Study Abroad Finland

Finland: International Social Policy and Social Service Delivery

Next offered will be in Summer of 2017

Please contact Amanda Woodward or Karen Newman for more information. There is also a Finland webinar available with details about the next session.

cover shot of Finland Study Abroad webinar Watch the Finland webinar.

This overseas blended model program is designed for graduate students in social work, health science policy/law, or related fields of study and is taught during the summer, with 2 of the 7 weeks spent abroad. Students will investigate areas of comparative and applied social policy, practice, and international social work in the context of Finnish social services provision in the classroom, online, and in Finland. Study will include history, economy, and government as it is relevant to understanding Finnish social policy development; trends and shifts in education and policy regarding social work especially as it is affected by the European Union and professional organizations; service provision to those who need physical and mental health care—either institutionally or in the community—from infants to elderly.

This program was introduced in the summer of 2011. In Finland this first year, students had exposure to a range of social service research groups, agencies, and professionals during their time in Helsinki and Tampere; students also experienced a day-trip to Tallinn, Estonia, and an overnight cruise and day in neighboring Stockholm, Sweden.

In response to the Finland program, two faculty and six students from our partner Tampere University of Applied Science (Finnish: Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu, TAMK) paid an exchange visit to MSU in September, participating in conferences, presentations from the SW faculty, and visits to local social welfare agencies in Grand Rapids and Lansing; they even had the opportunity to spend an afternoon at the beach in Grand Haven! (You can read what they wrote about their trip at http://tamk-en.blogspot.com/2011/11/social-service-students-in-states.html)

Read about students' experiences participating in this program. Brittany Yansak and Teresa-Jo Barabe participated in the 2011 program and shared some of their stories.

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Tampere, Finland: Small group discussion time
Back in Tampere, Finland
Art project at community center in Tampere suburb
Walking tour in Tampere
Day trip to Tallinn Estonia
Looms at a day program