Educational Exchange Programs

Local Programs

American Entrepreneurial Challenge
During the AEC, students will come up with a new business idea, create a business plan, and pitch their idea to a panel of judges. Participants will be provided with opportunities to improve their pitching skills and learn from mentors throughout the competition. In spring 2021, there will be two categories for entries, one for primary school students, classes 7 – 9, and another for vocational school and upper secondary school students. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2021, at 23.59 (Helsinki time).

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute
Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is a program for upper secondary school students. The institute is hosted by an American university with approximately 45 students: up to 35 European students and 10 Americans. Timeline: Deadline for applications usually in February.

Future Leaders Summer Exchange Program
The Future Leaders program takes Finnish 16-17 year-old students to the United States for six weeks to learn about different aspects of leadership. The students participate in workshops, projects, and visits regarding topics such as entrepreneurship, innovation, and active citizenship. The program is managed by AFS Finland through funding from the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki and the Finnish National Agency for Education. Timeline: Deadline for applications usually in the beginning of November.

Study of the U.S. Institutes Programs
Study of the U.S. Institutes programs are administered by Fulbright Finland Foundation.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators are designed to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions. The Institutes will take place over the course of five weeks during the summer months.

The Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars and Professionals are intensive, post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide university faculty, scholars, and other related professionals the opportunity to deepen their understanding of American society, culture, values, and institutions. The goal of these programs is to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions.

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