My name is Alba, and I want to share with you my amazing experience studying abroad. It was by far, one of the best experiences I had in my student life. Discovering a different culture, is a privilege no one should be denied. During my erasmus in Turku, Finland, I made friends with people from all over the world, and shared some of the most incredible experiences.
I chose to study in Finland, because I had always a strong interest in northern countries, especially Finland since I was a kid, and my university had an agreement with Åbo Akademi in Turku.
Finland has a completely different culture, extreme winter season and I was interested in living in the country of the thousand lakes, saunas, the home of Santa Claus, the northern lights, reindeers and snow, of course! In other words, living in a place with is totally opposite of my home country.
Turku is not a big city, but is a student-friendly place where there is an international students’ atmosphere. To move around in Turku is easy by bus, bike or on foot. Turku offers a lot of possibilities for indoors’ and outdoors’ activities. For example, in winter you can walk on ice and go cross-country skiing, Turku has many cultural events, historical places and monuments. If Ishould recommend some places would be, the riverside by the city centre, public swimming areas “Uittamo, Ruissalo…” and Naantali, it’s a small fishing village near to Turku. There are forest and parks everywhere, and you can see so many beautiful sunsets. Turku is one of the best connects cities, is directly connected with the popular boat to Sweden, and offers excellent travel connections to the rest of the country.
I did my Erasmus studies in Åbo Akademi. It is a Swedish speaking university in Finland. Even though the main language is Swedish, they also offer courses in English. I was following International Marketing courses. All the courses, taught by the experts in the field, were excellently balanced with both theory and practical work.