Day trip to Stockholm

Turku is the ideal place of departure for a trip to Stockholm –you can take the ship directly from Turku. It is possible to spend just one day in Stockholm without booking accommodation there, and instead spend two nights on board on the ship. This option will be described here. I am going to make some suggestions as to what you could do to get the most out of one day in the Swedish capital.

If you choose the day trip option, you leave from Turku harbour at 20.55 p.m. and arrive in Stockholm very early in the next morning, at 6.30 a.m. You disembark the ship at Stockholm Stadsgården. From there, you can take the bus to the central station, from where you can easily walk into the city centre.Jager Picture_1_Article_3

As it is still very early when you arrive, I suggest you have breakfast in one of the cafés in the centre, which are already open at this time. Afterwards, you can have a walk to see the main sights of Stockholm – the Parliament House, Stockholm Cathedral and the Royal Palace, which are located in close proximity to each other. At the palace, there is also a daily changing of the guard. The palace marks the starting point of Stockholm’s old town, called Gamla stan in Swedish. It is the founding place of Stockholm and dates back to the Middle Ages. In this area, there are narrow cobbled streets and colourful houses in which there are souvenir and design shops, for instance.Jager Picture_2_Article_3

Besides, Stockholm offers a great variety of museums, many of which are located on Djurgården, an island in the east of the city. I suggest you take the bus or tram to go there. There is, for example, the Vasa Museum, which is the most visited museum in all of Scandinavia. It hosts the well-preserved war ship Vasa that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Another attraction worth seeing in this part of Stockholm is Skansen, an open-air museum that includes a zoo for wild Nordic animals. Here, you have the chance to watch elks or reindeers, for instance. For lovers of music, there is also ABBA The Museum.

The ship back to Turku leaves at 8 p.m., which allows you to spend about 12 hours in Stockholm itself and should give you a good idea of the city.

Text & photos: Jasmin Jäger

Studying International Business at TUAS as an exchange student

As an exchange student in the International Business programme at TUAS, you can choose courses on different areas of business, for example marketing and logistics. The courses offered are grouped under two modules and you must bear in mind that you can only choose courses from one module. In addition, you may take general courses, such as Get Finternational and Finnish for Exchange Students. In these two common courses aimed at students from all faculties of TUAS, you have the chance to get to know the Finnish culture and language, respectively. They also provide an opportunity to meet other exchange students, apart from the ones that you attend the courses in your module with.Jager Picture_Article_2

All of the courses in the International Business modules are taught in English. You should note that not all courses last the entire semester: There are courses that run for only six weeks and they can start at different times during the semester. In contrast to my home university, there are various tasks spread over the whole semester that count for the final grade, as opposed to one final exam at the end of the semester. There are, for example, individual and group assignments, presentations, but also exams. These exams may take place in front of the computer. At TUAS, strong emphasis is placed on developing team competencies, so there is a large amount of group work instead of teacher-centred lectures.

The teachers in the IB programme have different cultural backgrounds, so they can also give insights into their cultures of origin, which enriches studying business at TUAS. The facilities at Lemminkäisenkatu, the campus for International Business, are very modern –there are a sufficient number of computers for students to work at, printers and a well-stocked library where you can find the books required for the courses.

Text & photo: Jasmin Jäger

Enjoying the nature around Turku

You don’t need to travel far to experience breathtaking nature. There is some right on your doorstep, just outside the city! I warmly recommend a trip to Ruissalo to explore the Finnish outdoors. Ruissalo is an island located south-west of the city centre and it is one of the districts of Turku. The nature on the island is very diverse – there is a beautiful forest with ancient oak trees and of course there is the sea.Jager Ruissalo Seaside

To get to Ruissalo Island, you can take bus number 8 from stop T39 at Kauppatori, the market square. When going to the seaside, you should get off at the last bus stop, which is near the campsite. If you want to take a walk through the forest, you can, for example, get off at the bus stop in front of the spa hotel. From there, you can easily get into the forest. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes. To the sea, it takes a bit longer –but you can already enjoy the nature from the bus on the way there 😉

The area by the sea is just stunning! There are several piers that you can sit on to enjoy the view and under the trees, there are some wooden tables with benches. In summer, you can use the facilities provided there to have a barbecue. In addition, you have the chance to go to a sauna. From the beach, it is also possible to watch the cruise ships arriving to or leaving from Turku.Jager Ruissalo Forest

Throughout the forest, there are hiking trails that you can explore. On the way, you have the opportunity to pick some blueberries. To guide you to the berries, there are signs along the hiking trail, so you should look for them. If you are lucky enough, you might even find some mushrooms. Here are some pictures from my trips to Ruissalo. I hope they give you some idea of the spectacular nature there – you really shouldn’t miss this chance to admire the Finnish landscape while in Turku!

Text & Photos: Jasmin Jäger