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Exchange semester in Victoria University, Melbourne

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Feelings after the semester


Weather is getting warmer and warmer here, how about in Finland? Hahah

I promised in last post to tell about Wilsons Prom trip. It tooked app. 3 hours to get there. When we got there, we had one hour uphill walk to summit where was beautiful view. After that we went to squeaky beach. I could say that this trip was not anymore so amazing than the last trips, but I still recommend to visit there if you are staying in Melbourne for longer time.


I thought that I would now share my feelings about the exchange, which I hope that would be useful for you who are planning to come here after me. After all, I am the only one from JAMK who has been here so far.

Is it hard to study in University in English?

I would not say that it is too hard. If you are studying Sport Management in JAMK in English and you get good grades there, you have no problem studying here. Of course, you will here new academic words that you don’t know and especially in the beginning it can feel harder to follow lectures.  Do not be afraid of studying in English, it will go well and you will improve in it.


How did the units that I took differs from JAMK units?

I would say that bar was lower here than in JAMK. Overall, Australians do not take things to serious and laid-back theme labels everything that they do. For example, group works can be pain in the ass, because other group members are not necessary really interest on doing the assignment.

It did not mean that I did not do here anything relating to University, but the assignments were more shorter and compact. They use here in many units weekly Quiz tasks. Which means that there are app. 6 multiple choice or open questions about last lecture or tutorial session. This can be change depending your unit selection. However, many Germans and from other nations have said the same thing and they are not only studying Sport Management.


Is it worth to go exchange in Victoria University?


I am highly recommending to come an exchange here in Australia. I list things that comes to mind in bullet points:


  •  You will get chance to see new kind of University life. Yes this is an University, not University of Applied Sciences!
  • Your English skills will improve for sure, which will benefit you in working life and give you self-confidence to use it
  • You will get new lifelong friends from all over the world!
  • You will get so many new experiences and stories that you just can not get from Finland!
  • Exchange semester in other side of the world will raise you as a person. You are responsible to get things done here and you have to do it in other language than Finnish.
  • Victoria University has really wide unit selection, so you can study interesting subjects that you just simple can not study in Finland!

Overall, I recommend highly this exchange experience. It is not just joy and one long holiday, but it will be so useful for your future!

I end it now for this time. I still have a lot of time to spend here, so my journey is not even close to finish! Here is some random pictures from Wilsons Prom.



Semester is finished



This week University ended from my part! Wuhuu! Nah, actually it was not that bad.

Although, my studies started already in July, it feels that time has gone really fast. Luckily, I still have almost two months time to explore Australia and gain new unforgettable memories. I passed all my units with good grades, which will be published later on.

What now? I have the accommodation deal with Unilodge until 1 of December, which means that this can be my base until that day. Before that I am going to travel different cities and parts of Australia. Melbourne is amazing city, but it is just one urban side of this country and do not give the whole picture. This weekend I am going to do trip to Wilsons Promontory National Park with my friends, same kind of like early ones to Grampians and Philipp Islands. These are unique and beautiful landscapes, which are great destinations to do for example one day trip.

We have already booked flight to Perth 10.-17.11 with six of my friends. We are going to stay couple days in Perth and then we will explore the east coast with rented van. I will post about this trip later on when we have returned Melbourne.

Beside trip to Perth, I do not have yet any concrete plans. Just going to go with the flow what ever comes to mind. Perhaps in December, I am going to travel from Melbourne towards North, visiting Canberra and going all the way to Sydney. I am also keen on going to Darwin, Northern Territory of Australia, but we will see.

I have also started to plan and organize things in Finland. I got my internship in Finnish Olympic Committee, which means that I am going to move to Helsinki right away when I arrive to Finland. This means that I have started to search for an apartment, which is painful process from the other side of the world. During the winter I have to also start to plan slowly how I do my thesis (Internship, Thesis and couple courses concerning it are the only things I have left of my studies).

