Student experiences

Find out what our students 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.

I remember the first day in the ICE programme like it was yesterday. It was a sunny and warm day in late August, my new study colleagues and I had the possibility to get to know each other while preparing lunch and enjoying the sun at the ICE introduction day on a small island somewhere in Sipoo. There were nine people from eight different countries and only three of us were EU citizens. Seeing the diversity of our group, I remember thinking: “I’ve made the right choice”.

I had decided to study Intercultural Encounters at the University of Helsinki for two main reasons. First, I supported University of Helsinki’s approach to offer education even to those who otherwise could not afford it. The second reason was programme’s strong focus on working life in comparison with other academic MA programmes. This focus has helped me build networks outside of the University, and has ultimately lead to my first job at Moniheli ry – a network of multicultural associations.

Combining career advice with the possibility of doing an internship in exchange for study credits is what makes this programme so relevant for all those who love the academia but do not necessarily want to pursue a career in research. This doesn’t mean that the programme wouldn’t encourage students on their academic quest. ICE offers a range of great online-based courses that allow students to pursue the degree while doing their full-time internship. We have independence and freedom to design our degree, which gives us the possibility to follow our own interests and enabled me to take PhD level courses to expand on my knowledge.

ICE has definitely helped me to grow personally, professionally and academically by allowing me to follow my interests, take classes from different departments, programmes and faculties, and by broadening my perspectives through interacting with a diverse group of people from all around the world.