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Social programme

Social Programme

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. That is why HSS arranges a wide range of social events to help students get to know their colleagues and Finland better while having fun. Most events are free of charge for HSS students. Certain special events hold payments (see descriptions below) and need to be booked and paid for in advance.

Please note, that the timetable below is Helsinki Summer School Social Programme 2018.
We will update the schedule when year’s 2019 events are confirmed.


Tue Aug 7: Opening Ceremony and University’s Reception

Tue Aug 7: Welcome Party

Wed Aug 8: City’s Welcome and Helsinki Surprise Walking Tour

Fri Aug 10: Evening on an Island

Sat Aug 11: Wildlife and Sauna Trip

Sun Aug 12: Coffee, Buns and Botanic Garden

Tue Aug 14: Helsinki Summer School goes Think Company

Wed Aug 15: Finnish Movie Night

Thu Aug 16: Helsinki University Museum

Sun Aug 19: Find a Balance (Well-being/Yoga/Mindfulness)

Mon Aug 20: Karelian Pasty Baking Class

Thu Aug 23: Farewell Get-together



Opening Ceremony and University's Reception - Tue 7.8.2018 (afternoon)

The Opening Ceremony is the official welcoming event for the participants and it marks the beginning of the Helsinki Summer School. There will be a few words of welcome accompanied by a spectacular performance by an artist, who will be announced later. After the Opening Ceremony there will be the University’s Reception, where you can mingle and get to know your fellow participants and new friends from all over the world while enjoying the delicious buffet provided by the University of Helsinki.

Welcome Party - Tue 7.8.2018

Didn’t have enough time to get to know people during the day? No worries! The Opening day continues with a Welcome Party. It is the perfect place to meet everyone. Come hang out, make new friends and enjoy the international and intercultural company of your fellow Helsinki Summer School participants!

City's Welcome and Helsinki Surprise Walking Tour - Wed 8.8.2018

After the first course day the city of Helsinki welcomes HSS students to explore our wonderful city. We will gather at the city hall before heading out on guided walking tours. Each group will be escorted through the city with a professional guide and get a unique glimpse of some of the great things Helsinki has to offer.

Evening on an Island - Fri 10.8.2018

The Finnish archipelago is famous for its beauty, and is definitely worth visiting. We will take a ferry to Suomenlinna sea fortress island right in front of Helsinki and spend the evening hanging out in a relaxing environment. In addition to a tasty supper we will enjoy the cultural and natural sites and the sea. This is a great chance for relaxing at the end of the first hectic school week.
NB! We only have a limited number of places available for this event. Please register to the event in your online application form. You will get a confirmation of your participation when we process your application.

The event costs 25 EUR, which includes:
• a ferry ride to and from the island
• a supper at one of the restaurant on the island. The meal consist of salmon soup (vegetarian version available), bread, Finnish pancake & coffee or tea.

Wildlife and Sauna Trip - Sat 11.8.2018

Come experience the two things Finns love the most about Finnish summer: Finnish nature and sauna! You'll have a chance to experience both on this trip to the beautiful Nuuksio National Park. We'll spend the day hiking and canoeing. Afterwards we'll relax in a traditional Finnish sauna by the lake and enjoy Finnish sausages (vegetarian option available) and salad. This is an event you don't want to miss!
NB! We only have a limited number of places available for this event. Please register to the event in your online application form. You will get a confirmation of your participation when we process your application.

The event costs 75 EUR, which includes:
• Bus ride on a private bus from the Eurohostel/Pihlajamäki to the National Park and back.
• Guided walk in the forest with a professional nature guide.
• Rental of canoeing equipment & guidance by a professional nature guide.
• Food: sausage (vegetarian option available) & salad.
• Private sauna (women and men separately) with the opportunity to swim in the lake.

Coffee, Buns and Botanic Garden Sun - 12.8.2018

After your first week of studying we’ll take you to the Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden. During this Sunday afternoon you will dive into the world of plants, ponds and flowers.

“Ten glasshouses open to the public offer a glimpse into the plant life of torrid deserts, humid rainforests and tropical wetlands. Come and see the world’s biggest seed, or find out what it means when someone says, ‘It’s a jungle out there!’ “.*
Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden is part of The Finnish Museum of Natural History, which is an independent research institution functioning under the University of Helsinki.

After the 1-hour guided tour we’ll enjoy some traditional Finnish cinnamon rolls with coffee and tea.

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Helsinki Summer School goes Helsinki Think Company - Tue 14.8.2018

Helsinki Think Company is the entrepreneurship society of the University of Helsinki. Their aim is to help the university community develop ideas and projects of their own – and execute them with success. They support changemakers on their journey for example by organizing various events from workshop nights, to weekend-long hackathons, to months-long accelerators.

Come down and visit Think Company with Helsinki Summer School to learn more about the life of an entrepreneur and the Helsinki Think Company way. You will also meet an entrepreneur launched by Helsinki Think Company who will share experiences and tips.

Finnish Movie Night - Wed 15.8.2018

Find out what the Finnish films are like, and what you can learn about the Finnish culture by watching one! Join us for a screening of a Finnish with English subtitles at the SES, the Finnish Film Foundation. The movie theatre is situated in a historic brick warehouse in Helsinki's Katajanokka, and has a 150-seat auditorium with the latest screening technology.

Helsinki University Museum - Thu 16.8.2018

Did you know that the University of Helsinki was originally located in Turku, or that the ‘Baby in the box’ exhibition tells you the story and shows you the content of the worldwide known maternity pack (in Finnish äitiyspakkaus) from the 1969 until today. The museum offers a guided tour to those interested in the history of the University and science.

Find a Balance (Well-being/Yoga/Mindfulness) - Sun 19.8.2018

It is essential to take breaks from the hectic studies. Join us for this laid-back Sunday afternoon, and learn some tips how to relax and get energy from yoga and mindfulness. You do not have to have any experience in yoga or mindfulness, as this is a slow and easy class for beginners. In the meanwhile you will also have the opportunity to visit the brand new Unisport Kluuvi facilities.

Karelian Pasty Baking Class - Mon 20.8.2018

Get a special hands-on experience of traditional Finnish food culture by joining the HSS Karelian pasty baking class! Karelian pasties (karjalanpiirakka in Finnish) are traditional pasties from the region of Karelia and are a staple food item found basically in every Finnish coffee shop, bakery and supermarket. The class takes place at the Department of Teacher Education and will be taught by students who will soon graduate as home economics teachers. Finland is renowned for having a high academic standard for teachers of all schooling levels and fields so you will be in safe hands. This special event is available only for a limited number of HSS students.

Farewell Get-together - Thu 23.8.2018

All good things must come to an end. It’s time to gather around for the last night of Helsinki Summer School with your new-found friends.

Have a drink or two, discuss all the things you’ve learnt and say 'näkemiin' (‘See you’ in Finnish)!