For summary the time here has been a blast and it will still continue for a long time! I will post later on more about what I felt about the studies in here and plenty of more stuff.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask, there has not been too many questions so far!



Camping trip to King Valley

Good afternoon everyone from Melbourne!

Todays topic is the camping trip to King Valley, which was part of the unit Introduction to Adventure in Sport and Active Recreation

It took place from Friday morning to Monday evening. The first day was basicly just settling down and get to know the place we came. It was about 2 hour bus ride to King Valley, where we were staying on the land of local farmer. During the camp we stayed in two person tents.

The interesting part of the first day was when we were collecting fire wood from the near bushes and from the side of the road, I saw a big black snake, which was a couple meters away from me. Later on I googled and guessed that the specie of the snake could be Lowland copperhead.

At Saturday the ‘real fun’ began. Earlier on we were divided into two groups – my group started with abceiling and the other group with white water rafting, and then we would change the activies for the next day.

The day was really sunny and perfect for doing abceiling. I have never done it before, so it was new and exciting thing for me. I had done before once bouldering and a couple time wall climbing, but I could not say that I am really expert on that or have any knowledge how to really do it.

The day consist of two different abceiling case and one rock climbing. The first abceiling was app. 10m height and the second one app. 30m. The rock climbing part was after the first one, when we climbed back up to the rock cliff. The day was full of adrealine, I’m a little bit afraid of heights (falling), so it was really about challenging myself and face my fears and come out as a winner and after all I also did well job.

At Sunday it was time for white water rafting. The other group did not do it yesterday, because of the water level was too low in the river we were suppose to go first. So, the plans changed and we all went to another river called Buffalo River as a big group. The day was not good as yesterday, it was raining all day long, but it did not matter, because we would get anyway and it would be too hot in wet suits and life jackets if it would be hot weather. Unfornately, of the weather and the river I could not take mobile phone with me and take pictures of this. I recommend that you google White Water Rafting if you are not familiar with the subject, so you know what is it all about and what it looks like!

White water rafting last much longer than abceiling, we were almost 4 hours in the river going with the river and rapids. We were all the time active by paddling and trying to keep our balance in the raft. Abceiling in the other hand was just a couple minute performance. These rafts that we used were operated by one person! So, they were not the big rafts were is 6-8 persons, but this was much more challenging and funnier! You really were control of the raft, there were no one else to help you going down the rapids. Among the rafts, there were two bigger and longer rafts, which were little more trickier to control and go down through the rapids and rocks. (Luckily) Unfortunately, I was offered (forced) to go down with the other one. It was faster and much more unstable, so the in the rapids I had to be really focused and try to go right route that I would not get stucked to the rocks and fall down. Even the rapids seemed to be quite dangerous, no one got hurt even they fell off the rafts down to the stream. In the beginning, mine raft also went upside down, because the person in front of me got stuck in the rock and blocked the whole route and I hit him and the raft went upside down. I hold my grip of the paddle and also got grip from my raft and walked against the stream to the shore. The depth of water was about my waist in that point and the stream was neither that strong (altough it was quite strong).

In the last day, we packed the camp and had reflect sessions and headed back to Melbourne. I had a lot of fun, new experiences and friends. This was biggest part of the outdoor unit, which was compulsory to complete. The camping part was not that hard, if you have done the army, this felt like a holiday. Although, many of Australians were little bit uncomfortable when you can not flush the toilet and you have to sleep in sleeping bag and in tent.

Here is a couple pictures from the trip

If you are interested more to follow my exchange journey and life, follow me on Instragram

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask and as always have a nice day!

Australian Unigames

Good evening everyone!

Todays topic is Unigames, which were held 24-29.9 at Gold Coast. Like I have mentioned earlier, I was part of the Victoria University’s Football team.

