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Hämeen Ammattikorkeakoulu

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4.26 / 5 based on 54 reviews
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peanutbrain
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Hämeen Ammattikorkeakoulu
2.5/5
Languages
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 the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
There was great effort to get us to learn Finnish with Finnish language and culture lessons which were interesting. Most Finnish people have Finnish as their second language so communication was OK, just a little lack of confidence from some people, I guess they dont get the opportunity to speak to many English people over in Hameenlinna.
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peanutbrain
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Hämeen Ammattikorkeakoulu
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
Overall costs were slightly higher but this was taken into account with the grant received from Erasmus. Food was expensive, as was eating/drinking out. Small things like taxi's can be costly.
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Overall, Telephone, Food, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Travel, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Shop at local markets. Plan bus routes, get yourself a student card to get discounts on trains and buses. Use student offers in bars and clubs.
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peanutbrain
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Hämeen Ammattikorkeakoulu
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Choose to study in Evo for a few weeks. Forestry course there was excellent.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
none
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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peanutbrain
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Hämeen Ammattikorkeakoulu
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Not being able to buy alcohol in the supermarket! Only in ALCO shops which are open on certain days and times.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
A definate Scandinavian experience. I wouldnt go alone unless your very social and confident. Locals can be shy and hard to approach. International students are easier to get along with. Especially the Germans! They are mad party people! But so are the Finns, take time to get to know them, their culture is interesting and they will find you fascinating too!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Plan how you will get from the airport to the campus (we were not collected and got a bus which took a few hours). If you are going in winter bear in mind it can reach -10 degress and be VERY thick snow cover, you will need winter boots and thermal underwear. Alcohol is expensive. Supermarkets are basic. Buses are usually on time! So are trains.
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peanutbrain
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Hämeen Ammattikorkeakoulu
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Tampere is great. Helsinki is OK but a bit too far away. Train links are excellent. Taxis are expensive. 2 nightclubs in Hameenlina town. You have to be over 21 or 22. Bummer when you are 20.
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peanutbrain
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Hämeen Ammattikorkeakoulu
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
It gave enough privacy but still close to University and all local amentities. Plus chance to meet locals as most living in same block were students. I actually shared an apartment with a Finnish girl.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Better than the accomodation in Manchester!
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