Study Tours

Finland is a forerunner of modern learning and teaching methods. Gather a group, jump into new experiences together and nourish your professional development. Our study tours are customized according to your themes of interest. Are you for example passionate about

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • how to teach children digital citizenship skills
  • Phenomenon based learning
  • Playful learning
  • Emotional awareness in teaching
  • Child-centred approach
  • School management and leadership
  • Evaluation process

When you book your study tour, tell us which topics interest you the most and we plan the itinerary on that basis.

STUDY TOURS

Finnish Education Study Tours

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VisitEDUFinn organizes dozens of private and customized study tours each year. These study tours or educational tours are visit programs that take more than one day and include visits to different schools or other educational visits. Often the study tours – also called study visits or technical visits – include expert lectures or workshop about the themes that most interest the group. To understand Finnish education it is important to know the Finnish culture. Therefore, so-called cultural visits are very often included in the visit program. These can include for instance walking tour in the city center, ferry trip to world heritage site Suomenlinna, or having a typical Finnish dinner at a traditional Finnish restaurant.

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STUDY TOURS

What is the price of a Study Tour to Finland

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We have created a Study Tour Cost Calculator for you. This Calculators helps you to calculate the cost of a study tour and it gives ideas for different visit options. Planning your own private visit program to Finland has never been easier! Just choose the type of schools you want to visit, other educational and cultural visits, experts/ workshop, etc. and voila – the Study Tour Cost Calculator will give you the estimated price for your study tour. 

To get the most out of the Study Tour Cost Calculator and also your future Study Tour, please get familiar with the different program categories and program activities below. Knowing the different options will not only make planning easier but also helps you to make your visit program as beneficial as possible.

Calculator works best with bigger groups and programs with various visits/activities. Calculator gives price estimation for groups of 7 or more persons. For smaller groups or simple visit programs have a look at our Small Group program or other School Visit options

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Study Tour Visit Program categories:

Choose the educational unit you want more information about

References:
https://www.oph.fi/english
Hujala, Valpas, Roos & Vlasov. 2016. The Success Story of Finnish Early Childhood Education.
Roos, Mikkonen, Rantavuori & Kinossalo. 2018. The Success Story of Finnish Basic Education.

Early childhood education (1-5y). In Finland, early childhood education is arranged mainly in kindergartens, which are accompanied by family child care and open child care services. In early years settings, a playful learning as well as the process of “learning to learn” are seen more important than the actual learning outcomes or academic skill.

Pre-primary education (6y) Finnish children spent the previous year before starting school in pre-primary school. Pre-primary education is considered as a part of early childhood education and classes are located either in kindergartens or primary schools. The purpose is to enhance children’s learning in playful settings and there are no universal learning goals for the level of knowledge.

 

Pre-primary education (6y) Finnish children spent the previous year before starting school in pre-primary school. Pre-primary education is considered as a part of early childhood education and classes are located either in kindergartens or primary schools. The purpose is to enhance children’s learning in playful settings and there are no universal learning goals for the level of knowledge.

Basic education (7-15y) In Finland basic education begins at the age of seven. This period is often divided into primary education (grades 1-6) and secondary education (grades 7-9), which have typically been located in separate school buildings: primary school (7-12y) and secondary school (13-15y). Nowadays it’s becoming more and more common to combine these two into a so called comprehensive school (7-15y).

Basic education (7-15y) In Finland basic education begins at the age of seven. This period is often divided into primary education (grades 1-6) and lower secondary education (grades 7-9), which have typically been located in separate school buildings: primary school (7-12y) and lower secondary school (13-15y). Nowadays it’s becoming more and more common to combine these two into a so called comprehensive school (7-15y).

Basic education (7-15y) In Finland basic education begins at the age of seven. This period is often divided into primary education (grades 1-6) and secondary education (grades 7-9), which have typically been located in separate school buildings: primary school (7-12y) and secondary school (13-15y). 

Upper secondary education (16-18y). After nine years of compulsory education nearly all youngsters start their studies in upper secondary education. They can choose whether to go to vocational institutions or to general upper secondary schools (high schools).

