Hello everyone. My name is Juska. I’m a third year student of Social Services in JAMK, getting ready to embark on an adventure to the British Isles. From next January I will be studying as an exchange student in the University of Central Lancashire, which is located in the city of Preston. From what I found from the internet, it seems pretty similar to Jyväskylä.. Only a tad bigger. Preston is only an hour away from the city of Manchester, which is nice for many reasons – one of them being the fact that most bands and artists that tour the UK stop at Manchester. So prepare yourselves for lots of gig reports, heh!
I live in the city of Jyväskylä, which is considered the capital of Central Finland. Jyväskylä is a small city with population of approximately 137 000 people, but despite its small size it’s quite lively. Jyväskylä is known for its universities and you can see it when you walk in the city center: over 30% of its population consists of students. Jyväskylä is also the home of one of Finland’s most famous rock clubs, Tanssisali Lutakko, which offers live music 3-5 nights a week. If you’re interested in culture, Jyväskylä has a lot to offer. For example, the city has about 20 different amateur theater clubs. You can do lots of different sports here too. For example, football and ice hockey seem to be quite popular. Whenever our local ice hockey team JYP is playing, you should go to Bar Revolution where the fans can watch the game and have some beers while they’re at it. Or, if they’re playing in Jyväskylä, go and see the game in Synergia-Areena. It doesn’t cost that much if you’re a student! The night life in general is also pretty vivid, if that interests you. If you ever have the chance, you should definitely visit Jyväskylä. Especially in summertime!
I myself have been living here for my whole adult life. The small size of the city has its pros and cons. The place is cozy and when you go out you’re bound to bump into people you know. On the other hand, the city IS small and in some occasions it can be a bad thing. And that’s why this exchange is exactly what I need: I feel like a change of scenery would do some good for me. Let’s hope it will.
As for the paperworks and such, I’m currently waiting for the signatures from Preston. When I get them I can apply for the Erasmus sponsorship and raised student allowance from Kela. Once I get there, I’ll tell you more about the applying process.
(Oh, and if you’re interested in finding more about the person behind the keyboard, click here.)
Until next time,