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How is studying at UTU and student life in Turku, Finland?

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Our Master's degree students Jacob from Australia, Anna from Russia and Nhan "Mac" from Vietnam share their experience in their posts.

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New academic year is about to start and I guess that new students have more and more questions related to their first days in Turku. That’s why I decided to make this post which contains a variety of random information which I got from my tutor, and which my friend and I prepared for our degree tutees. Hope it will be helpful : )

In contrast to a content-heavy post, I felt it would be nice to show you pictures of Turku, particularly this most recent Saturday, and the wonderful things going on in this beautiful city. [gallery size="medium" ids="23658,23661,23667,23673,23676,23679,23682,23685,23688,23691,23694,23697,23700"]                                      ...

Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems (LLEES) programme requires from students to complete an internship related to the field of education. My groupmate and friend, Bushra Shareef, kindly agreed to share her experience regarding her internship at Turku International School (TIS).
I am sure that a lot of readers will think that, as a foreign Masters student, my studies would be limited to that of the University of Turku. While some may wish to exclusively conduct their studies in Turku and remain in Finland, the University of Turku offers fantastic opportunities for locals and foreigners to study abroad and embrace different cultures. It is, in essence, why the university has long been recognised as one of Finland's most culturally-diverse and international universities. However, some may begin to ask, how would one go about conducting student exchange and what opportunities are available?
As my time as a blogger comes closer to the end, I felt it would be appropriate to outline some of the key events coming to Turku (and Finland in general) in 2017. While every year is one to look out for in Turku, 2017 is especially important with Finland officially turning 100 years old, an important milestone in the country's long history. In addition to the official celebration on December 6, some notary events that have been carried out in celebration of the milestone include; Tom of Finland musical (recently concluded in Turku), the Tall Ships Race, Europeade, among many others. In addition, annual celebrations such as Juhannus and festivals such as Ruisrock are also something to keep an eye on.
The middle of Spring has, in turn, led to Sping activities, beautiful - yet sometimes unpredictable - weather, and, enclosed nearby the River Aura, the emergence of the Turku markets. In dusting off their stalls hidden away during the winter period, the Spring Markets are a common place during the Spring and Summer period in which individuals sell a variety of different novelties and cuisines originating from different countries around Europe and the world.
Chocolate is, unanimously, the best food in the world - in my opinion at least. Each country lays claim to having the best chocolate in the world, with a huge variety spanning across many different continents - whether it be Cadbury, Lindt or Marabou. Before meeting my girlfriend, I had never heard of Fazer, a sentiment many other foreigners may share. However, upon my first tasting of it, I could see why many Finns were praising it as the best chocolate in the world.
If you read my previous post, you will know a little something about Vappu, one of the most important days on the Finnish calendar. After a long night of partying (or even a long week), students, families, and those not impeded by an inevitable hangover, ventured out to Vartiovuori observatory (or the park nearby the observatory) to carry out the long-standing tradition of the May 1 picnic.
Vappu (Labour Day) is, in every Finnish person's mind, one of the most important celebrations of the year. As I have come to acknowledge during my stay here in Turku, Finnish people commemorate certain days more than most other countries (often in which flags can be seen hoisted around the city), and while most may not be known to the average outsider, Vappu is one which every person (particularly students) should know.
Do you have a habit to go to the library? Before coming to Finland for me it was definitely something not common as I associated it with a gloomy place with a specific smell of old dust. But Turku showed me libraries from another light. They are spacious, bright, colourful, and welcoming.