Rapson is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Drug Discovery and Development at the University of Turku. He found the programme and enrolled via StudyPortals. We asked Rapson about his experience of searching and applying to a university abroad.
I am Rapson Khadka and I am 23 years old. I am from one of the beautiful nations of the world, the country of Himalayas, Nepal.
I completed my secondary education from Kathmandu in 2010. The same year I went to Bangalore for my undergraduate studies. I passed my undergraduate level in 2014 with first division.
I was always motivated to study abroad. I really like the concept of exchange and mobility system that EU supports. I can enjoy my youthful days and move in a forward direction, together at the same time. I can know more things about the culture and the people and that will benefit me in my long-term future.
Deciding for a university
I am currently studying Masters Degree in Drug Discovery and Development in University of Turku (UTU), Finland. I selected UTU because of its stronghold in research. It offered me the course that I was aiming for. It has got experienced faculties and helpful environment. Students from around the world study here for their lively future. The Finnish culture also encouraged me to apply here and the quality of education is really superior.
I did apply for one or two universities in Norway but Finland was my ultimate choice. I am really pleased that I got enrolled in the beautiful university of Turku.
I shortlisted UTU from very large number of universities. Basically, I had the aim to study in any of the northern European universities but Finland was more impressive due to its state-of-art education system and its highest valuation and recognition for research programmes.
StudyPortals helped me a lot to narrow down my options. It has a huge database of different programmes from around the world and the content of the website is really supportive. Now, I am planning to go for an exchange programme and I know StudyPortals is still the best website which can help me further.
I took IELTS as my English proficiency test. I took some classes for it and read as many textbooks. English newspapers are always better to develop my English skills. If not, Hollywood movies are there to improve your listening and speaking skills. (English songs are great too!)
In my opinion, studying abroad makes you independent. It helps you exchange your culture, language and belief with others. Then, you can share your thoughts and ideas with your friends and families when you move back to your country. You can apply the innovations and inventions you learned from abroad for a sustainable development of your state.
My education cost is supported by the university. (as Finland is a free education country). Apart from this, my family from my home country supports my living and food expenses.
I would recommend Turku as your new study place. The city is beautiful and historic. The university has best student support service and strong faculties. The Student Union is also active here; it organises many events to make you feel at home. Health facilities are also included within the membership charge of the student union.
If I have a chance to do the things differently, I would still choose the University of Turku. This academia is simply the best.
I have not got biggest surprise yet but I have heard from my friends that the winter in Finland would be something impossible to forget. But, I love snow and I will enjoy it!