I finished my Bachelor degree in Political Science back in National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. In my last year of Bachelor degree, I went for exchange semester at Jagiellonian University, Krakow. That was an eye-opening experience for me because I realized there were some fields in this discipline that i still very eager to learn. So, after I finished my degree and military service i started to search online for master’s program which was suitable for my interest.
Back then, I was enrolled into two program, first was International Masters in Economy, State & Society coordinated by University College London and second was Democracy and Global Transformation master’s program by University of Helsinki. For financial reasons, I chose to come to University of Helsinki instead and started my adventure in Finland.
I started my degree at University of Helsinki in August, 2015. It was quite a different than my previous study and frankly speaking i enjoyed my stay in Helsinki so far. For example, in political science there were more emphasis on qualitative subjects like political thoughts or political economy. This was the topics that i am interested in and professors were also engaging and approachable.
Secondly, the new and comfortable library gave each of its students to enjoy wide range of books, journals and reading spaces. Also, Alexsandria learning center offers public computers for students to use and it was convenient and free for all.
On the other hand, there were all kinds of activities going on ranging from student parties to conferences on diverse topics. In my personal experience, research institute like Aleksanteri Institute offered all kinds of talks, conference and degree opportunities in Eastern European and Russian studies. Anyone who was interested in this area would find this place has a lot to offer.
Finally i would recommend to come and study here, because it would gave you a chance to learn how to conduct research independently and opportunities to pursue your study interests.
Text: Meng-Han Chau