International students and alumni

Category: Professional Career

Tutoring in a nutshell and why should you get involved!

January 21, 2020, by Kristaps Kovaļonoks and Mária Kubincová

As tutors, it is our job to help new incoming students (both exchange and degree) with practical matters when settling in. That includes assisting new students to adapt to the Finnish culture, giving insights about how Finnish educational system works, sharing our experiences about student life, familiarising them with UTU campus and, most importantly, serving as a contact person whenever help may be needed (especially during the first months). And the list goes on and on, depending on how active you are and how much help your tutees may need.

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When plans change – How 2 years in Turku turned into 7 (and counting…)

January 10, 2020, by Kristaps Kovaļonoks and Mária Kubincová

Kalypso Filippou is originally from Cyprus and has spent the past 7 years studying and working at the University of Turku. She first moved to Finland back in 2012 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education and Learning (previously known as Master’s Degree Programme in Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems). Back then, she thought that she will pursue and complete her studies in 2 years, and then she will return back to her home country. Life, however, turned out quite differently! She has recently graduated from the Doctoral Programme on Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning and Comparative Education Research (also known as KEVEKO) and is now teaching at the Faculty of Education.

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Siblings pursuing their academic careers at the University of Turku

12 December 2019, by Andriana Putri and Maria Kubincova

Siblings Ali and Alaa Benkherouf from Algeria have decided to pursue their academic careers in Finland, at the University of Turku. Ali is currently a second year PhD student of the Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP) and Alaa has just started her Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging (BIMA) this year. Here, the two siblings share their stories about choosing Finland with UTU Ambassadors. Keep on reading to find out more!

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Job Hunting and Working in Finland

09 October 2019 by Megha Goswami
One of the main concerns of international students in Finland and elsewhere is finding work. Which is quite understandable since living costs in Finland aren’t the lowest. In this blog I’ll be sharing with you the things that I’ve learned about finding work and working in Finland.

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Attending EU Careers Ambassadors conference in Brussels, Belgium

04 October 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks
I was recently fortunate enough to attend EU Careers Ambassadors conference in Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the center of European politics. Brussels is home to the EU’s most important institutions, such as the European Commission, European Council and European Parliament. Sadly, this time my schedule was fully booked, so I was unable to visit these famous places. However, it is safe to say that I enjoyed my time in Brussels very much and hence I am looking forward to visiting Brussels soon again.

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A great way to get work experience while studying in Turku, Finland – an international student’s perspective.

09 September 2019 by Ameya Foujdar
As an international student from India, choosing Finland as a destination for my higher education was a natural choice. Finland, in addition to excellent teaching, is also a great place to live. Most students seek to get employed after graduation, but often come across employers who require students to have work experience. The City of Turku along with the universities in Turku organize a training program called Project Aces, which aims to provide practical skills and valuable work experience to students.

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Attending my very first scientific conference as a guest speaker

05 March 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks

Hello all!

Quite recently, from 22.-23.2., I was fortunate enough attend my very first scientific conference as a guest speaker that took place in my hometown of Riga, Latvia. I was invited to represent University of Turku (UTU) as a Student Ambassador, and share my personal experiences, vision of mobility tools regarding higher education, and researcher mobility at the Baltic Science Network Final Conference. On this intense two-day conference, the second day also marked the celebration of theProfessionalAnnual Baltic Sea Science Day.

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