Talk to a current student at the University of Turku

What is it like to live in Finland? Is Turku a nice student city? What can I do on my free time? Where can I eat, and for what price? What are the facilities like? Are the studies difficult? What are the student apartments like?

It is a big decision to choose your study destination, and you probably have lots of questions. Who better to ask, than the current students at the University of Turku? 

Choose the person you would like to talk to from the list below and book your time. The talk can be conducted via email or Zoom, a tool for online meetings. If you participate with your laptop, you can open Zoom in your web browser. If you participate on your smartphone or tablet, you need to download the app on beforehand. You can download the Zoom app from Google Play or App Store. The app is free of charge. Talking to a current student is free of charge. 

Meet the students

Mária Kubincová

Master´s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies
Languages: English, Slovak, Japanese

Maria’s perseverance and her passion for studying Japan, Japanese language and society, had eventually brought her to Finland, where she is currently in her third year of studying East Asian Studies at UTU, and loving it. Turku has become her second home and if she is not busy with her studies or part-time job, she is most likely with her 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 books.

Book your time for a chat with Maria here
or email her at


Venera Dyunyasheva

Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences – Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry
Languages: English, Russian

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

Book your time for a chat with Venera here
or email her at


Nesrin Muhamed

Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences:Drug Discovery and Development
Languages: English, Arabic

"Learning to trust myself brought me to Finland", stated Nesrin, who is a first-year biomedical science masters degree student at UTU. Being a student of science with a tight schedule, she spends most of her time attending classes or in the lab. However, on weekends she likes to go for a forest walk or learn some Finnish. Exploring everyday aspects of Finnish life: the towns and villages, supermarkets, restaurants and parks that people visit on a day-to-day basis gives her a much better sense of what real life in Finland is like. She can help you with your decision in coming to Finland by sharing her first experiences and how she managed to quickly adjust her life in a new country.

UTUambassador Nesrin

Book a time with Nesrin here
or email her at:


Anika Zabeen

Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society
Languages: Bengali, English

Anika came to Finland to pursue her master’s in law and Information Society. When she came here, she knew no one. Now she has an army of friends. She has made Finland her home. In general Finland is a safe and secure country and the people are nice and helpful. Hence, it was not difficult for Anika to blend in the Finnish culture. When she is not studying or working, she is going to events, meetings and workshops. She participates in various student organizations and is a board member. She is a volunteer at the Amnesty International.

Anika Zabeen

Book a time with Anika here