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*Non-UofA students: Upon acceptance to the program, the Office of Study Abroad will provide non-UofA students further instructions on how to enroll at the University as a visiting, non-degree-seeking student.
This study abroad course introduces students to Finnish and Swedish culture and education.
The course discusses the Finnish and Swedish education systems, Nordic educational philosophies, and the relationship between Nordic culture and education.
Additionally, students will learn about the structure of the educational systems in Finland and Sweden, the scope of educational experiences for students, teaching methods, instructional design, and teacher preparation.
Undergraduates should have completed at least 24 credit hours* with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application.
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
Travel Dates: May 13 - 31, 2018
Credit Hours: 3 hours
Course Numbers: STEM 5023
Prerequisite: Study Abroad Application approval.
- Analyze and appraise the unique aspects of Finnish and Swedish culture;
- Explain how the educational system in Finland and Sweden is structured;
- Identify and examine historical, social, political, cultural, economic, and other factors that affect education in Finland and Sweden;
- Explain and illustrate what it is like to be a student or a teacher in Finland and Sweden; and
- Identify and discuss classroom practices and policies in Finland and Sweden
Students will visit the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and Jönköping University in Sweden where they will learn about teacher education and practice through classes and hands-on STEM education activities. Students will also have the opportunity to visit primary and secondary classrooms and interact with students and teachers in both countries. Additionally students will attend the International LUMAT Symposium: Research and Practice in Math, Science and Technology Education Symposium in Helsinki with a chance to engage with teachers and teacher educators from around Finland and other European countries. While in Helsinki, students will travel by subway, tram, bus, and ferry throughout this costal city. Highlighted cultural excursions include visits to Suomenlinna Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Finnish heritage museums, and boat cruise around this port city. From Helsinki, students will travel by ferry (think cruise ship) overnight across the Baltic Sea to Stockholm, Sweden. In Stockholm students will travel by subway, tram, bus, and ferry throughout many islands that make up the city of Stockholm. Highlighted cultural excursions include a visit to the Vasa Museum, Nordic Museum, and the Skansen Open Air Museum to learn about historical Swedish life.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website.
This list is not comprehensive nor will all students be eligible for the listed scholarships.
Professor of STEM Education
Clinical Assistant Professor of Childhood Education
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.