My name is Kamila Lepková and I am from Czech republic. Currently I study Master's degree in Medical Physics at the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio campus. I would like to describe the education system in Finnish universities, because it is different comparing to my home country, and most likely to the other countries too. Let's check it out!
The study year is divided into two semesters -- autumn and spring, while each semester is divided into two periods, so in total there are four periods (1 & 2 = autumn, 3 & 4 = spring). That was really new for me, because in Czech we just have two semesters and all courses are going simultaneously in the semester. In Finland, most courses are taught in only one period (half of the semester), where you have approximately 3-5 different courses in each period.
I really like this system, because you have more time to study and concentrate on courses, yet they are taught more intensively – you have lectures more times a week. In my home country we have each course once a week and it was really hard to remember what we did last time, because of that one week gap.
You will have them after each period. The first examination time is before Christmas. New semester stars very early, right after New Year’s Eve (around the 6th of January.). In Czech republic, we end our semester before Christmas and after that, we have one month examination time without any lectures. It has own cons and pros:
- You can‘t enjoy Christmas properly because of preparation;
- We have one month to prepare and learn everything, and I honestly really miss this time. In Finland, you have to study really hard during the whole period, because right after the last lecture you have just a few days to study for exam.
The exam structure is also a bit different. You have 4 hours to write everything you know. I found out that Finnish students are precise: they have rulers, rubbers, pencils, pens and they write everything so clear especially tables and charts! In Czech, we are used to writing quickly because often we don’t have much time.
All the courses have the theoretical part (lectures) and practice part (exercises, demos, project works). New was just one thing: we need to be prepared for exercises. That means lots of work during the week, but it is nice that you will practice things that you have learned and you can ask teachers for help, if you don’t know something.
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