Summer School - Understanding Finnish Education: From Myths to Realities, Finland

Publish Date: May 26, 2015

Deadline: Jul 31, 2015

Event Dates: from Aug 04, 2015 12:00 to Aug 20, 2015 12:00

Helsinki Summer School is perfect for you who have completed at least 2 years of university-level studies and wish to

  • earn credits during the summer
  • learn more about an interesting topic
  • freshen up your professional skills
  • carry out a short study period abroad
  • try out studying at the University of Helsinki

Helsinki Summer School is open to applicants from all over the world.

All courses are taught in English; therefore you need to be fluent in English. Please see also the Target Students section on each course page.

Target students
  • Master's level students from any field of research interested in learning about Finnish education.
  • Bachelor's level students with teacher certificate.

Finnish education is famous worldwide, especially thanks to the PISA tests. Thousands of specialists and students have visited the country to witness its educational 'miracle'. This course proposes to introduce Finnish education and discuss its characteristics. By so doing the course offers a new approach to the success of Finnish education by looking at both myths and realities. The course is taught by specialists from the Department of Teacher Education, and the students will have the opportunity to visit schools and educational institutions. An original online component makes the course even more exciting. During the course the students will also follow how international and Finnish media discuss education.

Preliminary programme
  • The Finnish system of education
  • Finnish national core curriculum and current reform
  • Teacher Education
  • Assessing or not?
  • promoting school-industry or school-local Enterprise connections
  • Multicultural education in Finland
  • The use of technology in Finnish education
  • PISA: For or against?
  • Finnish Education export
Learning objectives
  • to discuss the myths and realities of Finnish education
  • to learn about the characteristics of Finnish education and compare with other systems of education
  • to review critically international educational rankings
  • to become aware of the diversity of practices and contexts within Finnish education
Course format and teaching methods
Lectures, discussions, visits and online work.



The course fee includes: registering to the course & customer service, teaching, study facilities in Helsinki and free events of the Social Programme.

Course Fee before May 31, 2015

  • Degree and PhD students 640 EUR
  • Professionals 940 EUR
  • Students of the University of Helsinki 50 EUR

Course Fee after May 31, 2015

  • Degree and PhD students 690 EUR
  • Professionals 990 EUR
  • Students of the University of Helsinki 50 EUR

Helsinki Summer School Alumni receive a 50 EUR discount on the course fee, provided they do not already study at the University of Helsinki.

After your acceptance to the course you will have two weeks to pay the course fee. If we do not receive your payment within two weeks, your course reservation WILL BE CANCELLED. If you wish to renew your registration contact us!


The accommodation fee must be paid within two weeks after receiving the invoice via e-mail. Your reservation will be confirmed only after the accommodation fee has been fully paid.

More information about the accommodation and the prices available here.


Most Social Programme events are free of charge. However, these events have fees for all participants:

  • Evening on an Island 20 EUR
  • Wildlife and Sauna Trip 75 EUR

You must register for these events by purchasing them beforehand. This can be done before or during the summer school provided that there is still room for you.

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