Like at home, I am studying in Turku at a University of Applied Sciences. Even if they wear the same title there are various differences between my home and my exchange University. For example here in Turku we have much smaller classes, we are also at home less students but here at the exchange University we are rarely more than thirty students attending the class.
If you have decided to study at TUAS you really should get used to group work. At my home university we just have lectures where we listen to the teacher but not really cooperate during the lessons. Since I am here I do a lot of this. Group work, Group discussion, Group project. But the advantage of this huge amount of work together is that you have the possibility get to know the other students very fast.
What I like very much about TUAS, in comparison to my home university, is the informal cultural. We are allowed to use the teaches forename and I have the feeling that the teachers are really interested in getting to know the students.
Another difference between the Universities is the way of grading. At home we have only one final exam at the end of the semester. We have one examination period at the end what we have to study for. Here there is a lot more work during the semester. There are projects and assignments to do. And we also get grades on participating the lectures and on taking part actively.
I like this way more than the German. In my opinion there is a greater possibility to be good. There is not only one exam you have to pass, there are more possibilities to do a good work and you are more included in the lecture topics.
Text & picture: Judith Brand