Meet our International Student Ambassadors for the year 2014!
The best way to learn about University of Helsinki is from the students who are here now! Our Ambassadors will share their insights and experiences on studies, career and life in Helsinki. Student ambassadors volunteer to help others get to know UH.
So stay tuned and check out their blogging!
If you want to contact our ambassadors via email, please check their email-addresses here.
Moi! My name is Austin and I am a first year master’s student studying in the Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration (ERI) International Master’s program with a major in Sociology. I’m a 23 year old originally from Chicago and a true Midwesterner at heart. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago last spring.
I decided to apply to University of Helsinki because the ERI program seemed to be a unique and interesting way to enrich my knowledge of Sociology in a new context. So far, I have been impressed by the focus of my courses and I have found the conversations with professors, lecturers and my fellow students to be enriching and motivational, both in and out of the classroom.
When I am not studying, I like to hang out with my friends, utilize UniSport’s great facilities, go for runs along the sea and the Vantaa River, check out cultural events at the University and in the city, and explore new cafes and coffee shops around Helsinki.
I hope that I am able to assist you with any questions that you may have about the University, student life or life in Helsinki!
Hi, I am Chen Shuo, a first year student in the Master’s Program of Translational Medicine in Faculty of Medicine. I was born and raised in China and then graduated from the Netherlands for my bachelor studies. Now I’ve been in Finland for more than half a year and I am enjoying it very much!
The student life in the University of Helsinki has been a great pleasure for me. I’ve combined wonderful academic and social life here. The studies maybe a little bit intense but the knowledge gained is exciting for me. Besides, going out with friends after school is definitely the most joyful thing you could do to relax and enjoy the beautiful city.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and I will do my best to help you!
Hi, I’m Katarína and I’m from Slovakia. I completed both my bachelor and master degree at the Comenius University in Bratislava and now I’m pursuing another International Master degree in International Business Law at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law.
So far, I completed my first semester and I believe that this programme will broaden my knowledge in business law and help me in my future career. Moreover, international dimension of law always fascinated me and Helsinki being a very open and international city fits perfectly into my plans.
I’m also quite active person and I’m very keen on sports, especially football and ice-hockey.
Terve! I am born in Finland, but raised in Spain. I’ve also lived in the UK and my wife is from Romania. My 4 closest friends are a Spaniard living in London, a Finn I met in Malaga, a Chechen who lives in Dubai and a Swede from Jönköping. It is for this reason that I have always questioned my own identity in terms of nationality.
After having worked for approximately 10 years in the Corporate World, I decided to quit everything and try to rediscover myself and perhaps change my career. Don’t misunderstand, I have enjoyed my previous works to a great extent, but something inside me was urging me to do this Master of Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration (study line: Politics) at the Faculty of Social Science. I suppose, I am finally studying my own life and rediscovering myself!
I am currently also member of the board of the Student Association of the Faculty (Kannunvalat ry) and founding member of the Student Association of the Faculty for International Master Degree Students. I love to party, and let me tell you, these Finnish students know how to party . I am also passionate about Formula 1 and speed, and occasionally I play chess. I am looking forward to meeting & welcoming you!
My name is Jana, and I am a 23 year old grad-student from Austria, the country of the Sound of Music. Instead of running around on the mountains yodelling, I rather spend my time at the University of Helsinki studying Intercultural Encounters, majoring in Study of Religions.
What initially made me check the international Master programmes offered by the University of Helsinki was love. I fell in love with a Finn, and decided to come to Finland. I was immediately interested in “Intercultural Encounters” and was determined to start my studies here. Moreover, I was amazed by the possibility of getting high class education without having to pay tuition fees!
There is so much else that I would love to praise about the university life in Helsinki such as the gym facilities, the 24h study-possibilities at Aleksandria or the many Unicafés assuring that I get my daily dose of caffeine – but the best is you come and find out yourself
Veruscka Xavier Filgueira
Moi! Miten menee?
I’m Veruscka, a 23 year-old student from Brazil. Studying in Finland seemed like a very distant dream for a long time, but guess what? I gathered the courage, applied and, in the autumn of 2013, I joined the Faculty of Social Sciences as a student in the REMS programme. I’m majoring in Social Psychology and after completing my first semester here, I can say I’ve been pleasantly surprised about many things! I try to keep my option open for the future, but I hope that my studies here will allow me to explore a wider range of academic and professional possibilities. I’m glad to be a Student Ambassador this year and I wish you will all become as enthusiastic about Finland and the University of Helsinki as I am!
