The inter­na­tional environment helps to grow

The Inter­na­tional Environment Helps to Grow Profes­sionally and Personally

Irina Timofeeva, Inter­na­tional Business student 

Irina Timofeeva moved from Russia to Finland to study at the Karelia University of Applied Sciences. She started hers studia at the Open UAS in Study Path Programme. It means studies in a normal study group but with open university student’s status. Irina Timofeeva, a citizen of Russian Feder­ation from Kosto­muksha, had already considered the possi­bility of switching to Finland for higher education when she studied at high school.

Irina got inter­ested in Inter­na­tional Business Studies Karelia UAS in Joensuu.

– Applying to the Open University was simple, and no entrance exams were needed, Timofeeva says.

Joensuu was not a familiar city for Timofeeva before.

– The decision that I was approved to study came quickly and soon it was time to move. I had little antic­i­pation about what kind of student life would be in Finland and I did not have time to think about it, Timofeeva says.

Timofeeva moved to Penttilä district in Joensuu at the beginning of the autumn semester, with a short distance to both Karelia UAS Wärtsilä campus and the city centre, and the beautiful scenery of Pielisjoki river. She enjoys both the city and her studies.

– The studies at the Karelia UAS are a good combi­nation of theory for practical projects. We have imple­mented projects for real companies. I like the inter­na­tional environment as it helps to grow both profes­sionally and personally.

When a suffi­cient number of credits were accom­plished, Timofeeva was accepted as a degree student.

– When I was studying at the open university I did not have any official student status and I was staying in Finland with tourist visas. I had to go to Russia often to renew the visa. The teachers under­stood my situation well and did not disap­prove, even though I missed some lessons.

Prior to her gradu­ation, Irina Timojefeva plans to go for student exchange in South Korea and do a practical training in a company. After gradu­ating, she would like to work in enter­tainment industry combining music and commercial expertise.

– I’m really pleased to my studies here. I can recommend Karelia to everyone, thanks Timofeeva.


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