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Study in Finland – Experience White Summer Nights

Historically a part of Sweden and a territory within the Russian Empire, Finland declared independence from the former Soviet Union in 1917. In 1919 it became the Republic of Finland, as it is known today. In comparison with all its European neighbours, it was not until the 1950s that Finland’s industrialisation came into full swing, after which it created an extensive welfare state. Today, Finland is one of the best countries in the world to live in, ranking first in the 2010 Newsweek survey in health, education, quality of life and more. What better reason do you need to study in Finland as a WEP exchange student?

Finland is also known as the country of lakes and islands. With over 180,000 lakes and almost as many islands, it is home to the endangered Saimaa Ringed Seal, one of only three lake seal species in the world.  With a quarter of the country located in the Arctic Circle, the majority of Finland’s population settled in the south and created its major cities Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa.

Did you know?

  • Finland is the only country in the world, which offers news broadcasts in Latin.
  • Finland is the first country in Europe that gave women the right to vote.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s language of the elves in Lord Of The Rings is based on Finnish.
  • ‘Finland’ is called Suomi in Finnish.
  • At Finland’s northernmost point the sun does not set for 73 days during summer and does not rise for 51 days during winter.

What are you waiting for?

Discover this amazing country yourself as you study in Finland on your WEP student exchange program! In a matter of months you could be making your way to school as you live the life of a local Finish teenager! Keep reading for more information!

Upcoming Exchanges

Departure Duration Fee Application Deadline
January 2018 Semester $ 8,950 26 September 2017
January 2018 Year $ 9,950 26 September 2017
August 2018 Academic Year $ TBC 13 March 2018
August 2018 Semester $ TBC 13 March 2018

The above costs apply to departures up to and including May 2018.

Included Extras

Language lessons and pre-paid SIM card.

Optional Extras

Trips to placed such as Sweden, Russia, Estonia and Lappland.

More Information

School

In Finland the school year runs from August to May, with school hours typically being between 8am-2pm.  Students typically learn Swedish as their first foreign language and core subjects include math, geography, history and science.  A free lunch is provided to all students in Finland, taking place over a 45 minute lunch break. Students are not required to wear uniforms.

Language

The two main official languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish, although Finnish is predominant, with just over 90% of the population speaking it.

How hard is it to learn Finnish in Australia? MEDIUM. 44 weeks OR 1,110 class hours are required to become proficient in Finnish.  Fast-track your language studies on exchange!

Climate/Time

Finland has a relatively mild climate in the summer months, with the temperature fluctuating between 13-17°C in July in Helsinki, although it can get much warmer in the south. In the winter, some northern part of Finland experience darkness for nearly two months, with the sun never rising above the horizon.

Depending on daylight saving, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are between eight to nine hours ahead of Finland.

Specific Requirements

None.

Local Time

1 3 : 1 6 27 June, 2017

Currency

1 AUD 0.68 EUR

Weather

Today

11.0 10.4 °C

Tomorrow

15.0 9.9 °C

Day After

16.8 11.8 °C

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