University of Oulu (Oulun Yliopisto)
Pentti Kaiteran katu 1,
90014 Oulu, Finland
Faculty of Education, International Coördinator
During orientation days in the Netherlands I heard information about going abroad.
At first I tought about going outside of Europe, but then I figured out that it was very expensive.
Then I heard about going to study at Scandanavië, that's when everything started.
First I had to choose which country, this became Finland.
I searched information about education in Finland and I found that the education in Finland is very good, especially in primary school. Finland is number 1 in Europe on education.
At school we had a presentation about different opportunities to go abroad. In that presentation I saw the University of Oulu. At home I searched on the website and became very excited.
Then I went to our international coördinator Harrie Poulssen, to tell him about my interest in Oulu. He was very excited.
But he told me that I needed to write a motivation letter, so I wrote my motivation letter.
After that we had a conversation about my motivation. This was good and I had my temporary GO!
Then started the kind of boring stuff, filling in al the papers.
We had to think about a lot of stuff like:
- Financing (DUO)
- Temporary stop for the travelcard
- ID or Pasport
- Housing (PSOAS)
Housing is arranged trough PSOAS, you can look on the site of the school. www.psoas.fi
- Learning Agreement (choosing courses, that's fun)
- Contact the University (to apply, ask the international office at KPZ)
It's already been 2 months that I came here in Oulu and time flies by.
So many things have happend and I already have seen so much.
At the beginning that we (Merel, Evelien and I) came here at was -20. And I can tell you that is very cold.
Luckily I had enough warm clothes with me. Before I came here I had a little contact with my Kummi. This is a person that helps you at the beginning of your stay. Well if I can be honest, my kummi didn't do a lot for me. She got me my key and a finnish sim-card and some basic information, like whiche busstop I can take to the city and to school. The rest I all found out with Merel and Evelien. Because my Kummi only told me about one supermarket that's almost across from our building. What she didn't tell was that this supermarket was very expensive and when your a student you always want to know the cheapest supermarket. Lukily my roommate found out on her own,that there was a different supermarket nearby and that it was much bigger and cheaper. Later on we found the lidl and now we buy there our stuff.
When we first got to school for the oriëntation program, we were a little shocked. The school is so big, we found out there are more than 16.000 students, well that's a lot different then our own school, haha!
At orientation we found out that we need to register for our courses that we selected, but there was a possibility that our learning agreement could change, because some courses had selected places. In the end we only had to change one course. The courses that we followed were:
Society and educational institutions
Educational philosophy and ethics
Comparative Education 2: Europe
Inclusive and special education
Early learning in multicultural contexts
Basic of art teaching
For the first two months we didn't have that much classes. That's why we could do some nice things. I went on a ski-trip to Svanstein (Sweden), this was organized by ESN. Skiing at -24 degrees, I will tell you that is cold.
I also went to Finnish Lapland with some friends and we had some nice weather -27 degrees, and we also saw for the first time the Northen Lights, that was amazing! But I will tell you Finland and Lapland is something everybody has to go to, certainly in winter. It is so beautiful and special.
We also had a lot of party's. ESN (Erasmus) organizes so many events, so you can choose where you want to go. At the beginning I bought the ESN-card, this was 5 euros, but very handy because you can get discounts or free entrance at party's.
(Northen Lights in Lapland)
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