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Waqas Ahmed, Comparative Social Work degree student, Pakistan

A friend of mine told me about the possibility to study social work in the Nordic Countries. After comparing the countries I chose Finland because its social security and health care were the best. I chose the University of Lapland because its Centre of Excellence in University Education.

"The teachers are very encouraging and supportive."

I really like the atmosphere in the university. The teachers are very encouraging and supportive. I like the freedom of choice when it comes to studies. It’s a good learning experience when you have to read many books in order to write an essay. Compared to my home-country, the use of multimedia is extensive. Luckily, it’s possible to borrow a laptop from the library.

"The student-tutor system is great, and it’s also a good way to make friends."

The student-tutor system is great and I’ve also been a tutor myself for international students. It exposes you to different cultures and it’s also a good way to make friends. I’ve managed to get a part-time job at ISS’s cleaning sector. At work the atmosphere is marvellous and my boss is very flexible. Rovaniemi is a student-friendly city and it’s definitely not too crowded! On my free-time I like to go to university’s gym and sometimes I play badminton.

At the moment I’m writing my Master’s thesis about immigrants. After Master’s degree my plan is to stay at the University of Lapland and concentrate on getting a doctoral degree as well. In the future I would like to work with immigrants.