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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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suomi
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, 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: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
i was able to improve my written english and my understanding of academic texts. concerning my finnish i was a bit disappointed that i was not in the position to improve it. but i will establish a proper "sisu" and at some time succeed in improving my finnish language skills. i got used to the pronounciation and intonation a bit more. i had to work a lot for the university so i could not dedicate time for additional language studies.
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suomi
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
finnish prices are higher than austrian ones
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Travel, Food, Overall, Housing, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone:
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
it was not possible to rent a laptop which is a big problem when you have to do a lot of homework on the computer. concerning saving cost on food: just do not save money to extendedly. rather buy less but to your taste, otherwise food will become boring (but this is my general opinion, does not have to do anything with finland)
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suomi
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
courses are very intensive. try to do your assignments right from the beginning because the amount of stuff to learn will be enourmous in the end. however, if you continuously participate the final exam will not be a problem. if you choose advanced courses you have to epxpect a huge amount of home exercises but often need not write an exam (a very useful information; i wish i would have been aware of that at the beginning of the semester). moreover it is interesting to know that you are asked about your own opinion. it is not only learnt facts that count.
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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
i wanted to learn the finnish language but as hanken is a swedish university this was some sort of a problem. there are no finnish courses for beginners. if you are quick enough you can take a finnish course at the helsinki university, just across the street.
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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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suomi
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
no. when you go abroad just take time to get used to culture and inhabitants.
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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
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
just do not try to cheat at exams or during courses. in general cheating is not at all desirable but the students at hanken are very keen on that subject. some would tell the instructor if they knew about somebody was cheating. some students were involved in cheating which caused lively discussions throughout the university.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
2
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
finland was my favourite country already before and here my attitude was enforced. be busy at university, you can learn a lot in those intensive courses. but don't forget to live: travel around the country, there's lots of overwhelming nature to see in finland. concerning neighbours: maybe go to tallinn, st. petersburg, moscow, stockholm. nature is fascinating in all seasons, drinking water is clean and quality of life is high. however, keep in mind that there is a population of about 5m people which makes an extended public transport system (like e.g. the one in vienna) superfluous. you will have to make use of busses rather than of the metro, but still it is not a big problem to get to wherever you are going to. in the city center you can go on foot to all important places.
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suomi
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel, Nightlife, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
for "dark" music fans: check out www.tiketti.fi to find information on metal and gothic concerts - take place mostly in nosturi and tavastia klubbi; both are small and recommendable. i loved them.
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suomi
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, 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?
apartment was very beautiful and roommates were very nice ... living alone probably would be boring
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
my roommates and me were very lucky with our accomodation: rent was quite cheap for helsinki and the apartment was bigger than the others. although we had to use the metro to get into the centre, the "travelling time" was not too bad (about 20 minutes) and it was made up through the beautiful landscape we lived in (near the forest and the sea).
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