These were some of the answers when the students from Ylöjärvi Upper Secondary School did a small survey of exchange students' experiences. The survey was a part of their English language studies and around 20 TAMK exchange students were interviewed. The answers are presented in greater detail below.
|Local students got a good opportunity to practice English language when interviewing Oanh Hoang and Bram Cooreman (behind).|
Why did you choose Finland / TAMK?
- Finnish people have good English skills
- Likes cold climate
- Finland was the most interesting option
- A Friend was in Finland 5 years ago
- Change to home country (2 answers)
- Likes drinking alcohol and sauna
- Finland was the best country to study IT engineering
- Never been in Finland
- Had been previously in an exchange in southern Europe and wanted to go to a different kind of country
- Tampere was the biggest city in the alternatives
Have you found any positive sides about TAMK?
- Good equipment
- Good organizing
- Food (x 3)
- Library (x 2)
- New friends
- Good opportunities
- Good team spirit
- Teaching is good
- Studying is relaxed
- Classrooms are nice
- Good transportation probabilities
- People are open minded (x 3)
- Good apartments
What negative sides have you found about TAMK?
- Everyone isn’t ready to talk with exchange students (x 3)
- School is unclear
- Library gets closed too early
- Not yet (x 6)
- Some of the teachers don’t understand everything
What is the most valuable thing about studying abroad?
- Experiencing other cultures
- Learn to live on one’s own
- More choices to major in
- New people
- Now I can compare my own country to other countries
- Gets more motivation on studying
What kind of differences there are between Finnish culture and your own?
- Almost the same
- You have to stop the bus to get off
- Finnish people are friendlier
- Finnish people need more space of their own
Could you consider working in Finland?
- Yes if it wouldn’t be so cold
- Yes, but darkness scares
How would you compare the Finnish education to your own?
- In Finland it’s more independent and more comfortable
- Can’t compare
- Doesn’t study so much because she is on-the-job learning
- Studying in Greece is different because of the economy crisis
- In Finland studying is more practical
- In Finland studying is economically supported
- Much smaller studying groups in Finland