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211 reviews
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jkivits
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Graduate, Erasmus
University of Oulu
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
no, not really. Anyway, if there were any problems it's always fun to solve them yourself
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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
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
The people are all very friendly and more than willing to help you out when you have a problem. Many things are arranged for the foreign students, and in a very good way even.
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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
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
1
Final comments
This was the best period of my life. I'm still homesick for good old Oulu and all the wonderful people that I got acquainted to. No way I would have wanted to miss this experience. I will always remember it and have become even more certain that there's nothing in the world more satisfying than travelling around and to get to know other cultures and the people who represent those different cultures!
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Autumn
University of South Carolina, Columbia, United States
Scandinavian Studies, Northern Cultures and Societies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Oulu
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
No... The best thing is to have no expectations. Then you will not be disappointed.
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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
2
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
VERY strongly, especially to those who like a non-typical place to study.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
**Leave your inhibitions at customs! Finns are not modest about their bodies, a thing to remember in the saunas. **And try sauna! It's such a wonderful experience. **Get a host family. Opportunities are available at the beginning of the study period. **Take advantage of travel opportunities while you can (and be sure to stop by Tallinn, Estonia, for a few days). **Finns are quiet by nature, so they may be hard to get to know. Don't think that they are cold and rude if they don't say much. **Get ready for snow and cold weather! **Keep an open mind--about everything. **Fazer chocolate is amazing. **Be sure to see the Aurora Borealis (as if you could special-order it...). **HAVE FUN!! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so make the most of it!
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Joanna
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Greensboro, United States
Scandinavian Studies Program, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Oulu
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
A private grant<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
I did not spend money on the phone because I did not have one. Generally, it is quite expensive. Travel is very affordable for students, which is why I took advantage of it. Buses, trains, and even airplanes all offer specially priced student tickets.
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Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Nightlife, Overall, 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
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
No need to buy textbooks, as the library is very good. Count on buying sheets, but maybe you can get a blanket from the interntional office. If you want a phone, be prepared to pay a huge deposit and not small monthly bills.
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Marina
Murmansk State Technical University, Murmansk, Russia
European Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Oulu
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
All the prices in Finland are much higher then in Russia. Sometimes the grant was not enough to cover all the expences, so I didn't call that much myself in order to save some money. As for travelling, I don't have much opportunity to travel from home as there are always many problems with visa. My course in Oulu included the trips to Estonia, Sweden, Norway and all over Finland for free, but we still payed the food and transportation in the cities.
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Housing, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife, Telephone:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Not really.
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Joanna
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Greensboro, United States
Scandinavian Studies Program, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Oulu
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Living on campus was a great way to get to know other students, especially those from the international program. Our location made it easy to access the university for class and other resources like e-mail and the library.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The buildings are old, so sometimes things fon't wrk like they should, and they are really ugly, but it's no big deal. The part we will remember fondly is the people, not the building.
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jpck
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Graduate, Erasmus
University of Oulu
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Finnish
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Finnish 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 Finnish?
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: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I took survival Finnish courses, but the courses were very unstructured and didn't motivate you to learn the language. Even though the language of instruction for my courses on the university was Finnish, there was a special English-speaking group for international students, so I couldn't attend to the lectures (they were in Finnish), but that was not a problem because I had my own English-speaking group
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