Free time programme

Examples of free time program:
Welcome evening
Walking tour in the city centre
Finnish movie night at Finnkino cinema
Finnish nature experience, Tikkakoski area
Sauna evening and speed friending with local students
Skating on ice rink
Cross-country skiing
Farewell evening

Free time programme
Photo: Jyväsjärvi. City of Jyvaskyla/ Kirsti Pehkonen

An essential part of the course is our diverse free time programme which brings people to the course year after year. The free time programme is one of a kind in Finland: you will not get an opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture, like with us in Jyväskylä, anywhere else! 

By taking part in the free time programme you’ll get more familiar with the Finnish culture and customs and get a chance to explore the beautiful Jyväskylä. The activities are led by native Finns, giving you a chance to practise your newly learned Finnish skills outside of the classroom, too!

Our course includes diverse free time activities taking place approximately five days a week during evenings and weekends. Overall the free time programme is organized for approximately 15 hours. Some of the free time activities are included in the course fee, and some require additional payments Our free time programme is one of a kind in Finland, and it combines the best parts of Finnish winter and language learning through interesting and memorable experiences!

The free time programme is planned together with local partners. The programme includes trips to nature, sightseeing and visits also outside Jyväskylä. During the course the free time programme helps students get to know the Finnish way of life through food, culture, daily life and other activities accompanied by natives. During the course we go to sauna, have evenings around an open fire, skate on the Jyväsjärvi lake next to our campus, and a lot more. 

All free time activities are guided. Course participants can choose activities that they are interested in, or even take part in all of them should they wish to do so! Registration for free time activities takes place during the course.