Practical information

Practical information related to the Summer School in Human Sciences

Student tutors and arrival service

Summer School participants arriving from abroad are assisted by student tutors (senior students). The student tutors will help international Summer School participants with practical matters, such as finding the way around the campus and the city centre. The student tutors will also meet the students arriving from abroad at Jyväskylä Travel Centre (bus/railway station) and take them to their student apartments.


Summer School participants may use the University of Jyväskylä Library where they will also have access to computers.

Public transportation to Jyväskylä

The city of Jyväskylä is located in Central Finland, some 270 kilometres / 168 miles north of Helsinki, and can easily be reached by plane, train or coach. The connections are relatively frequent and the journey from Helsinki to Jyväskylä takes 3-3.5 hours by train.

Express bus
Finnish Railways
Flights (Finnair) 

Public transportation within Jyväskylä

Jyväskylän Liikenne Oy provides local transport. The price for a single fare is EUR 3 and the price goes up after 23.00 to EUR 4. Also season tickets are available, e.g. a 30-day-ticket for EUR 60.

Visa requirements

Students from the EU (European Union) and EEA (European Economic Area) countries do not need a visa to enter the country. Citizens of non-EU and non-EEA countries must apply for an entry visa at the nearest Finnish Embassy or Consulate unless their home country is listed as a visa-free country. More information can be found at


The University of Jyväskylä does not insure Summer School participants. Medical insurance is recommended for all participants but it is the responsibility of the student. Citizens of EU and EEA countries should bring a European Health Insurance Card with them which entitles the holder to all necessary medical care during one's stay in another EU or EEA country. The European Health Insurance Card can be obtained from the local social security office in your home country.

>> More information on the European Health Insurance Card

It is absolutely vital for students coming from non-EU or non-EEA countries to obtain private medical insurance to cover unexpected emergencies.


In May and in the beginning of June the weather can be a little unpredictable in Finland. Typically the temperature is in low 20s C, but it can also be a little cooler especially in the evenings. For a 5-day weather forecast see e.g.äskylä.

In the beginning of June the sun sets around midnight and rises before 3 am in Finland, so if you are a light sleeper it might be smart to bring a sleeping mask.

What to bring

There is no need to bring sheets, blankets or kitchenware because the basic kitchenware, sheets, a blanket and a pillow are included in apartments. The students need a cable to connect to the Internet from their apartment. The correct type of cable is CAT5 RJ-45 unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable. Also CAT5e and CAT6 cables can be used

We recommend you take something warm (a pullover/cardigan) to put under your regular summer jacket. Then again, the weather might even be sunny and very warm, you never know.


Once you have settled in your apartment, remember that not only the front door of the apartment but also the door to your room has a lock in it. When you leave your room to go to the kitchen or bathroom, be careful not to lock yourself out. In case that happens, call the maintenance men. They charge € 10 (8 – 16) or € 20 (16 – 8, weekends) for opening the door. Contact information can be found at:

Social programme

The University of Jyväskylä arranges free time activities for the summer school participants to familiarize them with Finnish culture and the Jyväskylä region.