The High School Credit immersion experience includes an academic challenge. Ultimately, we will prepare you to communicate with ease in the Finnish language while also learning about Finnish culture. Additionally, you will be learning to read and write in Finnish.

You will really get to know your classmates and your teacher well, since classes are small and you will be spending a few hours each day with this group. Individual projects of personal choice also help you develop your Finnish skills. Be ready for a fast-paced academic experience as well as making new friends, learning about Finnish culture and living in the outdoors!

Villagers in four-week high school credit-bearing sessions gain an academic year’s worth of language and culture skills through an immersion experience embedded in daily life, featuring a variety of cultural activities as well as formal study and assessment (minimum of 180 instructional hours; accredited by AdvancED). Emphasis is on literacy and oracy. Open to all proficiency levels.

The program is open to all proficiency levels, so you don’t need to know any Finnish before coming!

Typical Day

Päiväohjelma (Daily Schedule)

Every day is different from the one before, but here’s something to give you an idea of what it’s like to be a Salolampilainen (Salolampi villager). The Finnish fun starts the moment you say hyvää huomenta (good morning) and doesn’t stop until you leave the evening nuotio (campfire) and say hyvää yötä (good night) to your new friends.

Jokainen päivä on erilainen, mutta tästä saat kuvan minkälainen on normaali päivä Salolammella.

Time Activity
7:30 Hyvää huomenta! - Good Morning!
8:30 Aamupiiri - Morning Flagpole Circle
8:40 Aamiainen - Breakfast
9:15 Kylätoiminta - Village Activity
10:00 1. oppitunti - First Lesson
11:30 Hedelmätauko - Fruit Break
11:45 2. oppitunti - Second Lesson
12:45 Ruokasalivuoro - Dining Room Set Up
13:00 Lounas - Lunch
14:15 Mökkiaika - Cabin Time
14:35 3. oppitunti - Third Lesson
15:15 Kulttuuritunti - Cultural Presentation
16:00 Iso tauko - Large Break
17:15 2. toiminta - Village Activity
18:15 Laulupiiri - Village Singing Time
18:45 Päivällinen - Dinner
19:45 Iltapiiri,iltaohjelma, laulu - Evening Flagpole, Evening Program, Village Singing Time
21:30 Päivän kertaus - 4. oppitunti - Daily Recap - Fourth Lesson
21:45 Mökkeihin - Cabin Time
22:00 Hyvää yötä! - Goodnight!

Program Cost

Due to the generous support of the Salolampi Foundation, actual program costs are reduced by automatic scholarships. Four-week high school credit program participants can have their costs reduced by up to $1,060. Learn more.