Upper secondary education (16-18y). After nine years of compulsory education nearly all youngsters start their studies in upper secondary education. They can choose whether to go to vocational institutions or to general upper secondary schools (high schools).

Universities (19+). In Finland, the higher education comprises universities (high.schools) and universities of applied sciences. Finnish universities engage in both education and research and have the right to award doctoral degrees. The universities of applied sciences are multi-field institutions of professional higher education that engage in applied research and development.

Basic education is also arranged in teacher training schools (7-15y), where teacher students participate in teaching practice. In many ways teacher training school are just like any other school in Finland. Pupils are the children living nearby and schools follow the sane core curriculum as anywhere else in Finland.

Other educational visit options

The purpose of your study visit is to understand what are the key aspects that have led Finland to reach globally acknowledged educational success.  We would like to provide for You a more profound view into our Finnish educational practices  by including to your school visit programs also visits to innovative educational learning venues other than the schools. Learning is not depending on time or place – learning and collaboration outside the classroom has a strong emphasize on Finnish learning culture. In this section you can find a list of some of the interesting venues that can be visited, please feel free to propose your own choices too.

Are You more interested in national (Finnish National Agency for Education (includes a lecture) or municipal education development (Municipal education department) agencies responsibilities or would You like to learn the secrets of Finnish education and nature by hiking in the pure clean air (Haltia Nature center / Nature school) or get engaged an interactive way in (Heureka science center’s)  science and technology school programs?

There  are also Finnish smart learning companies that develop services,  products and technologies related to learning and smart learning environments together with schools (xEDU (EdTech accelerator, Finnish EdTech company, Startup accelerator in a University).

Learning and collaboration outside the classroom takes place also in our libraries (Library (municipal/university/national), culture centers (Annantalo) and unique museums (National, Design, Kindergarten). At our schools children learn also  about experiences of working life, the economy and society that encourage entrepreneurship – these skills can be challenged in (Me and my city).

Finnish National Agency for Education is the key organization in Finnish education. They design the Finnish curriculum and make the most important guidelines for education. The visit to Finnish National Agency for Education includes always a two-hour lecture of the theme of your interest:

 – Structure of the Finnish education system
– Evaluation system
– Curriculum
– Teachers training
– Administration of education
– Main education policy lines and financing of education
– Students support system

Read more>>

During the visit to a municipal education depart you will hear more about the relationship between the local administration and the schools. 

Nature center approximately 1 hour drive from Helsinki city center. You can visit an exhibition about the Finnish nature, participate in a nature school class and of course walk around the Finnish woods. Read more >>

The science center is very popular visit destination of Finnish school groups. The exhibition themes change every couple of times of the year. Have a look what they are having during your visit dates! Read more>>

At xEDU you will learn how EdTech start-ups are supported in Finland and get to know the most promising companies. Read more>>

Learn how Finnish education principals are applied in EdTech solutions. There are several companies who have spread their educational solutions worldwide. 

There are several accelerator programs at the Universities and Universities of Applied Science. Visit them and learn how the Finnish Universities promote entrepreneurship.

Libraries are very important in Finnish society and culture. A good example of this is the huge investment made to build the brand new Helsinki Center Library Oodi. Read more>>

Museums also have a role in Finnish education. All the schools take their students to visit them frequently. Read more>>

Located right in the city center, here you can observe how student groups participate in special arts classes as part of the art education. Read more>>

Me and my city is a miniature city where students work in a profession and earn money for their work. It was awarded as the world’s best education innovation in 2014. Read more>>

Expert lecture/workshop

Choose the expert you want more information about

TOP 3 TOPICS

– How did we get here: the process of the changes needed in 40 years for the success of Finnish education
– Towards the shared responsibility between parents and school
– Support and Special education in Finland

Ms. Penttilä has a long and varied career in education both in Finland and on the international level. After working as a teacher and principal since 1977, she was elected president of ESHA in 1995 – The European School Heads´ Association with 17000 members. After the presidency, the city of Helsinki asked her to use her expertise for the benefit of its schools as the first Head of International Relations in the Education Department.  

Top 3 topics:

  • What is learning and how it happens?
  • How to maximize the potential of every individual?
  • How knowledge turns into action and learning?

