Imagine, studying in Canada interviews 

Location: Finland

Description: Interviews of students that have been part of the programme (in Finnish)

Duration: 5:57
File Size: 38.8 MB


Transcript

(Noora)
I’m Noora Saukkonen and I studied business in Canada in Quebec City.

(Viljami)
My name is Viljami Aarbakke. I studied law in Toronto.

(Pauliina)
I’m Pauliina Harjula and I studied pedagogics and geography in Winnipeg.

(Ville)
Ville Salomaa, in Canada I studied business management, and also project management, organizational behaviour and also web design.

(Sointu)
I’m Sointu Lampinen and I studied international business and marketing in Guelph.

(Pyry)
I’m Pyry Virtanen and I studied business and economics in Kingston.

(Noora)
I’m Noora Hyysalo. I studied psychology in Montreal, Canada.


Why Canada?

(Viljami)
I wanted to go somewhere else than Europe, and I don’t speak French or Spanish which limits the options, and I thought that North America would be great and Canada is different from the US where many people go. So I wanted something different and decided to go to Canada.

(Pyry)
Canada specifically for the reason that it is kind of mixture of Europe and US.

(Noora)
In Canada in Quebec people speak French, it’s almost entirely francophone, and I’ve always studied French so that led me there.

(Noora)
The quality of education is good, and I went there to study in French.


Quality of education?
(Ville)
The quality of education in my opinion was quite excellent. In North America education costs and I would say that you get value for your moneys there.

(Viljami)
Really good quality of teaching, all the teaching was in small groups and you can see that they really invest in the resources.

(Sointu)
The professors are really good, and the studying atmosphere is really supportive and social.


Practical arrangements?

(Ville)
Practicalities, whether they were about course selections, arranging accommodation or whatever you paid there, everything was taken care of and organized very smoothly

(Pyry)
Canadians are really welcoming, and there is in general lots of foreigners in the community. As a Finn, it is easy to go there.


Studying culture?

(Sointu)
Canada’s studying culture is really social; meaning that in addition to going to lectures there’s lots of other activities for students. For example, there’s lots of sport clubs, book/reading clubs, language groups and this and that, so social aspects are part of the culture..

(Noora)
Maybe the biggest difference was that I lived in a student residence with more than 1000 other students, and we don’t have that kind of campus culture in Finland yet. That was probably the biggest and also the most interesting difference.

(Viljami)
They do take studying seriously, and they are really motivated. But there are also lots of cool student events and happenings, so in my opinion it’s a nice combination of taking studies seriously and knowing how to have fun.

(Noora)
It was maybe more communal; discussing and solving study related problems and questions together with fellow students


What did you get from your experience in Canada?

(Ville)
I learned so much there, I got so many new friends, international friends from other exchange students. Overall, I got really positive image, and still, almost daily, I think about the experiences I got, about the things I learned, and I can reflect them with my life here in Finland.

(Viljami)
Canada is so multicultural; we had exchange students from all over the world.  Now I know people from all over the world, from all of the continents, and it is really nice, when thinking about the future, to have contacts with nice people.

(Noora)
When thinking about myself and the future, now I understand other people better, I have the courage to approach them, and maybe my self-confidence grew, and there the importance of good communications was highlighted.

(Pauliina)
I got friends for life, unparalleled studying experiences, and memories that make me want to go back there and make more of those memories.


Would you recommend Canada as a study destination?

(Ville)
I had such a good time and I enjoyed my time there, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone who ever has thought about going at all. Absolutely.

(Noora)
I can’t but to recommend. It was bit like Europe in North America.. So yes, I would recommend!

(Noora)
I would recommend it for the studies, and precisely because you get quality education and it easy for a Finn to go to that culture and adjust there.

(Sointu)
Universities are so high level, and especially if you want to get good quality in teaching you should go. There are lots of cool places.


Would you go again?

(Ville)
Would I go again to Canada? For me it’s not about “would I go” but rather “when I go” again. I’ve already decided that I want to do my graduate studies in Canada, and hopefully a year from now I’m already in Canada studying. And if all goes well I hope to be working in Canada in the coming years.

(Pauliina)
Canada is definitely part of my future’s plans.

(Sointu)
I would love to go to Canada again, preferably to work. Maybe already next summer for a summer job, in Toronto.

(Noora)
I dream of completing part of my Master’s degree studies in Canada. Or maybe to work or something. I fell in love with Canada fervently!