Thank you for your interest.
All 20 tour spaces have now been filled for August 2014.

Are you interested in International Education?

Are you interested in studying one of the best public school systems in the world?

Have you ever wanted to visit any of the Nordic countries?

If so, then you may want to consider taking the grad course EFDT 854!


Course Title:

(EFDT 854.3) Finland’s School System: What Can Canadian Educators Learn From A Social-Democratic Educational Paradigm?

Course Description:

In this course, students will experience international education by learning about Finland’s school system and its educational philosophy from Finnish educators. Students will learn how Finland transformed its school system from mediocrity into one of the world’s most successful.  They will learn why teaching is one of the most desirable professions in Finland.

Some of the Topics Covered in the Half-Day Lectures:

  • The history of Finland’s school system and educational reform policies.
  • Finland’s pedagogical strategies toward improving literacy & numeracy rates (as exemplified through the OECD’s PISA results)
  • Finland’s educational philosophy toward student assessment, including standardized testing
  • The place of Indigenous (Saami) people in Finland’s educational system as students, parents, teachers, teacher educators and administrators
  • Finland’s educational philosophy regarding the professionalism of school teachers and how this is incorporated into teacher education programs
  • Finland’s educational strategies for ensuring equitable outcomes for students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds
  • Governance and administration of Finnish schools with a view to educational excellence


  • August 18th to the 30th, 2014


  • Helsinki for eight nights; Turku for three nights

Added Bonus:

The Helsinki Festival of the Arts will be on for the entire time we are there! The 2014 run for this world-class festival is August 15th to the 31st. The link to the 2013 Festival is

  • Estimated Cost (including airfare, trains and accommodation but excluding food and entertainment): Around $2800
  • Estimated Cost for Food & Entertainment: Between $900 and $1000. (Finland is an expensive country.)

If you are interested in going to Finland to take this course in August 2014, please contact one of the following professors:

Dr. Paul Orlowski
Educational Foundations
(306) 966- 1350 
Dr. Michael Cottrell
Educational Administration
(306) 966- 7690

Note: Graduate students from other departments are also welcome to take this course. If you are interested in taking the course but you are not a graduate student, you can enrol as a non-degree student into EFDT 854. There will be a maximum of 20 students.