Lapland UAS and University of Lapland, together with ESN Lapland, organise a Friend Programme in Rovaniemi. Activities in the programme start every year in September and January offering a great chance to meet international students and get to know different languages and cultures. For international students the programme gives a possibility make a local friend and it offers a window into local activities. The idea of the programme is to introduce Finland, Lapland and Finnish culture to international students. The Friend Programme does not only offer international students an opportunity to experience everyday Finnish life and culture, but also helps them to adapt to their new surroundings by connecting them with a welcoming friend(s).
Everyone, who is interested in getting to know other cultures and forming (life)long friendships, are welcome to join Friend Programme!
As a local friend, you can participate on your own, with your family or friends! The most important thing is to help the international student(s) to feel welcome. After first meeting the friend(s) and the international student(s) are keeping in touch within their own resources and timetable. Friend Programme participants does not offer accommodation or financial support to the international student(s).
As an international student, you will get a chance to make local friends, learn a bit about Finns and their everyday life along many other things.
How to apply?
Sign up to the programme by filling out the registration form. The registration for autumn semester 2023 is open until 15 September.
The registration form for international students can be found HERE.
The registration form for local friends can be found HERE.
For more information, please contact:
Friend Programme Handbook for International Students
Friend Programme Guide for a Local Friend