August 5 to 21, 2014Last update: 11 February, 2014


This year will mark the 15th annual Helsinki Summer School, and at the very heart of HSS is, of course, our students. We welcome participants from over 60 different countries every year, and so far over 3000 students from China to England and Brazil to Austria have attended our courses. Here six of our alumni tells about their experiences in Helsinki Summer School. These students participated to the summer courses in August 2013.

Céline is an ambitious young woman from France who came to Helsinki Summer School because she gets “bored very easily in the summer”. After surfing the web and finding that Helsinki Summer School offered an Introduction to Bioethics, she was hooked. “Instead of doing nothing between the semesters I’d have the occasion to go and meet all these people and of course discover interesting research material and get to know other teachers in my own field.” Read more >>

Farah took a leap of faith and applied to the Helsinki Summer School. Coming to Finland alone from Indonesia took some courage, but the effort was all worth it. Farah studies philosophy in her home university and here she is taking part in Intercultural Communication and Education. Read more >>


Kanyu had a good year in 2013. While she was not able to attend the Helsinki Summer School in 2012, her wish was fulfilled in 2013. Before the Summer School, Kanyu also participated in the Finnish Science Fiction convention Finncon and travelled around Europe. At home Kanyu is a Drama student, at the University of Fudan in China. In Helsinki, she wanted to do Emotions and Interculturality, which was a newcomer in the course programme. Read more >>

Pierre comes from Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is currently doing Theatre and Drama at the University of Stellenbosch, which is one of the partner schools of Helsinki Summer School. In Helsinki he participated in Intercultural Education and Communication, Moving on. Read more >>


Wei comes from the University of Renmin in Beijing. In Helsinki Summer School she did Service Marketing and Design, organised by Hanken School of Economics. Wei became interested in studying in Helsinki some time ago when she applied for an exchange programme in the University of Helsinki. Read more >>


Tihana knows what she is talking about when she starts praising her experience in Helsinki Summer School. This Croatian student of Visual Communication in the University of Zagreb School of Design is participating in HSS for the second time. “Two years ago I googled for courses in Interdisciplinary Product Development and HSS came up. Actually it was the only school offering that course, and I had the feeling it was really organised, with an interesting social programme and the possibility of being together in the accommodation.” In 2013 Tihana participated in summer school course Service Marketing and Design. Read more >>