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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 : )

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.

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.

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.

Most likely you’ve heard something about the Kamppi Chapel in the Helsinki city centre. It’s also famous as the «Chapel of Silence». But not so many know that it was inspired by a wooden church situated in Turku.

When you live in Turku you can notice that generally people speak English on a really high level. Although you can easily survive here without Finnish or Swedish, I still believe that it’s good to learn the language of the country you live in. That’s why I decided to learn Finnish.