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Alexis
Bath Spa University College, Bath, United Kingdom
Agriculture, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
More courses in english in the departments erasmus has available for exchange.
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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, they have it really well sorted out there. Its a shame that teh practises are not used in the UK.
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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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Alexis
Bath Spa University College, Bath, United Kingdom
Agriculture, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
That I should have gone for a full year as opposed to 6 months, stay as long as you can.
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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
1
Culture
1
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
1
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Take as many varied courses and don't worry. Finnish Architecture is the best course ever!
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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
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
Perosnal insurance a must with as much cover possible. There are losts of trips organised both by uni and companies advertsied all over the campuses to the surround countries. Organise a trip with friends somewhere, you'll learn a lot about yourself and them.
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Alexis
Bath Spa University College, Bath, United Kingdom
Agriculture, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
3.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
The cost of life is pretty similiar but it depends on what you buy and where you shop. The big stores are cheaper but there are some real bargin stores around. S-mart is cheaper than K-mart
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Housing, Overall, Nightlife:
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
Bank transfers are very expensive as is using your home phone to make calls.
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Alexis
Bath Spa University College, Bath, United Kingdom
Agriculture, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
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
The dominate langauge used is english as finnish is far harder for non-finns to learn. Most if not all people know some basic english so communication is not a problem.
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Alexis
Bath Spa University College, Bath, United Kingdom
Agriculture, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
The housing provided was out the suburbs but the main student in city was not as good quality.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The mixture of students in the housing was great however as the housing was shared with the old person housing building the univeristy was slowly buying conflicts arose occasional.
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Alexis
Bath Spa University College, Bath, United Kingdom
Agriculture, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities, Travel, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The ice-bar under ground inside another nightclub with minus 5 degrees temperature. Far too cool!
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