During the tournament we stayed in the hotel called Rhapsody Resort. Our team had 14 players (plus two didn’t come). The Unigames was unique and amazing experience, and I am so glad that I spend my mid-semester break in that. Although, it was very rough week. Apparently (luckily) the habit and spirit of the Unigames is having fun and enjoying time together, which means partying, having a lot of alcohol and not having much of sleep. This factor combined to extremely hot weather around +25-32 and playing football is not very beneficial equation of sport point of view.

Overall, I think that we were 9th or 10th of 20 teams, which was quite OK.  Our team also secured first division place for next year Unigames. The system is going to change for upcoming games and for that the main target was to gain position in highest division. I also hurted a little bit my ankle already at the first day, which slowed me a little bit on the field, combined with tiny hangover but no worries! By the way, that game that secured our first division game we won it 1-0 and I made the goal! Perhaps, the first Finnish goal scorer for Victoria University? At least in these Unigames, I was the only exchange student of Victoria University to represent them.

As a conclusion, I had a lot of new experiences, stories and friends that I will remember long after my exchange journey and as a concrete memory I have my representative clothes and game shirt! Also, this was my first trip here in Australia to other actual city than Melbourne.

If you are interested and want to see and read more material from the Unigames, here is some links:

VU Sport Instagram

VU Sport Facebook

Australian Unigames

Unigames Instagram


Update 1.0


Hey guys!


I haven’t updating much new stuff here, but now I had time to do so.

Life is great here! Everyday learning and seeing something new.

From the sport aspect I am going in the mid-semester break to the Gold Coast and participate the Unigames with Victoria University (sport is football ofc). Also, with others exchange students, we have this kind of mixed team in Futsal league. It costs 70AUD to play each week a game there, so normally there are seven of us playing there and the cost is that how 10AUD per each. Beside team sports, I also joined the Universitys gym. In my opinion its good gym, also you get access to the swimming pool and group exercise if u wish so. This package, which is compulsory (you cannot leave anything out to get any cheaper) is 57AUD per month. In Melbourne that is quite OK price to pay and it takes 5 minutes go there from where I live.


I would love really much, if you would suggest me some topic from what I should write about!

So, comment anonymously below this post what you would like to hear about!








Hey guys!

Everything is good here in the Down Under! Weekly routine is starting to rollin’ and everything has become more familiar.

The hullabaloo what was in the first weeks has settled more down and people are getting more focused on university stuff. The first impression is that university studies here seems to be more ‘easy’ than in Finland. The truth will be find out later on, but this is the first impression. That is not bad thing, otherwise I could not do anything else than study. I am sure that from those units what I took, I will learn a lot of useful things for my future career.

We also went during last week to the AFL game, Western Bulldogs against Essendon. The sport is Aussie Rules Football, more familiar word in here for that sport is footy/footie. It was nice experience, although the atmosphere in the Etihad Stadium was suprisingly low. There were no fan songs etc.

Also, I am slowly starting to be healthy again after the flu. Football situation is a little bit open yet. I went yesterday to the University football trials. The level of the game was not high, but mine level wasn’t either. I haven’t done almost any sports in the past month and because of the flu my fitness is in bad shape. However, if and hopefully when I pass the try-outs, there is ‘heavy’ expenses to join the team. The highlight of the university football would be the Unigames, which are held in mid-semester break at the Gold Cost, Queensland


On Your Own




Today I don’t have fancy pictures, but I update you ladies and gentlemen, my dearest readers, about the life here in Down Under. First of all, the University has been very quiet about everything. Without your own curiosity you would be so lost. University has only kept us one orientation day, which last couple hours and basicly there wasn’t so much new or useful information. I found yesterday when I looked more carefully my VUCollaborate that I have to do couple assignments before the unit starts at 4th of August. Thank god, I found it early enough, because if I would haven’t digged deeper, I would have not maked to the unit.

Overall, life is quiet chill here at least for now. I am still a little bit ill, so I haven’t done any sports yet. However, I will look if it would be possible to play football (soccaaah) somewhere here. At least I will buy the gym card for the Universitys gym.

