Finland

Program Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 5 or 10 months
  • Departure: August
  • Age Requirements: 15 to 18 years old
  • Language Requirements: none
  • Academic Requirements: C+ avg or higher
  • Visa Requirements: Yes
  • Orientation:
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About Finland

Imagine immersing yourself in a culture that values both ancient traditions and modern advancements. As you learn the fascinating Finnish language, you’ll uncover a sense of belonging that comes from speaking a language unlike any other. From witnessing the mesmerizing Northern Lights to exploring picturesque villages and urban gems, Finland’s diverse experiences are a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. This journey isn’t just about education; it’s about becoming a part of a society that values creativity, equality, and the joys of life. Your high school exchange year in Finland promises an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in a culture that marries tradition and innovation, creating a unique tapestry of experiences that will stay with you forever.

  • Size: Finland covers an area of approximately 130,600 square miles. Finland’s size is roughly comparable to the state of Montana in the United States.
  • Population: The population of Denmark is approximately 5.5 million people.
  • Language: The main language spoken in Finland is Finnish.
  • Religion: The main religion in Finland is Christianity, with the majority of the population being members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.
  • Government: Finland is a parliamentary republic. It has a president as the head of state and a prime
    minister as the head of government. The country follows a democratic system with a separation of powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
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Life in Finland

A typical school day for a high school student starts around 8:00 AM and finishes by early afternoon, with shorter class periods and frequent breaks to maintain focus. Finnish education promotes independent thinking, and students actively participate in discussions and problem-solving activities.

After school, Finnish students often engage in extracurricular activities, which can include sports, music, arts, or various clubs. Finland values outdoor activities, so spending time in nature, even during winter, is a common pastime. The concept of “sisu,” which encapsulates determination and resilience, is often embraced, motivating students to pursue their passions.

Evenings are dedicated to leisure and relaxation. Finnish people cherish family time, and dinners are often enjoyed together, providing a chance for open conversations and bonding. With a strong focus on work-life balance, evenings might also involve hobbies, spending time with friends, or participating in cultural events.

Weekends offer an opportunity for exploration and personal growth. Many students take advantage of Finland’s natural beauty by engaging in outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, or simply enjoying the serene landscapes. Exploring local museums, attending concerts, and visiting marketplaces provide insights into Finland’s rich culture.

Pricing

Program Duration

Departure

Price

5 months (semester)

August 2024

$11,900

10 months (academic year)

August 2024

$12,660

Included

  • Roundtrip international flight to your destination
  • Travel insurance to cover accidents and illnesses
  • A carefully screened and vetted host family placement
  • 24/7 support from STS Foundation and its partners during your time abroad
  • Language support if traveling to a non-English speaking country
  • Interview, orientations, and material that will prepare you and your parents for your exchange year
  • A local representative or host family member welcoming you at the airport upon your arrival
  • Certificate of completion provided by STS Foundation at the end of your exchange year

Not Included

  • Domestic flight to get to the international departure
  • Passport and visa fees
  • School lunch money (depends on destination)
  • School uniforms if required (depends on destinations)
  • Public transportation
  • Educational/recreational trips
  • Pocket money ($200 to $300/month recommended)

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Finland

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Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents