Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Country of origin: Russia
Study course: Bachelor in European Business Administration
Why did you decide to study abroad?
Studying abroad has always been my dream. I wanted to meet new people, experience new teaching methods, and live with a different mindset. Besides that, studying abroad is obviously a good way to learn about other cultures and their values. Although it is a valuable experience in general, living and studying abroad can also be fun and spontaneous.
What made you decide on this university?
Finnish culture always fascinated me and I wanted to learn more about it and experience it myself. Finland is one of the countries where it is really easy to live without knowing the Finnish language, because almost everyone here speaks English very well and communicating only in English is enough. Metropolia is one of the best schools in the country, and has a lot of programs for international students in English. It also has many partners abroad and it is always inviting exchange students to come to Finland. So I knew it was a great opportunity to work and study in a multicultural environment.
How is your experience of studying abroad?
So far I can say that choosing to go to study abroad is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It is very different to what I expected and very similar at the same time. I like getting to know new people, and studying abroad made it a lot easier for me. I can tell that I have become more responsible and social since I moved to Finland. Every day is exciting and interesting in its own way!
Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
In my opinion, studying abroad is something that everyone should do. Besides getting used to living in a different atmosphere and learning more about other countries, you also gain perspective on your own country and culture. Studying abroad changes you in the best ways and there is no reason to miss out on that.