AFS - Gap Year High School Program in Finland

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Dispel any notions you might have of Finland being a cold, snowy, northern country; it is alive with vibrant culture, outdoor activities, lush landscapes, and the midnight sun. Finnish culture is colorful, with hundreds of arts festivals, a wide range of sporting events, and a balanced mix of small-town life and modern cities.

Common sense, no fuss, and making things work sums up how the Finns operate. Finland will stay with you long after your study abroad program. And be ready for anything: you will be placed anywhere between the northernmost village Utsjoki and the southernmost town of Hanko, and throughout Finland.

  • Immerse yourself in the Finnish language - the best way to become fluent.
  • Live with a host family to deepen your immersion and connection to Finnish culture. If you’re like most AFSers, you won’t want to leave this second family and home.
  • Experience a country with world-class academics.
  • Make connections and memories you'll never forget with other AFS exchange students from all over the world.
  • Become a global citizen. Gain intercultural communication skills. Build your college and career resume. Help create a more peaceful, understanding world.

Questions & Answers

Hello Monte, this would largely depend on where in Finland you are hosted. Please contact for more information. Best wishes, AFS-USA


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You will never be prepared for what this experience has to offer, so don't even try to be prepared. Be excited, be nervous, be adventurous, but don't be prepared. Let everything surprise you and come with an open mind. Explore and don't be afraid to emotionally invest, because you will do it anyway.

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