I still haven’t met other Finnish or even Scandinavian people here, which is kind of a good thing. I have to use my English language, which is really great thing. Also, I try to improve my German basics, because here is a lot of Germans. So, hopefully after the exchange semester I will be better not in one, but in two languages!


My Units for the Semester


Today I am going to introduce you what units I took for my exchange semester.

I chose four (4) units, which equates 30 ECTS in JAMK. Every unit is worth of 7.5 ECTS. In JAMK we mainly have unit sizes of 3,4 or 5 ECTS, so it’s interesting to see, do these units require more work and effort than normal unit in Finland. Here was no special units for exchange students, so it’s required to speak fluent English that you can succeed in this University.

Here is my unit selection, tap the name of the unit if you want to read more (description, details, learning outcomes and assessments)





I have no idea what kind of units they are, except what the description tells about them. Studies related to Sports seems to be quite popular here, but the study selection is so wide, that it’s almost impossible to find someone who has these units in this semester or done them before. The only option was to take something that sounded interesting and what I can’t study in Finland. As you can see I did not choose any overall business units, my selection is fully focused on sport.

I will write here later how units differs from Finland standards. Are they ‘more difficult’ here in the 2% of best universities of the world? Is it so hard to study when everything is in English?





It’s All Good out Here!

Hey guys!

It’s now evening of my fourth day here in Melbourne.  However, it doesn’t feel like it. I have already meeted so many new people and got new friends. I use to live in a solo in Finland, so this shared flat with 5 roommates is a whole new experience for me. At least  for now it has been only positive. Our room is quite popular one, here is usually always people hanging who doesn’t live here and the music is on. But it has been fun, this way I get to know more people and here is never boring!

In these past days I have stayed most of the time at Footscray area. I have already visited Victoria University’s Footscray campus, which is a huge (the picture shows very little of the campus). Tutorial day is at Tuesday, so I have couple days left until the official opening of the semester. It takes approximately 20 minutes to get into the Melbourne center by public transportation or Uber/Taxi. Footscray is quite ok at the day time, looks like a regular suburb. Based on the experience of the center of Footscray, this area seems to be in favor of Asians and Africans. We have been adviced that after 7 pm we should not walk here alone, but I haven’t encountered any problems. What I heard was that a little shop next to UniLodge was robbed twice in a two weeks just when I arrived. In the center of Melbourne I have been couple times in the bar/nightclub and today in the Aussie Mates meeting. The first impression is that it seems very much like a every other big city. In the future, I will have more experience of that!

Eating is quite expensive here. They don’t have here student discounts for or any student price meals. Grocery stories don’t have many microwave food options or they are pretty expensive. That is why people in here use a lot food delivery services or eat out. One of mine roommates Guy use to be a chef and he likes to make ‘real’ food, which is a great! We can buy together ingredients, split the costs and cook something good to eat every now and then!


This was just a little check out what is the situation here!

If you have any questions or maybe proposals for the next topic, comment it below!



First Leg of the Journey


Hey guys!

My journey has officially started! I am now staying in Bangkok, Thailand in my fathers apartment. My flight went well and both luggages arrived safely! I think that I don’t yet have any idea what I signed into, but I bet that this journey will be extremely fun and amazing experience for me! After I woke up from my nap, I went to the relaxing foot massage, amazing beef restaurant called El Gaucho and played some billiards!

Also, I finally got registerated MyVU portal, which is basically Australian counterpart to Finnish Optima, but there is much more info! I also got my Australian student email.

I was also invited couple weeks ago to WhatsApp group called Aussie Mates. The conversations are increasing rapidly, when people are arriving from all over the world to Melbourne and they got all kind of questions. Many of them are staying in UniLodge accommodation, which is also mine accommodation. So, it’s nice to see that I maybe chose the right place, because I did not have any idea that is that “popular” place etc.

I found also, that Victoria University has some cool Uni clothes! Might buy some for souveniers and to myself!

Check them out here

Now it’s time to have some sleep. Cheers!