I studied Mechanical Engineering and Production Economics in Korea for about 4 months at Soongsil University. I originally had 6 courses, but two of them were cancelled, so I was left with:
Engineering Design (where we got to choose projects using Arduino Uno and self-made phone apps.)
Advertising and Promotion
International Logistics & Trade
Which is enough for 4 month exchange.
In my free time, I did a lot of things. We made a really good group of friends right from the start and did a lot of things with them example:
One week trip to YangYang in the first weeks after quarantine
In the third week we went on a week trip to Jeju-do Island.
Renting a car and buying sleeping bags + hammocks and touring all over Korea and staying out except the first night because we met some really nice people and they asked us to stay with them
A week in Busan
Joining to a kickboxing gym
Hiking & staying out with hammocks
Skiing in Youngpyong Resort
And the free time in general was really nice with a good group of friends. There were no boring days.
Comparison of education and training in Finland
In Korea, university is very competitive because grades are given cumulatively. School felt like a race sometimes because of this. I had this kind of arrangement in all my other courses, except in Engineering Design. In Finland grading system is points-based and you get your grade based on effort. The exams were usually just memorization, which was sometimes really hard to adjust to.
Greetings from Barcelona! I have spent four months studying mechanical engineering in university called Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. I had only five courses in university and they were quite easy without much work, so I had a lot freetime during my stay. I spent my freetime travelling and exploring the city and sights.
During my stay, I have lived with a local host family and it has been a great way to get to know the Spanish way of life. I have learned to talk in Spanish and I used English only in university with other students.
Barcelona is a beautiful and big city and it has a lot to offer. I have spent a lot of my freetime walking on the streets and different neighbourhoods and there’s always something new and different to see everywhere I go.
Hello from Spain! I’m doing a nursing practical training in the hospital of Dénia La Marina Salud. The first five weeks of my training I was in a surgical hospitalization ward and then four weeks in a medical hospitalization ward. My job was drawing blood for analysis, inserting iv-cannulas, taking care of the medical treatment and wound caring. I saw some crazy wounds during my stay. Everybody was nice at the hospital, and I learned a lot.
I noticed quite a few differences while I was working at the hospital. For example, in the ward the had like medical “cars” with a computer and a drawer for all the rooms. Every patient’s medication for that day were in the drawer. And when it was time to do a medication round, a nurse would take the car with her and see from the computer which medication to give to the patient. This wouldn’t be acceptable in Finnish hospital at all, even thought the systems was quite functional, but the patient’s privacy is at risk with this kind of system.
They had also “wound healing cars” that were very functional. Instead of picking everything you might need to take care of one’s wound, you just take the whole car, and it contains everything you might need.
Also, there were distinctive differences between the tasks of nurses and practical nurses at the hospital. Practical nurses took the temperature of the patients at the morning, changed, washed, and made the beds of the patients. They also changed urinal catheters bags and kept tags on how many patients urinated during the day. Nurses were taking all the other vitals, treating patients with medications and fluids, and taking care of their wounds.
At the hospital I met some other Erasmus students. Two Italian doctors and two Norwegian nurses. We formed a group and spent a lot of time together. In the group there were also some Spanish with whom we got acquainted during our stay. We visited some tourist attractions and even traveled to visit other cities together. We had dinners and explored Spanish nightlife too. Overall, this was a great experience. I’m a little afraid to return to cold Finland.
The exchange is coming to an end and It’s time to pack my bags, visit school and meet my new friends for the last times and a perfect time to look back at what I have done with my time in here Salerno! I’m studying international business in Università degli studi di Salerno. I live close to Salerno in an area called Torrione. My apartment is located 20 minutes walking distance from Salerno center and my school is around 45 minute buss ride away from my home. There are two campuses for my University Baronissi and Fisciano. I only visited the Fisciano campus because I had no classes or activities in the other campus. When visiting the campus every student needs to have their own QR-code in order to enter school premises and of course greenpass. The Fisciano campus is huge and I did take around 20 minutes walking around before finding the right classes and offices the first time visiting. I came to my exchange alone and I have not met any Finnish students here yet, but I have met different people from different cultures and that has been very interesting and fun!
In Salerno there are many different things you can do while visiting. During the summer you can go to the beach, take hikes, do shopping and visit Amalfi coast which is the most known area near Salerno. There are water busses and day-trips to different locations available but they unfortunately stop operating in October. The shopping and food is probably the most known features about Italy and Salerno is not disappointing in either of them. There are many different restaurant available and many shops in the center of Salerno but keep in mind that almost every place closes for few hours during the day! This is something that I was confused by during the first weeks here. There are also few shopping malls only bus ride away. Salerno is a smaller city so I decided to travel few places in Italy and reaching them was very easy because of good train connections that Salerno has. The views in Salerno are beautiful as there is the sea and it is almost surrounded by mountains. The views from the mountains are definitely worth hiking for!
Overall Salerno is very nice and beautiful city with lots of activities. In my opinion the best time to visit here is during summer when it’s warm and the water busses are working. Also, during summer the city seems to be more alive. Also, you should be prepared with little knowledge of Italian language since here in Salerno the English is not so strong. The food is amazing as well as the wine and the best thing after the day is to eat pizza with friends in the beautiful restaurants of Salerno!
These past three months have gone by so fast. It is almost Christmas and I have already done my first two exams. Porto is an absolutely beautiful and captivating city. The city have become familiar and started to feel like home. It is easy to move around and live everyday life here. I have travelled and seen so many things that it is sometimes overwhelming. I have visted the capital Lisbon and beautiful little cities called Aveiro, Braga and Geres.
The school was a little culture shock at the beginning. Mostly because it was strange to do face-to-face studying after two years of distance studies. Now everything is going on smoothly and I have been very satisfied with the courses I have selected. Comparing to Finland the school is little bit more laid-back. Portuguese people are not so strict with timing so it is normal to be late from 5 to 15 minutes. That has been a hard thing for a Finn to learn but actually it is kind of nice that people aren’t in a rush and so punctual all the time.
My everyday life here is build of studying, exercising, participating in social events and getting to know the country and the city by traveling and tasting the traditional food for example (and Port wine of course). The traditional Portuguese food haven’t been my favourite, but the famous dessert Pastel de Nata is amazing (if you get it from the right place). The picture above is from my favourite Nata place in Porto called Natas D’Ouro. And for a brunch lover there are so many amazing places here!
My three absolute favourite things in Porto are the beautiful sunsets, architecture and the kindness of the natives. I have also learned how to surf. Surfing in here is quite common sport because of the good and big waves at the coast of Portugal. The adrenaline rush has been amazing after successful surfing lesson!