Meet Ayokunle – a Nigerian student in Finland who pursued and enjoyed Finland’s top-ranking yet affordable education.
At first, I came to Finland to get a bachelor’s degree in IT at Savonia University of Applied Science. I chose Finland because some of my friends already live here. And after graduating as a Bachelor of Engineering in IT, I decided to study more and applied for a master’s degree in Human Technology Interaction at the University of Tampere and got in.
My process for applying to study in Finland was quite long, but I don’t think it was difficult at all. For me, the travelling part was difficult, because I had to go from Nigeria to Ghana to take my entrance exam. Travelling to Ghana wasn’t easy, because Ghana was having an election during that time. Travelling didn’t affect me as much as it could have, because I was determined to take the exam and get in to the school. The entrance exam was easy for me. All in all, it was the easiest part of the whole thing.
“I must say that the best thing about Finland is peace and quiet!”
Finnish education – a privilege
In my opinion, the tuition fees that Finland have now set for the non-EU/EEA students are a good thing. It’s a privilege to have a good education as Finland offers. In the end, the only thing that matters is how good your education is. I think people shouldn’t consider the price of a degree an obstacle.
As a Nigerian student in Finland, I can say higher education in Finland feels a lot different than the one in Nigeria. In Finland, the workload isn’t that bad compared to Nigerian schools. Also, I like the fact that in Finland, if something is written on the syllabus, it is actually taught in the class.
I would highly recommend the universities in Finland where I have studied. Advertising studies in Finland to my friends in my home country is difficult because of the money issue. Some people don’t have enough money to come and study in Finland. They have the drive but not enough money. I’m going stay in Finland if I get a professional job here. Otherwise, I will find a job elsewhere in Europe or other parts of the world. For sure, I know I’m not going back to my home country.