Student life in Turku 3/3

Besides being the tourist and doing internship in the hospital, I also take courses at Turku University of Applied Sciences. The classes I follow are with Finnish students, and are about different health subjects, given in English. Sometimes there are some difference in school then in the Netherlands. The lessons I have are normally a couple of hours a day, so not to long and sometimes I have some days off (I am not complaining about that! ;)). In the Netherlands I had most of the times long days of school and sometimes a day off.

The start of finding the information about the courses was not so easily. The internet program was totally different than in my own school and a lot of things were in Finnish, of course, so it was a little bit hard to find out how it worked.


Another difference between my own school and TUAS is the way you can see your timetable: Here you can find it on the internet, but without the classroom. You can find the classroom number written down on the paper in school. In my own school we can use an app. You can find your timetable and if there are any changes you can see it directly. I think the Finnish way is a little bit old fashioned (but don’t understand me wrong; maybe there are good reasons for it!)

The last difference I noticed is that a lot of Finnish student are using pen and paper to write down thing about the lesson. I am used to use my laptop and almost all my classmates.

There are not a lot of big differences between my school and TUAS, but it is nice to have lessons in another language, with other nationalities and in another environment.

Text & photo: Anne Beens

Student life in Turku 2/3

After ‘being the tourist’ in the city centre and the neighbourhood I had to start my internship. Internship at a Finnish hospital! I had my internship at two different hospitals in Turku, so I could get a lot of experience. Before I start to write about my internships: if you have the chance to do an internship in Finland, do it! It is really nice to see the difference between Finland and your own country. There were already a lot of differences between the Netherlands and Finland:

Costume: Almost all the workers in the hospital wear sandals/Birkenstocks. In my country it is not allowed to wear ‘open shoes’. Your shoes must be closed, so when you drop a needle it would not touch your toes and you can clean your shoes easily.

Besides a lot of hospital-workers wear accessories such as earrings, also that is not allowed in the Dutch-hospitals, because of the hygiene.

Necessities: it was very nice to see that other resources are used. For example: the nurses use special filter needles during preparation or drugs from glass bottles; To make sure that the potential glass does not come into the drug. I have never seen it in my country, but I think it’s very good.

Medication: Patients get a lot of medicine or care supplies from the hospital for free. I was really surprised about that! For example; patient can get a cpap-set, diabetes medicine and a hearing aid. In my country you have to pay (an amount) for everything. I thing this part of the healthcare system in Finland is really good.


Which country is better? What has a better development? I think both countries have good things and things that can be better.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t understand the conversations with the Finnish patients. But when there were Swedish-speaking patients I understood a lot more where they were talking about. Luckily, I have met a lot of really nice nurses, who translated everything for me in English and gave explanations. So I have seen a good part of the health care in Finland and it was a great experience.

Text & photo: Anne Beens

Student life in Turku 1/3

Finland, also known as the country of a thousand lakes. After my flight from the Netherlands to Turku I totally agree. The piece of land I flew over, before I came to Turku was mostly water/lakes and forest. There was a lot of snow, which was so lovely! The temperature was a little bit a shock for me, minus 15 degrees! I had never had that low temperature before, but – now, almost 4 months later – I can say that I survived ūüôā

Even with the cold I went to the city centre, to see the things what most Turku-residents are proud of, with my own eyes. For example, the Cathedral, the Aura River, Kauppatori, I visited the shops (of course!) and now – a few months later – checked a lot of bars and restaurants.

It¬†struck me that¬†the Finns¬†on the streets¬†were silent,¬†looked down and¬†were very¬†closed. When I asked something to them I did not get an answer always, so easily.¬†But now¬†–¬†when the sun is¬†increasingly¬†starting to shine¬†– the Finns¬†laugh,¬†they walk¬†with¬†their¬†head up¬†and they¬†talk more.¬†Once¬†you know¬†them they are¬†really¬†friendly and interested in other people.

After discovering Turku it is also great to explore other areas. So I visited Ruissalo, normally a beach but with the snow you could not recognize it as a beach. It was really beautiful! There are also many islands here, nice to visit!
At¬†Ruissalo¬†you¬†can¬†use the¬†sauna,¬†which you¬†should¬†do¬†when you are in Finland.¬†And¬†for the¬†¬īreal ones¬ī sauna¬†is followed by a¬†dip in the¬†icy water¬†or roll¬†in the snow.¬†I would say: if¬†you are¬†in Finland¬†this is not a¬†choice¬†but an¬†obligation!Anne1

Text & photo: Anne Beens