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Summer Study Trip in Finland and Sweden Planned for King Education Students

BRISTOL, Tenn., Jan. 5, 2016 – King University’s School of Education is travelling to the countries of Finland and Sweden from May 2 through May 9, 2016. The focus of the trip will center on the Finnish education system, currently ranked first in the world for student achievement.

The trip will be led by Dr. Nancy Gregg, assistant professor of Education and Dr. Sandra Sanders, associate professor of Education at King University.

“Dr. Sanders and I are excited to be able to provide leadership for this opportunity to explore both the Finnish and the Swedish educational systems,” says Gregg. “This is a wonderful opportunity for educators, both students and those in the field, to learn more about ways of reaching high standards in student achievement.”

Trip participants will learn how the Finnish Board of Education provides a tuition-free education for its students and how they maintain an excellent quality of education without homework or standardized tests. Additionally, the study abroad experience will provide cultural excursions that will give an enriching perspective on the region’s progressive educational practices.

Participants will begin their trip in Helsinki, Finland. Over the course of four days, they will enjoy a walking tour of Helsinki to see why the city was voted the World Design Capital of 2012. Sites include the Sibelius Monument, Senate Square, Helsinki Market, the Upenski Orthodox Cathedral, and the Temppeliaukio Church, known as the Church of the Rock, as it was built directly out of one. They will also visit the library in Helsinki, one of the best reference centers and reserves of national collections.

Other attractions students may visit while on free time include the Maritime Museum of Finland, Eduskunta – the Parliament of Finland, the Finnish Science Centre, or they can take in some shopping at Helsinki’s version of Harrods – Stockmann’s Department Store.

While in Helsinki, students will attend a lecture at the Finnish National Board of Education, which is responsible for education on all levels, from primary through post-secondary, including adult education and vocational training. Students will visit a local school and examine the method that lead to high results on PISA and other forms of student assessment.

Participants will also spend several days in Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm. While there, students will meet with teachers for a discussion comparing Finland and Sweden’s educational systems. They will also enjoy tours of the city, enjoying Stockholm’s Gamla Stan and Järntorget, home to the city’s copper and iron trade in the 16th and 17th centuries. They will also revel in the rich history impressive architecture of sites such as the Royal Opera House, the Parliament, the Royal Palace, and the oldest church in Stockholm, dating from 1306. Students will also journey to the island of Djurgården to visit Vasa, a well-restored 17th-century warship.

To sign up or for additional information about the trip to Finland and Sweden contact Dr. Nancy Gregg at


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