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3.95 / 5 based on 211 reviews
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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
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Administrative / Institutional
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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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mcielaval
HEC Paris, Paris, France
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
University of Oulu
3.8/5
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
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
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Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Sometimes, it was difficult in shops to have the right thing I was looking for because not everybody can speak english. However, at university, english was the common language for me and the Finnish students or the teachers.
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Florent
ESSTIN, Nancy, France
Engineering, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Oulu
3.8/5
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: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I was mostly speaking english because finnish is clearly difficult to learn. Local people are speaking english, so no problems to communicate. But if you could say something in finnish they will be happy.
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Marina
Murmansk State Technical University, Murmansk, Russia
European Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Oulu
3.8/5
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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
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
The language of instruction was English so all the exchange students spoke English. Most of Finnish people speak English fluently, so I never had a problem understanding another person.
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alexh
UniversitÚ Paul Sabatier: Toulouse III, Toulouse, France
Mathematics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Oulu
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Finnish
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Finnish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Finnish
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
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
Finnish is an hard language but its knowledge is absolutely necessary if you really want the courses to be useful, because they're almost all in finnish (that's quite normal). But for foreign students teachers are comprehensive and can prepare exams in others languages if you ask. Almost all the population can communicate in a foreign language.
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monsusha
Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Oulu
3.8/5
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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
It is really difficult to be in a place where you do not have any idea about the language. It confuse you a lot and makes you feel lost and lonely as well.
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