Finnish Exchange

Hart House Finnish Exchange

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The Hart House Finnish Exchange is Canada’s oldest student exchange and provides a three-month immersion in Finnish or Canadian culture through an extensive orientation, fellowship with alumni of past exchanges and a ten-week work period. The program is organized between the University of Toronto and three different universities in Helsinki: Aalto University, the University of Helsinki and Hanken School of Economics.

The Exchange, known in Finland as Kaledonistit ry, operates on a four-year cycle, whereby a group of students travels in one direction or the other every two years. In the summer of 2013 a group of eight U of T students will travel to Finland for a two-week orientation tour and a ten-week work placement; in the summer of 2015, those same U of T students will host a group of Finns coming to Canada.

The Exchange has two broad purposes. First, it helps students of both countries to widen their understanding of other societies and to develop their appreciation of cultural differences that express the common humanity of people living in different countries. Second, it strengthens the contacts between students of both countries, through which enduring personal friendships and links can be forged. For more than 60 years, the Exchange has been remarkably successful in both of these aims. History of the Finnish Exchange