My time in Jyväskylä

Philip Q.

University:  University of Jyväskylä
Study Period: 
Fall semester 2015/2016
Academic Level:  Master
   

Aurora One

There are only a few things that can match the amazement you feel when looking at the aurora borealis dancing above you in the clear night sky. All the effort you put into researching the best websites with the most accurate aurora forecast, all the nights you spend up late, some outside in the cold, never really seeing much more than a faint green sparkle at the horizon. Then suddenly, unexpectedly, you take a look out the window and can see them with your bare eyes dancing in the sky, green curtains blending into light purples at the top.

Jyväskylä is the place to go if you want to experience this amazing feeling. During my semester abroad in Finland, I even had the opportunity to experience it multiple times. After the regular planning and course selection taking place in Germany, I started my trip in the middle of August. First off I went on a little round trip, flying to and staying in Stockholm for a couple of nights (which is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen during the summer time), then continuing to Helsinki. From there I took a rental car to explore the south coast of Finland. If you have time, definitely drive down to Turku, but ignore Turku and keep going just a little further south west to the Turku archipelago national park, which is a magical place of small idyllic islands off the coast of Finland. There isn’t anything special to look at, apart from beautiful and peaceful nature. I stayed in a small B&B sleeping in an iconic red wooden cottage right next to a lake and a grass weed field on the other side. Getting there just a couple of weeks after the exam period in Germany and the commencing stress planning and getting ready for my semester abroad, this place felt like heaven to me, relaxing, beautiful, plain amazing. It is also worth waiting for the sun to settle, which still takes quite long in Finland during August, to have a look at the amazing night sky with only very little light pollution on the archipelago.

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My wonderful time in Jyväskylä

Johanna B.

University:  University of Jyväskylä
Study Period: 
Fall semester 2014/2015
Academic Level:  Master
   

Johanna Jyväskylä 1

After I had decided to make my exchange semester in Finland, in a tiny student town which is called Jyväskylä, my friends were surprised about my decision. Most of the time I got comments, like: The temperature in Finland is most of the time below 0 °C or the inhabitance speak one of the most difficult languages. Nevertheless, all these comments did not matter, I was sure that it would be a great experience to live in Finland during the next winter term. Moreover, I wanted to be prepared for the time, so I looked into books and the internet to get as much information as possible. Two important hints: you should bring enough warm clothes with you and a lot of vitamin D.

You can find a lot of information regarding the university and the city of Jyväskylä in the web, so it is really easy to find interesting courses of your major or interesting facts about the city.  Furthermore, after I got my letter of acceptance from the University of Jyväskylä, I also got a   tutor who helped me in the beginning. My tutor and I wrote a lot of e-mails before I went to Finland, so I could ask a lot of questions which the internet or books could   not answer.

Arrival, my student apartment and the orientation week

My arrival in my new home was really comfortable. I flew from Dusseldorf to Helsinki and after   that I went to   Jyväskylä by train. There is also a possibility to fly to Jyväskylä from Helsinki   directly, but my tutor discouraged   me from this option, because there is no public transport   running between the airport and the city center. The only   way to get to the city is a taxi and   that would be really expansive.

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Jyväskylä - out of scopes

Chris S.

University: 
Study Period: 
Fall semester 2014/2015
Academic Level:  Master
   

Introduction

From the early January until end of May 2014 I was visiting the university of Jyväskylä in central Finland. I was doing this exchange semester as it is a mandatory part of my studies in "Wirtschaftsinformatik" (business information systems) and I was looking for something in Scandinavia. Actually I was looking for an exchange in Sweden but it appeared that all slots were full – that was the moment when Finland became a potential target. In the end I was (at least from what I know) the only current student from my university who went to Finland and I was both somehow worried about the strange Finnish language and excited about that snowy country. So I took a flight at the 4th of January and when I arrived at the Helsinki Airport, it turned out to be four degrees Celsius.

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Why wouldn't you go to Jyväskylä?!

Alexander B.

University:  University of Jyväskylä
Study Period: 
Fall Semester 2012/2013
Academic Level:  Master 
   
 

687 DSC02729I assume unless you are already decently familiar with Finland, it is unlikely that you have yet heard of Jyväskylä—neither did I before I was offered the option to spend my term abroad there. When I started to look for a destination for my term abroad, I had already decided that I wanted to go to Scandinavia, however, I did not have a preference for a specific country. Consulting my advisor, he mentioned that in addition to existing cooperations with universities in Sweden and Norway, an university from Finland was about to join the IS-Link network. Jyväskylä, located in the middle of Finland, about 150 km from Tampere, the next town. Is this a good place to study? It turned out that Jyväskylä in fact is a great place to live and study—it offers a vivid, international student atmosphere as well as a great starting point for exploring traditional Finnish and Scandinavian culture and countryside.

Jyväskylä is a medium-sized town in central Finland. It is located nicely next to a large lake (a dozen lakes, in fact) and it is surrounded by the characteristic, wide Finnish forests (though, to be fair, this setting holds true for virtually any town or village in Finland). Jyväskylä has a large university (the university I visited) as well as an university of applied science. The town features a neat center with dozens of bars and pubs, and it is home to various technology and industry companies as well as diverse cultural events and places. Jyväskylä today is regarded as a cultural and economic core of middle Finland.

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