I am really looking forward to share my wonderful experience in Helsinki with you. I have been studying in different countries since 2007. Those precious experiences are not only interesting stories to share with my friends, but also help me understand new friends with different culture backgrounds more easily. If you are new in Helsinki and about to start to learn this lovely country and finding your new social network, I am glad to help you out with my friends.
Contact me whether you have any questions or just want to chat.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or just find me on facebook.
I moved to Finland from Greece around 3 years ago. While still not knowing what to do here, I got accepted at the University of Helsinki to pursue my master in Political Sciences. It came out of the clear blue sky, but now I am sure that it was the best decision I have made so far.
This university offers so overwhelming experiences that I am sure I will never forget this period of my life. Meeting new people, working in an international environment, seeing the opportunities for further research and being able to create your own degree, depending on your interests and not a strict schedule designed for you, are only a few of the things on top of my mind, when someone asks me about being a student in Finland. The country itself has something unusual; the language, the weather, the people. This all gives you a sense of calmness, something to be really appreciated from a person coming from the loud south!
Mian Awais Ahmad
I got into University of Helsinki International Master Degree Program of Physical Science with major in Materials Science. The Department of Physics is located in a Kumpula Campus which is also home for other natural and computer sciences. After graduation I am planning to either get into a PhD or business which sounds very promising in Finland.
Now I feel like incomplete without talking about city of Helsinki, which is of course the home of the top class University of Helsinki! Once a strange city now gives me a feeling of home. This international city and people who lives here are loveable despite of the cold, icy and dark winter. Don’t worry; we have tremendous summer, autumn and spring seasons too. Based on various experiences one’s body might leave Helsinki & UH but the heart stays here.
Any questions about getting into the University of Helsinki? Or want to know more? Feel free to buzz me! Tervetuloa!
Hi! I am a first year Master’s student of international politics, enrolled in the programme Democracy and Global Transformations at the University of Helsinki. I hold a degree in Governance and Public Policy, which I obtained at the University of Passau in Germany.
Immediately when I arrived last year I felt warmly welcome at the University of Helsinki as well as at my department. The Department of Political and Economic Studies, where the programme is based, is home to some of the best professors in the fields of international politics, democracy studies, peace and conflict as well as political theory. In general, the teaching staff is accessible and eager to supervise students. Also, the study programme is flexible and encourages students to explore relevant, supporting subjects and conduct interdisciplinary studies. I have chosen to attend seminars at the faculty of law.
From my experience, Finnish culture and society is open to new ideas and influences, which make me feel part of the dynamic of the city, although I do not speak the Finnish language. Together with some fellow Master students I created a platform to discuss contemporary matters of international politics in English, which quickly gained resonance at our department as well as outside the university. Foreign and Finnish activists and researchers actively attend our meetings and share expert insight on the topic of discussion with students and other participants.
Not only university professors are accessible for students but also many other aspects of life in Helsinki. Students can easily see the Opera, the Ballet or go to the theatre due to the significant discounts provided by the Finnish government. Also, the fresh sea air and great nature clearly raise the quality of life in general. Since I am a fan of winter sport activities, I especially enjoy the cross-country track that starts right in front of my doorstep.
I am happy about my decision to pursue my studies in Helsinki and would highly recommend my programme for those who intend to study international politics and related subjects. You are welcome to contact me for any questions you may have.
Meet our International Student Ambassadors for the year 2013!
They are also keen to assist you with any questions that you may have about the University, student life or life in Helsinki!
Moi kaikki! I am a first year student of economics at the University of Helsinki, International Master’s Degree Programme. Although I arrived here only in August, now I can definitely say that Helsinki became a real home city for me; and studies together with students’ life at the University was the main reason for it. I made wonderful friends here, got a chance to develop my knowledge and realize my talents, participated in various events and just had a wonderful time!
I would be very happy to promote our great University, contribute to the further development of it and do my best to help potential students make the right decision. And also be one of the advisors for the freshmen of course.
I like hanging out with my friends, theatre, board games, enjoy doing sports (especially martial arts, beware) and reading. As for future plans – not sure yet, but right now one of my biggest projects is learning Finnish; it’s very hard, but I have a strong motivation of trying to find a job here in Finland.
