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  • Locations: Helsinki, Finland; Tampere, Finland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UWYO applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Finland is widely recognized as having a high achieving educational system. Its students consistently rank near the top in international comparisons, well above those from the United States. How does the Finnish educational model work in contrast to the American one? To what extent are these differences ones of values or broader social structures, rather than what happens in classrooms? What elements of the Finnish system should the US seek to adopt? After a week of class in Wyoming reading and talking about these questions, we will travel to Finland for 8 days. While there we will tour elementary and high schools, talk with educators, and visit a nature educational program. We will also set aside time to learn about Finnish culture and history, including a tour of Helsinki, time in the Finnish National Museum, a visit to the famous Market Square, and a stroll through the Suomenlinna Fortress (A UNESCO World Heritage site).

3 UW credits.

This course is ideal for students majoring in education, political science, and global and area studies.

The course will be led by Dr. Brent Pickett, professor of political science, and Dr. Oksana Wasilik, academic professional lecturer at UW-Casper.

Cost Estimate: $2000 (does not include airfare, tuition, student fees, some meals, and some in-country travel.  Final cost depends on enrollment.  Higher enrollment will lower the cost.)
For more information and to apply, contact: Brent Pickett ( or Oksana Wasilik (

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.