Mr. Sinnemäki was one of the top 50 finalist at the Global Teacher Prize 2018.  He is holding following degrees: Master of Education, Master of Arts and Specialist Qualification of Product Development (Research and Development R&D). Sinnemäki has 20 years experience on teaching field in different positions, class teacher, subject teacher and principal. At present, Sinnemäki is developing solutions to increase overall well-being integrated in different subjects at schools, both in Finland and internationally.  

TOP 3 TOPICS:

-Qualification and Training to be a Principal
-How school is organized? What is Principal’s role?
-Management or Leadership? What Principals do at schools?

Mr. Pekka Tukonen is a School Principal from Järvenpää. Besides an experience of ten years in school leadership and taking part in several municipal projects, Pekka previously had a long experience as a Primary School teacher.

He studied pedagogy at Helsinki University. After finishing his studies, he worked in Spain, near Barcelona, during eight years, in one of the best-known private schools in Catalonia. His Finnish degree was recognized to a Spanish higher degree in Pedagogy and he did various post-graduate studies, as well as language studies (e.g. Spanish, Catalan and English).

He has participated in various conferences and has given talks to English and Spanish speaking education specialists. He has organized different visits related to education and has a wide net of collaborators in schools and universities.

 

Ms. Kontra is an elementary school teacher who would rather take her students outdoors to learn than stay and teach in a traditional classroom environment. She believes that by incorporating physical activity and new forms of functionality and devices into teaching, we can tackle many of today’s challenges in the field of education. She currently works at the International School of Vantaa close to Helsinki, Finland. 

 

TOP 3 TOPICS

  • Teacher education (and how to build a culture of smart learners)

  • Phenomenon based learning – and the idea behind it

  • How the Finnish system supports the mental and academic development

Ms. Westling is an educational psychologist and expert in the field with both grass root teaching experience from school and teacher education as well as research from these environments.  She has a broad and holistic view of education and a deep understanding of human mind and learning. She has graduated from and later taught new students in an innovative program of educational psychology at the University of Helsinki. Her teaching has included lecturing, supervising pre-service-teachers’ practice, and facilitating group processes and process-oriented group studies. In her research she studies the quality of regulation of students’ learning and activity, at school and at teacher education. She has worked as an expert in educational program design at an academic level as well as in the world of international organizations. 

Ms. Liukas is the author and illustrator of Hello Ruby, a children’s picture book about the whimsical world of computers, as well as the founder of Rails Girls, a global movement to teach young women programming in over 260 cities. As Linda is an extremely looked after speaker, you can also ask for alternative speakers from her team. Read more>>

Cultural program

Choose the program you want more information about

 

Helsinki city center is full of interesting education related buildings and institutions. Get the know the city center with one of our educational experts. 

 

Suomenlinna is #1 place to visit in Helsinki.  With an official Suomenlinna guide you get most out of it. Read more>>

 

What would be better way to start your study tour than spending a relaxed evening with your local host before the educational action starts.

 

Have an unforgettable end for your study tour with a farewell dinner! Your local host will take you to a traditional Finnish restaurant where you can try plates made out of traditional Finnish ingredients. 

Study Tour Visit Program categories:

Choose the educational unit you want more information about

References:
https://www.oph.fi/english
Hujala, Valpas, Roos & Vlasov. 2016. The Success Story of Finnish Early Childhood Education.
Roos, Mikkonen, Rantavuori & Kinossalo. 2018. The Success Story of Finnish Basic Education.

Early childhood education (1-5y). In Finland, early childhood education is arranged mainly in kindergartens, which are accompanied by family child care and open child care services. In early years settings, a playful learning as well as the process of “learning to learn” are seen more important than the actual learning outcomes or academic skill.

Pre-primary education (6y) Finnish children spent the previous year before starting school in pre-primary school. Pre-primary education is considered as a part of early childhood education and classes are located either in kindergartens or primary schools. The purpose is to enhance children’s learning in playful settings and there are no universal learning goals for the level of knowledge.

