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During some times of year, it could still be light out at midnight.
During other times of year, the black of the night could be filled with
swirling, pulsing reds and greens and yellows - a lavish natural
fireworks display drawing ohhh's and ahhh's. And during one particular
time of year, an obese man dressed all in red will take flight thanks to
the aviation abilities of nine happy reindeer.
Where will all this magic take place? The ideal study abroad destination of Finland.
How can the North Pole be a great place to study? Because your
opinion, if we may write so, is entirely warped. Not vast or empty,
Finland is in actuality a land of tremendous natural splendor and great
adventure. It is inhabited by intellectual people with a love for
learning, sports and... saunas. And if you make the right decision,
it'll soon be inhabited by you, too.
The most popular study fields in Finland include art and design,
architecture, communications, environmental science and technology. The
Finnish system of higher education is regarded as excellent and its
universities are highly ranked worldwide. Students who study abroad in
Finland can choose between two types of colleges: universities and
Universities are almost like graduate schools, but at the
undergraduate level. That is to say that universities are more focused
on the contribution to and development of research. They are also the
only types of schools that offer Master's and doctoral degrees.
Polytechnics, on the other hand, are more focused on the actual practice
of the particular field of study, and offer real-world training for the
appropriate discipline. Both offer terrific educations, so the choice
is really up to you, and whatever program you plan on going abroad with.
If you've chosen a study abroad program in Finland that is focused on
architecture, environmental science or technology, you've lucked out -
those just happen to be some of the country's specialties.
Architecture and Design Programs
Finland is the home of such famous architects as Alvar Aalto, Reima
Pietilia and Lars Sonck. Architecture programs in Finland will focus a
great deal on design, which is one of the country's claims to fame. As
part of one of these programs you'll surely discover:
Design is a major component of architecture, and Finland is known for
its excellence in design, whether architectural, fashion, textile or
otherwise. If design's your thing, you won't want to pass up a visit to
the galleries, studios, shops and museums of Design District Helsinki.
It even has the word 'design' in the name!
Environmental and Biological Programs
Environmental students, as well as anyone (and everyone) who plans to
enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Finland, must embrace the
country's 'Everyman's Rights.' This social standard states that while
you are free to roam the countryside and waters at will, provided you
cause no disturbance to man or nature. Explore the Arctic Circle, spend
days in the expansive Evo forest area or study the expansive landscape
on one of many hiking trails.
And environmental study abroad programs in Finland expose students to
this abundant natural beauty, including the country's many lakes,
forests and wooded hills. Finland has more than 30 national parks,
including the spectacular Koli National Park. Students can observe
numerous plant and animal species, rare geological features, quartzite
cliffs and pristine Lake Pielinen.
Technology students will be glad to know they won't have any trouble
getting wired up in Finland - it has the most Internet connections in
the world (how else would Santa maintain such an up-to-date database?).
Finland study abroad programs in technology will reveal that the country
is as innovative and advanced as they come. Helsinki in particular is
internationally known for scientific and high-tech excellence:
Keeping on the subject of Helsinki, this most known of Finnish cities
offers many fine universities and polytechnics where international
students can study just about any subject field of interest. Its
artistic and architectural wonders, its relatively mild climate and its
small-town ambiance will captivate any study abroad student, including
When you study abroad in Finland, you won't want to be buried in
books the whole time, and you shouldn't - you'd be missing out on too
much. Most cities are linked by a waterway, so it can be exciting just
getting from place-to-place. And if it's nightlife you're looking for,
you'll find plenty in Helsinki, as well as in the bumping cities of
Turku, Tampere and Oulu.
No stay in Finland is complete without experiencing a sauna, of which
there is (and this is no lie either) 1.6 for every Fin. You may have
been in a gym sauna, but that won't properly prepare you for this. Sauna
in Finland is a ritual and tradition. Choose from wood-burning,
electric and smoke saunas, and if you really want to get into the
Finnish spirit, jump from the sauna into a cold lake.
Students who study abroad in Finland will encounter a collision of
modern technology and age-old tradition. Fins believe very much in
equality and they live by the idea of 'sisu,' a word describing the
strong and brave spirit of the people. Hey, you've got to be strong to
endure all that magic, like never-ending sun, laser light shows built
into the night, and of course, dear old Saint Nick. Plus, a truly great
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