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15.3.2019 15:59
Studying economics at Hanken you have the opportunity to take courses at Aalto and University of Helsinki as well. It's an great way to sample a variety of topics within the discipline.

Hello! My name is Maggie Knorr, and I'm a first year Master's student in economics. I'm originally from the great state of Minnesota in the U.S.A. I have wanted to move back to Finland ever since I lived in Iisalmi for a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in 2011-2012.  In 2016, I completed my Bachelors in economics and philosophy at Hamline University, and then taught English in Malaysia and worked in Student Affairs for a year before deciding to go back to school.

I think one of the coolest things about studying economics at Hanken is their participation in Helsinki Graduate School of Economics (GSE). Through this cooperation with Helsinki University and Aalto, I am able to take courses at all three universities which offers me a wide range of economic topics to study. I also got to attend the Opening Ceremony of the GSE this October, and the Finnish Nobel Prize in Economics winner Bengt Holmström speak!

So far I've taken 3 economics classes at Hanken, 3 at Aalto, and 2 at University of Helsinki. Each school has their own strengths and group of experts, and I would definitely encourage everyone to take at least one course at each school. My favorite class at Hanken has been Behavioral Economics, which looks at the way traditional assumptions about human rationality are often inaccurate, and how we can account for that in economics. 

By far my favorite class so far from the GSE has been Development Economics. It is taught by Aalto University in collaboration with United Nations University- World Institute of Development Economics Research (WIDER). Each lecture was an expert in a different field of development economics, so we got exposure to many different topics and lecture styles all in one class. In September I also got a chance to attend their conference, held here in Helsinki, where researchers came from around the world to present.

Many of my classes have been incredibly challenging, and pushed me to learn and understand economics at a much more theoretical and mathematical level. I am thankful for the variety of courses I have been able to take here, and look forward to incorporating them into an interesting Master's Thesis topic next spring.

Thanks for reading, and please feel free to contact me at for any questions you might have about the economics program, or life here in Helsinki. 


12.3.2019 12:17

Hello everyone! Today I want to give new students some tips about Finnish medical system. No one wants to get sick, but international students need to know how to use the medical system. Finland has a very high standard of medical services, which is an important benefit for students.

International students can go to hospitals which belongs to Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS



Go to the reception and present your student ID. The registration is free. From the website ( you can find the list of services subjects to charge.



I have been to Töölö Medical Centre because of my toothache. The visiting address of Töölö Medical Centre is Töölönkatu 37 A, 00260 Helsinki. I think this is the nearest Medical Centre to our school. The dentist was very professional and patient. She told me I had got periodontal disease. (sad…) And I could have a 10 min tooth cleaning for free. (became happy…) Then the dentist filled my tooth. Töölö Medical Centre has advanced medical equipment. To be honest, the treatment process was a little bit uncomfortable. But the treatment was very successful. Finally, the dentist gave me some tips about dental care. Thanks for her advices, I have no toothache anymore!



28.2.2019 16:52
Studying in Finland has many advantages. While some such as the quality of education and student life are commonly cited, the price (and quality) of student lunch is another exciting element.



Hi everyone,

Today, I am not going to write about events, networking, or courses at Hanken. I am going to write about food.

Studying in Finland has a lot of advantages. However, Helsinki remains an expensive city in comparison with the majority of other capitals. The good news is that as a student, you will have a lot of benefits -one of them being that you can have lunch for no more than 2.60€ (!!). The city centre is full of so-called Uni-Café where you can enjoy cheap food. Hanken has its own cafeteria, run by the famous Fazer Food company.


Hanken cafeteria


From Monday to Friday, between 11:00 and 15:00, you can choose between several lunch options. There is always a buffet of 4-5 different salads, a vegetarian meal, a non-vegetarian option, a soup, and an ‘upgraded option’. In addition, there are also several kinds of bread (white bread, rye bread, gluten-free bread, etc.) and bread-spreads. In summary, for less than 3€, you can take a small plate of salads + a normal plate of ‘warm-food’ + bread + a drink (such as milk or juice). If you are still hungry, the cafeteria also sells a number of sweets and sandwiches. Finally, you do not need to be worried if you have special diets. You will (or may) always been able to find an option which suits your needs.


