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The student ambassadors of the University are international students who are glad to help you with any questions regarding studies or student life in Turku.

You can find some glimpses into their life in Turku on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and of course the Student Life blog. The blog posts include tips on how to get settled in in Turku and Finland, housing options, free time activities, different degree programmes, and what to do after graduation.

Follow the ambassadors to see more of what the life as an international student in Finland, Turku, is like.


The aim of the ambassador programme is to share information with people interested in university studies, especially from the point of view of an international student and give new international students tips on how to settle in Turku. At the same time, the student ambassadors extend their important network for their life and career after graduation.

Click here for more information on our Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programmes.

Meet the UTUambassadors!


Jessica Hanisch, Germany

Master's Degree Programme in Futures Studies

My name is Jessica and I am a first-year student at UTU. I have always been incredibly future-oriented and keen on long-term planning which is why I ultimately found my calling with the MA in Futures Studies. This program allows me to research and study the field, indulge me with strategic thinking and scenario planning, and will provide me with the tools necessary to become a futurist. The decision to do so at the University of Turku was an easy one since the renowned Finland Futures Research Center is located here and is the perfect place to study, grow, and develop as a futurist.”

Instagram: @jesshanisch
Email: jessica.m.hanisch@utu.fi

UTUambassador Jessica Hansich

Afra Haque, Bangladesh

Master´s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences – Drug Discovery and Development

Opportunity is always there; all we need is to knock on the right door. For me Finland was the right door. I am a first-year student in master’s degree program in Biomedical Sciences at Drug Discovery and Development track in the University of Turku (UTU). My thirst for research brought me here as I found the curriculum best matches my interest. Though the weather was a bit challenging, but its better to take risk than regret. At this point, I am proud that I took the risk and came to Finland. The best combination of serenity and world class education is in Finland.

Instagram: @afra.tisha
Email: afra.a.haque@utu.fi

UTUambassador Haque

Ameya Foujdar, India

Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society

I chose UTU as my masters program is unique and not available anywhere else. More compelling reasons why I chose UTU were the freedom of managing your own studies and the ability to supplement your studies with courses from other faculties.

Instagram: @fallen_knight

UTUambassador Ameya Foujdar

Anand Kalgudi, India

Master's Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Science, Bioinformatics Track.
(Current name of the programme is Master's Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology: Digital Health)

After my bachelor's in Biotechnology, the thirst for learning and exploring in the field of Bioinformatics brought me to Finland with great aspirations and I ended up choosing this program at the University of Turku. The reason was simple, Finland is the world's best with its education system, UTU being one of the oldest universites in Finland and a line that enthralled me the most 'The campus that never sleeps'.

Instagram : @akalgudi_photography
Email: anand.kalgudi@utu.fi


Mária Kubincová, Slovakia

Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies

My perseverance and passion for studying Japan, Japanese language and society, is what eventually brought me to Finland, where I am currently in my third year of studying East Asian Studies at UTU, and loving it. Turku has become my second home and if I am not busy with my studies or part-time job, I am most likely with my friends, discovering the various student-friendly cafes, restaurants, or shops in the city, staying active thanks to Campus Sport, enjoying the beautiful Finnish nature, or just staying home reading book

Instagram: @kubemary
Email: maria.m.kubincova@utu.fi

UTUambassador Maria Kubincova 12

Loan Pham, Vietnam

Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society

My friends always call me Leen as my English name and I'm from Hanoi, Vietnam. I took part in the University of Turku in early Autumn 2018 for the Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society. I chose UniTurku because of the 2 following main reasons: the great quality of international education in Finland, and, the unique research opportunities that my program offers. UniTurku is a great option for learning, growing, and challenging your own ability for your future career.

Instagram: @leen.ph___/
Email: loan.h.pham@utu.fi

Anika Zabeen, Bangladesh

Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society

I always wanted to study in Europe. And if it is in a well ranked university, that’s terrific!!! I chose this master’s program because it focuses on the digital laws like Artificial Intelligence, Internet Law as well as the comparative laws in different countries. This is a unique program and perfect blend of International law and EU law. I came here to study in Finland and that was my focus. However, I also did other thing besides studying. I participated in different student organizations and made new friends. Currently I am a board member in European Law Student Association (ELSA) and an UTU Ambassador. I am also a volunteer member of Amnesty International and I like helping people in need.

