Information Sessions with the Faculty Leaders

September 14, 12pm-12:30pm, Reid 123
September 20, 5:30pm-6pm, Reid 223
October 3, 12pm-12:30pm, Reid 123
October 3, 5:30pm-6pm, Reid 123

Program Overview 

Interested in knowing why Finland is consistently the world-leader in literacy?  Interested in learning how the Finnish system prepares excellent teachers who are tri-lingual? Interested in seeing how libraries support family literacy?

This is the study abroad program for you!  Join two faculty experts in literacy and education and participate in a spring course that involves active learning and includes guest speakers. Topics include multi-lingualism, principles of reading instruction, literary works of Finnish authors, a study of Finland's indigenous people, a snapshot of Finland's library system, and a brief overview of the Finnish language and orthography system.

This 8-week course culminates in a trip to Finland to experience what we will have studied. Students who participate will better understand the inter-sectionality of instruction and assessment and come to know Finland's people, history, and culture.

Faculty Led Poster_Finland 2018.pdf

Course Information

EDCI 491 or 591. Finland: Literacies and Libraries in Context. 3 credits. Spring Term
  • Online course instruction: January 10-March 9
  • Immersion experience abroad with faculty and classmates: March 9-18

Dates Abroad

March 9-18, 2018


Students will stay in shared housing, 2-4 participants to a room.


Daily breakfast is included along with group welcome and farewell dinners.  All other meals are the responsibility of the student.

Program Costs 

$3,570 + International Airfare, Tuition included in Spring Term
  • Program fee includes lodging, daily breakfast, two dinners, cultural activities, in-country transportation, international health insurance, and more

Financial Aid

This program is eligible for financial aid.

Refer to the following Financial Aid Faculty Led Study Abroad Budget Sheets to assist in your financial planning.  If you intend to apply for financial aid, bring a copy of the Financial Aid Budget Sheet to the Office of Financial Aid Services as soon as possible:


Faculty LeaderDr. Ann Ellsworth
Co-LeaderDr. Ann Ewbank
Assistant Professor

Application Deadline

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Dean of Students Disciplinary Clearance
  • Consent of Faculty Leader

MSU Faculty Led Program Application Process

Prior to starting your application, it is recommended to meet with Faculty Leader and/or Faculty Led Program Coordinator in the Office of International Programs.  Visit the Study Abroad website for Drop-In Advising Hours and to Schedule a Faculty Led Advising Appointment.
  1. Click here to apply online through My Global Connection.  A complete application includes: 
    • $300 Faculty Led Application Fee
    • Official Transcript
    • Acknowledgement of Faculty Led Participation and Pre-Departure Requirements
    • Additional Application Information
    • Faculty Led Application Short Essay
    • FERPA Information
    • Health History Form
    • Passport Information
  2. Complete an interview with the Faculty Leader and the Faculty Led Program Coordinator in the Office of International Programs.
  3. Upon program acceptance, confirm participation and complete Post-Acceptance Application Materials in My Global Connection.
Note: Following program acceptance, attendance of the Faculty Led Pre-Departure Orientation and Travel Health and Safety is mandatory.  Specific orientation date and times to be announced.


Study Abroad Team
Office of International Programs
(406) 994-7151

Have questions? Click to see drop-in advising hours.


Language of Instruction: English


Minimum GPA: 2.5


Housing Options: Lodgings


Program Type: Faculty Led

Subjects Available

  September 15, 2018