Student Ambassadors

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.

Austin Sears

austinMoi! 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!

Chen Shuo

Chen 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!

Katarína Jelenčiaková

KatarinaHi, 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.

Jaakko Haarala

JaskaTerve! 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!

Jana Turk

janaMy 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

VerusckaMoi! 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!

Dong Junru

junruHey! I am Dong from China. I joined the Biotechnology Master program of Biological and Environmental Sciences department at 2013. I am now doing some researches on stem cells for my master thesis.

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: junru.dong@helsinki.fi , or just find me on facebook.

Mariana Antonaki

marianthiI 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

mianHi! I’ve got pretty much long name to start with  ’Mian Awais Ahmad’, but you may call me Mian, just turned 24 and living in Helsinki since 2012.

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!

Regina Welsch

ReginaHi! 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!

Anna Yukhtenko

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 ;)

Dina Nitisa

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.

Barbora Czókolyová

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.

Abdul Ghafar

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
Email: abdul.ghafar@helsinki.fi

“Distribute Happiness to All”

Xiao Zhou

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!

MA Qian

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.

Wang Xiaoqing

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.

 

Yujie Wang

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.

Veronika Kiseleva

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.

34 thoughts on “Student Ambassadors

  1. I m so excited to come and study in the university of helsinki in finland but still have 2years to accomplish in here
    -Meriem from Morocco

    • hello!!! I’m Fedoua and just like you i’m from Morocco and still have two years to go to apply. i would like to know if you have an idea of the minimum grades needed to apply.
      i’m a student a uni Hassan II SMIA

  2. Hello, I am Ashama from Nepal. I have been accepted for international master’s degree in biotechnology. Is there any one from the same field to get more acquainted before I come? :) Love to make new friends and get familiar with the atmosphere.

  3. hello, i am a Cameroonian studying last year Political Sciences
    it will be very nice for me to study in the university of Helsinki come 2014
    i will like to study my masters Program in Democracy and Global transformation
    hope to meet new friends and acquintances
    facebook address is vadys thierry
    bye

  4. Hlw, I am Faqrul from Bangladesh. I complete my BSc in Forestry from one of the leading university of Bangladesh. I want to pursue my Master’s Degree in Biotechnology (MBIOT) under Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, university of Helsinki. Is my degree is eligible to apply for this MS program? Do I need any publication and work experience to apply? Waiting for your replay.

    Email: faqruledu@gmail.com

    • Hello!

      Regrettably, we cannot make any advance assessments on the information you have given, as the student selections are carried out by the faculties and departments of the University of Helsinki (UH). They will assess your previous studies once you have submitted your application – along with the requested documents for admission – but not before.

      For general entry requirements for the MBIOT programme, please see http://www.helsinki.fi/biotech/admission/entry_requirements.html

  5. HELLO. AM NUSAIBA ABUBAKAR FROM GHANA.AM A HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA [HND] HOLDER IN MARKETING AND WILL LIKE TO ENROLL IN UR UNIVERSITY,PLS CAN YOU LINK ME UP WITH YOUR REAL AUTHORITY FOR MORE INFO

    • Hello Nusaiba! Thank you for your message. Regrettably, as HND (Higher National Diploma) is a higher education qualification that is considered equivalent to the first two years of a university course, it is not sufficient for applying to the Master´s level at the University of Helsinki. You would need the have a fully completed Bachelor´s degree to be eligible for Master´s studies.

      The University of Helsinki does not offer any undergraduate majors/degree programmes in English. Only the two domestic languages, Finnish and Swedish, can be used in undergraduate studies. Also the entrance examinations, which have to be passed to be admitted to undergraduate studies, are given entirely or partly in Finnish and Swedish. Best wishes, Katja/Admissions Services

  6. Hi
    I’ve just finished my university in iran.and I love to start master of food sience in finland but I’m afraid because I don’t know anything about living in finland.
    Can you please give me some information and connect with me ? This is my email address:
    Mh_lavi@yahoo.com
    I hope that with your guidance I can make my dreams real.
    Bye

  7. Hello,

    My name is Juliana. I am interested to pursue my Master’s Degree in ATMO (Adult Education and Developmental Work Research). I found that one of the student ambassador was taking the program. I want to know more about the program by discussing it with Ms. Ma Qian. May I get her e-mail address for further information about the experience of the program?

    Thank you very much for your kind attention.

  8. Hello, my name is Angel Zhang.

    I am interested in pursuing my master’s degree in biotechnology (MBIOT) and I would like to speak with one of the ambassadors of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry about their experience at applying and studying.

    Thank you so much for your time and for serving others.

    Regards,

    Angel Zhang

  9. Hi..im Arvin. from Iran..23 years old. i study economic(bachelor) .
    If I am a undergraduate student in the final semester can I apply for admission for MA Economics in Finland this month.?(in December 2013)
    (I will graduate in two months later,when your admission finish)
    And the second question: score for IELTS is important for send in first admission? ..or i can send it later?
    3 question: what grade accept for master in Finland?

    • Dear Arvin,

      Thank you for your message. You can apply even if you haven´t graduated yet. If you have not graduated by the time the application period for the programme you are applying to begins, you are required to submit an officially certified copy of your latest transcript of records. See also the Country-specific requirements, http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/country-specific_requirements.htm, on how to authorize your educational documents. If you receive the degree certificate and the final transcript of records during the application period, it is recommended that you submit them as well.

      You should point out the anticipated graduation date on the application and submit the documents you have at the time of applying. Do not wait to receive your final diploma or degree certificate if it is not available during the application period.

