Meet our students and alumni
Find out what International Business Law (IBL) students and alumni would like to share with you about their studies and life in Helsinki, their career paths or plans, insights into the programme, studying in Helsinki, tips for your application process and much more.
Jack Pineda Dale, graduated in 2014, works for Microsoft as CEE MCE Commercial Attorney in Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department
Top ranked university and living environment played a key role when Jack decided to apply to the University of Helsinki to study international business law. “Not only the University is one of the best in the world, but the city is fantastic. Small but cosmopolitan. You have the sea, the lakes, the forest. Just great!”
“The programme was great, with a lot of options as to what to choose. My thesis supervisor was amazing as well, he gave me so good advice in a topic which he was unrelated to. The study environment was as easy and welcoming as it gets. Second to none!
Jack valued especially the possibility to build one´s own study path: “The reality is that the spectrum of options you have is what makes the program great.”. The knowledge and skills he acquired during his studies are used every day at work: “I’m working at Microsoft and the program helped lots to understand EU law, especially when relating to privacy, competition and consumer law.“
“This program is a no-brainer. I’d do it again if I had the chance.”
Alexandra Shtromberg, second year IBL student
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Kristina van Nues, second year IBL student
Kristina chose to study International Business Law at Helsinki University because she wanted a truly international legal education. "After completing my Bachelor’s degree in England, I decided to move back to Finland and was immediately drawn to Helsinki University’s academic reputation. I was also excited about the prospect of academic freedom at Helsinki, which meant that I could focus on the areas of law in which I am most interested and prioritise independent academic research.”
“My educational background is rather international. I have attended school in the US, as well as international schools in Finland. I completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu before graduating with a B.A. in Law from the University of Oxford. “
“I found the studying environment at Helsinki University very welcoming and inclusive. The programme has complete academic freedom, apart from a set of mandatory courses, which I have found to be very interesting and which provide students with a comprehensive overview of International Business Law.”
“Students in the programme can also take courses from the Finnish side, as well as courses in non-law related subjects even if they are being taught at Aalto or Hanken Universities. This freedom has been very useful for me as I have been able to learn substantive Finnish law whilst being able to maintain an international perspective. I have therefore been able to focus on my interests by taking part in a number of writing seminars and taking courses in areas of law that I would like to pursue professionally.”
“I have taken two particularly inspiring courses. The first was Financial Markets Law. In this course, we were required to read a number of articles and prepare an essay for each class which we then discussed with the group. This was a fascinating course because it allowed me to experience a new area of law which is of particular interest to me. The course provided me with a thorough overview of the subject, while also giving me the opportunity to research further into areas which interested me and argue theories in class. All of this was extremely useful when writing the seminar paper at the end of the course.”
“The second most inspiring course was A Practical Course in Film & Television Agreements. In addition to the in-class discussions, which were always quite lively, the lecturer in this course was particularly fantastic as he focused on teaching us how to act in a professional legal environment, gave us tips on negotiating and dealing with clients and taught us how to really think like a lawyer.”
“After graduation, I hope to use my international legal background to work for a Finnish law firm in Helsinki. I would also love to complete a Spartan Race and see the Northern Lights in Lapland.”
“I would encourage all prospective students to take advantage of the international student community here at Helsinki - and make sure that they bring warm (and waterproof) winter boots!”
Daniel Wyatt, second year IBL student
“I chose the University of Helsinki primarily because the quality of education here is undeniably the best in Finland. Because I wanted to study in Finland, UH was the only choice. Before beginning my studies at the University of Helsinki, I completed my Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and worked for a couple of years as a corporate lawyer. After graduation I would like to continue on to do my PhD at UH.”
Daniel finds the studying environment in Helsinki easy to adapt to: “One of the best parts of the IBL is the size of the intake. Because there are only 20 students in total accepted to the degree in any given academic year, it is easy to get to know everyone that you are studying with. The study atmosphere at UH is also very relaxed so it is very easy to quickly become comfortable and feel at home. “
One of the most interesting learning experiences so far has been the Nordic perspective: “Learning about the loose concept of ‘Nordic law’ has been one of the most engaging parts of my studies here. “
“Pursuing my IBL studies at UH has been incredibly enjoyable and I would recommend the experience to anybody. Helsinki is also an amazing city to live in and the benefits afforded to students in Finland are, as far as I am aware, some of the best in the world. “
Nailja Umbatova, second year IBL student
After having completed her Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Manchester in the UK she valued the opportunity to continue her studies in English. Based on the international reputation and her strong interest in business law she applied to the University of Helsinki. She was attracted the wide variety of subjects on offer in the IBL program and the ability to tailor the program to suit her specific needs.
Nailja emphasize the importance of inspiring studying and living environment: “The local student community is very international, vibrant and welcoming. There are countless opportunities to get involved in various student clubs and societies, and the city of Helsinki itself has plenty to offer.” She continues with an important note “Work hard on your studies but don´t forget to enjoy all the amazing extracurricular opportunities that the university has to offer.“
Nailja greatly appreciates the large offer of seminar courses in the programme to practice writing skills “I particularly enjoyed completing my writing seminar in Nordic Business Law. It allowed me to practice my academic writing skills, which will come in handy in the process of writing my graduate thesis.”
Her plans after graduation are clear: she will start working as a lawyer at a corporate law firm in Helsinki.