2023. October 5. Thursday

Essentials of Finnish Education



Course description


In this course, the Finnish education system is presented with a twin-track approach. On the one hand, we will examine what is at the heart of the system that has become a global brand, i.e. what are the elements that make the Finnish education system what it is. On the other hand, we will examine the elements, methodological approaches and tools that can be applied by the participants in their own educational practice. All this is supported by concrete practical ideas and up-to-date scientific research. The course content is created by experts of Finnish educational research, teacher education and professional development.

Basic information

⇒ Working language: English (minimum level required: B1)

⇒ Working hours: 30 hours

⇒ Venue: Jyväskylä, Finland


Currently available course dates:

  • 7-12 April 2025 (6-day course with special focus “Sustainability” – CONFIRMED)
  • 15-20 September 2025 (6-day course with special focus “Sustainability”)

Register for a course here

Who is this training for?

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

About the location


Reference programme of the 6-day training

Certification awarded

Important to know




Who is this training for?

The training is recommended for

  • pre-service educators and
  • in-service educators,
  • school principals and
  • education professionals,

who want to learn about the essential elements, pedagogical and organizational background, and good practices of the Finnish education system, which has world-wide high achievements.

⇒ The goal of the course is not simply to share information, but to support participants in adapting the course content for their own educational system, curricula and everyday practices.



Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

Participants will:

  • explore the potential of the education system in Finland by developing a deep understanding of its principles, strategies, methodological approaches and tools
  • be able to identify the most relevant elements of the above mentioned principles, strategies, approaches and tools in relation of their own teaching practice
  • find their own ways to adapt and implement the appropriate approaches and tools in their own classroom
  • be able to create their own portfolio and/or lesson plans using a variety of suggested approaches and tools
  • become more self-confident in their teaching autonomy and in building trust-based relationships with their students and colleagues
  • improve communication skills and soft skills in English and develop language for classroom use and planning
  • further develop their professional skills through interacting with colleagues of other nationalities, exchanging ideas, materials and experiences
  • be able to build up their international professional network to enhance their motivation in teaching



About the location

The capital of Central Finland, Jväskylä is the cradle of teacher education, an important pillar of Finland’s prestigious education system. The first teacher training institute in the country was established here at the end of the 19th century, and the University of Jyväskylä has since become a stronghold of Finnish teacher training and methodological education.




Supervisor of the course is Ph.D. Kristóf Fenyvesi, senior researcher of University of Jyäskylä. The course is delivered in close cooperation with his invited colleagues. Dr. Fenyvesi’s research interests are overarching the main highlights of the Finnish educational system, such as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education, creativity & innovation in learning, trans- and multidisciplinary integration in learning, problem-solving, playfulness, phenomenon-based, experience-oriented, and cooperative approaches in education, hands-on approaches and digital modelling, embodied learning, etc. The training draws on all these approaches and, keeping in mind the principle of learning by doing, always aims to put participants in active situations so that they themselves can learn through experience. The course is a fine result of up-to-date scientific research and evidence-based practice. As part of the training we will give you a comprehensive insight into a Finnish educational institution as well.



Reference programme of the 6-day training (30 working hours)

    Day 1
  • Registration
  • Fundamentals: principles, structure, framework of the course
  • Tools for self-reflection on learning and professional development
  • Networking activities
    Day 2
  • The Finnish education system: historical overview institutional structure, transitions between the different education levels
  • School leadership and school management
  • Focus on the competences for life-long learning, and 21st century skills
  • The role of the teacher in the Finnish classroom and beyond
    Day 3
  • Project-based approach in designing learning pathways
  • Ways of teacher and learner cooperation in planning / realizing learning processes
  • Possible tools for differentiation, self-reflection
  • Cultural and educational city tour Jyväskylä
    Day 4
  • Becoming an autonomous learner / teacher
  • Tools and technologies for creative student assessment
  • Ideas and tools to adapt, identification of good practices: Building up your own portfolio and/or lesson plans
    Day 5
  • Playful, hands-on and experience-based learning ways
  • In-person meeting and discussion with Finnish colleagues
  • Identifying adaptable ideas and good practices. Building up your own portfolio and/or lesson plans
  • Presentation of participants lesson plans and portfolios
    Day 6
  • Outdoor learning related to the course programme
  • Final reflection on knowledge and skills acquired, and about possible dissemination strategies
  • Evaluation of learning experiences

While keeping in mind the described learning outcomes, some details of the reference programme may change. The course is always adapted to the actual needs and requests of the participants.



Certification awarded

At the end of the course, each participant will be awarded a certificate of attendance, together – if requested – with the Europass Mobility Certificate. Certificates are issued by Experience Workshop on the condition of at least 80% attendance.



Important to know

Minimum number of participants: The course will be realized if at least 10 people register at least 4 weeks before the first training day. You can find the confirmed courses at the top of the page.

For more details read the Terms and Conditions.

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