Pre-primary education (6y) Finnish children spent the previous year before starting school in pre-primary school. Pre-primary education is considered as a part of early childhood education and classes are located either in kindergartens or primary schools. The purpose is to enhance children’s learning in playful settings and there are no universal learning goals for the level of knowledge.

Basic education (7-15y) In Finland basic education begins at the age of seven. This period is often divided into primary education (grades 1-6) and secondary education (grades 7-9), which have typically been located in separate school buildings: primary school (7-12y) and secondary school (13-15y). Nowadays it’s becoming more and more common to combine these two into a so called comprehensive school (7-15y).

Basic education (7-15y) In Finland basic education begins at the age of seven. This period is often divided into primary education (grades 1-6) and lower secondary education (grades 7-9), which have typically been located in separate school buildings: primary school (7-12y) and lower secondary school (13-15y). Nowadays it’s becoming more and more common to combine these two into a so called comprehensive school (7-15y).

Basic education (7-15y) In Finland basic education begins at the age of seven. This period is often divided into primary education (grades 1-6) and secondary education (grades 7-9), which have typically been located in separate school buildings: primary school (7-12y) and secondary school (13-15y). 

Upper secondary education (16-18y). After nine years of compulsory education nearly all youngsters start their studies in upper secondary education. They can choose whether to go to vocational institutions or to general upper secondary schools (high schools).

Upper secondary education (16-18y). After nine years of compulsory education nearly all youngsters start their studies in upper secondary education. They can choose whether to go to vocational institutions or to general upper secondary schools (high schools).

Universities (19+). In Finland, the higher education comprises universities (high.schools) and universities of applied sciences. Finnish universities engage in both education and research and have the right to award doctoral degrees. The universities of applied sciences are multi-field institutions of professional higher education that engage in applied research and development.

Basic education is also arranged in teacher training schools (7-15y), where teacher students participate in teaching practice. In many ways teacher training school are just like any other school in Finland. Pupils are the children living nearby and schools follow the sane core curriculum as anywhere else in Finland.

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Other educational visit options

The purpose of your study visit is to understand what are the key aspects that have led Finland to reach globally acknowledged educational success.  We would like to provide for You a more profound view into our Finnish educational practices  by including to your school visit programs also visits to innovative educational learning venues other than the schools. Learning is not depending on time or place – learning and collaboration outside the classroom has a strong emphasize on Finnish learning culture. In this section you can find a list of some of the interesting venues that can be visited, please feel free to propose your own choices too.

Are You more interested in national (Finnish National Agency for Education (includes a lecture) or municipal education development (Municipal education department) agencies responsibilities or would You like to learn the secrets of Finnish education and nature by hiking in the pure clean air (Haltia Nature center / Nature school) or get engaged an interactive way in (Heureka science center’s)  science and technology school programs?

There  are also Finnish smart learning companies that develop services,  products and technologies related to learning and smart learning environments together with schools (xEDU (EdTech accelerator, Finnish EdTech company, Startup accelerator in a University).

Learning and collaboration outside the classroom takes place also in our libraries (Library (municipal/university/national), culture centers (Annantalo) and unique museums (National, Design, Kindergarten). At our schools children learn also  about experiences of working life, the economy and society that encourage entrepreneurship – these skills can be challenged in (Me and my city).

Finnish National Agency for Education is the key organization in Finnish education. They design the Finnish curriculum and make the most important guidelines for education. The visit to Finnish National Agency for Education includes always a two-hour lecture of the theme of your interest:

 – Structure of the Finnish education system
– Evaluation system
– Curriculum
– Teachers training
– Administration of education
– Main education policy lines and financing of education
– Students support system

Read more>>

 

During the visit to a municipal education depart you will hear more about the relationship between the local administration and the schools. 

Nature center approximately 1 hour drive from Helsinki city center. You can visit an exhibition about the Finnish nature, participate in a nature school class and of course walk around the Finnish woods. Read more >>

The science center is very popular visit destination of Finnish school groups. The exhibition themes change every couple of times of the year. Have a look what they are having during your visit dates! Read more>>

At xEDU you will learn how EdTech start-ups are supported in Finland and get to know the most promising companies. Read more>>

Learn how Finnish education principals are applied in EdTech solutions. There are several companies who have spread their educational solutions worldwide. 

