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Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
Room & Board:
Sibelius does not provide accommodation, but will provide information about student housing options. The office will assist if students encounter difficulty. September is typically the peak period for student housing, so students should begin their search very early on. Rooms in the student housing system cost approximately 360-500 euros/month; a studio apartment is approximately 600-700 euros/month.
While there is not a meal plan, students have the opportunity to purchase lunch from student cafeterias at a reduced rate with their student ID (2.60-4.80 euros).
Dates:Fall Semester: Late August to mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January to late May
The learning atmosphere at Sibelius Academy is creative, innovative and encouraging. Interaction between students and teachers is casual and informal, like in many Finnish educational establishments. In addition to providing the highest education in music, the Sibelius Academy also integrates performance, creative art, and research into its programs. There are approximately 10 different degree programs at the Academy, including Composition, Jazz, Performance, and Music Technology.
The Sibelius Academy offers several hundred concerts events each year, enriching both students at the Academy and the cultural life of Helskini. Moreover, there are many seminars and conferences held at the Academy throughout the academic year. Concerts are an integral part of studies. The Sibelius Academy concert activities and music program services provide excellent live performance opportunities to students. The Academy premises are available for practice 24 hours a day
Applicants must be approved by the UM School of Music; this exchange program is designed primarily for jazz studies students. This program is meant for Juniors only.
A list of courses offered in English can be found here.
|Sibelius Academy Mark||UM Grade|
|5 = Excellent||A|
|4 = Very Good||A-|
|3 = Good||B|
|2 = Satisfactory||C+|
|1 = Pass||C|
|0 = Fail||F|
1 ECTS credit= .5 UM Credits
While Finland is one of the northernmost countries, the warm Atlantic Gulf Stream gives it a mild climate for much of the year. Of course, it will be colder than Miami; you will most definitely want to pack a warm coat, gloves, hat and good winter boots. Finland is bilingual, with Finnish and Swedish as the two official languages; most of the 5.4 million people in Finland can speak or at least understand some English. Finns are direct communicators, but can be seen as shy or reserved by Americans as small talk is not typical and may not be welcomed.
Finland has a vast coastline and about 30,000 islands, resulting in an importance placed in the sea, along with the unspoiled countryside of the regions outside Helsinki. Helsinki is on a peninsula, with many nearby islands offering various recreational activities; the city itself boasts many parks as well as entertainment and arts offerings.
Finland places a premium on equality and education, giving students a special place in society. In general, universities are informal; dress is casual and people are addressed by their first names. There are very high educational standards and norms in Finland; most young people do go on to higher education, and remain in university until their late 20s.
The public transit system in Helsinki is excellent and ranked one of the best in Europe. Long distance trains and buses cover Finland as well, making it easy for students to travel outside of Helsinki (students get 50% off these train/bus fares). Other important Finnish cities are: Tampere, Turku and Oulu.
Websites for further information:
City of Helsinki: https://www.hel.fi/helsinki/en
Study in Finland: http://www.studyinfinland.fi/
Official Travel Guide of Finland: https://www.visitfinland.com/
Finnish Language and Culture Lessons: http://uuno.tamk.fi/
If you have questions about attending this UM Partner Program, please contact Jess Driemeier for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.