Internationalisation at home
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Internationalisation at home refers to the inter-cultural networks and experiences one can develop through the interactions between local and international people. The basic elements of internationalisation at home involve getting to know people from different backgrounds, studying foreign languages, and so forth, with the core tenet of developing one’s general cultural understanding and sensitivity.
Internationalisation at home thus naturally presents international people studying or living abroad with many opportunities to take part in, and learn from, the process. While you might be a foreigner in Finland yourself, you can still engage with Finnish culture and people - as well as other international people - across a multitude of activities. These experiences will broaden your perspective and enrich both parties, and this is the underlying dynamic of internationalisation at home.
The University of Helsinki offers many kinds of cultural opportunities for internationalisation at home, ranging from academic to linguistic to professional. For example, in the Language Centre you can become a language assistant to help others studying your native language, or you can learn languages yourself while gaining study credits. Or, you can become an international tutor to guide new students, or socially engage with international student organisations. There are many such options that will allow you to meet Finns and other international students, so please explore the opportunities the University of Helsinki offers, and find your own path of internationalisation while in Finland.