, which is an unforgettable experience! The erasmus students have Finnish tutors, which is a good way to learn a lot about Finnish student life and places to visit. Read Review
lisajonet, Belgium

6 3-star reviews of University of Helsinki

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Review by lisa, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Law, International, Erasmus
HOUSING    
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Building with erasmus and local students
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: A room exchange
Why? opportunity to meet and live with total new people, coming from all over the world
Personal comments:
Big choice of accomodations, locations and prices, good organization. Rather dirty in general though, furniture missing, and impossible to make the responsibles react about that.
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STUDENT LIFE    
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Bar Fly:pub/club where a lot of erasmus people meet; Molly Malones:Irish pub, excellent bands changing every week, people coming from everywhere; "le Belge": Belgian pub (because i'm Belgian!);Atheneum museum (beautiful expositions, free for students on some days); Vappu (1st of May, huge student celebration); Seurasaari and Suomenlina (two lovely islands aroud Helsinki).
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ACADEMIC    
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
none

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Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Personal comments:
Although Finnish is the national language in Finland, almost everyone can speak English, so i didn't have communication problems. I spent most of my time with British and Irish people, which gave me the opportunity to improve my English considerably.
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EXPENSES    
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
Helsinki and Finland in general are extremely expensive compared to Belgium.
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Housing: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
Lidle in Pasila
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OVERALL    
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
That life was that expensive in Finland!
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
I would recommend this university and this destination to everyone, I had one of the best times of my life over there!nevertheless, courses given in English are only followed by erasmus students, so it is not the best way to meet Finnish students.



FINAL COMMENTS

I would recommend to have a visa, so that you could go and visit Russia, which is an unforgettable experience! The erasmus students have Finnish tutors, which is a good way to learn a lot about Finnish student life and places to visit.
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