Student ambassadors

Student ambassadors are JYU students helping you out regarding any question about studying at JYU or living in Jyväskylä.

JYU student ambassadors are active on campus and on the internet. They spend their time

  • posting information about student life in Jyväskylä and answering questions from prospective students on Facebook,
  • posting pictures on Instagram, and
  • engaging in international student life on campus.

Anybody can make use of our ambassadors, but they mostly work with students who are interested in studying in a degree programme at the University of Jyväskylä, or students who are already here in Finland.

If you are interested in exchange student studies or other non-degree programs like the summer school, you may contact the coordinator of the exchange programme in question at the International Office.

Meet our Student Ambassadors


Joshua Bamford, Music, Mind and Technology



My name is Josh, and I’m from Perth in Western Australia, which is widely regarded as the most isolated capital city in the world.  Since moving to Jyväskylä I’m constantly surprised at just how small Europe is, although this is great as it allows for such easy travel within the continent.  Jyväskylä is certainly a very international place, with students coming from all over Europe, and further abroad.

I came to the University of Jyväskylä because of its unique reputation as a centre for Music Psychology research; a decision that I certainly do not regret!  The academic culture in Finland gives students a lot of freedom, and I’ve greatly enjoyed the friendly atmosphere within the department.

Academics aside, I’ve been quite surprised by just how much there is happening in what is really a rather small town in the middle of the forest.  Furthermore, everything is only a short bike ride away from the student village in Kortepohja.  Since moving here I’ve been singing with Musica-Kuoro (one of many choirs in the city), playing with Sinfis (the university’s orchestra) and have gotten involved with the student union (JYY) as the Chair of the Subcommittee of International Affairs.  My other hobbies include juggling, dance, yoga, attending committee meetings and photographing lakes.

The first thing I did when moving here was to find things to get involved with.  Jyväskylä has abundant opportunities but your experience at any university is only as good as the effort you put in, so if you’re thinking of coming here to study I would urge you to get in touch with myself or one of the other Student Ambassadors to discuss how you can get the most out of your time!


Farrukh Feroze, Sports Management and Health Promotion

Salam (Hello!). My name is Farrukh Feroze and I am from Lahore which is one of the largest cities of Pakistan. Currently I am pursuing my masters Degree in Sports Management and Health Promotion from the Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences locally known as “Liikunta”. I arrived in Jyvaskyla during the fall of 2014 and since then have been enjoying my stay here to the fullest. Though it might seem that the cultural shift from Pakistan to Finland must have been a major one but in a city like Jyvaskyla where every third or fourth person is a student, with a high international student body, adjusting to the culture and environment could not have been easier.

Like most of the student joining the Sports Faculty I too enjoy playing any form of sport but especially football. Luckily futsal (indoor 5v5 football) has allowed me to play football throughout the year even when it is -20 degrees outside. For a student, life never stops here in Jyvaskyla and keeps on rolling. Experiences like Ultimate Sauna, Swimming in the Lakes and Cycling in heavy snow are something which you will enjoy the most.

If you are interested in coming to this culturally diverse city of Jyvaskyla and joining University of Jyvaskyla then do get in touch with me. I will be more than happy to help you out. Welcoming you again to the “Land of a Thousand Lakes”.

Kunal Garg, Nanoscience


My name is Kunal Garg. I am sure my salutation has given you a hint of me originating from India. Currently at the University of Jyväskylä I am pursuing Masters in the field of Nanoscience from a biologist cum chemist perspective.

As an International student and a member of the JYY student's council, I strive to stay active in universities organizational activities. I am a voracious reader but I always find time to pursue sports and experimental cooking with my close friends.

If you are looking for answers regarding student life at the University of Jyväskylä, please do not hesitate to ask me. I am sincerely looking forward to help you in your endeavor to become a part of JYU.

Kunal's Facebook page


Olga Kushanova, Web Intelligence and Service Engineering


My name is Olga. I am a Master Degree student, Web Intelligence and Service Engineering. I come from Karelia and have lived in Finland for 4,5 years. So far here I have been studying, travelling, meeting new people, learning languages and lots more.

This year I became a student ambassador because I would like to share the experience about this country and the university with you. If you have any questions about the programme, faculty, university whole or just about anything connected with studies or living in Finland, you can write me. I will try to answer as fast as possible. See you around! =)




Kong Lingwang, Education

Ni hao!

My name is Kong Lingwang. The greeting above means hello in Chinese. In my spare times, I like doing some sports and working as a volunteer in some associations. I plan to travel more countries in Europe and places in my home country China. How about you?

Before I came to Finland in 2014, I had been an English teacher in China for 4 years. Currently I am a student of Master's Degree Programme in Education. Within the educational major, I also have two minors specialized in Pedagogy and Educational leadership.

Should you have any general enquires about JYU, please do not hesitate to contact me. In the mean time, I am more than delight to answer your enquires towards faculty of education and medical benefits for those who might need it.


Stephanie Popp, International Business and Entrepreneurship

Hello! My name is Stephanie Popp and I am from Los Angeles in the USA. I have traded the perpetual Southern California sun for the Finnish winter, and couldn’t be more pleased with my choice! Jyväskylä has been an amazing place to live and study. I have found the quality of life in Finland extremely high. There are endless options for outdoor activities, safe accommodations for students, and healthy meal choices at the cafeteria. During my free time, I enjoy swimming at AaltoAlvari Aquatic Center, and taking part in the wonderful Finnish culture (i.e. sauna, skiing, and exploring the forest!). Of course, it must be mentioned that the level of academics is top notch, and challenging.

I am studying for a Master’s in International Business and Entrepreneurship. Prior to enrolling in the IBE program, I worked for business firms in China and the USA. My perspective is relevant for individuals currently in the workforce who are considering continuing their education. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have- be it related to the business faculty, transitioning to life in Finland, practicalities, sports, travel, etc… I truly look forward to hearing from you!



Aseem Sood, Service Innovation and Management

AseemMoi kaikki!

My name is Aseem. I am from India and a student at the Master's degree program in Service Innovation and Management at the University of Jyväskylä. With it's emphasis on design and management of IT enabled services, Finland is the perfect place to study Information Systems. Having been in Jyväskylä for almost half a year now, I am in love with the city! Sauna, nature photography, cycling and of course academics - I love all that makes up my life here in Finland.

One of the reasons for my happiness, I believe, is the fact that I have adopted pretty well to academic and social life here in Jyväskylä. And now I'd like to help you with the same. Why, when, where, how - any questions that you have related to applications, academics, joining and settling down - just shoot!

Looking forward to interacting and helping you. See you at the University of Jyväskylä!

Aseem's Facebook page