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"The infrastructure of the universities is amazing" - student ambassador story

Published on 6.10.2020
updated on 26.11.2021
Tampere University
Faculty of Management and Business
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Student ambassador Raysa studies in the Leadership for Change prorgramme. She fell in love with Finland during her exchange studies.

How long have you been in Tampere and what brought you here?

I arrived in Tampere in September of 2019. I had done an exchange in Jyväskylä in 2018, and I fell in love with Finland. I got to know Tampere back then, and also Tampere University, and I decided to apply for a master`s here. My boyfriend is also a Finn, so it was an opportunity to be in the same country together.

What subject do you study and how did you choose it?

I study in the Leadership for Change - Governance for Sustainable Change master's degree. I have had professional experiences with sustainability in Brazil, and I wanted to study sustainability more in-depth. I thought it would be a good program to help me inform how complex change transitions take place, and through what mechanisms.

What do you like most about Tampere and Finland? What has been the most surprising or different thing about living here?

I like to have peace, calm, security, and stability. It has also a close relationship with nature, which is great. The length of nights during summer and winter is so different, it needs patience to adjust sleeping.

What are your hobbies in Tampere? Have you tried out any new hobbies after coming here?

I love cooking and going to forests for walks. In Finland I discovered the wonders of sauna. It is incredible how relaxing it is, especially during winter, and it is good that almost every building has one. After an entire day of studies and work it is the best thing to do.

What would you say to someone who's trying to decide whether Tampere is the right place to come to study and live?

If you are looking for peace and calm, Finland is the place to be. In Tampere you have all the essential services, and it is close to the major cities, but at the same time, it preserves the calm of the Finnish way. Finland also is democratic and students' voices have power. Finally, the infrastructure of the universities is amazing, there is a good library with many computers and a wide range of literature available for studies and research. It should be noticed, however, that internationalization is a recent phenomenon in Finland, so if you are looking to have professional experiences during your degree, you should be aware of the difficulties beforehand. It should be noted that there are many international degrees that are new, so the age of a program is also an aspect that should be taken into consideration when choosing a study place.

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