Finland: A Little-Known Country with a Wealth of Opportunities Past Review

By (Biology, General., Nebraska Wesleyan University) for

ISEP Exchange: Turku - Exchange Program at Abo Akademi University - Abo Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I experienced a new culture and my experience was very worthwhile. I wish I could have stayed another semester!

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.

I took the maximum amount of credits possible. The workload was really heavy for each class. The grading system is a little different, but close to ours. The teaching methods were similar, all lecture.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very accessible and answered emails and questions promptly.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I did have to buy some settle-in items because they were out of starting packages (downside). My neighborhood was made up of international students and was very safe. It was close to a grocery store and the bus was able to take us to class and nightlife.

* Food:

The cafeteria was excellent and provided vegetarian and vegan options as well.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My favorite trip was Saint Petersburg, Russia. I also enjoyed Lapland.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Finland overall is a very safe country. I never had any problems with anyone and could walk alone without feeling overly cautious.

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? Around 40 euros for food and other personal items.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Food is very expensive in Finland. Overall, everything is more expensive in Finland so you have to watch how you spend your money.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Social and travel opportunities
* What could be improved?
  • Ways to meet locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Finland is a great country and I had the time of my life. Any student who is willing to travel and loves the night life would definitely benefit from the program.