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3.95 / 5 based on 211 reviews
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Joanna
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Greensboro, United States
Scandinavian Studies Program, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Oulu
2.5/5
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
I wish I had learned a bit more, but there is no way to learn Finnish in three months. I would definitely suggest a survival course before arriving in Finland and continuation courses upon arrival.
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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.
Housing, Nightlife, Food, Overall:
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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Joanna
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Greensboro, United States
Scandinavian Studies Program, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Oulu
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The Scandinavian Studies program is a great way to take courses in English and to meet other international students. If you want to meet Finnish students and see how the Finnish university system really works, try to take classes in the larger university as well.
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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
Sometimes, the professors went a little overboard with the papers, but the subjects were fair for the most part, and the papers doable.
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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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Joanna
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Greensboro, United States
Scandinavian Studies Program, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Oulu
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Not really. It was pretty well covered.
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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
3
Costs
2
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
2
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Wonderful program for international students, very supportive international relations office, great experience overall!
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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
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
2
Final comments
Do take advantage of Scandinavian Studies excursions if at all possible. They are amazing!
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Joanna
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Greensboro, United States
Scandinavian Studies Program, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Oulu
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Definitely visit Cafe Milou on Sunday nights for the live jazz music. Take an excursion to Hailuoto Island if the opportunity presents itself. And for fun, try walking from the city center to the university. It's about 6 km, and the walk is nice.
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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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