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|
|LengthSemester||DepartureAug 2020||FeeAU $9300||Application deadline10/04/2020||Early Bird deadline31/10/2019||Scholarship deadline31/10/2019|
|LengthAcademic Year||DepartureAug 2020||FeeAU $10300||Application deadline10/04/2020||Early Bird deadline31/10/2019||Scholarship deadline31/10/2019|
|Length3 months||DepartureOct 2020||FeeAU $7550||Application deadline18/07/2020||Early Bird deadline31/03/2020|
|Length2 months||DepartureNov 2020||FeeAU $6990||Application deadline01/08/2020||Early Bird deadline31/03/2020|
|LengthSemester||DepartureJan 2021||FeeAU $9300||Application deadline10/09/2020||Early Bird deadline31/03/2020||Scholarship deadline31/03/2020|
|LengthAcademic Year||DepartureJan 2021||FeeAU $10300||Application deadline10/09/2020||Early Bird deadline31/03/2020||Scholarship deadline31/03/2020|
|LengthSemester||DepartureAug 2021||FeeAU $TBC||Application deadline10/04/2021||Early Bird deadline31/10/2020||Scholarship deadline31/10/2020|
|LengthAcademic Year||DepartureAug 2021||FeeAU $TBC||Application deadline10/04/2021||Early Bird deadline31/10/2020||Scholarship deadline31/10/2020|
|Length3 months||DepartureOct 2021||FeeAU $TBC||Application deadline18/07/2021||Early Bird deadline31/03/2021|
|Length2 months||DepartureNov 2021||FeeAU $TBC||Application deadline01/08/2021||Early Bird deadline31/03/2021|
|LengthSemester||DepartureJan 2022||FeeAU $TBC||Application deadline10/09/2021||Early Bird deadline31/03/2021||Scholarship deadline31/03/2021|
|LengthAcademic Year||DepartureJan 2022||FeeAU $TBC||Application deadline10/09/2021||Early Bird deadline31/03/2021||Scholarship deadline31/03/2021|
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.
It's not too late to apply for an Early Bird Discount
Reduce the cost of your exchange program
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! We have extended the deadline for Early Bird Discount applications to Friday 15th May 2020 for our standard programs departing between October 2020 - March 2021.
If you are applying for one of our exchange programs the easiest way to get started is by completing your pre application form. You should allow yourself at least 3 weeks to complete all sections of your full application form.
The Give Back Exchange Fund will provide 120 exchange students across Australia and New Zealand with a grant that will dramatically reduce their program fee. Students will pay only for their flights, insurance, visa application fees and any required airport assistance fees. All other fees will be covered by the Give Back Exchange Fund.
The final deadlines for applications are listed below. There are a limited number of grants available, so don't leave asking your school for a nomination until the last minute.
- 1st March 2020 for August - September 2020 departures
- 31st March 2020 for January 2021 departures
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.
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.
Find an Info Session Near You
If you would like to find out more information on our programs, please come along to one of our free in person information evenings located in one of the cities listed below or attend a LIVE Online session.
- Come and meet our staff
- Hear comprehensive information on all aspects of exchange
- Listen to former exchange students talk about their experiences
- Ask questions
- Listen to questions asked by other students and parents
- Meet other students who are considering going on exchange
Information evenings run for about an hour and a half. They are friendly and free and are the best way for us to address your specific questions in person.