Studying and Living in Finland LUT Alumni Experience by Aisulu Harjula

Small things make us happy

I’ve learned to enjoy every day I spend here.

In Finland nature is an essential part of the life. Instead of my initial assumptions and expectations which were based solely on common stereotypes and the past experience, I’ve opened for myself a totally new Finland as a country.


When I was a child I’d been taught to drink previously boiled water. And when I wanted to avoid unnecessary buy of water I just refilled a bottle I’d bought before. Now I have a specially designed container for refilling.

Long before I came to Finland I’d checked the map and I’d seen its land was mixed with water. I’d been wondering how people could live there surrounded by water, especially that there is snowing a lot in winter. I’m from a dry land country myself.


After a year of living in Finland I’m still thinking “Wow, I’ve ended up in the center of the North pole”. I’ve ended up here because I was studying too much =))). But I’m exited that my studying has been always learning!

Fotor082323037Another good thing happened when I’ve received this notification. The first thought appeared in my head was, “only in Finland people may regret making you unhappy for the fact they produce a free good for you. Mother’s care country!” In fact Finnish house services are included to the rent but such service is required by the law.  Moreover, it’s also required by the law to renovate houses fully once in every five years.  So you will never find any building with mildewed walls which is good for the health.

A squirrel on the featured image is a Siberian flying squirrel, it was found in our university while travelling to the sixth floor in an elevator. Staff members helped it back to the nature. =)

About The Author

Researcher at LUT, Master of Economics, LUT & GSOM Saint Petersburg State University. Focus on Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability. Background in natural sciences.


  1. Jordan Sililo 26.9.2014 at 18:49

    I would like to study in Finland as an international student from Zambia,how can I go about the Online Application?

  2. Jordan Sililo 26.9.2014 at 18:51

    I would like to study in Finland as an International student from Zambia,how can I go about the Online Application form.

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