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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


Helsinki Panorama


Helsinki Sign


So you think you’re smarter than a Finnish 5th-grader?
Find out why the Finnish educational system produces the smartest kids in the world by visiting one the most beautiful Nordic cities on a adventure to Helsinki, including a visit to the country of Estonia and the medieval city of Tallinn and a day-trip to Finland’s original capital the 13th-century city of Turku.
Take a deep dive exploring K-12 schooling outside of the United States and experience first-hand the educational system of Finland, a known leader in education. Students will perform hands-on comparative research through classroom and school site visits. Examine what is working and what has failed, and explore ideas that we might bring back to improve schooling in the US.

 Quick Facts

  • May 17 to May 28, 2020 (with pre-trip coursework)

  • Day trips to Tallinn, Estonia and Turku, Finland

  • Excursions to Repovesi  National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Suomenlinna Fortress and the Russian Tsar's fishing cabin

  • Visit art galleries, the Finnish Congress, the Rock Church, and other once-in-a-lifetime locations!

  • 3 credits

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Nordic map


Location Details

As the capital and largest city in Finland, Helsinki is an exceptional place to start our journey of exploring the Finnish K-12 education – regarded as one of the most progressive and most successful schooling systems in the world.  Helsinki is the meeting point of eastern and western Europe, reflected in its modern and cosmopolitan outlook, the influence of Russian and Estonian language and culture, and its globally-focused, well-educated, and multi-lingual population.  Outdoor cafes and bars (“terrassit” as the locals call them), located in the heart of the city’s center, provide a perfect spot for watching the warm and welcoming Finns and absorbing the rich cultural heritage of all that Helsinki has to offer!

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all undergraduates students who meet the following requirements: 

  • 2.5 GPA
  • completed 25 credits at the time of application
  • are in good standing with the University  


Students will choose one of the following courses for a total of 3 credits:

Undergraduate Students

  • SOC 451: Comparative Sociology (3) (SB & G)
  • SPF 494: Comparative Education: Finland and the United States (3)
  • ENG 494: Comparative Education in Finland and the United States (3) 
Individualized honors contracts and independent study credit offered for projects that go beyond the scope of the study abroad program will be available and supervised by the program’s faculty director.

In preparation for this study abroad experience, students will be required to participate in four, 2-hour long class sessions (in-person meetings located on the Tempe campus) starting Spring B term (late March and April; specific days and times to be determined).  ASU Online students can participate on this program provided they can connection virtually to the pre-departure meetings.

Nordic schoolchildren



Faculty Directors

Paul C. LePore, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Clinical Professor
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
Phone: (480) 965-6506

Jessica Early, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English
Phone: (480) 965-0742

2016 Group in Stockholm


Hotel Arthur Helsinki
Photo credit: Hotel Arthur, Helsinki

Program Housing

Students will be lodged in centrally-located hotels in shared rooms with private bathrooms.  There will be welcome and farewell dinners and breakfast will be provided daily.  

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $3,885.

Program Fee includes:  tuition for 3 ASU credits, all housing, in-country transportation for program events, entrance fees for program-related activities, daily breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners, and health insurance. 
The Program Fee does not include:  trans-Atlantic airfare, most meals, passport, books and required course materials, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 05/17/2020 05/28/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.