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.
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.
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.
This time you get the story of siblings Ali and Alaa Benkherouf in Bahasa.
Original article in English (Siblings pursuing their academic careers at The University of Turku)
Written & translated by Andriana Putri
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!
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.
18 March 2019 by Jonathon Murphy
One of the main questions I have had to answer ever since I started my degree programme is “why Futures Studies?” Closely followed by “what is Futures Studies?” and, if the other person is feeling particularly clever, “do you use a crystal ball?” (everyone thinks they are the first person to make this joke…) However, it is true that Futures Studies as an academic discipline is not as well-established as other, more traditional subjects. With this in mind, I thought I would offer a brief overview of the programme here at UTU, as well as outlining my own motivations for applying.
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.
Do you ever realize how that one decision changed everything? It changed where you are, it changed some of the people in your life, it changed how you look at things, and in some ways, it changed you.
My name is Kristaps Kovaļonoks and I come from Riga, Latvia. I am currently a first-year student of the International Master’s Degree Programme (MDP) in Finnish and Other Finno-Ugric Languages at University of Turku (UTU) in Finland. In fact, this is the only international MDP provided by UTU where the main language of instruction is Finnish.