Outgoing Students 23.01.20

"LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO BE LIVED IN ONE PLACE": STUDYING ABROAD IN FINLAND

I chose Finland, specifically Tampere University of Applied Sciences, because of the country’s high quality of life.

Female student feeding a reindeer in Finland

Finland is one of the safest countries in the world and has one of the most advanced educational systems.

In Finland, the approach to studies was really practical. Assessments were often group projects developed in cooperation with local companies. This offered me the opportunity to develop my presentation skills as well as the confidence to approach people at a senior level.

I also experienced so many new things in those nine months, I travelled a lot: I have been to Russia, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Lapland (where Santa Claus Village is located), Estonia, and all around Finland. My favourite experience was seeing the Northern Lights, in the city of Rovaniemi, and swimming in the frozen lake after a hot sauna.

This experience enabled me to discover how cultural diversity can be rewarding, inspiring and empowering both personally and professionally.

To someone considering studying or working abroad, I would say just go for it! Life is too short to be lived in just one place.