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Top 10 things to do in Turku!

16 June 2020 by Jonathon Murphy and Anika Zabeen

Hi everyone! Today we’re going to share some of our favourite things to do in Turku. Although life on campus at the University of Turku will keep you busy, the wider region has a lot to offer students as well. We encourage you to explore and make the most of your time in this wonderful city! Here are some recommendations to help you get started…

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A Colombian in Finnish Wonderland –The story of how Laura became a tutor for international students–

4 February 2020, by Mária Kubincová

Laura Moreno from Colombia first wanted to pursue a PhD, but later decided to apply for several Master’s Degree programmes instead. She came to Finland in 2018 after she got accepted into the then entirely new programme called Master’s Degree Programme Human Neuroscience, which is an intersection between psychology, medicine, biology and even pharmacology. In her second year of studies Laura decided to become a tutor and help the next generation of students acclimate to the new environment. Find out what was the reason behind her decision and why is the role of a tutor so important.

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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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Back to Black

20 September 2019 by Jonathon Murphy
The new term has started and the university campus has come back to life. I was doing an internship in my department over the summer and it was very strange to see the Turku School of Economics looking so empty (although getting served in the cafeteria was much quicker!). The strangest thing about the start of term has been meeting the new Futures Studies students – and realising that I am not a new student myself anymore! I am now older, wiser and able to offer support to the first years.

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Guests from Latvia

11 September 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks
Now that the new academic year has begun, life at UTU campus is busier than ever. The city of Turku is full of students and there are different events happening every single day. In fact, summer was quite the opposite: it was very quiet, and streets of Turku seemed empty, as most students had returned to their home countries, travelled or worked somewhere other than Turku. During the last days of August, from 28.-29.8., I was hosting guests from Rīga Stradiņš University Student Union. What a fun and learning experience that was! They traveled all the way from Latvia to come and visit members of the Student Union of the University of Turku.

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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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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?

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