Student Story - Anastasia Zotova
Energy and Environmental Engineering
Home country: Russia
What are you currently doing: Continuos Improvement Leader at IKEA Industry
How did you find out about TAMK and what made you choose it for your studies?
A year before graduating high school, I started looking for opportunities to study. I checked out universities in Russia, as well as abroad. Soon, I figured out that education in Finland is free, conducted in English and acknowledged as the best in Europe.
The international environment and a chance to step out of my comfort zone made me decide in favor of Finland. I realized that, out of all English taught programmes, Energy and Environmental Engineering was the most attracting to me. I have had a trip to Finland visiting all the universities I considered studying at. After visiting Tampere and TAMK, I was quite sure I wanted to study there - big pretty city, huge amount of students and a modern university. Some of TAMK's tourism students were kind enough to show me around and I loved that as well.
What did you like most about Tampere and Finland?
Tap water is drinkable in Finland. It is clean and safe all around and organic foods are available. Tampere is a very student-friendly city.
In what ways have your studies contributed to your professional and personal life?
I met a lot of people during my studies, and I have also figured out what I would like to do in my professional life in the future. I used an opportunity to participate in a double degree programme with a German university, and I never regretted it. All in all, TAMK gave me many opportunities I am grateful for.
How has TAMK supported your needs as a student?
TAMK provides incoming students with help finding accommodation. Also, I received a study grant from TAMK during my exchange period in Germany.
What would you say to anyone considering studying at TAMK?
Go for it! But before that, make sure Finnish lifestyle is close to your heart, and internationality is not something that scares you.
This story was written in December 2016.