      Please note that conditionally accepted applicants are required to present their degree certificates by July 29, 2014, at 16:15 local time (GMT +2).

      A language test or other accepted proof or your language skills is essential, it must be submitted by the application deadline January 31, 2014, otherwise your application can not be processed. Please see http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/materials/English%20language%20requirements%202014%20.pdf for accepted methods to indicate your language skills.

      Kind regards,
      Katja/Admissions Services

  10. Hello Everyone,

    I am interested to pursue my masters in Bioinformatics at University of Helsinki.

    I have a problem regarding the submission of Language Test requirements document, I have scored 86 in my first attempt of TOEFL iBT which is less than minimum required score of 92 besides satisfying the minimum requirement in writing section of 22(i got 25). Moreover, if we convert the TOEFL iBT score 86 into IELTS, it will be exactly 6.5 which is also accepted by the university.

    The next available test dates for TOEFL iBT are on or after 12th Jan’14. Once the test is taken on the next least possible date, the scores probably may or may not reach UAF before the application deadline 31st Jan’14.

    Could you please advise me on the same? Will i get any extra time to submit the latest test scores after the deadline, if i submit the application with the old scores ??

    Thanks in advance !!!

    • Hello and thank you for your message!

      If your language test score is below the minimum, your application file will not be processed further (see: http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/application_procedure.htm#uafprocesses).

      However, you will be given time to supplement your application (10 working days from the processing date of your application), so you can send in your application form and the other attachments by the application deadline January 31, 2014. Please note that you can supplement your application only once after the deadline has passed. Please note also that if your application form arrives later than January 31, 2014 at 16:00/4 p.m. (GMT +2), your application will be considered late and can not be processed at all.

      Merry Christmas!

      Kind regards,
      Katja /Admission Services

      • Thanks for your reply.

        May i have the contact of the students from Bioinformatics and Neuroscience program to inquire research related queries?

  11. hi, my name is Girdhari pandram from India. i have completed bachelor degree in the discipline of Agriculture, i m looking for admission in 2years M.sc master programme in agriculture. MY SKYPE ID girdhari.pandram.cell +919826367252.email: pandramg@gmail.com

  12. Hello

    I am interested in doing a masters in Political Science at the University of Helsinki, but it seems that it is only offered in Finnish. My question is that could I do that same masters in English?
    Thank You
    Best Regards

  13. I’m Aayush from Nepal. I m currently a 3rd year student of Bachelor of Technology in IT. My graduation completes next year. I want to pursue Masters in Computer Science from UH. My CGPA will be around 6.6. will I be eligible for the course mentioned? Are there any other South Asian students studying Computer science i can get help from regarding the complete admission process? I would be grateful if you could shed some light in admission process in computer science. Waiting for reply. Thanks!

    • Hi Aayush, and thank you for your interest in the University of Helsinki.

      We do offer an international master’s degree programme in computer science at UH, and in order to get admitted a suitable bachelor’s degree from a compatible field is required from the applicant. To check whether your bachelor’s degree is compatible with the international master’s degree programme in computer science, please contact the Faculty of science: sci-info@helsinki.fi. The next application period begins in early December 2014 and ends in the end of January 2015.

      Regarding information about the application process, please check our admissions pages: http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/

      For more information regarding the international master’s degree programme in computer science, please check: http://www.helsinki.fi/facultyofscience/studies/apply_cs.html

      Best regards

  14. Hello my question is I’ve done the post grad diploma from London.Now I want to become a chef so my question is do I need to take admission in bachelors? Or will I get admission in masters?? At the moment m around 31 of age thanks

    • Hi, and thank you for your enquiry. Regrettably, the University of Helsinki does not offer any culinary education programmes.

  15. Hello everyone. Mohammad Ahsan Qureshi from Pakistan here. I graduated with a double degree from a local university, in Economics and Finance and have been working as a Researcher for a year with a think-tank based in Islamabad.
    I believe it is time to pursue my masters and looking around, I have indeed fallen in love with the nordic areas. I have many reasons for it, something I hope to personally share with some of you if and when I manage to reach Finland.
    I need you to confirm a few things for me:
    * The website clearly states that the trail period of fees has ended in 2014. I need you to confirm if University of Helsinki will not be charging me any tuition fee.
    *Moving forward, I have with me a few months before the admissions open. I will be ofcourse working on my Finnish Language skills during this period. Is there any other thing I should be working on which would help me in getting a job via which I can pay for my basic necessities while I am there. Any specific skills that I should learn?
    *Is there any specific experience that can help strengthen my C.V. for a Finnish market or university?
    *Does the university offer lodging at the campus?
    * I will be applying through the website and I am told that this alone is way I can. How long till I get a response from the university? When would the semester start?
    *Lastly, as far as passions go, I am a writer. I have had a few publications and am currently working on a novel [half way through]. The point is that if it were upto me, i would prefer working as an english tutor or a librarian, a bookstore salesman etc. Is it possible to get such jobs for Masters students in Finland?

    Thanks!

    • Thank you for your message,

      At present the University of Helsinki does not charge any tuition fees. However, all undergraduate and graduate students are required to pay an annual Student Union fee of c. 100 EUR. The university does not offer lodging on campus, but here we have gathered some useful information regarding housing: http://www.helsinki.fi/newstudents/housing.html

      The application period for our international masters degree programmes starts on 1 December 2014 and ends on 30 January 2015. Due to the amount of applications, processing them may take several months. The fall semester begins in early September. For a full list of programmes, see: http://www.helsinki.fi/internationalprogrammes/index.html

      For further information regarding the application process and requirements, please read our Admissions pages: http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/index.html

      Kind regards,

      Kim
      Admissions services

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