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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)
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198 reviews of University of Helsinki

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HOUSING    
by Karine, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris, France
Language, Erasmus
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: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I was living in a student house in the center of Helsinki called Domus and I shared a flat with another exchange student. It was near from the university, you could walk for going anywhere.
Personal comments:
I was really surprised to get such a nice flat in such a good location. There was a well furnished kitchen and in each room already the main furnitures.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by elisabeth, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Linz, Austria
Social Sciences, Erasmus
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
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Personal comments:
tube, cafe ursula, maestro, east-west-bar (to experience the real finn-karaoke), party-trip to stockholm or tallinn
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ACADEMIC    
by onnijatoivo, Universitaet Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Development Studies, Erasmus
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:
wider variety in English teachings



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:
more practice + better feedback on presentations

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by pauline, Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Political Science, Erasmus
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: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Personal comments:
the finish is a very hard learning language but the easiest way to learn it is to go to the courses and being with local people.
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EXPENSES    
by Rajasekar, TamilNadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India
Forestry, Independent
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:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits:
I spend more because its expensive in Finland or I would say in Europe as a whole. Its very expensive compared to India.
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Self-cooking is advisable
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OVERALL    
by Michael, Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen, Göttingen, Germany
Linguistics, Erasmus
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...
Millions of things ;)
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



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:
You do good!!! Motivate the people to learn more Finnish - to know this language is more than nothing the key to Finnish social life.



FINAL COMMENTS

Travel tips: You have good access to all countries around the Baltic sea; especially try to visit the Baltic states, and (I regret it was not possible for me) Russia. Also the north of Finland, Lappi, is really beautiful, especially in autumn. And don't miss to rent a cottage ("mökki") with your friends in the lake area, with sauna, swimming, incredible nature. It's the best!
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