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4.05 / 5 based on 198 reviews
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pauladeandres
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
3.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I would highly recommend the intensive Finish language course, which is taught in Finnish. I would also recomend the Finnish language and culture rpogramme.
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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 don't have any suggestions.
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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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pauladeandres
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
It is not legal to bring to Finland alcohol 90C, which is commonly used in Spain for cleaning and drying bruises.
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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
4
Costs
1
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
I highly recommend it! There is a great variety of courses, great social life and a very different culture!
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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
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Save before coming to Finland. It is a beautiful country and there's lots to see, but even though students have 50% discount in transport, still transport is expensive. If you like travelling you are gonna enjoy Finland and thneighbour countries, as long as you can afford it, of course. To those who smoke I would recomend quitting smoking. Smoking in Finland is forbidden in most places, such as cafes, universities, flats, etc. It is not fun to be smoking outside when is -30 degrees!
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pauladeandres
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
3.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Finland is much more expensive than Spain!
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Travel, Housing, Overall, Nightlife, Food:
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
I didn't have any special surprises. I knew the cost of living in Finalnd was higher than in Spain but until I came here I didn't how big the difference was. Going out, alcohol , cigarrettes, cinema, concerts, etc are very expensive! So, t least, I would quit smoking before coming to Finland.
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pauladeandres
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Finnish
Was learning Finnish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Finnish
How much did you improve your Finnish?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
The reason why I came to Finalnd was to learn Finnish. I am a translator and I wanted to learn it as best as I could. That's why I tried to meet Finnish people, because I was interested n their language and culture. However, year is not enough for learning the Finnish language. That's why I'm back in Finland, but this time working for a Finnish company and speaking Finnish 24 hours/day!
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pauladeandres
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
3.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: A room exchange
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
There is more student life than shering a flat with two other students.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The University of Helsinki's acommodation system is the best one I've seen so far. Prices are very reasonable and flats are in a very good condition.
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pauladeandres
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Helsinki
3.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel, Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
I wouldn't miss the student's weekly meetings. It's a good chance to meet both foreign and Finnish people.
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