Although the above “lesson” in Finnish behavior might exaggerate a bit or a lot actually, one thing is certain: Life in Finland does not stop when the temperature drops below zero! The first time I came to Finland, it was -25 degrees Celsius and I was NOT prepared for it! But somehow, I survived, even in lower temperatures (-38 Celsius!) even though I come from the country that people “die and disappear from the face of the earth” in -30 degrees according to the image above! And so can you! Survive I mean! Even if you come from a country where temperatures rarely go a few degrees below zero, I can assure you that if you learn how to dress smart, then you should be able to enjoy the beautiful even though really cold Finnish winter!
I have been in Finland almost one and half a year so I know that you just can’t stay in your study town. I love traveling that’s why I needed to explore this beautiful country. My first travel was into Lapland and now I would like to share my experience. All photos are mine so if you go there you can really see what I did.
My name is Kamila Lepková and I am from Czech republic. I studied Bachelor degree in Czech republic and currently I study Master degree in Medical Physics in Kuopio campus. I would like to describe the education system in Finnish universities because it is little bit different than in Czech republic. Maybe some programmes have not the same structure but I hope it is not so different.
When thinking about applying for an international degree either master’s or bachelor, in the beginning when you consider all the documents needed and if you have to take a language test or not or even the cultural differences, it seems super difficult specially when you ant to be granted a scholarship along the degree that was the challenge for me.
As soon as I found and decided to apply for a Master’s degree in Medical Physics at the UEF, all of this happened in November 2017 the application period has already started and I still had enough time until the end of January to prepare my documents and my language test.
Food is a big part of every culture and when travelling abroad, trying out the local delicacies is a great way to understand the culture of the country you are visiting in a different perspective. Therefore, let’s have a look at the most common and traditional Finnish food you should try out, (if you haven’t tried them already) when in Finland!
I have discovered plenty of winter and extreme sports while living in Finland. I believe the Finnish weather to be perfect for focusing on experiencing different sports, especially the winter ones. Many of interesting activities are organized by the ESN, many others are included in the Syketta membership and others are presented by keeping a spontaneous and adventurous mind.
Studying Master Program in Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication at University of Eastern Finland was the most beneficial experience I had so far. Coming to Finland and being able to experience the best educational system worldwide helped me to realize, that studying isn’t all about hitting the books. Along with taking advantage of the numerous learning opportunities offered by University, getting involved in teaching practise of training school was a definitely life changing experience for me.
I have developed a newfound passion for photography while being in Finland.
Finland is a very photogenic country; the lakes make great mirrors and the massive amount of trees found make a picture being taken a beautiful one.
I have had the pleasure and luck to have met a lot of people to travel around with and who shared my passion for adventure and nature. Travelling around Finland is easy, but it takes a lot of time. Finland seems small but it is very big and going to Lapland for example can take up to 15 hours driving, if you happen to have the license and means to rent a car. Traveling by bus is also an option and cheap buses can be found everywhere. Savonlinja and Onni bus are cheap buses line that connects Joensuu to the rest of Finland.
Hei everyone! I am Phat Do, a Vietnamese student currently in my second year of the Master’s programme in Linguistic Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus. Since it seems there have already been (and will be) many posts sharing about students’ and staff’ personal experiences in Finland, my post will be a bit different and focus more on an aspect that I believe to be of interest for a lot of potential students around the world: the finances of a student’s life in Finland and tips on saving.
I believe this topic is relevant since Finland, as well as its Nordic neighbors, is considered among the countries with the highest living expenses in the world and is rightfully so. As a result, despite the numerous great things about the country, particularly its education system, financing one’s studies here is always one of the biggest hesitations for potential students, especially ones coming from home countries with less expensive living costs. As I am a Vietnamese who had never resided abroad before the current study, you can be sure that I am speaking from my own experience, too. Also, as significant as tuition fees can be, I am not referring to them in this post, since I believe UEF has one of the most generous scholarship schemes among Finnish universities and it should ease up your budget quite a lot, leaving the living costs to be the main headache.
My name is Christina and I’m coming from Germany. Now I am a Master student in “Biology of Environmental Change”, but my “love story” with Finland started already 3 years ago, when I decided to make some changes and jump into an exchange year. Finland was the final choice, because it was the only country of Europe of which I barely knew anything. When I came to Finland, my feelings are best expresses with a quote of the Moomins: “I felt myself so happy, that I wasn’t even afraid this moment would pass.”