Finnish Exchange About Us

Birch trees in Nuuksio National Park

Map of Finland

Information for Applicants

Your experience in Finland

Your primary hosts for the two-week orientation tour will be the Finnish students who travelled to Canada in the summer of 2015. The tour will include several cultural and recreational sites in various regions of Finland. After the tour, you will be placed in a job for approximately ten weeks. Please note that the primary purpose of the exchange is cultural, not vocational. Although every attempt will be made to find you a summer job in your academic or career field, this cannot be guaranteed. After the work placement is over (usually in early or mid-August), you are free to travel or to return to Canada.

Your return to Canada

After your eventual return to Canada, you are required to contribute some time to help to ensure the future success of the exchange. Most importantly, your group will be responsible for organizing the orientation tour of the Finns who will arrive in the summer of 2019. This duty is one of the vital commitments of the exchange, and you will be expected to contribute in every way possible to ensure that the Finns who visit Canada have as memorable a time as the Canadians have in Finland!

Finances

The exchange is self-funding. You are responsible for the cost of your flight and living expenses, but you should earn enough money from your job to recover most of these costs. Please note that your first paycheque will likely not arrive until early July, so you should take sufficient funds, up front, for one month’s living expenses. The one exception to this is the initial two-week orientation tour, when all costs (apart from purely personal expenditures) will be covered by your Finnish hosts. Most students in the last group found that their financial circumstances at the beginning and the end of the summer were roughly equal.

Application Process

Eligibility

All students enrolled at the University of Toronto are eligible to apply for the exchange. Knowledge of Finnish is not required—a high standard of English is spoken throughout Finland! We encourage people from professional and graduate programs and any of the undergraduate colleges to apply.


Applications for Summer 2017 Exchange Are Now Closed.

Process Timeline

Application deadline: Oct. 31, 2016
Interview Students: November 2016
Offer to students: November, 2016
Students Accept/Decline until 8 students accepted: December, 2016