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198 reviews
4.11 / 5 based on 198 reviews
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tuck0066
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Helsinki
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known more about the academic process, as it really was different from American universities.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
This university is currently trying to appeal more to international students, so they are working hard to provide programs and travel for foreign students studying there.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
2
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
1
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Finland is a beautiful country - very clean and safe. If you have a strong desire to learn Finnish, you may wish to consider schools in Turku, Tampere, or Oulu, where knowledge of English is less common. If you're finding it hard to meet local students, at least take advantage of the international student activities. You may not meet any Finnish students, but you will definitely make friends from all over the world (and find new countries to visit - I ended up traveling to Sweden, England, Estonia, Russia, and Austria, plus many other countries. Also, take advantage of the cruise ships going to Sweden and Estonia - they are a blast! Good luck and happy travels!
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Michael
Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen, Göttingen, Germany
Linguistics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Millions of things ;)
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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
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
You do good!!! Motivate the people to learn more Finnish - to know this language is more than nothing the key to Finnish social life.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Travel tips: You have good access to all countries around the Baltic sea; especially try to visit the Baltic states, and (I regret it was not possible for me) Russia. Also the north of Finland, Lappi, is really beautiful, especially in autumn. And don't miss to rent a cottage ("mökki") with your friends in the lake area, with sauna, swimming, incredible nature. It's the best!
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lisa
Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Law, International, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
That life was that expensive in Finland!
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
3
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
I would recommend this university and this destination to everyone, I had one of the best times of my life over there!nevertheless, courses given in English are only followed by erasmus students, so it is not the best way to meet Finnish students.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
2
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
I would recommend to have a visa, so that you could go and visit Russia, which is an unforgettable experience! The erasmus students have Finnish tutors, which is a good way to learn a lot about Finnish student life and places to visit.
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Carlos
Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
Education, Teacher Training, Graduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
?
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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
2
Culture
3
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
?
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
You can travel to Estonia, Russia and Sweden because of its nearest location. There is a foreign-student list via email that lets you know about activities, events... even you can ask and somebody always answer your question. FOREIGN-STUDENTS@HELSINKI.FI is an e-mail list meant for distributing * * information among foreign students at University of Helsinki and other * * interested parties maintained by the volunteers of ESN-U-Helsinki. * * * * To subscribe or unsubscribe send an email to: * * Majordomo@Helsinki.FI * * * * Instructions are available at the ESN website: * * http://www.helsinki.fi/hyy/esn/eng/lists.html *
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tuck0066
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Helsinki
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Other
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> Government assistance<br> A private grant<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Helsinki is the capital city, so food, housing, entertainment, etc is more expensive than it would be in other cities. Local pubs often had cheaper drinks than those located downtown though.
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Telephone, Overall, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Housing, 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
It was very hard for me to open up a bank account in Finland - and to this day, I'm still not really sure why (I think it had something to do with the fact that I didn't have a Finnish social security card and I wasn't a permanent resident). Most forms of travel have special student rates available - you only need to show your student ID card to receive them. Also, check out STA or Council travel for cheap rail passes or train tickets!
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kilde
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
History, Undergraduate, Independent
University of Helsinki
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Now when I look back I would say I should have taken some Finnish language courses prior to my departure.
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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
1
Activities
4
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Socialize. Finland is a hard country to live in. Especially because it is hard to communicate with the locals. The best way to urvive and return home with really good and helpful experience is to socialize. And not to be afraid of chalenges and communicating with the others.
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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
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Bring warm clothes, never forget that you would hardly see the sun during the winter, which might be pretty depressing... And don't forget that in a month or two you would for sure start hating snow.
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