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Maymester Finland

Spend the month of May studying in Finland ...

The Duquesne University Maymester: Finland gives students the opportunity to have a rich study abroad experience and to stay on track with their studies. Designed with Education students in mind, but open to all students in the University, this 3-week program will immerse students in the educational system and the culture of a country that gives the Finnish people the label "The Happiest People on the Planet," even with the lack of sunshine through the winter months. The educational system is world famous and the key to the vitality of this culture and the happiness of its people.

History and Location

Geographically, Finland is in the far north of Europe. This means that the southern tip of Finland has 19 hours of sun in the summer and 6 hours of sun in the winter. In the northernmost parts of the country, on the other hand, the sun does not rise for about six weeks in winter and does not set for about two months in summer. Despite its northern location, the Baltic Sea warms the south of the country so that both summer and winter temperatures are moderate.

We will spend most of our three weeks staying in Tampere, a charming city in Finland that is the #1 travel destination for Finns in their home country due to the numerous events, fascinating cultural experiences and gorgeous outdoor life of lakes, hikes, and sauna. The city has a relaxed atmosphere and a fine university, the University of Tampere, where we will interact with fellow university students.

Program Highlights

- Local School Visits: elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school
- Weekend outdoor excursions Finnish-style
- Weekend excursion to Helsinki, capital of Finland
- Close interactions with Finnish university students in Tampere

Selection Criteria:

- Capacity is 25 students maximum. (Will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.)
- Must be clear of any outstanding academic or disciplinary actions.

Action Steps:

Fall Semester 2018:

Apply online here: 

$500 deposit due by December 1

Spring Semester 2019:

2nd deposit of $1500 due January 31

Pre-Departure Meetings and Orientation

Balance due prior to departure

How to make your deposit?

All deposits can be made through your student account. You can access your student account through DORI at www.duq.edu/dori. In order for your spot to be held, you MUST provide your electronic receipt via email to Danielle Genemore(genemored@duq.edu) or bring a paper copy to 601 Duquesne Union.

Maymester Finland Calendar

Maymester Finland 2019 Calendar

Saturday, May 11 Depart Pittsburgh
Sunday, May 12 Arrive in Finland
Monday, May 13 Orientation & Classes begin
Friday-Sunday, May 17-19 Academic and Cultural activities
Friday-Sunday, May 24-26 Helsinki Excursion
Sunday, June 2 Depart Finland for USA

Course Offerings:

Students will take 2 courses and earn 6 credits:

LTSP 201: Exploring Inclusive Practices:                                                                                                                                            This course will explore the historical and legal foundations of special education as well as current practices in the U.S. and in Finland. Students will learn about the type and nature of disability, Individualized Education Programs and specially designed instruction for students with disabilities. Students will visit inclusive classrooms and speak with Finnish teachers and students as part of the course.

LTFL 341: Finnish Culture and Education: (Theme Area: Global Diversity)
This course will introduce students to the history of Finland, development of the Nordic welfare society, and Finland's educational system, which is consistently ranked highly in annual international assessments such as PISA. The course includes site visits to local museums and schools and the opportunity to experience Finnish society, culture, education, and yourself in a different setting.

Program Costs
Program Costs

Students on the Duquesne's Maymester program spend 4 weeks abroad while earning 6 university credits. The following outlines the program costs:

- 6 Credits of Duquesne Tuition + $500 Study Abroad Fee NOTE: This amount is subject to increase based on currency exchange fluctuations, airline fees, and/or individualized air itineraries.

- All tuition monies applied to cost of being in Finland -- a great value!

- ALSO: United Healthcare Global emergency assistance coverage

- NO tuition exchange, tuition remission, or Duquesne-based scholarships apply

(Costs are based on current currency rates, if these rates increase there will be a surcharge applied)

Financial Aid: The Duquesne Financial Aid Office can assist you with summer loan applications. (Tuition exchange/remission and Duquesne Scholarships do NOT apply.)