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Study Tours

VisitEDUfinn organizes dozens of private and customized study tours each year. These study tours or educational tours are 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 workshops about the themes that most interest the group. To understand Finnish education, it is also important to learn about Finnish culture. Therefore, cultural visits are very often included in the visit program. These can include, for instance, a walking tour in the city center, a ferry trip to the World Heritage Site Suomenlinna, or having a typical Finnish dinner at a traditional Finnish restaurant. Study tours for Students are also available, and during the program, students can attend Finnish classes at Finnish schools and learn like a Finn! As the first study tour provider in Finland with Sustainable Travel Finland™ –label, we endeavor to adopt sustainable practices during our tours in a convenient way for all the participants. 

"It was also a pleasure to know more about the history and culture of Finland when visiting Universities, libraries, and places like Suomenlinna"

Maria Eugenia Sanson, Academic Director, Brazil

I have implemented more creativity and playtime into my students' day. I am more focused on the joy of teaching and reducing stress for myself and my students. I took so much away from my visit in Finland. Kiitos for the new perspective on teaching.

Wendy, USA

VisitEDUfinn was happy to organize and host Aramfo Educational Foundation's study visit to Finland. Another inspiring educational journey to the Finnish Education System! 

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Study Tour Topics and Themes

Finland is a front-runner of modern learning and teaching methods. Our study tours are the perfect solution for benchmarking different education systems. You will learn about the history and basic principles of Finnish education, observe teaching in different Finnish schools, join the famous Finnish school lunch, and have the opportunity to discuss with Finnish principals and teachers during the tour. Gather a group, jump into new experiences together and nourish your professional development. Our study tours are customized according to your themes of interest. For example, if are you passionate about:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • How to teach children digital citizenship skills
  • Phenomenon-based learning
  • Learning outside the classroom/in a forest
  • Playful learning
  • Emotional awareness in teaching
  • Child-centered approach
  • School management and leadership
  • Evaluation process

When you book your study tour, let us know which topics interest you the most, and we will plan your itinerary on that basis. You can use our guide to get new ideas for your visit program.

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What is the price of a Study Tour in Finland

We have created a Study Tour Cost Calculator for you. This calculator helps you calculate the cost of a study tour, and 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/ workshops, etc., and voilà – 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 options will not only make planning easier – it will also help you make your visit program as beneficial as possible.

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

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Example Study Tour Visit Program

Destination: Helsinki, Finland

STUDY TOUR THEME: Introduction to the key features of the Finnish Education System

The purpose of this study tour is to share and learn together with Finnish educators about the Finnish education and schooling system, as well as the key aspects that have led Finland to reach globally acknowledged educational success. The main interest is in the daily education practice. The program consists of preparatory lectures of the Finnish school system, visits to various education centers and schools, and practical pedagogical workshops. During the visits, there is time to talk with Finnish educators, principals, and teachers and ask about their teaching practices, methods, or the challenges they face during their daily work. Finnish educational experts accompany all visits. Extra emphasis is on reflective pedagogical thinking as a teacher.

It is not only about the education you will learn; Finland, the happiest country of the world, is also one of the best countries to be a mother or a child. Moreover, Helsinki is one of the most livable and honest cities in the world, also a Creative City of Design. We have a fragile history and secrets of nature to share with you. Our design and story are not something you can only read about; you need to come and experience it yourself! …SO WELCOME TO FINLAND AND HELSINKI!

LOCAL HOST: Ms Suvi K. Westling, Educational Psychologist

PROGRAM COST MIN 20 PAX (VAT excl.): 998€ per person

INCLUDES: 

  • Free 30-day access to Finnish Education Online Courses
  • Full Visit Program guided with an education expert
  • local transportation
  • entrance fees
  • 5 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • certificates
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Pekka Tukonen

Top 3 topics:

  • Qualification and training to be a principal,
  • How school is organized? What is a principal’s role?
  • Management or leadership? What do principals do at schools?

Mr. Pekka Tukonen is a school principal from Järvenpää. Besides 10 years of experience in school leadership and taking part in several municipal projects, Pekka previously had many years of experience as a primary school teacher.

He studied pedagogy at Helsinki University. After finishing his studies, he worked in Spain, near Barcelona, for 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.

Jukka Sinnemäki

Top 3 topics:

  • What is learning and how does it happen?
  • How to maximize the potential of every individual?
  • How does knowledge turn into action and learning?

Mr. Sinnemäki was one of the top 50 finalists at the Global Teacher Prize 2018, he is one of the Global Teacher Award winners and was nominated for Yidan prize. He holds the following degrees: Master of Education, Master of Arts, and Specialist Qualification of Product Development (Research and Development R&D). Sinnemäki has 20 years of experience in the 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. This video about Jukka’s classroom has reached Facebook 2,6 Million views in just three weeks!

Sari Kontra

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.

 

Suvi Westling

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 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 the 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. 

Pekka Makkonen

Top 3 topics:

  • Pedagogical approaches to run e-learning
  • E-learning platform selection
  • A strategic approach to e-learning in any institution

Mr. Pekka Makkonen is a Finnish principal lecturer living in Jyväskylä and Kokkola, Finland. He holds a PhD degree in Business Administration and Economics with a specialization in Information Systems and Information Systems Education. He has completed formal Teacher Training according to Finnish statute. Dr. Pekka Makkonen has more than 34 years of experience in the field of ICT, management, operations management and education, out of which 32 years in delivering ICT classes at the different levels of education system including higher education and TVET.
From 2000, Pekka Makkonen has run courses on different e-learning platforms by using different pedagogical approaches. He has written more than 50 research papers on this subject and major publications can be found through Google Scholar. In 2014, Pekka Makkonen’s defended dissertation dealt with e-learning implementation in higher education. This thesis can be found at https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/44843
In addition to teaching in Finland for different institutions and many European countries under EU’s Erasmus+ program (2000-2019), he has worked in different counties in Asia and Africa.

Timothy Walker

Top 3 topics:

  • Understanding the Finnish school system through a foreign teacher’s perspective,
  • Finnish teaching strategies for cultivating joyful classrooms (the subject of his 2017 book Teach Like Finland), 
  • The Finnish way to build trust in schools (the subject of his new book In Teachers We Trust with Pasi Sahlberg).

Timothy D. Walker is an American teacher and writer living in Espoo, Finland. He is the author of Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms, which was translated into more than a dozen languages. Walker is also the co-author of a new book with Finnish scholar Pasi Sahlberg entitled In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish Way to World-Class Schools.

He has written extensively about his experiences for The AtlanticEducational Leadership, and on his blog, Taught by Finland. Inspired by his work in Finnish schools, he speaks internationally about the importance of play, trust, and joy in education.

Linda Liukas

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 sought-after speaker, you can also ask for alternative speakers from her team. Read more>>

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