Study Abroad in Finland

Finland shares a border with Russia, Sweden and Norway. It is the most sparsely populated country in the European Union, with only 16 inhabitants per km². Finland became an independent country in 1918 before having been part of either Sweden or Russia. The Finnish language is in Uralic language family with Estonian and Hungarian. Finns are known to be the world’s biggest coffee drinkers, gulping down no less than 12 kg of the black substance annually, twice more than the Italians, three times more than the Americans and four times more than the Brits.

finland Finland Flag Map

*Video courtesy of Visit Finland

Program Details

  • Age Requirements:
    Must be between the ages of 15 and 18
    For August arrival: students not younger than 15 and not older than 18 at the time of arrival.
    For January arrival: students not younger than 16 and not older than 18 at the time of arrival. If students turn 19 during the year of arrival they are too old for the program.
  • Fully Vetted Finnish Host Families:
    Our host families live all over Finland, and they all look different. Some have children, some do not, some live in apartments, and others in houses. The Finns may be quite reserved in the beginning, so do not be afraid of taking initiatives and ask questions, both at home and in school. Once you have gotten to know them, they are open, honest, and very friendly people.

    Your future host family may live in or near the large towns of Helsinki and Tampere, up north in snowy Lapland or in the ancient towns of Turku and Savonlinna. No matter where you will live and study, you will definitely get a unique experience of the fascinating country

  • By staying with a Finnish host family, you will gain a true insight into both the everyday life in the country, but also traditions and holidays.

    You will get the opportunity to practice your skills in Finnish with your host family every day. In some cases, you can also improve your Swedish skills. Swedish is an official language in Finland, and approximately 5 % of the population here speak the language fluently. The aim for you as an exchange student in Finland is to learn Finnish, but if you get the chance, take the opportunity to learn some useful Swedish phrases as well, just for fun.

Dates

  • Academic Year: Aug 22, 2020 – June 5, 2021
  • Fall Semester: Aug 22, 2020 – Dec 12, 2020
    Soft Landing Camp: Aug 19 – Aug 22, 2020
  • Spring Semester: Jan 16, 2021 – June 5, 2021
    Soft Landing Camp: Jan 12 – Jan 16, 2021
  • 3 month Fall program: Aug 22 – Nov 14, 2020
    Soft Landing Camp: Aug 19 – Aug 22, 2020
  • 3 month Spring program: Jan 16 – April 10, 2021
    Soft Landing Camp: Jan 12 – Jan 16, 2021
  • 2 month Fall program: Aug 22 – Oct 22, 2020
    Soft Landing Camp: Aug 19 – Aug 22, 2020
  • 2 month Spring program: Jan 16, 2021 – March 16, 2021
    Soft Landing Camp: Jan 12 – Jan 16, 2021
  • Fall Application Deadline: April 1st
  • Spring Application Deadline: October 1st

Program Costs

  • Academic Year – $7,500
  • Semester – $7,300
  • 3 months – $4,500
  • 2 months – $4,300

Required International Health/Liability Insurance:

  • Academic Year – $660
  • Semester – $390
  • 3 months – $300
  • 2 months – $200

$1000 deposit due with application

Optional additions:
– Soft Landing Camp in Copenhagen – $560
– Metro Guarantee– $900
– Regional Guarantee– $615
– Sports Guarantee– $280

**Prices are subject to change**

High School System

Basic compulsory education ends at age 16. Students then choose either “general education” which leads to higher education or “vocational education” that generally leads to technical training. Students can always continue their studies on a higher level of education if they choose. Both general and vocational upper secondary diplomas/certificates provide eligibility for further studies.

*While there is no language requirement for our program, students should make every attempt to become familiar with the local language before arrival and continue to study while in the country. Classes will be taught in Finnish. English is widely understood and spoken in Scandinavia.

Program Includes

Public high school acceptance

Volunteer host family placement

Visa support documents

Pre-departure orientation

Airport pick up

Local orientation upon arrival

Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in Finland

24-hour emergency support

Program Does Not Include

International airfare

Domestic transportation to host family and within Finland

School textbooks and lunches

Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.

Passport/visa/resident card fees

Personal spending money