Northern lights, summer swimming, reindeer and igloos!


Program Details:

  • 10, 5, or 3 month program starts in August
  • 5 or 3 month program starts in January
  • Must be between the ages of 15½ and 18
  • No language requirement
  • School year starts in August
  • Placed with volunteer host family
  • Application Deadlines: 10/1 for January,
    4/1 for August

 Program Costs:

  • Academic Year – $8,500
  • Semester – $8,000
  • 3 months – $7,500
  • Insurance – $80/month

$1000 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**

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

General Information:

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. As an interesting aside,  Finns are 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.

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, whatever choices they make in between. Both general and vocational upper secondary certificates provide eligibility for further studies. The practice of recognition of prior learning has been developed in order to avoid unnecessary overlapping of studies. The syllabus of general upper secondary education is designed to last three years, but students may complete it in 2 to 4 years. Instruction is organised in modular form not tied to year classes, and students can decide on their individual study schedules rather freely. Each course is assessed on completion and when a student has completed the required number of courses, which include compulsory and elective studies, he or she receives a general upper secondary school certificate.

  • 9 years of basic education (comprehensive school)
  • upper secondary education, which consists of general and vocational education
  • higher education, provided by universities and polytechnics, also known as universities of applied sciences, UAS

*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.

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