Exchange students' voices

Here you can find UEF Applied Physics exchange student interviews. Find out why they chose UEF Applied Physics, what have they learned and liked the most!

 

Kamila Lepkova, UEF Applied Physics Exchange student 2017-2018

Brno, Czech Republic

1. Why did you choose this exchange destination? 

I chose Finland because I like nature and culture of northern countries and I wanted to experience it. Also, before applying I was searching for great universities in Finland and University of Eastern Finland was one of those. I am really glad that I have chosen UEF and that I have had a chance to be here in Kuopio since September.

2. What do you study here?

I study Medical Physics at the Department of Applied Physics. It’s little bit different from the field of study in my home university in the Czech Republic. The program which I studied was Biomedical Engineering and Bioinformatics but it’s quite similar.

3. How would you evaluate the level of teaching at the host university?

It’s comparable to my home university - University of Technology in Brno. I think that the level of teaching is at high level. The teachers are friendly, nice and always helpful. I really like the system of education in Finland. It’s different than in the Czech Republic. I really appreciate that there are two periods in semester and in each period there are two or three courses and you can actually concentrate on these. In the Czech Republic there are around six courses every semester and the courses are running simultaneously so it could be really hard to focus on many courses in the same time.

4. What are the things you have found to be helpful on your studies?

The first thing that comes to my mind is my tutor. I think that it’s the best thing that the university can do for new exchange students. My tutor told me everything that I needed to know. She showed me the university, school canteen and also the town itself. It’s nice to have a friend in an unknown town with different culture. So I would like to say MANY THANKS to my tutor – Iina! You are the best tutor and friend. Thank you for everything! Another thing that helped me was the orientation program for exchange students. They showed us how to use library system, how to sign up into the university system and how to register to the courses.

5. How is the accommodation arranged?

I live in Neulamäki as many exchange students do. Kuopas is renting rooms for us. The flat is nice but I think that the price of the rent could be lower.

6. Have you been you homesick or did you have a culture shock? How did you cope with these?

That’s an interesting question. I think that my family will not be glad but I haven’t been homesick yet. When you have amazing friends around you have no time to think about it like that. Also, there are many ways how to connect with your family and friends in home country in this modern world. I talk with my family almost every week so we are in touch. But of course I am looking forward to see them again.  About the shock – I only had winter and dark shock! When I was in Kuopio in December it was really depressing for me. There was almost no light but I somehow got over with it. You just have to find some entertainment for instance doing some sports, hanging out with your friends or studying.

7. What have been the positive or negative aspects of your exchange? What was the best thing?

The best thing was that I have met so many awesome people from different countries. It is nice to find out more about their countries and culture. You can make friendships that will last forever during Erasmus. Also, other positive thing that comes to my mind is an experience of new education system, culture and living on mine own. Moreover, I am really glad that I have opportunity to study at UEF because it’s amazing university.

8. What is your favorite thing in Finnish culture, society and in UEF?

Definitely not licorice! I like people in Finland. They are always helpful and the most honest people I have ever met in my life. I will miss this the most. And also the homemade cinnamon rolls. I will take as many as I can with me to the Czech Republic.

Andrea Behanova, UEF Applied Physics Exchange student 2017-2018

Brno, Czech Republic

1.Why did you choose this exchange destination? 

I have always been interested in Nordic countries. I was in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, but just for a short time and spending one whole semester in Finland was irresistible experience. I admire finnish education system and also behaviour of people here. They always help you, even if you are in really difficult situation.

2. What did you study?

I study Medical Physics here but in my home university I was studying Biomedical Engineering.

3. How would you evaluate the level of teaching at the host university? 

The best one, teachers here are really professional, smart and helpful. I have learnt a lot of interesting things during my stay in Kuopio. I am sure that I will use them in the future.

4. What are the things you have found to be helpful on your studies?

Library services are really helpful; there are lot of materials, books and works which u can borrow and study from them. During my courses we had also some demonstrations at the hospital and it is very beneficial to see how the machines work in real life and not in just theory. In my opinion, the most helpful were project works, where you can learn how to work in groups and also it will prepare you for your future work. Solving problems, after that apply them on data and in the end you have something what you can present to your colleagues.

5. How was the accommodation arranged?

My accommodation was through company Kuopas. I got my own room and I shared the flat with 2 other girls (one was my friend from home university). The building has a quite good location, it is about 10 minutes to university by bike (5 minutes by bus).

6. Have you been you homesick or did you have a culture shock? How did you cope with these?

I was really surprised how everything is better here compared to my home country. I love the nature here, you can just walk a while to any direction and everytime you find a beautiful place, where you would like to spend the rest of your life. To be honest, I wasn't homesick, but I really missed my family and friends.

7. What have been the positive or negative aspects of your exchange? What was the best thing?

Positive aspects were Erasmus people, the nature, Finnish people, education, teachers and a lot of new experieces. I can't find any negative aspects. If there was some, it was not so important for me (maybe salmiakki?). The best thing on whole exchange was that I found love.

8. What is your favorite thing in Finnish culture, society and in UEF?

My favourite thing in Finnish culture is definitely the people here. I have never seen so nice people like in Finland. The first Finnish person I met was my tutor Iina, she is the best from everyone here. Always so helpful, nice, funny but also crazy like me. A huge thank to Erasmus for this unforgettable experience.

Michal Demjan, UEF Applied Physics Exchange student 2017-2018

Brno, Czech Republic

1. Where do you come from and what is your academic background?

I studied biomedical engineering in Brno, Czech Republic.

2. Why did you choose University of Eastern Finland as your exchange destination? 

I read that Finnish educational system is one of the best in the world and also same fact is related to Finnish living standards so I had been thinking that it might be good experience for me and yes it really was. Furthermore, when I was much younger I fell in love with Finnish rock music so I guess that it made little space for Finland in my heart!

3. How would you evaluate the level of teaching at the host university?

Overall, I would say that it is not so different compared to my home university. However, the interest of lecturers in their students is much higher here. Thing I like the most and is so different compared to what I was familiar with before is that students actually have a space to study, where they are spending basically whole day together solving exercises or just hanging out. That fact that student actually is "somebody" is big difference.

4. Have you been you homesick or did you have a culture shock?

Not at all. There are minor differences, but I would say that all of them are positive. One big thing is that nobody will steal my unsecured jacket from the coat rack or laptop from library! First month I was just dealing with the question how can this work so well with a huge smile on my face.

5. What have been the most positive aspects of your exchange?

First positive thing was my tutor, she really helped us to feel like at home. Then I started to explore countryside and the culture which made me take this town as my home really quick. But the best thing… that's hard to say, probably cheap food at the university canteen! I expected to spend much more money on food before arrival.

6. What is your favorite thing in Finnish culture, society and in UEF?

Trustworthiness definitely. I would have loved to grow up in this country.