Exchange Students in Turku
Anastasiya Mun and Victoriya Ignatova, students of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU, spent their spring term of 2018/2019 at the University of Turku on an exchange program.
They shared their pieces of advice to PetrSU students who would like to participate in exchange programs.
“We have studied at the University of Turku, Faculty of Education, for the spring term of 2019. If you want to learn something new, get an unforgettable experience, broaden your horizons, practice language, immerse in the culture of another country, make new friends from other countries, then a term abroad is exactly what you need!
A student can choose courses as the curriculum is individualized. Many academic hours are dedicated to self-directed learning. During this time we have written lots and lots of essays, read a plethora of foreign articles, worked on several projects. Each and every textbook, class schedule, course material is available on the Moodle system which is very convenient. Usually exams were taken remotely. It is not hard to prepare and successfully pass the exams if you have worked diligently throughout the course. By the way, courses last for a month or a month and a half, instead of the whole semester as it is Russia.”
The University of Turku, just as PetrSU, has adapters (tutors), who help students to orient in the new place. The students were met by tutor Sinni who helped them get settled, get transport passes and arrange other daily matters.
The girls have overcome their language barrier approximately two weeks in their studies. The students have made new friends from all corners of the world with whom they keep in touch.