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Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki (SHH)

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3.92 / 5 based on 138 reviews
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Victoire
EDHEC Business School, Lille, France
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki
3.8/5
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: Did not speak it
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Well, Finnish language is really hard to cope with. if you only to go Finland for one semester, do not expect to learn Finnish! Forget it! However, in Helsinki, most people have a very good English level. So, there is no problem to communicate with Finnish people. Even if, it is harder to get to know local people without speaking their language. At last, all student exchange speak English. So noimportant communication problem. But you have to know that it is sometimes frustrating to speak another language because it prevents you from expressing yourself completely. (for instance, at the beginning, it is hard to make jokes)
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Victoire
EDHEC Business School, Lille, France
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Finnish food is a litttle more expensive than in France. Telephone bills are higher because of international communications. And Internet is useful but you sometimes need to hear your family or boy/girlfriend. My accomodation was really cheap: 1412 FIM with electricity , heating and water included. Travelling is one of the main activities for foreign students in Finland. If you want to make the traditional trips, you had better save money before coming. Personnally, I went to Stockholm for a one day trip (125 FIM by boat), Tallinn (35 FIM by slow boat), Saint Petersbourg (around 1200 FIM for a three day trip: everything include even the visa), Lapland (400 FIM by train).
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Overall, Telephone, Food, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Housing:
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
To save money, you should eat like Finnish people. (no vegetables, no fruits) Also, have lunch at university: 13,50 FIM for main course+rice or potatoes+ salad buffet+bread. Very good and cheap!
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Victoire
EDHEC Business School, Lille, France
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
International Marketing course: very interesting and concrete. International Trade Law: very desappointing. Cultural Environment of International Business: very desappointing, too theoretical. Strategies for Asia Pacific: Incredible. Taught by Ingmar Bjorkman, an INSEAD teacher as well, this course is time consuming but really worth it. The teaher is amazingly interesting, dynamic. He knows how to share its past and current experiences in this area. Just go for it! (even if you are planning to work in Asia. Just try!)
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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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Victoire
EDHEC Business School, Lille, France
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
That kitchenware was so expensive!
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Well, I would strongly recommend it because the university is very welcoming and really takes care of its exchange students. Moreover, it is an opportunity to discover a very different culture. At last, if you like travelling a lot, Helsinki is a very good place to discover Russia, Sweden and Finland, of course. However, you must be aware that life is quite expensive. And that from November to February, the sun goes down very early (around 4 PM) and it is quite cold. (even if in Helsinki, the weather is nicer than in Lapland).
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
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
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
To prepare your stay, check the student union website: www.shsweb.shh.fi
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Victoire
EDHEC Business School, Lille, France
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Travel, Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The problem with clubs in helsinki is that they are sometimes expensive, you also have to be over 22 to be sure to enter and they lose quite early (2h30). Nevertheless, I would recommend the Tiger (40 FIM to get in, music OK, closes at 4h). Also, Pravda: free entrance, latino music, finnish design. To have dinner, go to Zetor: not that expensive (around 80 for main course and desert), finnish dishes and strange decorations. (tractors everywhere)
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Victoire
EDHEC Business School, Lille, France
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Because it is well located (20 min from down-town, near the forest and the sea, in a student area). Moreover, I share it with two flatmates: one Spanish and Swedish. Therefore, the atmosphere is very international and friendly.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
If you go to Hanken, choose Harustie as your accomodation. The apartment is cheap, many students live there, it is not that far from Helsinki and rooms are big!
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