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Daria Fedorova, Media Education degree student, Russia

I came to Finland to continue my studies after graduating from my university in Russia. Instead of starting working yet I wanted to gain more experience and deepen my knowledge in order to get a better job in the future. I had also heard good things about the Finnish education system. One of the reasons was also the short distance from my home town Petroskoi. I chose the University of Lapland because it is the only university which has a Master Degree Programme in Media Education.

"I realized that the streets in the city of Rovaniemi are empty because people are in other places and doing things."

My life here is never boring because I’m always doing something! I realized that the streets in the city of Rovaniemi are empty because people are in other places and doing things. Student Union’s Sport-Pass is a good way to do sports in Rovaniemi, for instance fitness boxing and swimming. University’s Café Lingua offers a great opportunity to talk and practice Finnish language. The Finnish Friend-Family Programme is also fun! My friend family has four young kids and two big dogs. It’s a good way to spend time and get life-long friends.

"The university really feels like home to me, it’s colourful and comfortable."

Compared to Russia, studying in here is quite different. There’s much more freedom when it comes to choosing the courses. The University of Lapland offers a great variety of courses in English and it’s also possible to choose courses from other faculties. The university really feels like home to me, it’s colourful and comfortable. I usually stay in the university until the evening.

Finnish people are helpful and friendly. The night life in Rovaniemi is nice because there are many clubs. My favourite is Kauppayhtiö because of different DJs. I have already made many good friends in Rovaniemi – Finnish and international.