I moved about four months ago to Tampere, Finland’s second largest city, to study the master’s programme in Global and Transnational Sociology. Even though I do already hold a one-year master’s degree in Applied Ethics, I did not really feel like my educational path could possibly be over already. I really enjoyed the courses and topics of my previous programme, but was rather disappointed with how little you actually learn within a year and the lack of opportunities to personalise my studies by selecting courses to set a personal focus. So, I decided to start all over again in a new country with a new degree programme.
Finland was my first choice and I applied to several different programmes which I would have all liked equally. Had I known about all these programmes a year before I might even have skipped the one-year degree in Applied Ethics!
And here is why I was so happy to learn about the master’s degree programmes in Finland (and still am by the way):
1. International programmes
This one is probably rather obvious, but I still think it is worth mentioning. Finland offers a variety of international master’s degree programmes which you can find here. This means programmes are offered fully in English and are set up within an international framework.
2. Interdisciplinary approaches
All the master programmes that I applied for are very interdisciplinary and combine a variety of different fields and topics. I can never quite settle with an option (which is why I have studied psychology, ethics, and now sociology) and Finnish universities offer many programmes which provide a way to combine several fields and areas of your interest. In my opinion life itself is entirely interdisciplinary, and so should education be. Finland obviously got this one right!
3. Academic freedom
And here we come to my favourite part, one of the biggest reasons I chose Finland over other potential places; this great thing called academic freedom. This means that to a large extent you can select courses completely tailored to your interests! You can kind of construct your own personal degree if you will. Of course, there are some mandatory courses which are part of your specific programme, but on top of that you can literally study whatever you want. For me this means courses in peace and conflict research, literature, and sustainable business. Let’s see where it takes me next year, but this feature truly makes studying fun and diversified.
Last but not least, Finland itself was of course a reason too. Or let’s say in my case more specifically Tampere. I have visited Tampere before and really liked the city. My first impression was that it has a good size, cosy cafés, and a nice atmosphere. After having lived in a really small Swedish city previously I really wanted to move somewhere a bit bigger, somewhere where there are things to do (also on cold and dark days), and someplace I could feel more home. So far, I think I have found all these in Tampere.
I will surely tell you more about Tampere, my programme, and the student life here but for now I hope you got a first little glimpse into why it might be worth to study in Finland.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and we look forward to showing you more of our student life here in the cold, cold North.
Stay tuned - Justine
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