Helsinki

CIEE Copenhagen Study Tour - Fall Block II

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Helsinki, Finland is one of Europe’s most vital small cities. On the Baltic Sea and just a short distance from Russia, Finland has played an important historical role, from the Viking era through the Cold War and into today. Our visit to Helsinki will bring us to one of the archipelago’s islands, Suomenlinna, where we will tour the UNESCO World Heritage fortress. Helsinki is known for its high-tech industry and innovation, which will come alive through a visit to the Health Innovation Village.  We will also visit the Design Museum and hear about the Finnish design aesthetic, which is rooted in the nature in abundance there.

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Friday

VISIT GE HEALTH INNOVATION CENTER
We will learn about General Electric (GE) Health Innovation center, an incubator where start-ups get support for developing technology that promotes healthcare world-wide. Why did GE choose to invest in Finland? and What is the climate for technology start-ups in general? are among the questions we will explore.

Saturday

DESIGN MUSEUM VISIT
Tour of the Design Museum of Helsinki to hear about the history of and current practices in design. We will also visit a special exhibition called Critical Tide, which focuses on the role of design and designers in solving environmental problems and, in particular, threats to our oceans because of pollution and climate change.

FREE TIME
Lunch on your own and afternoon free to explore the city

Sunday

VISIT SUOMENLINNA
We will take the ferry to Suomenlinna, a fortress island close to Helsinki. We will have a tour of the island to hear about its unique history, architecture, and natural surroundings. After the tour, you will have about one and a half hours to get lunch and explore on your own.

Free Time Suggestions

Helsinki Cathedral

This beautiful 19th-century church in central Helsinki was originally built as a tribute to Czar Nicholas of Russia.

Sauna Löyly

Saunas are an integral part of the Finnish culture that you must try!

Old Market Hall

This market on the harbor offers food, drinks, and treats for all tastes.

WHAT ARE THE STUDY TOUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES?

The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.

Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:

ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international
relations in general.

RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.

IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.

EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.

DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.

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