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Study Abroad: Education Sources: Finland & Estonia

This guide is intended for a study abroad course at the College of Education.

Map of Finland

Map of Estonia

Travel Information

The U.S. Department of State provides information on traveling to various countries, including passport and visa requirements. Further information regarding Finland and Estonia can be found on their website.

The weather and safety conditions of Finland's capital, Helsinki, are available through the City of Helsinki's official website.

Natural Disasters and School Emergency Drills

Floods: In both Finland and Estonia there is the risk of flooding, from both the coastlines and from rivers. For up-to-date notifications and advice, check the local news.

Wildfires: There is moderate risk of wildfires throughout Estonia and, primarily, in southern Finland. These trends are exacerbated by climate change and monitored by government agencies. 

Extreme Heat: In both countries there is the mild chance of extreme heat during the summer months.

Snow Storms: In Finland, particularly in the north of the country, there is the chance of extreme snow and ice storms.

National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE)

The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) provides analysis of educational policy and curriculum for countries around the world. Their detailed country reports provide background about the nation, governmental context, the culture of education at various life stages, and information about professional development for educators. Reports are available for the countries of Finland and Estonia.

Finnish and Estonia Dictionaries

Finland's Ministry of Education and Culture

Estonia's Ministry of Education and Research

Information on the Education Systems

Background Information

These reports available from the UNESCO and the CIA also provide useful background information about Finland and Estonia and their respective educational systems:

History and Cultural Norms

For information about the history and cultural norms in Finland and Estonia, try these resources:

To find more resources, try searching using the following keywords:

  • Finland AND Estonia -- social life and customs
  • Visitors, Foreign -- Finland AND Estonia
  • Etiquette -- Finland AND Estonia
  • Culture shock -- Finland AND Estonia
  • Intercultural communication -- Finland AND Estonia