Finland - Summer Study Abroad

Lake Paivanne photo

Study Abroad in Finland, Summer 2017

Enroll in the Finland Faculty Led Program and earn 4 units of Area V GE credit, or COMM credit, while exploring Jyväskylä: a beautiful, lively, safe, friendly, lakeside city in central Finland. 

Setting: Beautiful and Accessible

Due to its location, Jyväskylä experiences roughly 22 hours of daylight in the summer months. Our classes will be held at JAMK University, which is located between two lakes and various forests with stunning hiking trails. There are also lively restaurants, pubs, and shops within walking distance of the university. Water sports, sauna nights, and mid-summer celebrations are popular activities for students to engage during our program. If you decide to travel before or after the program, you have easy access to all major European destinations: Paris, London, Berlin, Rome – all just a quick and inexpensive plane flight away.

Courses: Practical and Applicable

Our program is set up in a way where students attend classes Monday-Friday the first week, Monday-Thursday the second week, and Monday-Wednesday the third week. You will have the option to explore countries such as Estonia, Sweden, and Russia on our longer weekends.

SJSU students will enroll in two courses while in Finland. Each individual course will run for 1.5 hours a day, and will be worth 1.5 units. Once enrolled in your two courses, you will be in class for a total of 3 hours a day and earn a total 3 units. You will also enroll in an additional one unit course through SJSU. This means you will spend 3 hours a day in a classroom for a total of 12 days and earn 4 units.

In 2017, JAMK will offer the following courses:

  • Global Team Leadership
  • Creativity Management
  • Nordic Business Culture **
  • Managing Dynamic Innovation Teams
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Sport and Tourism Management
  • International Business Speaking
  • Russian Culture and Language **
  • Europe as a Market Area
  • Global Destination Branding
  • Future Trends in Tourism

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

Majoring elsewhere? Chat with your major advisor about which courses might be applied towards 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!

Costs: Less than $5,000 for a Lifetime of Memories

The Finland Program is about $3500; this includes program fees, courses, lodging, some guided tours, some entertainment, and travel expenses. You will also need to budget for airfare and food (usually between $1000-$1500).

Worried about the expense? There is the option to enroll in up to 3 more units in order to qualify for financial aid. Financial aid is available for students who take at least six units during the summer. There are also some grants and scholarships available to help defray costs. 

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.

JAMK University organizes trips to the following cities:

  • Tallin, Estonia (additional cost: about $200)
  • Stockholm, Sweden (additional cost: about $400)
  • Petersburg, Russia (additional cost: about $700)

Past participants also took self-guided weekend trips to Helsinki, Tampere, and Santa's Village in Lapland. In addition, many students decide to extend their stay in Europe to spend more time exploring other countries and cultures.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Applications for Finland 2017 can now be submitted via the SJSU Study Abroad FLP Student Application site (Finland, 2017). The first wave of applications will be accepted through November 13, 2016, with deposits due by December 19, 2016. After that, if any spots are still available in the Finland program, more applications will be accepted December 1 to February 2, 2017, with deposits due March 2, 2017. 

Keep in mind that the Finland program can only accept a limited number of students, so be sure to get your application in during the first round! 

To learn more about the Finland program, email the program leaders:

Stephanie Anderson • stephanie.anderson@sjsu.edu

Ching Ching Tan • chingching.tan@sjsu.edu