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

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Next available departures for Finland

Length Departure Fee Application deadline Early Bird deadline Scholarship deadline
Length5 months DepartureAug 2019 FeeAU $9300 Application deadline10/04/2019 Early Bird deadline31/10/2018 Scholarship deadline31/10/2018
Length10 months DepartureAug 2019 FeeAU $10300 Application deadline10/04/2019 Early Bird deadline31/10/2018 Scholarship deadline31/10/2018
Length3 months DepartureOct 2019 FeeAU $7800 Application deadline14/07/2019 Early Bird deadline31/03/2019
Length2 months DepartureNov 2019 FeeAU $7550 Application deadline08/09/2019 Early Bird deadline31/03/2019
Length5 months DepartureJan 2020 FeeAU $9300 Application deadline10/09/2019 Early Bird deadline31/03/2019 Scholarship deadline31/03/2019
Length10 months DepartureJan 2020 FeeAU $10300 Application deadline10/09/2019 Early Bird deadline31/03/2019 Scholarship deadline31/03/2019
Length5 months DepartureAug 2020 FeeAU $TBC Application deadline10/04/2020 Early Bird deadline31/10/2019 Scholarship deadline31/10/2019
Length10 months DepartureAug 2020 FeeAU $TBC Application deadline10/04/2020 Early Bird deadline31/10/2019 Scholarship deadline31/10/2019
Length3 months DepartureOct 2020 FeeAU $TBC Application deadline18/07/2020 Early Bird deadline31/03/2020
Length2 months DepartureNov 2020 FeeAU $TBC Application deadline01/08/2020 Early Bird deadline31/03/2020
Length5 months DepartureJan 2021 FeeAU $TBC Application deadline10/09/2020 Early Bird deadline31/03/2020 Scholarship deadline31/03/2020
Length10 months DepartureJan 2021 FeeAU $TBC Application deadline10/09/2020 Early Bird deadline31/03/2020 Scholarship deadline31/03/2020

Free Limited Regional Spots Available

We have a limited number of FREE regional spots available for students wanting to go on exchange in January 2020 for 5 or 10 months.  Please note they are available on a 1st come 1st serve basis.

Regions Available

  • Lappland
  • City Guarantee (Placement close to a city with more than 50 000 inhabitants. Placement can be within one hour commute by public transportation).

Please note that these spots will place you in a particular region or city as specified.

Providing you meet our usual eligibility criteria, your placement on one of these limited regional spots will be confirmed when your application is received by our office, accepted and your deposit paid. 

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, make sure you act quickly and send us your application form ASAP. These spots are limited and we anticipate they will be filled up quickly.  

If you would also like to reduce the cost of your exchange program, in addition to taking advantage of the above offer, remember our Early Bird Discount and Scholarship deadline for all programs departing in October 2019 - March 2020 is Sunday 31st March 2019. You can apply online now if you need more time to complete your student exchange application form.

Need more time to complete your student application form?

It's not too late to apply for a Scholarship or Early Bird Discount and save $$ off the price of your exchange

If you are planning to go on exchange and want to reduce the price of your program, then we have some good news for you!  The deadline for ScholarshipEarly Bird Discount applications is Sunday 31st March 2019 for our Standard programs departing between October 2019 - March 2020. If you haven't completed your application form yet and need some extra time, you can Apply Online now

Just fill out the online form, send us your full student exchange application form and pay your $150 deposit by 11.59pm AEDT on Sunday 31st March 2019. You will then have until close of business on Monday 15th April 2019 to send us your full application form. It's that simple and it will save you heaps.

 

Important Program Information

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.

  • Optional Program Extras are available. These include sightseeing trips. Please contact our office for further information.

  • Arrival orientation held in Copenhagen at an additional cost for January and August arrivals. 

  • Included  - Local orientation with the Coordinator after arrival into exchange location.

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.  Ages shown above.

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.