A True Growing and Learning Experience February 14, 2018

By (Truman State University) - abroad from 09/01/2017 to 12/22/2017 with

ISEP Exchange: Oulu - Exchange Program at University of Oulu

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A whole new perspective on the world, especially the business environment which my courses focused on. An absolutely worthwhile part of my academic career.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50-70 Euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't be afraid to go to discount stores, in Finland they are often just as high of quality!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? If you have aspirations of learning the Finnish language, it will be a long and arduous process. However, the people of Finland are very willing to practice with you and always appreciate someone trying to speak their language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The culture shift
  • The coursework
  • The new friends
* What could be improved?
  • The timing
  • The integration process
  • The price
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That you had to visit the Finnish Embassy in person to get a residence permit

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.