Monthly Archives: February 2018

More than International Business – complementary studies at Karelia

When thinking of studying International Business, most people know that we need to learn marketing, sales, finance,… However, studying in Karelia helps me to participate in more courses which are not just business-related. I have taken Culinary culture since cooking is my hobby. In this class, I have chance to work with Tourism students as well. My network is increasing at the same time. We had chance to learn, cook and each with each other! This course offers a wide range of international dishes that I have never tried before in my life. Not only did we learn how to cook different kind of dishes but we also know how to follow the rules  in the kitchen.

Scandinavian dish

Cooking class at Tikkarinne campus

We learn how to set the table

Another optional study that I had an opportunity to join is German language and culture. This course had one week in Berlin. I was one of Karelia’s students to participate with other exchange students in Wildau. It was a fantastic week since I was able to explore the capital city of Germany and made new friends as well. We went sightseeing to all historic and famous places in Berlin. We also exchanged and shared our culture with more than 20 different nations in the International dinner. In my group, we come from various study fields. Our hostel located in the heart of Berlin so it is convenient to travel around the city. The most exciting part when speaking of Germany is definitely Oktoberfest. It was such a memorable night for me marking my very first festival ever. Berlin is such a vibrant and historic city. I’m glad that I decided to sign up this phenomenal course!

For more information, you can check complementary studies in Soleops, or contact:

  • Kaija Sankila ( for German language culture course
  • Mikko Lahti ( for Culinary Culture course

Ha Minh Thuy

Winter in Joensuu

Vietnam is my home country, and I was born to get adapted to the humid and subtropical weather. During the summer, the high temperature drives us crazy. Don’t be surprised,

        Vietnamese covered themselves due to strong               sunlight. (Source:

the sun is our “enemy” and everyone tries to cover themselves during day time. You may wonder if I have temperature shock and why I choose Finland as my study destination. Well, since I was a kid, I had always wanted to see snow and experience below-freezing temperatures. Finland turns out to be an awesome place with snow and real Santa. Let me tell you why I am in a love-hate relationship with the cold weather in Finland 😉

My first time admiring a snowy day was so unexpecting as I was on my way to Helsinki with some friends. The seven-hour bus trip was believed to be so long and tiring, however, none of us knew we would see the first snow at that moment. Trust me, that was the most precious memory that I couldn’t forget. Just close your eyes, imagine a forest covered with white color when the bus is going, everything looked like a scene in fairy tales. How is it possible that someone hates snow if they can see that moment?

But, to be honest…cold days make me homesick. Studying abroad is always a challenge, even for a tough one. For sure, I can enjoy my personal space, do anything at any time I want, I can party till dawn but when all is over, loneliness is the worst feeling that no one wants to experience, including me. I miss it when my family gathers to have a warm dinner and talks about our days, all the old songs my dad loves listening to every morning, also my brother’s happy face when he gets home with a good grade. The cold in Joensuu during winter sometimes makes me want to come back home, cuddle with my mom on a big and super warm bed then tell her how I am afraid of growing up. Cold days may make me want to be a child, but everyone has to grow up and experience something even more wonderful than a snowy day.

My Vietnamese classmates

Chi Nguyen