HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGES TO FINLAND
Students wanting an adventure in a far off land could not choose better than Finland (Suomi as it is called in Finnish). With its vast wilderness, midnight sun and long winter nights, Finland is a country of intrigue. Finland’s lakes and forests make up nearly 80 percent of its land area, so there’s plenty of chance to enjoy the great outdoors.
Although typically shy in nature, Finns are friendly and warm people who will quickly welcome you into their family. From cozying up in front of the fire during long winter nights to partying with your host family at Midsummer, an exchange to one of the world’s northern-most countries will be a rewarding experience.
SEMESTER AND FULL YEAR PROGRAMMES
If you’re keen to truly understand the culture and the language then a semester or full year exchange is the way to go. A longer exchange gives you the opportunity to settle down and spend time learning the small things about everyday life that rarely become apparent to a short-term visitor. This includes the privilege of being immersed in one of the best education systems in the world where a global perspective and student participation are encouraged.
Your exchange could start with an Orientation - which could be located in another Scandinavian country - and is a great way to meet other students also starting their exchanges around the region. You will be part of your host family's daily routines and have the chance to join them on their outings. For instance, many Finnish families will visit a mökki, or summer cottage, during the stunning summer months. A longer time spent at a local high school will also improve your ability to communicate in Finnish, which is of course improved when you join after school activities such as sports or music clubs.
We encourage any students considering this exchange to be willing to take some Finnish language lessons leading to their departure.
Our short-term exchanges to Finland depart in early December so you will get to experience kaamos, the Polar Night, the time of year when the nights are far longer than the days. In the Nordic countries everyone is keenly waiting for Christmas, which is an important event bringing joy and creating a magical, cosy atmosphere. This could be your chance to experience ice-fishing and cross-country skiing topped off by a visit to the sauna to warm your toes. This short-term exchange is a great opportunity to experience a truly white Christmas with the chance to be part of all the Christmas traditions of Finland! We are taking applications for 2018 and 2019.
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