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Spend a year near “Santa’s hometown” (Rovaniemi, Finland) and immerse yourself in the daily life of one of Europe’s most magical countries. The Finns tend to be very well-educated—they’re avid readers of both newspapers and library books—making this a rewarding place for a unique high school experience. Get an inside look at a country that celebrates summers of seemingly endless sun and finds light in the near total darkness of winter. By living with a local host family, you’ll be able to learn the language, take part in the customs, and taste the food that makes Finnish culture unique.

Things to know

Finland has more saunas per capita than anywhere else in the world; if you like a good steam, you’re in luck, because almost every modern home or apartment has access to one. Another thing the Finns have lots of: cell phones. There are actually more cellphones than people in Finland! During the warmer months, you’ll likely witness the famous midnight sun (when it’s light out nearly all night and day). On the other hand, the Arctic winter finds Finland in darkness for almost a full 24 hours. That’s when Finns spend their time sipping coffee indoors or, for the adventurous, doing outdoor winter sports.

School Yearlong Program offers you a great opportunity to live and study in another country for a period of up to 11 months.  This program will suit you if you really want to live with a host family, learn a new language and feel a part of a local community.

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What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Re-entry Orientation
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Field Trips
  • Cultural Tours
  • Language Instruction
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • School Materials
  • Project Materials
  • Stipend