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Guldana Amrenova

Guldana Amrenova

Oulu Business School, Finland

Country of origin: Kazakhstan
Study course: Master in International Business Management

Why did you decide to study abroad?
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to travel to different countries and get to know different cultures. During my Bachelor’s studies, I got a chance to spend one semester at Warsaw University in Poland as a guest student. After that, I firmly decided that I will continue my studies abroad. Studying in a foreign country gives a unique opportunity to experience different cultures, meet friends from all over the world, and make lifelong memories.

What made you decide on this university?
In my home country, Nordic countries are recognized for offering high-quality and world-class education. Therefore, I started to search for possible programs, particularly in Scandinavian region. The main reasons for choosing the University of Oulu were: the availability of my chosen study program, their free and exceptional education, the university’s ranking among the 250 best universities in the world, and the extraordinary number of extracurricular activities and events, especially for business oriented people.

How is your experience of studying abroad?

Personally, I am really enjoying my stay here. The culture, food, and nature here are all so different from my home country. Where else do you get the chance to contemplate the Northern lights, meet the real Santa Claus, and jump into an ice hole when the temperature outside is -20°C? There are plenty of other events and leisure activities as well, bringing students together. The open, kind, and hospitable Finnish people have made my stay even more enjoyable. I was also so surprised with how fluent Finnish people are in English, even though it is not an official language in the country.

Moreover, life abroad has made me more responsible, independent, and self-confident. This is an invaluable experience and I think no one should be afraid of going abroad to step outside of their comfort zones.

Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university

Studying at the University of Oulu offers the chance to get a world-class education (recognized worldwide), meet international friends, and a lot more. The university offers a wide range of English-taught degree programs. The academic staff is composed of highly qualified and experienced professors, who try to make the classes more interactive and interesting; they often invite guest speakers who also give insight into the practical side. Furthermore, almost all the faculties and facilities are located on one campus, making the study experience even more convenient. As a student at the University of Oulu, you will have the chance to attend different events and student trips, while becoming a member of student organizations and clubs.