8 days
Helsinki, Stockholm
Program designed to: Facilitate learning about two of the world’s most progressive education systems. A hands-on workshop with educators in Helsinki explains how Finland fosters educational excellence without homework or standardized tests. A school visit in Stockholm highlights how Sweden tackles key topics such as equity, assessment and engagement. Guided visits of these two stunning capitals cities also offer insights into Scandinavian history, art and contemporary culture.

Highlight: School visits enable you to witness how Sweden’s society-wide philosophy of equality and balance stems from a deeper cultural mindset of "lagom" or just the right amount.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Finland

  • Day 2: Helsinki

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Helsinki

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Government House, the executive office building
    • Helsinki University, the oldest university in Finland
    • Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe

    Enjoy dinner in Helsinki

  • Day 3: Helsinki

    Take a guided tour of Helsinki

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Parliament, one of Helsinki's most notable landmarks
    • Temppeliaukio Church, built directly out of a rock and often used as a concert venue

    Industry Engagement: Participate in a Finnish education workshop and learn about the innovative education practices that have put the country’s education system on the map

  • Day 4: Helsinki

    Industry Engagement: Visit a local school and examine the methods that lead to high results on PISA and other forms of student assessment

    Enjoy lunch at the school canteen and try traditional Finnish cuisine

    Spend time exploring Helsinki on your own

  • Day 5: Helsinki • Night ferry

    Visit a local library and check out one of the best reference centers and reserves of national collections in Helsinki

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Finnish cultural experience

    Finnish cultural experience

    This authentic cultural experience begins with a ride to Kuusijärvi, a popular all-season outdoor recreational center located in southern Finland, where you’ll meet your local guide to gain insight into Finnish culture and education and explore the awe-inspiring landscape with a stroll around the lake.


    Afterwards, take a trip to a public sauna—an incredibly relaxing experience which will provide insight into the culture and mentality of local life—and enjoy a dip in the lake. From here, take a short walk through the forest and cap off your afternoon with a lunch of traditional smoked salmon and sausage.

    Travel to Stockholm by overnight ferry

    Enjoy dinner on the ferry

  • Day 6: Night ferry • Stockholm

    Tour Stockholm with an expert local guide

    • See the Vasa Ship, a well-restored 17th-century eight-level war ship that sank before even leaving its harbor
    • See the City Hall, the venue for the Nobel Prize banquet held each year

    Enjoy dinner in Stockholm

  • Day 7: Stockholm

    Industry Engagement: Visit a local school to better understand Swedish education systems

    Take a walking tour of Stockholm

    With your Tour Director you will see: 

    • Gamla Stan (Old Town)
    • Järntorget, its famous square, which was home to the city’s copper and iron trade in the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Day 8: Depart for home

Want to learn more about this program?
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Finland

  • Day 2: Helsinki

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Helsinki

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Government House, the executive office building
    • Helsinki University, the oldest university in Finland
    • Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe

    Enjoy dinner in Helsinki

  • Day 3: Helsinki

    Take a guided tour of Helsinki

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Parliament, one of Helsinki's most notable landmarks
    • Temppeliaukio Church, built directly out of a rock and often used as a concert venue

    Industry Engagement: Participate in a Finnish education workshop and learn about the innovative education practices that have put the country’s education system on the map

  • Day 4: Helsinki

    Industry Engagement: Visit a local school and examine the methods that lead to high results on PISA and other forms of student assessment

    Enjoy lunch at the school canteen and try traditional Finnish cuisine

    Spend time exploring Helsinki on your own

  • Day 5: Helsinki • Night ferry

    Visit a local library and check out one of the best reference centers and reserves of national collections in Helsinki

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Finnish cultural experience

    Finnish cultural experience

    This authentic cultural experience begins with a ride to Kuusijärvi, a popular all-season outdoor recreational center located in southern Finland, where you’ll meet your local guide to gain insight into Finnish culture and education and explore the awe-inspiring landscape with a stroll around the lake.


    Afterwards, take a trip to a public sauna—an incredibly relaxing experience which will provide insight into the culture and mentality of local life—and enjoy a dip in the lake. From here, take a short walk through the forest and cap off your afternoon with a lunch of traditional smoked salmon and sausage.

    Travel to Stockholm by overnight ferry

    Enjoy dinner on the ferry

  • Day 6: Night ferry • Stockholm

    Tour Stockholm with an expert local guide

    • See the Vasa Ship, a well-restored 17th-century eight-level war ship that sank before even leaving its harbor
    • See the City Hall, the venue for the Nobel Prize banquet held each year

    Enjoy dinner in Stockholm

  • Day 7: Stockholm

    Industry Engagement: Visit a local school to better understand Swedish education systems

    Take a walking tour of Stockholm

    With your Tour Director you will see: 

    • Gamla Stan (Old Town)
    • Järntorget, its famous square, which was home to the city’s copper and iron trade in the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Day 8: Depart for home

Want to learn more about this program?

Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources

With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development
See the resources you get
EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

See the resources you get


7 reviews
Avg. rating: (4.1)
Education in Finland & Sweden
Reviews are compiled and evaluated by an independent third party, BazaarvoiceTM, the No. 1 provider of customer reviews.

Great experience

Loved the tour leader, what a great experience, totally loved Finland and Sweden ...
mpuff / Student traveler
nj / Posted on April 27, 2015

Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • On-tour transportation

    Land and water transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your program. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • End-to-end support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    To capitalize on moments for building empathy, awareness, and adaptability in a global environment, we offer a number of different tools designed to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert Local Guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour.

  • Entrances

    Temppeliaukio Church, Vasa Ship

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible payment options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.


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