One of my dreams is to jump with a parachute someday, but I’m too scared to do it alone – so whoever is interested, feel free to contact me
Hei! My name is Dina and I come from Latvia, a beautiful green country approximately 400 kilometres south from Finland. I have 22 years of experience of life, and it seems to me that I always happen to be at the right time and place. Now I’m in Helsinki studying in the International Master’s degree programme in Plant Production Sciences. I am very pleased with my studies: the variety and quality of the courses and the people I am lucky enough to have met. I know some might disagree, but the winter in Helsinki is particularly wonderful: it’s cold outdoors, but never inside, and all white and soft – exactly what you expect when heading North. I’m still surprised that, while some ski to the classes, others may never stop riding their bikes. Remarkable things happen here embraced by a contagious peacefulness.
I am 23 years old girl from Slovakia. After finishing my Master´s degree in Law in May 2012 in Bratislava, Slovakia I decided to apply for International Master´s Degree Programme at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki and here I am now studying International Master´s Degree Programme in International Business Law. I believe that this specialized degree will help me in my future career. I have already successfully finished the first semester and I have extended my knowledge in many different areas of International and European Business Law.
I am Abdul Ghafar from Pakistan. I have graduated from University of Helsinki, Finland in Erasmus Mundus Food of Life (EMFOL): the science of animal derived foods and now Post-Graduate student at Department of Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki. In addition, I completed MSc (Hons.) Food Technology and BSc (Hons.) Agriculture major subject Food Sciences from University of Agriculture Faisalabad-Pakistan.
I am working with Hemicellulose Research Group, under the kind supervision of Dr. Kirsi Mikkonen and Dr. Kirsti Parikka. My research for Doctoral thesis is focusing on ‘Novel functional materials from upgraded biopolymers: polysaccharide aerogel’.
It is pleasure for me to be a part of the University of Helsinki Ambassadors Team to attract more international students (Master and PhD Degree students) to the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Facebook ID: http://www.facebook.com/abdul.ghafar.524
Skype ID: agsajid7486
“Distribute Happiness to All”
Hi, I am Xiao Zhou, 23 years old and I am from China! I am now in the international master’s degree programme in Food Sciences, and this is my first year. You can learn the principles and theories of food processing, how to produce your favorite products, and how to maintain food safety in our department! I love food science, I love food, I love cooking Chinese dishes! Also, I love traveling and reading! If you are interested in Food Science, or in our university, make your move, we are waiting for you!
I am Qian from China. I obtained my bachelor’s degree, majoring in Human Resources Management and minoring in International Economy and Trade from Soochow University in China in 2009. After graduation I worked in a French aerospace company as an HR officer for 3 years. Last August I left from Suzhou, a place known as ”Heaven on Earth” in China and set foot on Helsinki -”the Daughter of the Baltic Sea”.
I have studied in the master’s degree programme of Adult Education and Developmental Work Research (ATMO) in the Institution of Behavioural Sciences since September 2012. The programme offers me creative and concrete tools for in depth insights of organizational learning, work development and change management. With the help of the world class professors, I am able to integrate the theoretical studies with the practical societal needs. The programme aims at cultivating human resources developers, consultants and professional researchers and it fits my future career plan perfectly.
Marie Christine Acmo
I am a Filipino national who is currently taking my master studies in Media and Global Communication. I arrived here in Finland in August 2012, and I have enjoyed the weather and the university life. Coping with a teaching style which is very different from what I am used to was my greatest struggle, but nevertheless, I managed to adjust. I am very much looking forward to obtaining a degree and getting a job in the communication industry in the near future.
Hi, my name is Wang Xiaoqing. I am a master student of Food Science in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. I feel honoured to be a member of the student ambassador team and I am more than happy to introduce the fun life here up north. Please do not hesitate to ask anything, I will try to do my best to help you to get to know this brilliant university.
I come from China, majoring in Food Science in Faculty of Agriculture and Forest. I started my master study in 2012. Finland as well as University of Helsinki attracted me a lot which makes me more determined to study here. Also, I plan to begin my working career here where I experience excellent professors, plenty of study opportunities, good study environment and appealing living environment.
I am one of the international students at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, located at the Viikki campus of the University of Helsinki. I specialize on Forest Products Marketing and Management.
I have first arrived to Finland in August 2008 in order to start pursuing my Bachelor’s degree. Having completed 2 years of my studies I went to Canada for my exchange programme. After that I was focusing on my final thesis for 3-4 months and then flew to Maldives, where I spent a year. In Maldives I was devoted to the completion of my internship followed by the regular half-year employment. In August 2012 I have returned to Finland again to continue my education and commence my Master’s degree studies.
I enjoy finding a perfect combination between social and academic life. Being busy keeps me alive. I am result-oriented, enthusiastic, energetic and optimistic individual. I have numerous life experiences to share with. I find traveling, diving, nature exploration and experience exchanging to be the most exciting things what life can offer.