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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 : )
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).
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.
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.
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,...

To my mind, a good transportation system is essential for any city. Everyday people need to go to work, school, university, shopping, etc. and it obviously takes time. The thing is that the above mentioned places can be far from each other. That’s why it’s just great to know that buses can help you to reach various areas on time.
Kultaranta is a summer residence of the President of Finland. Literally, the word «kultaranta» means «golden beach». It is situated in Naantali, which you can easily reach by bus as it is quite close to Turku.

Once my friend told me that by accident she found Zoological Museum of the University of Turku. To be honest it was a total surprise as I never heard about it. Today my friend and I visited it and I have a huge desire to...

Turku is a great place for those who enjoy cycling. To my mind, the number of bicycles is so huge that it can remind you about Amsterdam which is considered to be one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world. And what really amazed me - people cycle all over the year.