As an optional course I chose the ‘Get Finternational’ course at TUAS because I wanted to learn some things about different cultures and especially about the Finnish culture. In the first days after my arrival in Turku we had already our first meeting. After the orientation days it was also the first chance to meet many other exchange students from other accommodations. We had some group work together where I realized that I already got to know many people from all over the world which was great. Many of the students I met there for the first time became good friends of mine during the semester.
To pass the course you have to participate in different events which were partly organized by TUAS and partly by ESN. In my opinion it was very good that you could choose the events by yourself, so I could go to events which were interesting for me. I attended for example a Trivia Night organized by Finnish ESN students. It was quite cool because they prepared a lot of questions about Finnish culture but also about different countries. Then we formed small teams and competed against the other groups in a quiz. It was a great chance to learn some trivia about different cultures and they even had prices for the winner team.
At another event I got to know more about the languages of the other exchange students and I could teach the others to speak German. There were also some events for people who are interested in pop culture. One day we were watching a Finnish comedy movie in Salo but to be honest the Finnish humor was quite strange in that case. A good occasion get to know some typical songs of different countries was an event called ‘Music Panel’. It was like a small version of Euro Vision Song Contest where we could present popular songs of our countries and the others had to rate them.
Unfortunately there were only two or three Finnish students participating in the events. I really would like to learn more about Finnish culture during this course. But still, I enjoyed it a lot and it was a great experience and good chance to get to know other exchange students and learn more about different cultures.
Text & photo: Dominik Czernetzky