Finland

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
Short Programs Long Programs Language Criteria Immunisation Gap Year Online Video Scholarships Discounts

Next available departures for Finland

Length Departure Fee Application deadline Early Bird deadline Scholarship deadline
Length5 months DepartureAug 2018 FeeAU $9300 Application deadline15/03/2018 Early Bird deadline31/10/2017 Scholarship deadline31/10/2017
Length10 months DepartureAug 2018 FeeAU $10300 Application deadline15/03/2018 Early Bird deadline31/10/2017 Scholarship deadline31/10/2017
Length5 months DepartureJan 2019 FeeAU $9300 Application deadline01/08/2018 Early Bird deadline31/03/2018 Scholarship deadline31/03/2018

It's not too late to apply for a Scholarship or Early Bird Discount

If you are planning to go on exchange between April - September 2018 and want to reduce the price of your program, then don't leave it until the last minute!  Our next deadline for Scholarship and Early Bird Discount applications is Tuesday 31st October 2017.

 

Please note that

  • For August arrival: students must be aged between 15 and 18 ½ at the time of arrival in Finland. 

  • For January arrival: students must be aged between 16 and 18 at the time of arrival. If students turn 19 during the year of arrival they are too old for the program.

  • There is a separate application form for Finland that can be accessed form our Downloads page.

Programs available

You can choose either a 5 or 10 month program departing in January and August each year. Short Programs are not available.

Placements

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.

  • For August arrival: students need to turn at least 16 the calendar year of arrival and if they turn 19 on the calendar year of arrival they are too old for our program. 
  • For January arrival: students need to turn at least 17 the calendar year of arrival and if they turn 20 on the calendar year of arrival they are too old.

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.

For August arrival: students need to turn at least 16 the calendar year of arrival and if they turn 19 on the calendar year of arrival they are too old for our program. For January arrival: students need to turn at least 17 the calendar year of arrival and if they turn 20 on the calendar year of arrival they are too old.
Visas

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

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!