Every semester, Karelia welcomes more than 50 exchange students from our universitiy partners in Europe, Asia, Russia, South America and Cananda studying in different fields. Though it is just a short journey in a little city in North Karelia, exchange students have experienced full of activities, met new friends and explored Finnish lifestyle. Here is the story of Selina Sator, an Mechanical Engineering student at Hof University of Applied Sciences in Germany, who studied as exchange student in Autumn Semester 2017.
Four months, Three weeks and Two days
When I arrived at the little airport in Joensuu in August 2017, I never thought that the next time will be the best time of my live. My name is Selina, I’m 20 years old and from Germany. I’m studying Mechanical International at University of Applied Sciences Hof. I loved to study in this small town. Joensuu is in comparison bigger than Hof but with less population density. And even if there is a lot of nature in Hof as well… I’ve never seen so many lakes, rivers and forests in a city.
Besides enjoying the beautiful nature I had so nice days with my flatmates. I never lived in a shared flat before and worried a bit how it will be – for no reason. I had much fun while studying at Karelia University of Applied Sciences with lots of Finnish people. Especially through the group work I got to know awesome Finns. My courses were pretty different from Germany. It reminds me a bit of secondary high school (Realschule).
I gained so many new friends – from all over the world – and hope to see them all again.
Not only people, also my bike was my „friend“ during this time. I used it every day and it was very convenient for transportation.
My trips to Helsinki, Tallinn, Koli national park, Imatra, Ruka and Rovaniemi (Lapland) were an incredibly amazing experience which I don’t want to miss.
Now I’m back in Germany and I miss all the people, Joensuu and Finland, but it’s also nice to see family and friends at home again. I’m sure I will never forget this great four months, three weeks and two days with lots of partys, sauna, ice swimming, activities, travels, fun, friends, nature, BBQs, cycling, hiking, boats, lakes, reindeers, and rivers.