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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.


The new social programme listing may be subject to some changes during the spring 2017 as there are still some new and exciting ideas we are working on.

Opening Ceremony and University's Reception 8.8.2017 (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 a Finnish 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 8.8.2017

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!

Helsinki Reception and Walking Tour 9.8.2017

The city of Helsinki welcomes HSS students to explore our wonderful city. We will gather at the city hall for a snack 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 11.8.2017

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 have only a limited number of places available for this event. Please register to the event online in your application's checklist.

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.

There will be two departures to the island:

1. Ferry leaves at 17, supper at 18, return ferry at 20.30
2. Ferry leaves at 18, supper at 19, return ferry at 21.30

Wildlife and Sauna trip 12.8.2017 and 19.8.2017

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 have only a limited number of places available for each day. Please register to the event online in your application's checklist.

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.

Finnish Oddities Event 13.8.2017

Let us introduce you to some odd bits of Finnish culture! Why not try Finland’s “national” exercise, Nordic Walking, which is a combination of walking and skiing? How about giving a popular summer pastime Mölkky a go? You can try these Finnish oddities in this fun open air event that takes place in Hesperia park next to the Finnish National Opera House by the beautiful Töölönlahti Bay. You'll also be treated to a traditional Finnish pea soup and "lettu", that is, a Finnish style crepe.

Linnanmäki Amusement Park 16.8.2017

Linnanmäki is Finland’s oldest and most popular amusement park, located in the Alppila quarter of Helsinki. The amusement park, which is owned by the Children’s Day Foundation, was opened for the public in 1950. Linnanmäki has over 40 rides, a range of fun games, as well as a variety of restaurants and cafés. Entrance to the park is free of charge as well as a few of the rides such as the Panorama tower that takes customers to a height of 53 m to admire Helsinki's scenery. Evening wrist bands and individual ride tickets may be bought upon arrival.

Finnish Movie Night and Party 17.8.2017

A screening of contemporary Finnish movie or a selection of short films with English subtitles followed by a party with your fellow students.

Open Stage Night 18.8.2017

Are you an enthusiastic performer, who owns the stage whenever entering the spotlight? Do you want to introduce a piece of your own culture to your new summer school friends? Have you been wanting to get on stage but never really got the chance? Or want just to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and find out what your fellow participants have prepared for you? This event is for you! It doesn't matter, if you're a dancer, singer, musician, actor, or represent any other genre there might be. Your performance can be entertaining or informative - or both - you decide! The style is free and the stage is yours, come and shine bright like a diamond!

Karelian Pie Baking Class 21.8.2017

Get a special hands-on experience of traditional Finnish food culture by joining the HSS Karelian pie baking class! Karelian pies (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. Stay tuned for updates.

Helsinki Summer School goes Helsinki Think Company 22.8.2017

Helsinki Summer School goes Helsinki Think Company

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Come and find out what you need to know to get started! There will also be an entrepreneur, who first got started with the help of Helsinki Think Company, sharing his tips and experience with you. Come and ask what you always wanted to know about life as an entrepreneur!

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