At first I came to Finland to pursue a bachelor’s degree in IT at Savonia University of Applied Science. I chose Finland because some of my friends already lived here. And after graduating as a Bachelor of IT, I decided to study more and applied for a master’s degree in Human Technology Interaction at the University of Tampere and got in.
My process for applying to study in Finland was quite long, but I don’t think it was difficult at all. For me, the travelling part was difficult, because I had to go from Nigeria to Ghana to take my entrance exam. Travelling to Ghana wasn’t easy, because Ghana was having an election during that time. Travelling didn’t affect me as much as it could have, because I was determined to take the exam and get in to the school. The entrance exam was easy for me. All in all, it was the easiest part of the whole thing.
In my opinion, the tuition fees that Finland have now set for the non-EU/EEA students are a good thing. It’s a privilege to have as good education as Finland offers. In the end, the only thing that matters is how good your education is. I think people shouldn’t consider the price of a degree an obstacle.
Higher education in Finland feels a lot different than the one in Nigeria. In Finland, the workload isn’t that bad compared to Nigerian schools. Also, I like the fact that in Finland, if something is written on the syllabus, it is actually taught in the class.
I would highly recommend the universities in Finland where I have studied. Advertising studies in Finland to my friends in my home country is difficult because of the money issue. Some people don’t have enough money to come and study in Finland. They have the drive but not enough money. I’m going stay in Finland if I get a professional job here. Otherwise, I will find a job elsewhere in Europe or other parts of the world. For sure, I know I’m not going back to my home country.
I must say that the best thing about Finland is peace and quite!
My name is Alba, and I want to share with you my amazing experience studying abroad. It was by far, one of the best experiences I had in my student life. Discovering a different culture, is a privilege no one should be denied. During my erasmus in Turku, I made friends with people from all over the world, and shared some of the most incredible experiences.
I chose to study in Finland, because I had always a strong interest in northern countries, especially Finland since I was a kid, and my university had an agreement with Åbo Akademi in Turku.
Finland has a completely different culture, extreme winter season and I was interested in living in the country of the thousand lakes, saunas, the home of Santa Claus, the northern lights, reindeers and snow, of course! In other words, living in a place with is totally opposite of my home country.
Turku is not a big city, but is a student-friendly place where there is an international students’ atmosphere. To move around in Turku is easy by bus, bike or on foot. Turku offers a lot of possibilities for indoors’ and outdoors’ activities. For example, in winter you can walk on ice and go cross-country skiing, Turku has many cultural events, historical places and monuments. If Ishould recommend some places would be, the riverside by the city centre, public swimming areas “Uittamo, Ruissalo…” and Naantali, it’s a small fishing village near to Turku. There are forest and parks everywhere, and you can see so many beautiful sunsets. Turku is one of the best connects cities, is directly connected with the popular boat to Sweden, and offers excellent travel connections to the rest of the country.
I did my Erasmus studies in Åbo Akademi. It is a Swedish speaking university in Finland. Even though the main language is Swedish, they also offer courses in English. I was following International Marketing courses. All the courses, taught by the experts in the field, were excellently balanced with both theory and practical work.