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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 pauladeandres, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
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: A room exchange
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? There is more student life than shering a flat with two other students.
Personal comments:
The University of Helsinki's acommodation system is the best one I've seen so far. Prices are very reasonable and flats are in a very good condition.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by stefano, Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy
Computer Science/IT, 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: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
The best pub was Barikarpanen, that in english language means Bar Fly. But first of all, if you go in Finland, you can not miss the Sauna after every activity.
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ACADEMIC    
by Kilde, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
History, Independent
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:
There is one very important thing that most international students miss. They hardly attend the Finnish language courses. And in time one finds out that knowledge of Finnish, even in a basic level, is essential in order to understand ones enviroment.



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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by Olivier, Université de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Law, 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: Basic phrases
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
I only had a basic knowledge of English before going to Finland. After my stay there, I was at ease in most situations! Of course everybody speaks English there
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EXPENSES    
by jezdinsk, Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Social Sciences, Erasmus
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:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits:
Everyday life in Finland is more expensive than in Austria in general, there are only some eceptions that are less expensive, f.g. travelling
Food, Nightlife, Overall: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Housing: was the same price as at home.
Travel: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Telephone: Telia City
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OVERALL    
by Alexis, Bath Spa University College, Bath, United Kingdom
Agriculture, 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...
That I should have gone for a full year as opposed to 6 months, stay as long as you can.
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:
Take as many varied courses and don't worry. Finnish Architecture is the best course ever!



FINAL COMMENTS

Perosnal insurance a must with as much cover possible. There are losts of trips organised both by uni and companies advertsied all over the campuses to the surround countries. Organise a trip with friends somewhere, you'll learn a lot about yourself and them.
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