Having a healthy lunch is extremely important when spending the full day studying and learning as it provides good nutrients to your brain. As students, we have all experienced the traditional student pizza and spaghetti, because they are easy to cook and cheap. For this reason, it is very nice to have the opportunity to eat a balanced meal for a very cheap price at the cafeteria. Furthermore, sharing lunch with your friends is far better than eating alone, at home.

17.2.2019 22:27

Hi everybody, I hope you all do fine and had a great start in the year. I returned to Helsinki in yearly January. I spent the Christmas break back in Germany and used the time to see my family and friends. Besides that, I used my time to prepare for one of my biggest to does in the year 2019 – finding a job in Helsinki. I updated my CV and polished my Cover letter. In addition to applying to advertised vacancies I took the incentive and contacted the talent recruiters of the companies I am was interested, I asked about potential vacancies and the possibilities to work for them as an international with little knowledge of the Finnish language. I can only recommend doing that to anybody who is interested in finding a job. Once I return to Helsinki I got invited to interviews by several companies and I made it to the further stages in the application process, which is extremely exciting, so stay tuned and cross your fingers that in my next blog entry I have some great news.

Besides my job hunt I am in the last phases of my master studies. I am currently continuing to write my thesis and I am participating in the Cases in Finance course. In this course students have the chance to solve real life business cases together with real companies. The course is very comprehensive and interesting. I think it is safe to say that this is the most practical course in the Finance master curriculum. So far, we had to chance to work together with MCF Corporate Finance, Citi Group and KPMG. The next cases will be provided by PwC and J.P. Morgan. The cases are solved by groups of two which is a great way of interacting with new people you have not met before, especially as an international student.

Apart from the daily study grind I spent my doing sports and participating in some of the various student activities organised by Hanken’s student committees such as going to drive Karts together with Hanken’s sport committee. Now there is nothing left I have to say and thus, I will go back to the grind and work on my thesis.

I hope all of you are doing great and you will achieve your set goals for the year 2019, until the next time.

27.12.2018 18:01
Good tidings to you wherever you are. Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year! Abba

veryone loves holidays, but Christmases time is special - it is associated with miracles, childhood, and a fairy tale. Christmas virus vanity involves us in its ‘dance’ that we cannot resist!

Many of us come from different countries with different Christmas and NY traditions and I am not the exclusion. Yet in Russia, the tradition to celebrate Christmas is not so popular than in Europe, but New Year is so much loved here that we even celebrate it twice!

I have my own tradition to spend these holidays in Moscow with my family and we always plan in advance our cultural program. I even call it a cultural marathon – this is how we prepare to the 31st of December when at a midnight we will make our wishes for the new year with the strong belief that they should become true!



As the international student ambassador I have the right to make my wish right now on behalf of all Hanken students: Santa, please, make the exams easy and our answers brilliant; lectures fascinating and interesting, and bring a lot of great job offerings to all of us!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!



15.12.2018 22:58

Hi everyone,   

Hope you are having a great week!  

Studying at Hanken is a great opportunity for international students. In fact, you have the chance to attend different events and network with different well-known companies. Yesterday I had the pleasure to attend the PWC Case Study. The event started at 17:30. During the first hour, there was a presentation of the EDGE program that PWC offers to students soon to graduate or have been recently graduated. After that we had a short break and were divided into 4 groups of 5 people each, to solve a case study. We had only one hour to solve the case. They gave us some material to analyze in order to answer three questions. After the time was up, we had ten minutes presentation of the solutions. As an Economics student, I was not able to know the finance terminology that was present in one question. However, my great team managed to solve it. In the end, our solutions were the best solution among all the teams. After all the teams presented their solutions, we all went to a restaurant. The food was delicious. It was also a great way to get to know PWC people in an informal way and ask them questions.  

This case was a great opportunity for me to learn how to be able to think and give solutions to subjects that I am not familiar. My advice is to be as much as possible active in different events that Hanken offers, even if they are not related to your major. In this way, you get to know students from other majors and meet companies.  

