Monthly Archives: February 2018

More than International Business – complementary studies at Karelia

When thinking of studying International Business, most people know that we need to learn marketing, sales, finance,… However, studying in Karelia helps me to participate in more courses which are not just business-related. I have taken Culinary culture since cooking is my hobby. In this class, I have chance to work with Tourism students as well. My network is increasing at the same time. We had chance to learn, cook and each with each other! This course offers a wide range of international dishes that I have never tried before in my life. Not only did we learn how to cook different kind of dishes but we also know how to follow the rules  in the kitchen.

Scandinavian dish

Cooking class at Tikkarinne campus

We learn how to set the table

Another optional study that I had an opportunity to join is German language and culture. This course had one week in Berlin. I was one of Karelia’s students to participate with other exchange students in Wildau. It was a fantastic week since I was able to explore the capital city of Germany and made new friends as well. We went sightseeing to all historic and famous places in Berlin. We also exchanged and shared our culture with more than 20 different nations in the International dinner. In my group, we come from various study fields. Our hostel located in the heart of Berlin so it is convenient to travel around the city. The most exciting part when speaking of Germany is definitely Oktoberfest. It was such a memorable night for me marking my very first festival ever. Berlin is such a vibrant and historic city. I’m glad that I decided to sign up this phenomenal course!

For more information, you can check complementary studies in Soleops, or contact:

  • Kaija Sankila ( for German language culture course
  • Mikko Lahti ( for Culinary Culture course

Ha Minh Thuy

Winter in Joensuu

Feeling the cold of Europe for 2 years seems not to be enough for me. I am a girl coming from the North of Vietnam, where the weather is humid and subtropical. During summer, it’s really hot, sometimes the sun is our “enemy”. Meanwhile, winter is humid and cold with rain, that’s why I was so excited for the first time seeing snow in my life. Let me tell you why I am in a love-hate relationship with this beautiful creature 😉

I love snow since the day I was planning to study abroad. The moment when I was on the 

bus to Helsinki with my friend was the first day I admired snowflakes in my life. 7 hours on the bus were expected to be so longgg but none of us knew that day was the beginning of winter. It was still the most precious memory that I cannot forget. Imagine when every road we passed was covered with white color, everything looked like a scene in fairy tales. How can someone hate snow if they see that moment?

But…cold days make me homesick. Studying abroad is always a challenge. You can live alone, enjoy yourself, do whatever you want, have more private spaces but sometimes you may feel lonely. You will miss the day when your family gathered to have a warm dinner then talk about daily life. Or, you may miss your grand-father who likes to sit near the balcony and have a cup of coffee, listen to his old favorite songs. Winter in Joensuu is much colder than Vietnam, that’s why you may want to come back home to sleep with your mom on a big and super warm bed then tell her that you are afraid of being an adult. Cold days may make you want to be a child, but everyone has to grow up and experience something even more wonderful than a snowy day.

                                                               My Vietnamese IB classmates 


Chi Nguyen