There are several accelerator programs at the Universities and Universities of Applied Science. Visit them and learn how the Finnish Universities promote entrepreneurship.

Libraries are very important in Finnish society and culture. A good example of this is the huge investment made to build the brand new Helsinki Center Library Oodi. Read more>>

Museums also have a role in Finnish education. All the schools take their students to visit them frequently. Read more>>

Located right in the city center, here you can observe how student groups participate in special arts classes as part of the art education. Read more>>

Me and my city is a miniature city where students work in a profession and earn money for their work. It was awarded as the world’s best education innovation in 2014. Read more>>

Expert lecture/workshop

Choose the expert you want more information about

TOP 3 TOPICS

– How did we get here: the process of the changes needed in 40 years for the success of Finnish education
– Towards the shared responsibility between parents and school
– Support and Special education in Finland

Ms. Penttilä has a long and varied career in education both in Finland and on the international level. After working as a teacher and principal since 1977, she was elected president of ESHA in 1995 – The European School Heads´ Association with 17000 members. After the presidency, the city of Helsinki asked her to use her expertise for the benefit of its schools as the first Head of International Relations in the Education Department.  

Mr. Sinnemäki was one of the top 50 finalist at the Global Teacher Prize 2018.  He is holding following degrees: Master of Education, Master of Arts and Specialist Qualification of Product Development (Research and Development R&D). Sinnemäki has 20 years experience on teaching field in different positions, class teacher, subject teacher and principal. At present, Sinnemäki is developing solutions to increase overall well-being integrated in different subjects at schools, both in Finland and internationally.  

TOP 3 TOPICS:

-Qualification and Training to be a Principal
-How school is organized? What is Principal’s role?
-Management or Leadership? What Principals do at schools?

Mr. Pekka Tukonen is a School Principal from Järvenpää. Besides an experience of ten years in school leadership and taking part in several municipal projects, Pekka previously had a long experience as a Primary School teacher.

He studied pedagogy at Helsinki University. After finishing his studies, he worked in Spain, near Barcelona, during eight years, in one of the best-known private schools in Catalonia. His Finnish degree was recognized to a Spanish higher degree in Pedagogy and he did various post-graduate studies, as well as language studies (e.g. Spanish, Catalan and English).

He has participated in various conferences and has given talks to English and Spanish speaking education specialists. He has organized different visits related to education and has a wide net of collaborators in schools and universities.

Ms. Kontra is an elementary school teacher who would rather take her students outdoors to learn than stay and teach in a traditional classroom environment. She believes that by incorporating physical activity and new forms of functionality and devices into teaching, we can tackle many of today’s challenges in the field of education. She currently works at the International School of Vantaa close to Helsinki, Finland. 

‘Ms. Westling is an educational psychologist and expert in the field with both grass root teaching experience from school and teacher education as well as research from these environments.  She has a broad and holistic view of education and a deep understanding of human mind and learning. She has graduated from and later taught new students in an innovative program of educational psychology at the University of Helsinki. Her teaching has included lecturing, supervising pre-service-teachers’ practice, and facilitating group processes and process-oriented group studies. In her research she studies the quality of regulation of students’ learning and activity, at school and at teacher education. She has worked as an expert in educational program design at an academic level as well as in the world of international organizations. 

Ms. Liukas is the author and illustrator of Hello Ruby, a children’s picture book about the whimsical world of computers, as well as the founder of Rails Girls, a global movement to teach young women programming in over 260 cities. As Linda is an extremely looked after speaker, you can also ask for alternative speakers from her team. Read more>>

Cultural program

Choose the cultural program you want more information about

Helsinki city center is full of interesting education related buildings and institutions. Get the know the city center with one of our educational experts.

Suomenlinna is #1 place to visit in Helsinki.  With an official Suomenlinna guide you get most out of it. Read more>>

What would be better way to start your study tour than spending a relaxed evening with your local host before the educational action starts.

Have an unforgettable end for your study tour with a farewell dinner! Your local host will take you to a traditional Finnish restaurant where you can try plates made out of traditional Finnish ingredients.