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Tampere University of Technology (TUT)

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4.20 / 5 based on 117 reviews
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Martin U
Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Undergraduate, 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
Almost every Finn you will meet will speak at least some Finnish. A lot speak even very good English. But it is of course it is always polite to at least try to speak some phrases in Finnish. The reactions will be usually very positive.
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Martin U
Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
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
Finnland is an expensive country.
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Travel, Overall, Nightlife, Food:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone:
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
It is recommended to buy a SIM-Card in Finland (dna or Colombus), phoning is cheap. There are a lot of flea markets and second hand shops in Tampere. You can find a handout in the tourist information. There is also one in Hervanta (south-west-west of Mikontalo). Maybe there is some stuff you need in your flat's storage room in the cellar of your appartment block.
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Martin U
Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
Try to subscribe to a course beforehand. There are courses where more people show up and the teacher has to send away students, so if you don't know if you've done everything right for registration, ask a tutor
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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
there should certainly be an easier way to register for courses and examinations, I heard it is in work; reading material should be available other Intranet more often (and not in a shop where it is sold out after a few hours)
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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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Martin U
Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
my home university doesn't except the courses I take here.
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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
4
Culture
2
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
The exchange students of Tampere University of Technology are mainly French and Spanish, when Italian and German. The majority of the University of Tampere are German. So if you are German speaking and you want have a real international experience go to the TUT, for French and Spanish it is vice versa. In overall Tampere is a good town to live.
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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
2
Final comments
Just come here, study a little bit, spend good evening and travel a lot. And if you have some problems ask your tutors!
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Martin U
Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The night life in Hervanta, the place where the University of Technology is located is mainly made in the accomodations of foreign students (where are allegedly more exchange students students in Tampere when anywhere else in Finland). It is also the location of the notorious bar "Atlantis". In the city centre very popular clubs and bars are Onnella (mainstream music), Sokeri (Black music) and Doris (Rock), as well as Cafe Europe and O'Connell's. From Tampere you can of course travel to Helsinki and Turku, but if you look for cosy towns you should travel to Lappeenranta and Oulu. Also you shouldn't miss Stockholm, Estonia (and the other little Estonian towns), Riga and of course Russia (St. Petersburg).
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Martin U
Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
advantage of having some privacy while living ate the same time living with other people in one appartment and it is very hard to find a flat on your own with just a small knowledge of Finnish,
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
the local housing organisation TOAS does very thorough work, the registration is easy and self-explaining, their are normally all facilities you need and the appartment blocks have even their own homepages and events, they are close to the university, if the students applies early enough, on the other hand: the landlords normally don't speak English
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