International Student Ambassadors

Meet our student ambassadors and check out their Nordic Brilliance blog!


Almost all of our International Student Ambassadors have graduated!

The new International Student Ambassadors will join the team in early September 2019!


Maggie Knorr, Economics

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 Higher Education for a year before deciding to go back to school.

For my undergraduate studies I attended a small university in the U.S., which was part of my reason for choosing Hanken. I knew from experience the community that small schools can offer was important to me, and I have not been let down by Hanken. I have met so many motivated and welcoming people here. I joined the Master's Committee at the end of the autumn semester, and this spring I have been paired with an exchange student as a buddy.

I chose Hanken because of its partnership in the newly founded Helsinki Graduate School of Economics. 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. The professors and staff at Hanken have been very responsive whenever there is a challenge in navigating all of my options. Hanken also offered scholarships, which as a non-EU student was an essential part of the financial feasibility to come here.

I would recommend Hanken due to the opportunities it provides for its students to network, get experience, and gain knowledge about future career possibilities. This fall I attended the Responsible Organizing conference hosted at Hanken and got to hear former president Tarja Halonen speak. It was a great day hearing from people across different sectors and disciplines tackling some of the greatest issues that face society in Finland and the world.

When I am not studying, I enjoy making my new friends try whatever American food I am craving most, knitting more wool socks than I need, and reading books off of the "1001 books to read before you die" list.

Please feel free to contact me at for any questions you might have about the application process, economics program, or life here in Helsinki.