“I’ve Never Regretted Taking Part in Exchange Program!”
Yuliya Mikhailova, the student of the Institute of Philology, shares her experience of studying at the University of Eastern Finland on exchange.
“In the second semester of my third year of studies, I decided to apply for exchange program with the University of Eastern Finland in the city of Joensuu. When I received the acceptance letter I was elated and at the same time anxious. After all, living in a foreign country for half a year among strangers can be challenging.
The value of such experience is hard to describe, especially if your goal is to master your proficiency in the foreign language. I plunged into studying the Finnish and English languages, learned about the European educational system (which is hard to adapt to at first, yet once you do, everything becomes simple). Everyone who comes on exchange from other countries is a particularly open-minded and friendly person so I had no trouble making new acquaintances and have even become friends with my flatmates. On top of it, this experience has made me a more independent and confident person. Thanks to correctly chosen courses I have gained valuable knowledge that now comes in really handy in my studies at PetrSU. It has been an unforgettable and invaluable experience.”