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How to Make the Most of Your Time as an International Student in Finland PT 2

In this blog, I’ll cover some more ideas to make most of your time as an international student in Finland. This is the pt.2 of my previous blog.

Try winter activities

Finland is known for its long and cold winters, which may seem intimidating to international students who are not used to such conditions. However, this is also an opportunity to try winter activities that you may not have experienced before. Ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and even ice fishing are popular winter activities in Finland. Not only will you have fun, but you will also get to enjoy the beauty of Finnish winter landscapes.


Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, gain new skills, and make connections. Many organizations in Finland welcome volunteers, and there are various opportunities available depending on your interests and skills. You can volunteer in schools, charities, environmental organizations, or social welfare organizations. Volunteering can also be a great way to practice your Finnish language skills and learn more about Finnish society.

Take advantage of Finnish libraries

Finnish libraries are a great resource for international students, as they offer access to books, academic journals, online resources, and language learning materials. You can borrow books and other materials for free with your library card, and some libraries also offer study spaces and events. Finnish libraries are known for their quality and accessibility, so make sure to take advantage of this resource during your time as an international student in Finland.

Travel around Finland

Finland has a lot to offer beyond Helsinki and its surrounding areas. Traveling around Finland can be a great way to discover hidden gems, meet locals, and learn more about Finnish culture. Some of the must-visit destinations in Finland include Lapland, the Archipelago Sea, the Åland Islands, and the Finnish Lakeland. You can take advantage of student discounts and affordable transportation options to explore these places during your free time.

Attend cultural events

Finland has a vibrant cultural scene, with numerous events and festivals taking place throughout the year. Attending these events can be a great way to immerse yourself in Finnish culture, meet locals, and have fun. Some of the popular cultural events in Finland include the Helsinki Festival, the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the Ruisrock music festival, and the Christmas markets. Keep an eye out for events that interest you and make sure to attend them during your time as an international student in Finland.

Learn Finnish language

Learning the Finnish language can help you better integrate into Finnish society, communicate with locals, and even improve your job prospects. Although many Finns speak English fluently, learning the Finnish language can show your dedication to living and working in Finland, and it can also make your everyday life easier. You can take language classes at your university, use language learning apps, or attend language exchange events to practice your Finnish.

Join a sports team

Joining a sports team can be a great way to stay active, meet new people, and have fun. Finland has a strong sports culture, and there are various options available depending on your interests and skill level. You can join a local team, participate in university sports programs, or even try traditional Finnish sports such as pesäpallo or Finnish baseball. Playing sports can also help you relieve stress and improve your mental health.

Explore Finnish cuisine

Finnish cuisine is known for its unique flavors and ingredients, such as reindeer meat, lingonberries, and rye bread. Trying Finnish cuisine can be a delicious and memorable experience, and it can also help you connect with Finnish culture. You can try Finnish dishes at local restaurants, attend food festivals, or even try cooking Finnish recipes at home. Finnish cuisine is also influenced by the country's history and geography, so exploring Finnish food can also be a way to learn more about Finnish culture.

Attend academic conferences

Attending academic conferences can be a valuable use of your time as an international student in Finland. Conferences offer opportunities to present your research, learn from other scholars in your field, and expand your academic network. Finland hosts numerous academic conferences every year, covering a wide range of fields such as technology, health, and education. You can also apply for scholarships or grants to cover your expenses for attending conferences.

Participate in entrepreneurship programs

Finland has a thriving startup culture, and there are various entrepreneurship programs available for international students who are interested in starting their own businesses. These programs offer mentorship, funding, and networking opportunities, and they can help you develop valuable skills such as leadership, teamwork, and innovation. Participating in entrepreneurship programs can also be a way to stay in Finland after graduation and contribute to the country's economy.

In conclusion, making the most of your time as an international student in Finland requires a willingness to explore new opportunities, try new things, and connect with people from diverse backgrounds. By learning the Finnish language, joining a sports team, exploring Finnish cuisine, attending academic conferences, and participating in entrepreneurship programs, you can have a well-rounded and enriching experience. Remember to stay curious, proactive, and resilient, and you will surely make the most of your time in Finland.

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