Finland - Summer Study Abroad

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Study Abroad in Finland, Summer 2015

Earn up to six units of credit toward your SJSU degree while studying – in English – with international students at Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences.

Courses are especially designed for students in communication studies and business, but all majors are invited to join. 


Setting: Beautiful and Accessible

The program is based in Jyväskylä: a safe, friendly, lakeside city in central Finland. From there you have easy access to all major European destinations: Paris, Berlin, Rome – all just a quick plane flight away.

Courses: Practical and Applicable

SJSU students typically take two courses during a three-week period. Those courses together will transfer as three SJSU units. 

In 2014, JAMK offered these courses:

  • Becoming a Peak Performance Professional
  • Business Culture in Spain and Latin America **
  • Creativity Management
  • Destination Branding Process
  • Europe as a Market Area
  • Nordic Business Culture **
  • International Business Speaking
  • Leading Powerful Innovation Teams
  • Russian Culture and Language **
  • Marketing and Social Media

Are you a COMM Major? All of these courses can be applied toward FIP requirements.

Majoring elsewhere? Chat with your major advisor about substituting one or two of these courses toward your major [and ask us about agreements we’ve already made with some departments].

Need SJSU Area V GE Credit? Courses followed by the ** symbol can meet that requirement as well!

Want three more units? Complete an additional online supplement of activities, engagements, and reflection opportunities before, during, and after the Finland trip for a total of six units.

Costs: About $4,000 for a Lifetime of Memories

The basic cost is about $2,500 for deposit, housing, courses, classroom materials, some Finland transportation, and a personalized souvenir keepsake. Airfare adds about another $1,500 to your total, depending on when you book your flight. Side trips and most meals are extra.

Worried about the expense? Grants are available to help defray costs. And financial aid is available for students who take at least six units during the summer.

Side Trips: Tour Northern Europe!

Along with a host of free-time activities (including guided tours, beach parties, and nighttime events), you may also participate in weekend side trips throughout the Baltic region.

In 2014, JAMK University organized trips to the following cities:

  • Stockholm, Sweden (dates TBA, additional cost: about $400)
  • St. Petersburg, Russia (June 18 – June 22, additional cost: about $700)

Students also took self-guided weekend trips to Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; and Milan, Italy.

Important Dates and Deadlines

While some dates remain subject to change, you should plan on the following:

March 16   Submit $500 deposit and purchase airfare

April 17       Mandatory orientation session

May 1          Mandatory pre-departure meeting

May 27        Depart for Finland from SFO


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