“So the sun is up before 6 in the morning, and it goes down after 10 at night?!” Last summer, my mother was mesmerized when I told her about the length of a typical Finnish day. I had recently gotten off the long flight coming from Costa Rica, and was in the process of reporting back to her with all the new curiosities of life up north. As a native from the Tropics, seeing the sun past 6 in the evening was both confusing and exciting. What was I going to do with all those new hours of daylight? Continue reading “Short and long days”
For the past couple of months, four interns have been working in different units of the University of Helsinki’s Education Services. For Minna, Lyra, Risto and Emmy (all university students themselves), the internship was not only an opportunity to gain relevant work experience, but it also offered a rare look into the infrastructure of the University’s academic administration and the many services it provides to students, teachers and other staff members. In this two-part series, the interns reveal some of the things they’ve learned along the way, the must-dos in Helsinki for locals and exchange students alike and more. Read on to find out what Risto and Emmy have to say about their internship so far.
Name: Marjolein Sliepen
Study field: Master’s program in Chemistry, The faculty of Science
“After living in the Netherlands for twenty years, I felt it was time for a change and applied to universities abroad, and got accepted to the University of Helsinki.”
Hello Marjolein! What made Finland stand out as your study destination?
I have always been very interested in the Nordic countries. There is a nice and friendly atmosphere, beautiful nature, and high quality of living. When searching for a suitable master program, I started looking for universities there. I heard many positive stories about living and studying in Finland. This is the reason why I applied for the University of Helsinki.
So University of Helsinki is quite special place?
There is a lot of freedom for students at the University of Helsinki. You can give a lot of input, and there are many different courses to choose from. Besides this there are many resources for students, plenty of study spaces, beautiful libraries, sport facilities, etc. This all helps to make the study process very smooth. Continue reading “Meet our students! “The next step for me would be to pursuit a PhD””
For the past couple of months, four interns have been working in different units of the University of Helsinki’s Education Services. For Minna, Lyra, Risto and Emmy (all university students themselves), the internship was not only an opportunity to gain relevant work experience, but it also offered a rare look into the infrastructure of the University’s academic administration and the many services it provides to students, teachers and other staff members. In this two-part series, the interns reveal some of the things they’ve learned along the way, the must-dos in Helsinki for locals and exchange students alike and more…
Dear New students,
I can never forget the excitement that kept me up all night when I received the admission letter from University of Helsinki on 1st May, 2012. How I pictured what my student life would be, what my classmates and teachers would look like, how I could survive the Finnish winter, where I would be living… Now two and a half years have passed within a blink; I graduated from my master’s programme last December, and then moved away from Finland this January to start my new career in the UK. Being away from Finland makes me reflect on my time there. Constantly I am considering what were the most meaningful experiences I had at the University of Helsinki, and how differently I would perform if given a second chance to live my student life. I have summarized my thoughts below, hopefully it will give you some insights into planning your own student life, especially at this beginning moment when you are equally excited and lost. Continue reading “Be active, active and more active!”
ESN Uni Helsinki is one of the local sections of Erasmus Student Network. Our main tasks are reception of incoming exchange students in University of Helsinki, providing practical information, and organizing free time activities. We provide various cultural and social events for the exchange students, helping you to meet other international and local students and get more out of your exchange period in Helsinki.
The Student Ambassador programme was launched at the university two years ago. The university waves the baton, but making the music sound fresh is ultimately down to the team of current student ambassadors.
Among the student ambassadors are M.A. students Chen Shuo and Dong Junru from China, who act as ambassadors and provide vital support to fellow international students in getting to know the university.
We are looking for motivated master’s degree students to become international student ambassadors – join now and get an exciting opportunity to be a representative of our university. Continue reading “Interested in becoming a Student Ambassador for the year 2015?”
We warmly welcome you to the Science in Dialogue event, which will be jointly hosted by Peking University and the University of Helsinki on the 26th of November 2014.
Venue: Moonlight Hall, Yingjie Overseas Exchange Center, Peking University
Time: from 9:00 to 20:30 Continue reading “In November, the University of Helsinki will head east, to Peking University”
We began planning the trip already in the fall of 2013. Our student organisation Synkooppi had not been abroad for quite a while, and some of us were eager for traveling abroad. At the meeting of the board of Synkooppi we chose the Perspectives on Musical Improvisation II conference in Oxford as the main objective of our study trip.
After applying for the grant for student organisations from the Student Services, getting the people together, booking hostels and flights, registering for the conference, and sending dozens of emails, our 9-person-group of students varying from undergraduate to PhD-student was ready to set course for London Gatwick on 8th of September 2014.