Open School Visits
The most practical solution for individuals and small groups.
Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland
The concept of these school visits is as the name indicates, open for everyone. You can be an educational professional or a student, a business person or a tourist. The only requirement is that you are interested in the Finnish education and eager to see how the learning takes place in a normal classroom situation. During the visit you will have time to talk with the Finnish teachers and ask about their teaching practices, methods or the challenges they face during their daily work. The visit includes also the Finnish school lunch – famous for being offered for every student for free.
The schools that we visit organize always education at least for the primary school level (grades 1-6, in Finland that is 7-12 years old). However, some of our visiting schools offer preschool education as well (6 years old) and some of them are comprehensive schools, meaning they have also middle school / junior high school students (grades 7-9 = 13-15 years old). If your interest is only preschool / middle school, please ask us about the possibility to visit those before registration.
The schedule for the visits is:
8:30 The visit starts in Senaatintori, look for an Open School Visit -sign. During the bus trip you will receive basic information about the Finnish educational system.
9:00 Arriving at school – welcoming words from the school principal or his/her representative. Afterwards visiting different classes.
11:00 Open discussion with the school teachers.
11:30 School lunch.
12:00 Bus trip back to Senaatintori.
12:30 End of the school visit.
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Ms. Rauhala (B.A.) is an educational sciences student at the University of Turku with studies also in the fields of psychology, business and HR, and sociology. As an education major, she is passionate about lifelong learning and the Finnish education system. She believes in change through education. In addition, Ms. Rauhala loves to learn new languages. She completed an Erasmus + university exchange in Spain as a part of her studies and wants to work toward everyone getting international learning opportunities. Ms. Rauhala is working for VisitEDUfinn part-time while finishing her studies.