LinkedIn: Anika Zabeen
Facebook: @anikazabeen
Email: anika.a.zabeen@utu.fi


Nesrin Muhamed, Egypt

Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences: Drug Discovery and Development

Learning to trust myself brought me to Finland, I am a  first-year biomedical science master degree student at UTU. I wanted to shape my personality, by plunging myself into an environment that is entirely different from what I am used to. Being a student of science with a tight schedule, I spend most of my time attending classes or in the lab. However, on weekends I like to go for a forest walk or learn some Finnish. In addition, I do some Finnish sightseeing .This helps me to understand the country in more depth. Exploring everyday aspects of Finnish life: the towns and villages, high streets, supermarkets, restaurants and parks that people visit on a day-to-day basis gives me a much better sense of what real life in Finland is like. I can help you with your decision in coming to Finland by sharing my first experiences and how I managed to quickly adjust my life in a new country.

Email: nesrin.n.mohamed@utu.fi

UTUambassador Nesrin Drug discovery 13

Armin Nabizadeh, Iran

Physical and Chemical Sciences Doctoral Programme

My name is Armin Nabizadeh and I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in high energy astrophysics at the University of Turku. I got my bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Tabriz in Iran, and METU in Turkey, respectively. For the first time and before joining UTU, I learned about the university in summer 2015 during a summer school which was held in Tuorla Observatory, the biggest observatory in Finland. One of the most important reasons that I chose UTU to continue my studies was the notable faculty members. UTU researchers are very actively doing great works in their research area, especially in astrophysics. Once I started my Ph.D. at UTU, I found out that studying at UTU has other various advantages such as great sports facilities, professional scientific labs, the location in city which is very close to the city center and its good relations with other big universities around the world.

Instagram: @armin.astrophysics
Email: armin.nabizadeh(at)utu.fi,

UTUambassador Nabizadeh

Jonathon Murphy, United Kingdom

Futures Studies

"I believe that long-term strategic thinking is crucial for global development, yet many organisations do not possess the necessary resources to undertake this task successfully. The MA Futures Studies course will provide me with the tools and insights to navigate alternative scenarios and extend my thinking into the future. The Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku is a world leader in the field and an ideal place to develop as a futurist."

Instagram: @flambard61
Email: jonathon.murphy(at)utu.fi,
International Student Blog: blogit.utu.fi/studentlife

UTUambassador Jonathon Murphy 24

Yukie Ikezumi, Japan

Master's Degree Programme in Futures Studies

After working in Japan for long years, I decided to explore a different option in my life, and then came across Futures Studies MDP in University of Turku. I was instantly attracted to the uniqueness of the course, and also to the opportunity to study in Finland where diverse people with different backgrounds are studying. Now I am happy and honored to be part of UTU. The courses here give me a lot of challenges but I am fully enjoying every bit of them.

Instagram: @zubby_siili
Email: yukie.y.ikezumi@utu.fi

UTUambassador Yukie Ikezumi 7-Edit

Putri Andriana, Indonesia

Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP)

I decided to continue my postgraduate in Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP) of Turku Univeristy due to its high collaborative research environment and provision of a compatible study program with my previous master field outside EU. My main research site is in Turku PET Centre and I work within a heterogeneous research team consist of supportive members from different expertise who will gladly help me to reach the goal of my research. I believe that pursuing PhD here will forge the doctoral candidate to be a high quality scientist and an unapologetic leader in the future.

Instagram: @andrianaputri
Email: putri.p.andriana@utu.fi

UTUambassadot Andriana Putri 19

Venera Dyunyasheva, Russia

Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences – Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry

I am a second year Master's degree student, who focuses on bioorganic chemistry. Apart of studying and working part-time, I spend my free time exploring Turku and surroundings, that I find surprisignly variable; meeting my friends and cooking something authentic, and of course heating up in Finnish sauna and dipping in a refreshing water.

Instagram: @venera_at_utu
Email: venera.v.dyunyasheva@utu.fi

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Antonio Santiago, United States

Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies

When looking for schools to pursue my graduate degree, I had two main factors in mind: quality of life and quality of university. Because the standard of living is so high in Finland and the University of Turku has such a good program for my major, it was clear I had to apply. My correspondence with the administration was always friendly and prompt, and any concerns or questions I had were answered. Now that I’m here, I am so excited for what the next two year has to come!

Instagram: @TonioGaddy

UTUambassador Antonio Santiago