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Jyväskylän Yliopisto (JYU)

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4.10 / 5 based on 186 reviews
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playmobil
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
International Relations, Graduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Kortepohja is the best place in terms of interaction with local and international students.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Accomodation is mainly provided by 2 different organizations: 1) Student Union: they run a huge apartment block, called Kortepohja. Around 1900 students call it home. Great location, because within walking distance to the skiing resort. 10 minutes by bike to the main campus 2) KOAS: some kind of public organization that provides students with decent housing. It's a bit cheaper than Kortepohja but often further away from main campus.
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playmobil
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
International Relations, Graduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Finland is not the cheapest place to drink a beer. It doesn't matter where you go- it's expensive anyway. Here are some places to go: Night Clubs:Scandic Hotel, Raatikellari, Gigglin' Marlin, Dominos, Free Time Pubs and cafes: Coffee House, Old Brick's Inn, Hemingway's, Red Neck, Sohwi, Vakiopaine
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playmobil
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
International Relations, Graduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
the quality of courses differ a lot, even within the same faculty. I strongly recommend to attend classes given by visiting professors at the school of business and economics. In general the courses are quite small and challenging. Jyväskylän Yliopisto is the countries' leading alma mater in the fields of sports and education. Here are some courses I recommend from different faculties. management of winter sports, theoretical and methodological aspects of the social sciences of sports, environmental management,INTOPIA (business simulation), Intercultural Communication and of course all FINNISH courses for foreigners.
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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
The Finnish language courses should be either in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid overlapping with other courses. Courses that are announced in the course directory should actually take place!
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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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playmobil
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
International Relations, Graduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
none
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
4
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
It's a great caring place and Finns are not as quiet as everyone thinks. It's definetely recommendable...
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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
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
try to go in August to participate in the intensive Finnish course! Don't study all the time, use the weekends to travel around: Lapland, Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, the snow castle in Kemi, make a cruise to Sweden, go to Estonia and don't miss St.Petersburg and Moscow... and who knows, may be you meet someone very special in Suomi
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playmobil
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
International Relations, Graduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
higher price index
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Food, Overall, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Travel:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
show your student card to the sales person; cheap haircut at the polytechnics (if the students mess it up, the instructor will do their best to save what's left:-)
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playmobil
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
International Relations, Graduate, Erasmus
Languages
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 the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
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
Finnish students and the teaching body speak English quite well- even the library staff! Outside campus it's sometimes helpful to be able to express your desire in Finnish!
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