University of Jyväskylä Summer School Program

Summer School in Human Sciences


Jyväskylä, located in the Blue-Lake district of Finland, is a lively city in a beautiful setting of lakes, ridges, parks, and forests. Experience summer festivals and a variety of outdoor activities while taking classes through the Jyväskylä Summer School in Human Sciences. The program offers 12 interdisciplinary courses for advanced undergraduate or graduate students interested in art and culture studies, education, cognitive science, communication, leadership, psychology, sports sciences, or related fields. Participants are welcome to take the full summer school program (one course per week) or parts of it.

Jyväskylä, Finland

Language of Instruction: English


ISEP-Exchange Summer for all US and I-to-I exchange member students    


Please see the University of Jyvaskyla Summer School in Human Sciences webpage for course scheduling and timing, detailed course descriptions, modes of study, assessment, and learning outcomes.

Participants are welcome to take the full summer school program (one course per week) or one or more parts of it.

23 - 27 May 2016
  • Finnish Language and Culture (Language and Culture Studies)
  • Education in Finland (Education)
  • Organization and Role of Sport in the EU and its Member States (Sport Sciences)
  • Social Networks and Interpersonal Relations in a Multicultural World (Intercultural Studies)
  • Introduction to Management and Leadership (Business Studies)

30 May - 3 June 2016
  • Finnish Language and Culture (Language and Culture Studies)
  • Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy and Other Arts Therapies (Psychology)
  • Social Networks and Interpersonal Relations in a Multicultural World (Intercultural Studies)
  • Introduction to Management and Leadership (Business Studies)
  • Physical activity, Sport, Health and Health Promotion - International perspectives (Health Sciences)

6 - 10 June 2016
  • Working Models in Domestic Violence Counseling (Psychology)
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication (Business studies)
  • Sport Marketing (Sport Sciences)
  • Studies in Cultural Anthropology (Anthropology)

13 - 17 June 2016
  • Press Photography: Theory, Practice and Interpretation (Communication)
  • Psychology and Economics (Business Studies)
  • Introduction to Ethics of Science (Social Sciences and Philosophy)


I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit a minimum official TOEFL of 580 (237 CBT). Note: The host institution ultimately determines proficiency level and course eligibility.


See the Membership Directory for more details.


mid May – mid June, 2016, or per student’s course selections


February 15, 2016


Cost: Based on tuition, housing, and meals at home university


Summer School students are housed in the apartments of the Kortepohja Student Village, which is about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from the university. Each student has a furnished study–bedroom with shared kitchenettes and bathrooms. Additional nights before or after the Summer School can be arranged in advance by contacting the International Office. Students receive a meal stipend for food expenses.


International summer school students are assisted by student tutors (senior students). The student tutors help with practical matters, such as navigating the campus and city centre. They also meet arriving students at Jyväskylä Travel Centre (bus/railway station) and take them to their student apartments. The University of Jyväskylä also arranges activities for the summer school students to help familiarize them with Finnish culture and the Jyväskylä region. Past activities have included the following:
• Evening by the bonfire
• Finnish saunas
• Barbeques
• Yläkaupungin yö festival and various cultural events such as live music, theater, and dance performances
• Baking Finnish pastries
• Nature trail in Laajavuori
• Visit to the Museum of Central Finland
• Picnics
• Historical campus tour
• Visit to Jyväskylä Art Museum Holvi


The University of Jyväskylä is a top-ranked university characterized by a high level of technological sophistication, active international cooperation, and teaching that is constantly developing to meet the challenges of future professions. Total enrollment is 15,000 (1,000 international students). There are three main campus areas: the Main Campus (conveniently located in the city center), Mattilanniemi Campus (on the shore of Lake Jyvasjarvi), and Ylistorinne Campus (on the opposite shore of the lake and connected to Mattilanniemi by bridge).

The university has received national and international recognition for teaching and research carried out in its fields of expertise, including evolutionary ecology, human development and risk factors, nuclear physics, nanosciences, and sport sciences. In addition to high academic standards, the university provides comprehensive services for international students, including an arrival service, a student tutor system, and orientation and friendship family programs.


Jyväskylä, located in the Blue-Lake district of Finland (170 miles north of Helsinki), is a lively and compact city in a beautiful setting of lakes, ridges, parks, and forests. It offers a great variety of cultural and sporting events, such as the annual Summer Arts Festivals, the Alvar Aalto Symposium, Graphica Creativa, the Neste Rally Finland, museum exhibits, and an ongoing variety of plays and concerts. Jyväskylä is also an ideal city for physical recreation, with more than 200 venues for sport and leisure activities and a wide array of maintained trails for hiking.


Please consider the following requirements when filling out the online application :

Participant Profile: REQUIRED
Host Request List:
º Placement: SELECT "Summer"
º Site: SELECT "ISEP Exchange"
º Country: SELECT "Finland"
º Institution: SELECT "University of Jyväskylä"
º Program Type: SELECT "Regular University Courses"
Course Request List: Select one course from the list above for each week of the program. Enter each one under Course Name and click the disc icon.
Language Proficiency: Are you planning to study at a host program where the primary language of instruction is different than your native language? SELECT "No."
Personal Statement: REQUIRED
Academic References: ONE REQUIRED
Transcript: REQUIRED

* Each course lasts one week. Please list one course per week based on the course schedule available on the Jyvaskyla Summer School website.

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