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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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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.

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Why Futures Studies?

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.

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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.

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Studying Finnish From an International Student’s Perspective

Hello everyone!

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.

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