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Finnish schools are increasingly international statistics confirm

CIMO has recently published national statistics about international activities in general education in Finland in the school year 2015/2016. In addition to data about international pupil and teacher mobility, the statistics cover international activities that schools are involved in in the home country, a concept known as “internationalisation at home”.

By pupil mobility we mean school exchanges, ranging from 6 months to the whole school year, and shorter study visits and camp schools. Teachers go abroad for professional development and for teaching visits.

About 640 comprehensive schools and 190 general upper secondary schools in Finland responded to CIMO’s survey, that is, 27% of those who the survey was sent to. They had carried out almost 1,200 mobility projects, sending over 7,000 pupils and 2,000 staff members abroad. And just under 3,800 pupils and almost 2,000 staff members came to visit Finnish schools.

Based on the survey, about 40% of comprehensive schools were involved in international mobility projects. 25% of them had outgoing teachers from Finland and just under 20% incoming visitors. Only about 20% of schools had outgoing pupils and even fewer incoming ones from abroad.

International pupil mobility was more active in Finnish upper secondary schools than in comprehensive schools, with either outgoing or incoming pupils in over 70% of respondent schools. About 40% were involved in school exchanges, which, in practice, are concentrated in upper secondary schools only. According to the survey, one in three pupils of the annual intake in upper secondary schools will go on a study period abroad during their studies.

Schools that responded to the survey worked together with 55 different countries in their mobility projects. The most popular partner country was clearly Germany but Italy, Spain, Estonia and France also made it to the top five. Finns usually travel to Europe, with 93% of pupils and 95% of teachers having been in another European country for the mobility period. Most incoming people come from Europe, too, though up to 25% come from Asian countries.

See also

Statistics on internationalisation: General education


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