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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)
Save before coming to Finland. It is a beautiful country and there's lots to see, but even though students have 50% discount in transport, still transport is expensive. If you like travelling you are gonna enjoy Finland and thneighbour countries, as long as you can afford it, of course. To those who smoke I would recomend quitting smoking. Smoking in Finland is forbidden in most places, such as cafes, universities, flats, etc. It is not fun to be smoking outside when is -30 degrees! Read Review
pauladeandres, Spain

University of Helsinki review by pauladeandres

Review by pauladeandres, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Language, 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: 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    
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, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
I wouldn't miss the student's weekly meetings. It's a good chance to meet both foreign and Finnish people.
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ACADEMIC       3.5 / 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:
I would highly recommend the intensive Finish language course, which is taught in Finnish. I would also recomend the Finnish language and culture rpogramme.



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:
I don't have any suggestions.

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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: Finnish
Was learning Finnish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Finnish
How much did you improve your Finnish?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
The reason why I came to Finalnd was to learn Finnish. I am a translator and I wanted to learn it as best as I could. That's why I tried to meet Finnish people, because I was interested n their language and culture. However, year is not enough for learning the Finnish language. That's why I'm back in Finland, but this time working for a Finnish company and speaking Finnish 24 hours/day!
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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:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits:
Finland is much more expensive than Spain!
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
I didn't have any special surprises. I knew the cost of living in Finalnd was higher than in Spain but until I came here I didn't how big the difference was. Going out, alcohol , cigarrettes, cinema, concerts, etc are very expensive! So, t least, I would quit smoking before coming to Finland.
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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...
It is not legal to bring to Finland alcohol 90C, which is commonly used in Spain for cleaning and drying bruises.
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:
I highly recommend it! There is a great variety of courses, great social life and a very different culture!



FINAL COMMENTS

Save before coming to Finland. It is a beautiful country and there's lots to see, but even though students have 50% discount in transport, still transport is expensive. If you like travelling you are gonna enjoy Finland and thneighbour countries, as long as you can afford it, of course. To those who smoke I would recomend quitting smoking. Smoking in Finland is forbidden in most places, such as cafes, universities, flats, etc. It is not fun to be smoking outside when is -30 degrees!
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