There's something pure in the Finnish air and spirit that's incredibly vital and exciting; with the trendsetting modern capital of Helsinki counterbalanced by vast forested wildernesses in the north and east. And who'd have thought that so far north you could have such a summer? It's a golden, sunny season when Finland bursts into life with an explosion of festivals, good cheer and optimism. It's a time when the towns are buzzing, but it's also a time to head for the lakelands.
"I am enjoying my life in Finland very much. It's incredibly satisfying to look back six months and see the life I have created. I see a loving family with whom I am sure I have formed a life long friendship; wonderful friends; a familiarity with a once completely foreign country - this is something that I think can ONLY come from living here for an extended period of time; and some understanding of a new and very unusual language. As well as this new life, for myself I have gained an understanding and even an appreciation of just how large and diverse the world is which allows me to view life back home in Australia with perspective." Rosemary McConnell – Year to Finland
|Short Programs||Long Programs||Language Criteria||Immunisation||Gap Year||Online Video||Scholarships||Discounts|
|5 months||Aug 2017||AU $9300||15/03/2017||31/10/2016|
|10 months||Aug 2017||AU $10300||15/03/2017||31/10/2016|
|5 months||Jan 2018||AU $9300||01/08/2017||31/03/2017|
|5 months||Aug 2018||AU $TBC||15/03/2018||31/10/2017|
|10 months||Aug 2018||AU $TBC||15/03/2018||31/10/2017|
You can choose either a 5 or 10 month program departing in January and August each year. Short Programs are not available.
Host families come in all different types, sizes and backgrounds, and could live just about anywhere in Finland.
All host families undergo a Criminal Background Check, are interviewed in their home and referenced checked before they are approved to host.
Schools in Finland
The school day starts between 8 and 9am in the morning and finishes between 1 and 2pm in the afternoon. The class has 25 lessons a week. Each lesson is 45 minutes long. There are 3 hours and 45 minutes of instruction each day on average.
Age and Eligibility
To be eligible for an exchange to Finland you must be between the ages of 15 and 18 and be enrolled at school when applying.
There are no formal language requirements for Finland. Your motivation to learn the language and experience the culture is more important that your formal language studies. Students are, however, strongly encouraged to work at the language before departure.
You will travel on a student visa and will need to lodge your application in person at the Finnish Consulate serving your area. We will help you prepare your application.
Application deadlines are typically 4-5 months prior to departure but don’t leave it to the last minute to apply. Check our website for details or give us a call. You may like to take advantage of our scholarships or early bird discounts and secure your spot even earlier!
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Hear from William, a returned student talking about his experience in Finland, while on one of our exchange programs.
Population: 5.439 million (2013) World Bank
Official languages: Finnish, Swedish