COUNTRY INFORMATION: FINLAND (Below: North Carolina Student Kelly O'Briant, (Anthropology) on an excursion to Lapland, Finland to meet reindeer)
PROGRAM: Dreaming of Northern Lights? Want to experience a safe, natural environment with changing seasons, availability to the latest technologies, a European lifestyle? The UNC-EP exchange program to Finland offers you the opportunity to live and study in Scandinavia, the northern most region of Europe. Five Finnish institutions came together to form a consortium through UNC EP. The participating institutions are the University of Oulu, the University fo Jyvaskyla, the University of Vaasa, the University of Tampere, and the University of Eastern Finland (a new merger of the University of Kuopio with the University of Joensuu).
ACADEMICS: Finnish students begin their study of English at around grade three. While most undergraduate courses are taught in Finnish, each university has a many curricula that are taught in English, and several Master's programs that are taught in English. Students who are ready for upper level courses in their major are invited to enroll in Master's level courses in the same academic discipline. We recommend that students take a survival Finnish language course that will ease your cultural adjustment to the country and better enable you to make friends. Courses are offered either during the semester or prior to, in a summer school. (Summer sessions are not included in the exchange program.) Popular subjects in Finland are Architecture and Design, Forestry, Environmental Studies, Education, and Technology. Explore these and more programs through the above link, and find courses taught in English.
LOCATION: Finland is a modern, democratic country with a high standard of living and free enterprise market economy. It is the seventh largest country in Europe (its area is approximately that of Minnesota or Italy) with a small population of five million. Finland is a country of open spaces, tens of thousands of lakes, numerous rivers, and extensive forests. Although one-third of the country lies North of the Arctic Circle, the climate is surprisingly moderate, thanks to the warmth-bringing Gulf Stream. Finland is a bilingual country with two official languages:Finnish and Swedish.
Besides the link above which takes you to pages created just for UNC EP participants, you can find more information on these other links to servers with information on Finland: