Differences Between TUAS and TJUT

Moi! My name is Li Fangyu and I come from China. My university is Tianjin University of Technology. It is located in Tianjin, which is only 100km away from the capital Beijing!
Compared with TUAS, TJUT has only one campus but it is a much bigger one because there are more students.

Li11This is the gate of my university.


I think one big difference between these two universities is the layout.

In TJUT, it has library, sports playground, three canteens, more than 10 teaching buildings and more than 20 student apartments! All things are gathered together in one campus. And in China, almost all the universities provide places for students to live. It is safe and cheap. But it maybe a little bit small. And there are no kitchens in student apartment because some big canteens are cheap and not far. There are hundred kinds of Chinese food that you can choose. It is really delicious and time-saving.

There are also some supermarkets and cafes inside, which are also nice.

For the study, there are also some differences.Li12

In TUAS we almost use email every day to get some information. But in my university we prefer using social networks (like QQ or WeChat) or group chats to tell something important and seldom use email. If you have something to ask teachers, you can directly call them or send SMS to them and they will reply you in time.

During the class, maybe the rules in my university is stricter. If you keep using mobile phones or laptops at class, the teacher may think you are not listening carefully. Then they may ask you to turn off the devices. So you may should listen to the lectures carefully and ask questions. This maybe a little bit different from here. In TUAS we can use any device to study on class and the teacher wouldn’t stop you.Li13

What impressed me most in TUAS classes is that there are many presentations. And we have to comment everyone’s presentation. And at the same time we have a lot of group works to write a thesis and make a final presentation together. In my university, there are less presentations but more writing or memorizing homework. And whatever you are studying you have to memorize many things every day.

During the almost 4 months in TUAS, I feel a really academic atmosphere and everyone pay a lot of attention to their assignments. I am really glad to have this experience of being an exchange student. This semester can be unforgettable in my whole life.

Li14Text & photos: Fangyu Li



Everyday life in Turku

It has been a long time since I was longing to come to Northern Europe. Now I have been in Finland for almost 3 months and going to leave in one more month. Tempus fugit. I would like to thank Finland, thank Turku and thank Turku AMK. You are the ones that gave me such wonderful days in my university life.

If it was not that I heard about the program of being an exchange student in Turku by accident, I may never have an idea and chance to live here even for a short time. And that was the first time I knew the name of Turku. The only things I know about Finland are Nokia, snow, Santa Claus, Angry birds and Northern lights. I became so excited after I made up my mind to come here.

The exchange student application work was a little bit complicated and took me a lot of time. But it was full of joy for me.

And I even prepared some wonderful small Chinese gifts for my future Finnish friends when I went to Beijing. I knew this would be my very first time odyssey!





Li2The flight from Shanghai to Helsinki took 10 hours but I was just keeping looking out of the window and felt like there were only 2 hours.

Finally I arrived Turku! It was already 10pm in China but 5pm in Finland, but I was totally wide awake.

My tutors picked me up at the station. They were really nice and helped me to settle down in my apartment. Everything was totally new to me and it was really hard to fall asleep at the first night. No exaggeration, I still felt like dreaming and could not believe I was more than 7000 kilometers away from home.

I came to Turku quite early, almost 10 days before school starts. So I had a lot of time exploring the city with my tutors. They were really patient. We went to the flea market, the beach, the woods to pick blueberries and Ruissalo to see the sunsets. It was mid-summer in Finland. The temperature was really comfortable. The air was clean and everything in sight is green. That was really fantastic!

Summer in Finland is like a wildest dream!

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For me, I invited my tutors to my place and cooked them Chinese dishes with my Chinese friends. We chatted and laughed until the day was fully dark. We really had a fantastic night!

I was really happy that they love the Chinese cuisine we cooked!
(maybe just my version of Chinese food ……)

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Then comes the orientation day! My brand new semester began!


It was really the first time that I met so many students from so many countries. Everything were waiting to be explored.

About what I study, it seems like a little bit difficult for me as I was studying totally different courses at my home university. But the courses here were still attractive. Life is keeping trying new things!
And the most impressive course in the Finnish course! Since Chinese language is totally different from any European language, Finnish is difficult but so interesting! I made mistakes but now I knew one more new language! 🙂


This is one of my Finnish assignments. It maybe only several sentences but took me a lot of time! Finnish is hard but I love it! Just like I love Finland!

During the 3 months in Finland so far, I have traveled in Helsinki, Rauma and Tampere. And I am planning to go Rovaniemi recently. Every city is unique but all beautiful in a Finnish way! Quite, gentle, peaceful and clean.


Time flies! Now the autumn semester is coming to an end. Finland gave me so much this time. I met so many friends from all around the world and I knew so many stories about people whom I may meet only for once.

So many words to say!

Now I think it was not only just traveling, but also a kind of life experience. Although we live thousands kilometers away, we still have same happy and sad stories. We can share all the happy or sad moments. I will miss Finland and miss all the people I met in Finland.

Thank you all! Paljon kiitoksia! Suomi!

Text & photos: Fangyu Li