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Finland

The snowy Finnish winter provides an excellent opportunity for winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and ice hockey throughout the country.

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Study in Finland

The snowy Finnish winter provides an excellent opportunity for winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and ice hockey throughout the country. But what many people don't realize is that Finland has relatively warm summers. Finnish Lapland is home to the midnight sun, when the sun doesn't set at all for two months!

“I lived in a small town called Piikkiö, right outside of a larger city, Turku. My host parents and siblings were so welcoming and truly made me feel like part of the family. I would recommend an exchange program to anyone who is considering it. It will change your life and make you think differently about yourself and the world around you.”

- Krista

+ More About Finland

Hyvää päivää! That's how you'd say "good day" if you were in Finland right now. While the Finnish language may look difficult, the welcoming people of Finland will be happy to help you practice as you live like a Finn.

Finland is a place of natural beauty, and Finns embrace their pristine country. The blue and white colors of the Finnish flag represent the thousands of lakes in Finland and the winter snow. Finns take environmentalism very seriously, and incorporate time spent in nature into their everyday lives. Although there are many urban areas, you are never too far from green forests, bright blue skies, and fresh air. During the months of July and August, Finns typically leave the city to spend time at country cottages. Finns truly appreciate nature as a source of tranquility and energy, which brings balance to their busy lifestyles.

One of the more popular aspects of Finnish life involves going to the sauna. Almost every family will have a sauna as part of their home, and Finns retreat to them as an oasis of relaxation and contemplation. While the Finnish people are quiet at heart, the sauna offers them a place to converse freely with friends and family, offering an even deeper look into Finnish culture. On a snowy Finnish day, you'll be able to stay warm when you go to the sauna with your host family and friends!

Although both parents often work, Finnish families get together on weekends to visit lakeside cottages or forest cabins. Finns are very outdoorsy, and like to watch and play sports like ice hockey, skiing, soccer, and track and field. Theater is also a fun Finnish activity, with many professional and amateur acting groups offering regular performances. Music festivals in Helsinki and other large cities are a popular summer past-time. Young Finns are given quite a bit of freedom, but they also have a lot of responsibility. Loyalty and reliability are essential ingredients of Finnish families, and Finnish children and teens usually come and go by themselves, thanks to a safe country and a good public transportation system.

The Finnish school system is considered one of the top in the world, affording students a chance at a challenging curriculum that has both breadth and depth. Students must complete required core classes, yet there are many optional classes that allow each student to investigate the subjects which interest them most. You can be sure that studying in Finland will be both challenging and rewarding!

Whether you spend your time at a lake-side summer cottage, studying hard with your classmates, or skiing with your host family, you’ll be sure to find new and diverse experiences during your time in Finland. If a fun-loving and adventurous culture sounds like a good fit for you, apply to go to Finland today!

Online Resources

To learn even more about Finland, we recommend:

+ Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Year: $13,495
Spring Year: $13,495
Fall Semester: $11,995
Spring Semester: $11,995

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

During your stay in Finland, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

Finnish schools are some of the best in the world. The schools are modern and teaching methods are relaxed but effective. You will attend lukio (high school), where you'll pick from subjects such as social sciences, mathematical and computer-related studies, physical education, a wide range of languages (including Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, and Russian, depending on the school), as well as arts and special courses. Information technology is also a popular subject in many Finnish schools. Finnish schools use a system of periods, and this means that students take individual courses, up to 6 per period and one school year is typically 5 periods.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation for Fall programs, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. All year and fall semester students receive a 3-day orientation upon arrival which includes an introduction to the Finnish language and an overview of what to expect on their program. Students also attend a local 1-day re-entry orientation at the end of their program. Year students attend a local mid-year orientation in January or February.

Extracurriculars

Finnish high schools generally do not offer extracurriculars. However, YFU students are encouraged to join sports, clubs, and teams available in their communities!

Optional Excursions

Finnish programs also include the option to participate in optional trips and excursions at an additional cost:

Trip to Tallinn, Estonia: While in Finland, students may have the opportunity to travel to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, for a 2 night trip in the fall. You will have a chance to explore the lovely medieval town in the midst of winter preparation and Christmas.

Trip to Lapland: In March, students may also have the opportunity to visit Lapland, a region above the Arctic Circle where you can expect to experience a very different landscape as well as a different way of life. You may get a chance to ski as well as experience other fun winter sports, visit the house of Santa Claus and you may even get to see the northern lights at night.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year 0145 early August late June $13,495
Spring Year 0428 early August late November $13,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Finnish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Finland Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

Spring 2019 programs: August 31, 2003 - July 1, 2001. Fall 2019 programs: December 31, 2003 - January 1, 2002. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Swedish and Finnish. Swedish and Finnish. Finland has two official languages; Finnish and Swedish. Students should have a minimum of 1 year of study in Finnish or Swedish. Students who do not meet this requirement can be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Host Family Placement

Host families live throughout Finland in rural, suburban or urban areas and may speak Finnish or Swedish. Most students are placed in the countryside or in medium sized towns.

+ Semester Programs

During your stay in Finland, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

Finnish schools are some of the best in the world. The schools are modern and teaching methods are relaxed but effective. You will attend lukio (high school), where you'll pick from subjects such as social sciences, mathematical and computer-related studies, physical education, a wide range of languages (including Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, and Russian, depending on the school), as well as arts and special courses. Information technology is also a popular subject in many Finnish schools. Finnish schools use a system of periods, and this means that students take individual courses, up to 6 per period and one school year is typically 5 periods.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation for Fall programs, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. All year and fall semester students receive a 3-day orientation upon arrival which includes an introduction to the Finnish language and an overview of what to expect on their program. Students also attend a local 1-day re-entry orientation at the end of their program. Year students attend a local mid-year orientation in January or February.

Extracurriculars

Finnish high schools generally do not offer extracurriculars. However, YFU students are encouraged to join sports, clubs, and teams available in their communities!

Optional Excursions

Finnish programs also include the option to participate in optional trips and excursions at an additional cost:

Trip to Tallinn, Estonia: While in Finland, students may have the opportunity to travel to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, for a 2 night trip in the fall. You will have a chance to explore the lovely medieval town in the midst of winter preparation and Christmas.

Trip to Lapland: In March, students may also have the opportunity to visit Lapland, a region above the Arctic Circle where you can expect to experience a very different landscape as well as a different way of life. You may get a chance to ski as well as experience other fun winter sports, visit the house of Santa Claus and you may even get to see the northern lights at night.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 0145 early August early January $11,995
Spring Semester 0428 early January late June $11,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Finnish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Finland Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

Spring 2019 programs: August 31, 2003 - July 1, 2001. Fall 2019 programs: December 31, 2003 - January 1, 2002. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Swedish and Finnish. Swedish and Finnish. Finland has two official languages; Finnish and Swedish. Students should have a minimum of 1 year of study in Finnish or Swedish. Students who do not meet this requirement can be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Host Family Placement

Host families live throughout Finland in rural, suburban or urban areas and may speak Finnish or Swedish. Most students are placed in the countryside or in medium sized towns.