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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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I assume that when students enter a university, there is a certain number of questions they need to solve quite urgently. One of such matters is the schedule of the courses you are going to attend. There are so many of them, and you feel so enthusiastic that you want to try everything which is impossible due to overlaps. At least that’s what I experienced during my first year in Turku : D All the elective courses sounded fascinating and it was a torture to choose some of them. When hearing about this «problem», my friend advised me to take «Multicultural Education». She characterised it as a «must have».  To be honest, it even exceeded my expectations.
Universally, Easter is often celebrated in a traditionally similar manner - though occasionally with some minor cultural distinctions. This is my first Easter celebrated in Finland, one in which is similar to that experienced back home - in the moments shared with family and friends, the consumption of delicious food, and the over-indulgence in chocolate and easter eggs. However, there has been some interesting quirks and differences that I have noticed so far in the manner in which Easter is celebrated within the Finnish culture, many of which differ from traditional westernised countries.
This past Easter I was fortunate enough to spend with my girlfriend's family, as we ventured by train to the Nort-West city of Seinäjoki. The city itself, to foreigners, may not necessarily be on your "must visit city in Finland" to do list, however, the city harbours a lot of interesting history and aspects which may appeal to those living in Turku.
Do you have an image of typical Finnish students? Before coming to Turku I had no idea that there can be anything special about their outfit. I am quite used to the fact that university students don’t have any distinguishing clothes. At least that is common for my home country. But Finland surprised me by its tradition.

When I thought what to show to my mother during her visit to Finland, my friend suggested visiting the Botanical Garden which belongs to the University of Turku. It was definitely a great idea! Right now it doesn’t look so colourful like in the photos,...

Juhani is a typical young Finn studying at University of Turku. His name has been the most popular one in Finland for years. I am lucky to have him as a friend before coming here. Although Juhani is extremely friendly, helpful, and nice, he feels shy to talk about himself and personal issues. This blog is about you, Juhani, as a small gilt although you may not expect it. * The real name of my Finnish friend has been changed and the character in my article is fictitiously formed, but vividly reflects a Finnish portrait.
“Today, I decide to learn about and try to understand you, Turku. By doing so, I think I will love you more!”
This Sunday, 9th April, 2017, is the upcoming Turku Municipal Elections, a time in which citizens and non-citizens from around Turku and the surrounding regions vote to decide who shall represent the City Council. Candidates are incredibly vast, ranging from well-known figures to regular people (even students).
Living in a new country always comes with the often perceived 'insurmountable' task of learning a new language. While living in Finland, particularly Turku, does not necessitate the need to learn Finnish as Finns are often well versed in speaking English, I believe it is both courteous and important to learn the native language in order to effectively integrate. Pursuant to this, I recently completed my first Finnish language course offered by the University of Turku, Finnish for Foreigners: Intensive Begginers Course, and I thought I would offer my opinions about it below.
Finnish cuisine has long been defined by a rustic flare, full of hearty warm soups, meaty dishes, as well as an overwhelming presence of root vegetables and herbs. A longing for locally sourced ingredients has emphasised the importance of healthy and nutritious food, particularly within the past 30 years. In fact, since the 1970's, the number of men dying from cardiovascular disease within Finland has dropped by up to 65 percent. Finns place a significant emphasis on eating fresh fruit - berries in particular - and protein consumption is encouraged, with Finland holding some of the highest consumption of dairy per capita in the world. In Turku, such a health movement can be observed through the scarcity of 'famed' fast food outlets such as Mc Donalds (there is only one in Turku) and the increasing presence of health food stores and restaurants.