FINLAND: CLASSIC

Travel and experience life in another country, learn the language and live with a host family on a classic high school student exchange. The classic high school student exchange program provides you with your own unique experience and opportunity to see a little bit of the world.

Finland is available in:

CLASSIC 

HOW LONG CAN I STUDY ABROAD?

Early August– Late December

Application due:
February 1st

Early January– Early June

Application due:
September 1st

Early August–Early June

Application due:
February 1st

ACCOMMODATION STYLE: HOMESTAY

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What better way to learn the language and culture than to live with a host family. Host families provide a warm and welcoming environment, providing meals in the home as well as an opportunity to immerse yourself in everything the country and culture has to offer. Just like families in Canada, host families abroad represent many different compositions, nationalities and live in a variety of different areas from small towns or villages to larger cities. Families come in all shapes and sizes but one thing they all have in common is that they are motivated to be part of the experience and look forward to welcoming you into their home! 

ORIENTATION: LOCAL ORIENTATION / OPTIONAL PARIS ORIENTATION

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A local orientation will be provided by the local coordinator in your host community. The local orientation will help you to get to know the host community, your local support system and provide you with a crash course in important cultural norms, so you can adjust to school and host family life!

An optional orientation in Paris is available for an extra fee. The orientation provides for a cultural introduction, a chance to meet other exchange students and the opportunity to sightsee before meeting your host family in your host country! A great way to start your exchange with a little touring and cultural prep!

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: FINNISH

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There is no language requirement to participate in the Finnish language program and placement area. However, students are encouraged to study Finnish in advance of their departure. Upon arrival, further language lessons may be necessary.

SCHOOL LIFE: LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL

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Attend a local public school (private school option may be presented if available).

School Year: School starts in early-mid August and ends in May
Common courses:  Mathematics, Biology, Foreign Language, Geography, Physics, History, Physical Education
Average hours per week: 25 hours of class per week.
Common school holidays: Summer break from June – August,  1 week in Mid October, 2 weeks in late December, 1 week Easter, 1 week mid-February, statutory holidays.
Fun fact: Short school days and minimal homework!

Finland at a Glance

Population Population

5 Million

Capital City Capital City

Helsinki

Known For Known For

Hockey, Saunas, Heavy Metal Music, Largest Archipelago

Currency Currency

Euro

Language Language

Finnish

Say Hello Say Hello

Hei!

Program Fees

(2024/25)

$16,595

(2024/25)

$18,500

(2024/25)

$1650
*The orientation is located in Paris

Find more information on what's included in the program fee, additional fees, payment schedule and cancellation policy, visit our Program Info page here 

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