Hyunjee Kang, a last-year student in International Business from South Korea, borrows the Arcada Communications blog for a few weeks to write about life and studies in Finland.
Hello, I’m back!
How are you? Weather nowadays is quite bad… windy, cloudy, and slightly rainy (and then suddenly sunny again). I think it’s because Vappu is coming (I’ve heard several times people mention that Vappu typically has bad weather.) Days like these I feel like going to a coffee shop alone with my laptop, drinking a cup of Americano and having some lonely sentimental time. Or just lying down on my bed and reading some comic books under the blanket with some salty chips at home.
Today, I’m going to write about Arcada.
When people ask me why I’ve chosen Finland for studying, I answer that “Yeah, Finland is well-known for its high-quality education country and I love Finland.” But what do I answer when they ask why I choose Arcada?
A new and modern building : I believe that the environment for studying is important, that’s why many universities invest in their facilities. If somebody asks what’s your favorite thing about Arcada? I can clearly say the Arcada environment! It’s new, big, modern, and pleasant!
- Flexibility: As I have experienced so far, Arcada is a very flexible school. It applies to many ways between students and teachers, students and students, in the classes, events, etc.
- Internationality: Arcada has many international students from Europe, Asia, Africa and America. And it offers good quality English programmes in International business, Nursing, and Materials processing technology. And studying together and working in groups with students with international backgrounds are good experiences (but, I have met very few S-Koreans at Arcada. So, if some S-Korean read my posts, contact me!)
Uniqueness: Since Arcada is Swedish speaking school, it has quite a unique atmosphere. As I mentioned in a previous post, you can learn both Swedish and the special Finnish-Swedish culture (sitzes, crayfish parties etc.) while living in Finland. I think that is a good thing. Furthermore, you are surprised by people who speak Swedish, change to Finnish, and then suddenly to English.
- Good in general: At Arcada you can meet good people, study in a good environment and receive a good-quality education. I met my best friends from different international backgrounds and a soul mate during my time at Arcada. I not only learn my major subject, but also how to deal with new challenges. I’ve heard several times from my friends about how satisfied they are with Arcada. My best friend Ting He, who studied Nursing at Arcada and now works in Stockholm, gave me this quote:“I am very grateful to Arcada, especially for the opportunity learning both Swedish and Finnish, and for exchange studies. Studying at Arcada was very flexible, and I could easily manage my time and book a meeting with any of my teachers. The learning plan for nursing programme is well designed and taught. I had also chance to meet other students from different programmes at Arcada.” –Ting, He
PS. before and after graduating school, don’t forgot to join the Arcada Alumni network! (http://www.arcada.fi/en/alumniportal (External link))