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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.

HSS 2018: Please note that more events and information will be added soon to our social programme schedule.

Opening Ceremony and University's Reception 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 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 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 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 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.

Wildlife and Sauna trip 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 have only a limited number of places available this event. 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.

Coffee, buns and botanic garden 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!’ “.*

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

Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden is part of The Finnish Museum of Natural History, which is an independent research institution functioning under the University of Helsinki.

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Find a balance (yoga/wellbeing/mindfulness) 19.8.2018

Detailed information coming soon.

Karelian Pie Baking Class 20.8.2018

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 21.8.2018

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!

Farewell Get-together 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)!