Finnish Friend Programme
One of the things that makes Finnish Lapland unique is its friendly people and diverse cultures. The University of Lapland is committed to giving its international students first hand experiences of life in Lapland by pairing participating students with people from the local area. The Finnish Friend Programme not only offers students an opportunity to experience everyday Finnish life and culture, but also helps them adapt to their new surroundings by connecting them with welcoming Finns.
There are a number of people and families in the Rovaniemi region who are interested in meeting international students in an informal way. People are often interested in making friends with a newcomer, inviting a student for a visit every now and then, or are just interested to share their free time with an international student. The idea of the programme is to introduce Finland, Lapland, and Finnish culture to international students. In doing so, the locals would also have the chance to learn about the home country of the student and about his/her language and culture. The families and the students will be matched according to their language skills, hobbies, etc.
Once you are accepted to study in the University of Lapland as an international student, you are eligible to apply to the Finnish Friend Programme. The activity will be introduced during the Orientation Programme.
You can send your registration form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring it to the International Relations Office.
The deadline for the registration forms is January 11th, 2013.
You can register to the Friend Family Programme and get more information from:
International Relations Office
University of Lapland
P.O Box 122, 96101 Finland
tel: +358 40 484 4465