Finnish education and culture goes international

During three weeks in August students from all over the world come to Helsinki to join the summer school.

Helsinki Summer School

The Helsinki Summer School had its kick off ceremony on Tuesday 3rd in the Great Hall at the University of Helsinki, with welcoming words from the HSS staff and Rector Thomas Wilhelmsson. Now the academic studies and loads of cultural and social activities have just started.

For the eleventh time the school is organized by seven different universities in the Helsinki area. This summer 18 different courses are offered, covering a wide range of academic fields. Courses like Consumer Behavior, Wood in Construction and Architecture and Design and the City, to mention a few, are all designed to challenge and inspire everyone in any field of interest.

“The teacher of my course is really well prepared, helpful and clear in explanation. He also always tries to adjust the lessons to the needs and requests of the students”, says Chiara Rabbiosi from Italy, participating in the course Participatory GIS in Development Studies.

The idea of the summer school is that students from all over the world, as well as Finnish students, get to experience how the rich academic, cultural and social resources of a vibrant city turn into a classroom experience. About 400 students with more than 50 different nationalities are participating this year, a record high number according to program manager Pauliina Mikkonen.

One of the students is Ana Veiga from Brazil.

“I am here to learn about the Finnish culture and at the same time to get really good experience from studying abroad. It is the first time for me to study abroad”, Veiga explains.

Besides studying there are a lot of activities arranged for the students, like a guided city tour by bus, a tournament in the traditional Finnish tossing game Mölkky, a guided boat safari and last but not least the traditional farewell party.

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Text & photo: Nathalie Edman

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