Preparation for ERASMUSFirstly, I received all information from materials prepared by ŠKODA AUTO University and SeAMK which were sent to us. Mrs Marjo Arola is responsible for communication between exchange students and SeAMK, and she is very kind and willing to help you with everything. All other information about the university you can found on website of SeAMK.
Accommodation, food, transport and otherThere are several choices for your accommodation all in different locations. All locations are provided by the organization Marttilan Kortteeri. I chose the location Marttilan Kortteri, Puskantie because it is the closest to the university. You just have to cross a bridge and you are at the university, it is only 500 metres from „the centre“ of Marttilan Kortteeri to the university. My apartment included two rooms, a small hall, kitchen with dinner table and chairs. Each apartment had its own bathroom and toilet. I paid 180€ rent for this room as it was a cheaper option due to the fact I shared my room with another person. If you want more privacy, you have to pay more in rent. Anyway, the room equipment is as follows: bed with cover and pillow, desk, chair and wardrobe. The kitchen was equipped with a kettle, cooker with oven, fridge with freezer, few plates, glasses and knives and forks. If something is missing to you, such as bed line, microwave etc., you can check the “pastor” place and take what you want. This place is located next to the laundry room. With my roommates we found there almost everything what we wanted including curtain, carpets and others.
Regarding food, we went during week to the school canteen. The basic price is about 2€ which includes a main meal (two choices) or soup, a drink (water, milk or syrup), vegetables and bread with butter. I was pleasantly surprised about the possibility to mix your own vegetable salad (iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, onions, etc.). Another point, if you like potatoes, you like the meals in school canteen. Why? Because mostly you will have potatoes 3-4 times during one week. Other part of food was dinner. We mostly made dinners together with my roommates and schoolmates. We did a group shop and after that we had dinner together. It had its advantages. The price per person was about 1,5 – 2 €, so relatively cheap for hot food, then you are cooking together, don’t eat alone and have fun. We went to shop to Lidl due to the fact that it is the cheapest supermarket.
After you arrive, I recommend that you get a student card for traveling by train immediately at the train station. You need a form which you get from the university, passport photo and pay 10€. Why to do that? After that you pay half price and believe me it is advantageous. For example the full price for a train ticket from Helsinki to Seinajoki is 60€ and with your student card you pay about 25-30€. If you know you are going to travel very often throughout the whole country I recommend that you get a “tourist” card. You need your passport and know how many days you will travel during the month. It will surely pay for long distance.
Transport in Seinajoki is mainly on bikes but I managed on foot. You could buy a bike from 20€. If you walk from the university to the train station it takes about 20mins. The nearest supermarket is 10-15mins by foot (K-market, Lidl). Another thing which is useful is the SAMO card. This card is made by student union like the ISIC in the Czech Republic. If you show this card you get a discount in restaurants, for traveling, sports, parties and others. This opportunity will be offered to you at the university and the price of this card is 20€. The student union SAMO also organizes sport (football, futsal, floorball, ice-hockey, volleyball and gym) and social events.
UniversityMy courses were located in Frami F which is a new and modern building. The facilities are on a high level and very colorful. Each class has a PC, a projector and others. A pleasant thing was that on the each floor there were several student rooms which are for group work. You can study or kill the time there. If you don’t have your own laptop don’t worry. Each student room has also a laptop and a projector.
Financial support, experienceI got the grant from Erasmus which was 1 708€ for three and half months. In my opinion, this grant is sufficient for basic needs (rent and food). If you want to travel and have a fun there, be ready as it costs more.
The total evaluation of my student stay is only positive. My schoolmates, professors, and local people were awesome. I had a great time in Finland, had a lot of fun, met new people. I promise you, that you will not be bored in Seinajoki!
I worked in the Purchase Department in the Projects team which consisted of 16 nice colleagues who were always prepared to help me kindly if I needed it. The beginning was quite exacting as we had to manage our bank account and request all Bentley systems such as SAP, TEVON, AVON, B-release database, but everything was arranged sooner than we expected.
If I had to evaluate my stay in Athens, the words I could use would be amazing and unforgettable. Not only that, I met with great friendly people from many parts of the world, and I also learned about Greek culture.
My daily task was to negotiate discounts with suppliers and ensure a steady flow of orders in the internal system called Workflow.
One of the main reasons why I decided on Škoda Auto University was the possibility for extensive internships, not only at Škoda Auto a.s. but also abroad with companies such as VW, Audi, Seat and Bentley.
ŠKODA AUTO University offers a lot of options for an exchange semester abroad. As a result, it was not easy to decide which university is the most interesting. I decided to study at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.
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