aalto university

Topics: Finland, Student exchange program, Helsinki Pages: 5 (1117 words) Published: November 23, 2013


STUDY ABROAD REPORTGUIDELINES
Student reports serve as an important source of information for potential outgoing exchange students in regards to the various exchange programs available to GSOM students. An individual’s study abroad experience is as unique as the exchange programs provided by GSOM. As every report will be available for viewing at the GSOM website, these contributions will aid in the decision-making process for future outgoing exchange students.

The topics below are meant as an aid only. Students are encouraged to use their imagination, while remaining as specific and detailed as possible. The use of pictures, articles from different sources or any other materials that would contribute to the report would be of great use to these reports.

Please send your reports and any other supporting materials to GSOM International Office by e-mail vorontsova@gsom.pu.ru FOR REGISTRATION: Skvorcova Ekaterina
Your host university: Aalto University School of Business
Your study program at GSOM: Master in Corporate Finance
Your level and year (for ex.: bachelor, 3rd yr.): 2nd year Master The semester and year that you studied abroad: Fall 2012

BEFORE DEPARTURE

WHAT DO YOU WISH THAT YOU HAD KNOWN BEFORE LEAVING FOR YOUR HOST SCHOOL?

INVITATION/VISAS

Firstly I received a letter from my host university, it offered me to fill an application form with approximate choice of courses. Then I was offered to book an accommodation and only after it Aalto University sent me an invitation for visa. It was worth asking them to scan it, because by post it took 3 months. The cost of visa is 250€, it’s called a permission for living, it was done in 3 weeks. For this permission one needs valid passport, 4 photos, insurance and an invitation from Aalto University.

AFTER ARRIVAL

INTERNATIONAL SERVICES

Helsinki Assosiation of Business students is known for its reliability. They’re called ‘buddies’. They organize plenty of programs for incoming students – picking-up service, parties, travels and so one. I really liked Walrush Day, Sport Days and some parties orgabized by KYY Assosiation.

INTERNATIONAL INTRO WEEK?

Unfortunately my permission for living was giving to me from 8th of September, but an Orientation Day was held the day before. I heard, that Orientation program took a few days or one weekend, where all incoming students had possibility to know the University, city center and each other.

CULTURE SHOCK

My host University were really helpful, every professor or coordinator were eager to help with every problem. As for culture shock, it was not so severe, because our nordic cultures are similar somehow.

CAMPUS FACILITIES

Comparable with GSOM facilities, the building is not so pretty, but all the services are the same – Wi-Fi access, computer access, library. It was not necessary to bring your own computer.

ACADEMICS

COURSES

Every semester consists from 2 parts – for example, fall semester, the 1st part – from 10th of September till 22th of October, the 2nd part – till 15th of December. Before the beginning of each part a student have some time to choose courses, definitely, it’s worth not wasting your time and register for them in the very first day of registration. Needles to say, one should read carefully the description of the courses and priority of students, I was rejected to registration of two courses, because one of them was only for CEMS and another for finnish students as priority audience. Finally I passed 4 courses: New Product Development, Behavioral Finance and Decision Making, Management and Strategy Making, and Spanish Business Communication. In general the workload is not heavier comparable with GSOM, but it depends on the courses and teacher’s methods.

TEACHING

The style of teaching is not dramatically different from GSOM one, the material is covered sometimes more deeply, speed is lower. Quality of teaching is perfect, class participation is...
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