Summer 2018 Dates: May 20 – June 9 (3 weeks)
Mandatory pre-departure meetings: February 23 (2-5pm), April 13 (8-10am) and April 27 (8-10am)
Estimated Price: Approximately ~$2,938 - $3,250*
*NOTE: Since this is an exchange program, all participants will pay SDSU summer tuition to cover their tuition, room and board in Finland. Summer tuition prices will be finalized in March 2018 and will dictate the final program price. This is extremely affordable for students who pay resident tuition to SDSU, and we have calculated the price of this program based on resident tuition. Unfortunately, students who pay nonresident tuition at SDSU will have to pay an additional fee per unit ($372/unit in 2017). For 2017 students, this was an average ~$1488 in addition to the other required costs of the program.
This is a unique opportunity for SDSU Weber Honors College students to learn from the Finnish education system, experience the natural world, and gain an interdisciplinary perspective regarding culture and identity in Finland. The itinerary will include 3 weeks of coursework taught by Finnish and SDSU professors at the University of Jyväskylä, supplemented by activities with SDSU leaders Dr. Stacey Sinclair and Dr. Gerald Monk.
Students will take a course taught by a Finnish professor: either "Finnish Language & Culture" or "Education in Finland", and explore with local student “tutors” as they acclimate to life in Finland.
Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Monk will partner with Finnish faculty to teach “Popular culture and identity construction in the US and Finland” which will be required for all WHC students.
The final week of the program will include final group discussion and reflection, and students will enroll in a course taught by a Finnish professor: either "Cultural Economy & Work" or "Learning environments enhancing student interaction: global trends and best practices", depending on whether they have chosen to focus on language & culture or education. (See "Courses" section below.)
Finland is Europe’s most heavily forested country, and boasts over 180,000 lakes. Its education system is consistently ranked among the best in the world, and schoolchildren in Finland still spend approximately 15 minutes of time outdoors for every hour of school. Environmental consciousness is part of Finland’s culture, and many of Finland’s cities have focused carbon-neutral initiatives. This 3-week program is based in the central university town of Jyväskylä, Finland, with a population of about 178,000. It is located in the Lakeland region, surrounded by expansive forests with numerous hiking and biking trails.
This program is credit-bearing and meets the undergraduate international experience requirement for the Weber Honors College, as well as many other SDSU majors and minors. Check with your academic advisor. Students are expected to participate in all classes and group activities in order to receive credit. Students may choose one of the following course combinations:
1. Finnish Language & Culture (2 ECTS), Popular Culture (4 ECTS), Cultural Economy & Work (3 ECTS) (Language & culture track)
2. Education in Finland (3 ECTS), Popular Culture (4 ECTS), Learning Environments Enhancing Student Interaction (2 ECTS) (Education track)
Both tracks satisfy Explorations Area B: Social & Behavioral Science, Explorations Cultural Diversity (*), and HONOR 413.
Housing and Meals
For the duration of the program in Jyväskylä, the exchange program fees paid to SDSU will cover private dorm rooms (shared bathroom and cooking facilities with 2-3 other students) and a stipend for food. Bed linens, blankets, and laundry facilities are provided. Housing is very basic, and is located approximately 2 miles from the university, so students must be prepared to walk or rent a bike onsite to get to classes each day.
Activities & Logistics
The University of Jyväskylä Summer School organizes activities free of charge (or for minimal cost) for all participants in the Jyväskylä Summer School (SDSU students and other international students).
Sample activities: https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/study/studies/hsss/free-time-programme
In addition, SDSU professors will arrange regular meetings and activities with the SDSU group.
Other practical information: https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/study/studies/hsss/practical-information?
About the SDSU Professors
Dr. Stacey Sinclair
is the Director of the Weber Honors College at San Diego State University (SDSU), and is also a mediator and trainer in health care and organizational contexts. Her research and writing concentrates on popular culture, cultural competence, family therapy and conflict resolution. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on these topics, and regularly presents her work at the national and international level. Stacey’s teaching pays special attention to the ways popular culture affects individuals’ daily lives, producing a range of physical, social, and emotional consequences. Stacey also has a strong background in developing a range of study abroad programs, and has led students on programs in New Zealand, Cyprus, Estonia, China and Costa Rica.
Dr. Gerald Monk
is a Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy program in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at San Diego State University, and is a practicing Marriage and Family Therapist in California. He is also a mediator and trainer in health care and organizational contexts. Originally from New Zealand, Gerald now teaches workshops on development and application of narrative mediation across the US and around the world. His expertise includes developing, articulating, and implementing culturally sensitive and socially just educational and mediation practices – and he has co-authored seven books in this area. Gerald has a strong interest in preparing culturally competent marriage and family therapists who are committed to equity and social justice in their practice, and he helped develop the undergraduate minor Counseling and Social Change at SDSU. Gerald has led or co-led study abroad programs in New Zealand, Cyprus, Estonia, China and Costa Rica.
Estimated Price: Approximately ~$2,938 - $3,250 *
*NOTE: Since this is an exchange program, all participants will pay SDSU summer tuition to cover their tuition, room and board in Finland. Summer tuition prices will be finalized in March 2018 and will dictate the final program price. This is extremely affordable for students who pay resident tuition to SDSU, and we have calculated the price of this program based on resident tuition. Unfortunately, students who pay nonresident tuition at SDSU will have to pay an additional fee per unit ($372/unit in 2017). For the required 4 units, this would be ~$1488 in addition to the other required costs of the program.
$100 application fee will be billed with ISEP application
~$86 ISEP insurance fee will be billed after ISEP application is submitted (mid-February 2018)
Exchange tuition, room and board fees and required SDSU overlay insurance billed by SDSU in late April/early May
Students on the interest list will receive a checklist in November 2017 with more information about application and billing timelines.
Included in the Fees
Not included in the Fees
- 4 units of credit at SDSU (see note regarding nonresident tuition), 3 of which will count towards the Honors Minor
- Travel Medical & Repatriation insurance
- Finnish student tutors to meet SDSU students at Jyväskylä transit center upon arrival
- Private dorm room accommodation in Jyväskylä
- Stipend to cover meals while in Jyväskylä
- Excursions, visits and tours as described on the activities list
- Round-trip airfare - Students will book their own flights to Helsinki.
- Train or bus fare (round trip) from Helsinki to Jyväskylä
- Extra drinks and snacks
- Personal expenses