From September 2019 to end of June 2020 the Master course student of the Institute of Thermal and Nuclear Power Engineering, MPEI, completed her education in Finland on the Double-Degree program of MPEI and Lappeenranta University of Technology.

This is what she has to share:

My goal was to carry out the Double-Degree program at LUT in Finland. The program included the disciplines of the MPEI study plan and the LUT courses that I chose from the list. The requirements for the LUT study plan was the completion of the compulsory subjects like the Bioenergy Systems and supplementary courses by my choice with the weight of 120 ECTD, comprising 30 ECTS for Master thesis, 50 ECTS for MPEI disciplines and 40 ECTS for LUT ones. ECTS is an equivalent of the Russian credits, and means European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System.

Examination

The education process is divided into semesters and, subsequently, into periods. The study year consists of 4 periods. At the end of each period there is an examination week when the week courses and exams are conducted in an intense way. However, the exam can occur in any pre- or post-examination week. For example, if the student wants to retake the exam, he would probably do it not in the examination week. Two exams are possible to be taken in one day: from 8:15 to 12:15 and from 16:15 to 19:15. The exams can be held  in three different forms: written, oral or electronic. The latter is taken in two hours, it is carried out in the special room with video and audio recording, you can go to the washroom only once and the entrance is made only with a personal magnetic key. You have 1,5 months to sign for the exam you need, it must be done at least in a week before the start and, once planned, it can be cancelled in 2 days before its date without losing a try. You have three attempts and the best one of them goes into your diploma. But if you fail three times you need to pay for the extra one or to wait until the next exam date. Usually all the dates are known before the end of the course.
The written exam lasts for 3 hours, it is impossible to copy or crib it because in the examination room there are 5-10 supervisors from the assistant staff that control the legality. Students must give away all the telephones and watches, even analogue ones. The cribbing is strictly prohibited.

The electronic exam differs from the written one only in its format, as in the electronic one, the tests are given besides the written questions. After the exam, the teacher has a month to check the work.

The results are sent by e-mail and uploaded to the study platform in a list. The teachers are present only at the oral exam. Generally it happens as a presentation of the diploma that is conducted in a friendly ambience.

Courses

All the courses are individual and depend on the fantasy of the teacher. After each course a letter is sent for assessment of the course quality. If you respond to the questionnaire, the teacher can listen to you and is likely to change something. The teachers upload tasks and lectures to the platform and students submit there their work. In the platform’s functioning the anti-plagiate system is implemented that can be used by teachers. You can take as much courses as you want and receive ECTS for every one of them even if you collected 1 point.


Study room

Student’s life and study process

The students’ life at the University is always in blossom, every week the Campus or Lappeenranta city hosts some events of different kind and importance, varying from the club revelry to the visit of the Minister of Finland. Inside the University there are many student associations, from the University level to the level of faculty. The program for acquaintance of the newcomers with the Campus territory and structure is finely organized as well.


The study process differs greatly from the Russian one. It is not better or worse, simply different. These are some of the distinctive traits of it:

MPEI

LUT

The lectures are written dow​n for making a conspectus

 

Lectures are comprehended audibly and are disponible online on the special platform

 

Lectures are detailed and structured

Lectures have a general character and require additional research

All the work is submitted in print or handwriting and require a defense

All the work is submitted in electronic form with no defense

Passing grade is at least satisfactory (3 from 5)

Passing grade starts from 1 point

 

In some disciplines the electronic or written tests are mandatory

The online tests are mandatory for the majority of disciplines but their income in the final grade is minimal

Teachers give more information during the study, many care for the understanding of the students and control the fulfillment of the tasks

The student’s success is the student’s concern, and all the misunderstandings are as well, because teachers give less information and you need to ask questions

The personal communication between teachers and students is developed through the structure of the exam and the defense. Many teachers spend much time with students during the retake of work and debts.

The communication between the teachers and the students is carried out on the lectures or via e-mail. All the debts are declined because of the rigid deadlines. Sometimes you can submit the work after the deadline with a decrease of the grade, sometimes not, no defense means no retakes, and the non-submitted work is 0 points. All the work is submitted in written electronic form and is checked for 1-8 weeks after the deadline.

Any discipline should be passed with at least the satisfactory mark

The disciplines that are not compulsory could be abandoned without the ECTS income, which might result in non-rece​​iving of the diploma due to lack of credits

The study program is planned and confirmed by the University

The study program is partially planned by the student and confirmed by the University

Usually the work upon the course project continues for a half of or a full semester

The projects are more light-weight and take from two weeks to month to complete

It is worth especially speaking of the library: it is a place of work and leisure, being fully filled by students during the working time. In the evening and at night you can always find somebody at the computer or with a book. The particular time at the library starts in November, after the 2nd period of education and in the last week of the period, in the examination weeks.


Library on Friday’s night, December 2019.

At the University and in Finland in general, the sport is very developed. You can try almost every kind of sport at the Campus. At the University itself there is a small gym hall for a reasonable price. The sports are free, all of them football, volleyball, basketball etc. In winter, the skating rinks and the ski tracks are made. Moreover, there are different clubs: chess, board games, equitation, skiing, computer clubs. A few times the expositions of playstations were held, where you could play modern and retro games.

It is hard to fully remember all the events happened during the education, there are simply too many of them: the visits of different delegations from different countries occured, as well as the job fairs, open doors days of partner universities, victorines, presentations of science and business projects worth taking part.

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09.07.2020 16:21