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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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University of Helsinki review by stefano

Review by stefano, Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy
Computer Science/IT, 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: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? Because I really think that it is the best way to do an international experience. You may meet people and it is not expensive since you can devide the rent with the other flatmates.
Personal comments:
It was a great experience, because I lived for seven months in a flat with other five guys from Czech Republic, France, England, Greece and Esthonia. Living in a multiciltural flat I enlarged my mind and, first of all, I improved a lot my english language.
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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
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       5.0 / 5
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:
In the beginning it is quite hard to attend the courses in foreign language, but step by step it becomes easyer. Know your class as more as you can.



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:
It will be difficult to know really the local students but try enyway.

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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?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
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:
I am very sotisfied about the english level that I got, even if the local language was finnish. Now I am able to spech about everything with everyone.
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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:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family
An ERASMUS grant
occasional jobs
Work opportunities:
I worked, but it was illegal/cash in hand work
Personal spending habits:
Because I am still living with my parents and I traveled a lot.
Travel, Overall, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Nightlife, Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
No.
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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...
Of course not, and for this reason that I really want to find a work experience abroad.
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:
In Finland, it is very hard to accede to the university, therefore all the students do not want to play. You have to do the same.



FINAL COMMENTS

If you have the possibility, go.
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