12 June 2019 by Milla Heikkinen
When I first moved to Finland in August 2017, I had just begun a serious relationship. The decision to continue on my journey towards a master’s degree in East Asian Studies at the University of Turku, rather than staying back home to help nurture a relationship was a tough one, and I do not recommend it for those weak of heart. Is a master´s degree worthy of a long distance relationship?
26 April 2019 by Milla Heikkinen
One of the biggest stressors I encountered when I decided to move to Finland was finding a place to live. How do I find an apartment in a foreign country where I do not speak the language? Luckily, the University of Turku has the Student Village Foundation, TYS, that gives students easy access to hundreds of apartments near and even some apartments farther for those students with a need to distance themselves from the university in their time away from studying. The housing situation in Turku is good, but it is always best to start looking in time.
25 March 2019 by Milla Heikkinen
27-31 August 2018 and 11-24 February 2019
One of the benefits of participating in my program on East Asian Studies at the University of Turku’s Center for East Asian Studies is the ability to apply for different summer schools, internships, research trips, and seminars abroad. During my time at UTU, I have had the privilege of attending the St. Petersburg Summer School and going to NIAS, the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, in Copenhagen, Denmark for a two-week thesis writing research scholarship program.
Why did I choose to come to the University of Turku, Finland?
When asked why I came to Turku, the first thing that pops into my head is “I chose Finland, but Turku chose me,” which in a way makes my coming to Turku and Finland all the sweeter.