I will leave in a few days for Christmas holidays in Italy.   

To all of you, happy holidays and best wishes.   


10.12.2018 18:05

Hi everybody, I hope you all do fine and are already the Christmas mood! The semester is getting to an end and this means the deadlines are approaching and on top the finals are coming. Nevertheless, Natalia from Hanken’s external marketing department and I spent last week’s Saturday in Frankfurt Germany, to represent Hanken at the Master and More fair. It was a 7-hour fair with around 1200 people attending. According to the organisers around 1200 people attended the fair. The event was a lot of fun because I had the opportunity to talk to people who are interested in applying to Hanken. Besides informing potential applicants about the application process and the requirements I shared my experience, opinion and enthusiasm about studying at Hanken. The people I met at the fair showed a great interest in the different Master programmes Hanken offers. I am hope that our attendance at the fair made a difference and the people we met are going to apply to Hanken. If you read this now and are interest about Hanken and the different master programmes here please check out Hanken’s international student ambassadors and contact us if you have any programme related questions. (

6.12.2018 18:04

Today, Finland celebrates 101 years of independence. The country, which is proud of its traditions, history and people. Finnish people themselves describe the national character with a word which does not have an easy-to-find literal equivalent in English - sisu. Sisu stands for determination, bravery and resilience. Exactly what you need in order to meet the last deadlines of the year before the holiday week starts!

Meanwhile, the city streets (and Hanken as well) are changing its appearance bringing more warmth and festive feeling of Christmas holidays to the dark winter days. It looks quite unusual without the snow and I really wish that the weather will change; not sure what people say about global warming, but this winter looks warmer than ever. I am still riding a bicycle every day and what I heard from the news, tourism business in Lapland has been affected by the snowless days in a very negative way. But do not catch the pessimistic vibes. Looks that there is a high demand for professionals in the area of sustainability, circular economy and responsible business strategy. I have to say, Hanken has opened my eyes to the world sustainability issues and also has given me a vision on how to solve them. 

As a gift for the Independence Day, a new library in the heart of Helsinki has been opened. Have a look at the architectural masterpiece! I am glad that my thesis is still in the process because I was dreaming about going to the library and using its spaces (which are free for everyone). There you can find not only books and study rooms but also 3D printers and even sewing machines.  





29.11.2018 13:33
QTEM studies at EDHEC - A letter from our student!


My name is Vytas and I am currently on a QTEM exchange at EDHEC Business School in Nice, France. I would like to share my experiences of living in the French Riviera as well as studying at one of the best finance programmes in the world. I hope that those interested in QTEM and EDHEC will find this information useful.

Life in Nice

Nice is not a large city so it was actually easy to adapt to the lifestyle, especially after living in similar size cities before. Nice is situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in the very south of France, close to the border with Italy. The location itself is great because it allows visiting cities such as Cannes, Milan, Geneva, even Monaco in no time. However, people coming from Finland will probably appreciate the weather rather than location. At the end of November, it is still pretty warm and some days may resemble a summer time.

Going around the city is rather is rather easy but not as easy as in Helsinki Helsinki. For example, some areas may have only a few lines of busses which means that they are over-crowded in the morning and afternoon. It is also not as reliable in terms of arrival times and some buses stop operating just before 10 pm. In general, the locals seem to settle in here early and once the summer season is over, the city may look empty at only 8 pm on a business day.

28.11.2018 13:28

By Silas Mwangi


As I promised from my previous post I will continue from where I left last time. When I got the acceptance letter to Hanken, I also received an email to apply for the international talent program. I applied but I did not believe that I was good enough to be chosen. This insecurity stems from sending tons of job applications and never getting a positive response.

Luckily, I was chosen to take part in the interview. I had a good session and although I did not get a mentor I maintained contact with the HR who helped me get a mentor. I will revisit this later in the story.

At first school was quite challenging, we had many courses and most of the topics were relatively new. The workload was also quite heavy. However, I decided to not only focus on my studies but to actively engage in other school activities. There were many invitations to working breakfast, networking events and even mentorship program meetings. Getting involved in these activities made me feel like I belong.