20/01/2025 – 24/01/2025 JOENSUU (FINLAND)

Are you interested in participating in this course this school year 2024-2025? Please make a pre-registration so we can keep you informed about this course.

Final Registration

20/01/2025 – 24/01/2025 JOENSUU (FINLAND)

Would you like to confirm your participation for this course in the schoolyear 2024-2025? Secure your place and make a final registration.

Dates can be subject to change and are only final after official confirmation by the course provider.
  • Collaboration

Local partners organize these international courses in cooperation with Eekhout Academy.

The hosting partner organisation is the North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium, Riveria.

North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium, Riveria
Tulliportindkatu 3
80101 Joensuu
OID: E10194775

  • What

On the one hand, Finland developed an education system to tackle the challenges of the future, but on the other hand the system is embedded in Finnish culture and tradition. The country succeeded in merging tradition and innovation.

The system strengthens the profiles of the teaching professions by starting with a thorough initial teachers training, facilitating teacher continuous development, supporting teachers in developing innovative teaching and assessment methods; strengthening leadership in education, including distributed leadership and teacher leadership.

Participants to this course will learn about the Finnish educational system by visiting schools with an outstanding quality in Joensuu North-Karelia (Finland). Finland provides increasing access to affordable and high quality education and care, and enhances the quality of systems and provision, in order to foster appropriate development of all learners.

The course will include 5 elements: 

1. General discussions about the school and its quality elements 

2. Key aspects of the Finnish education success and transfer to your local context 

3. Visiting schools to see those key aspects 

4. Discussions and lectures with teachers and management staff 

5. Cultural interaction and exchange of ideas 

Final registration

Secure your place and make a final registration HERE.


20/01/2025 – 24/01/2025 (Joensuu)
If this date doesn’t suit you we can organise an additional session for your school/organisation if there are at least 12 participants.

Target group

Target group for this course are teachers, trainers, educational counsellors, career counsellors, school psychologists, headmasters, school management and administrative staff working in either primary schools, secondary schools, VET schools, training centers, adult education, higher education and NGO’s.
Please be aware that the course may include teachers from different school levels.


The course is organized in English



  • Opening and icebreaking
  • Welcome to North Karelia
  • Finnish Education system in general
  • History of Finland in the 20th century – development and education
  • Teacher resource management at Riveria
  • Primary School visit


  • Secondary School visit
  • Cultural visit to Koli National Park
  • Mini hiking at Koli
  • Luontokeskus Ukko – Koli video – Mutarinta + museum
  • Free programme: SPA at Sokos Hotel Koli or cable lift to skiing café


  • Organizing teachers to work in teams, autonomy on regional level, curriculum
  • Quality policy at school: continuous intake, study planning and training the teachers
  • Online learning platforms in school and eRiveria


  • Kindergarten visit
  • European School Education Platform – eTwinning
  • ProRiveria: entrepeneurship
  • School visit secondary education
  • Cultural activity: ice swimming at Polar Bears Club Joensuu


  • Mama-training – immigrant’s journey to profession
  • Transfer and action plan
  • Feedback and certificates
  • Understand the structure of the Finnish Education System;
  • Understand the key factors of the success of Finnish Education;
  • Experience the day by day teaching and learning in Finnish schools;
  • Develop understanding on a quality plan, inclusion, didactical approaches, special needs education and ICT integration in the Finnish school system;
  • Be able to pick up ideas from the Finnish approach which can be incorporated and/or transferred into their own practice;
  • Develop an understanding of the Finnish teacher’s point of view to education;
  • Improved competence of the use of colloquial English;
  • Improved knowledge of the Finnish and other European education systems;
  • Improved insight of differences and similarities between European countries, resulting in a better understanding and respect.
  • I want to thank the trainers again for this wonderful initiative. A new world of great opportunities for me and, more importantly, has opened for the school.
  • It was indeed very rewarding: both the visit to the Finnish schools and related information as well as being with so many passionate people.
  • Thank you for all this! A.
  • The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that this trip was very instructive in many ways.
  • I learned a lot of information about the Finnish school system, but also a lot thanks to the numerous, sometimes noisy conversations with colleagues. I think we have a airly short period of time anyway never chatted so much about education.
  • It also made ​​me realise that our teachers are doing properly well and that our fellow managers respect and appreciate their their commitment. And last but not least: I really do see beautiful friendships, and that’s quite a nice bonus.
  • Practicalities


The course is organized in the conference room of the local partner and in Finnish schools.


– For a detailed explanation, have a look at our ‘Cost Structure‘.


– You can request an Erasmus Plus grant from your national agency which will cover almost all costs of this course.
– We can guide you through the process of funding and application. To do so, you need the make a pre-registration.
– After pre-registration, we’ll contact you by mail and provide the application help.

There is a very good and fast train connection from Helsinki to Joensuu. Tickets for the train can be booked through the following website:
Finnair offers every day several inbound flights  from Helsinki to Joensuu.
The roads normally are open and accessible in wintertime. A rental car from Helsinki also might be a possibility, especially when shared by several people.

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