How to get to Jyväskylä
The city of Jyväskylä is located in Central Finland, some 270 km north of Helsinki, and is best reached by plane, train or coach. The connections are relatively frequent and the journey from Helsinki to Jyväskylä takes 3½ - 4 hours by train.
Most of the flights to Finland arrive at Helsinki Airport (about 20 km from the centre of Helsinki). From Helsinki Airport you may continue by plane, train or bus to Jyväskylä. Please book the connecting flight in advance. The flight time to Jyväskylä is approximately 50 minutes. The Jyväskylä (Tikkakoski) Airport is located about 23 km from the centre of Jyväskylä. There is no regular bus connection from the airport. You can take a taxi from the airport to the centre of Jyväskylä. The taxi journey from the airport to Jyväskylä takes around 20 minutes and costs around 50 €. It is recommended to book a taxi in advance by calling +358 100 6900 (advance booking payment approximately 7 €) as there may not be any taxis available at the airport upon your arrival, especially if you arrive late at night or early in the morning. If you are not able to book the taxi in advance, you can use the free telephone inside the terminal building to call for a taxi. If you do not book the taxi in advance, be prepared to wait for it for a little while. For more information, see the Finavia website.
If you arrive at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport, take a bus or a taxi to the centre of Tampere. For more information, please see the Finavia website. You can continue your journey to Jyväskylä by train or bus.
There are frequent ferry connections to Helsinki via Stockholm or Tallinn, and also from Travemünde and Rostock. Please see the ferry timetables:
There is also a direct bus connection from Helsinki Airport to Jyväskylä. The trip will take 4 -5 hours and costs approximately 50 € without the student discount.
- The timetable for buses: http://www.matkahuolto.com
- The buses leave next to the Terminal 2 at the airport (see the map of the airport).
From Helsinki city centre, you may also catch an Onnibus coach (low-cost coaches) to Jyväskylä. Onnibus coaches operate from the Kamppi Bus Station in Helsinki city centre, a short walk from the Helsinki Central Railway Station. You can get to the city center by taking the Finnair bus, the local bus number 615 or the Ring Rail Line trains I and P to the Helsinki Central railway station. Onnibus tickets can be purchased by credit card in advance and depending on seat availability also from the driver. It is recommended to purchase Onnibus tickets in advance as tickets are often sold out. Check the timetables and purchase tickets at www.onnibus.com.
If you choose to travel by train, take the Ring Rail Line train from Helsinki Airport to Tikkurila and change trains there. The journey from the airport to Tikkurila railway station takes about 8 minutes. Trains leave every 10 minutes. There are direct train connections from Tikkurila to Jyväskylä, but in some cases you will have to change trains at Tampere.
If you wish to go the Helsinki city centre first and catch the train from there, take the I or P train, FINNAIR bus or the local bus number 615 (platform 21) to the Helsinki Central Railway Station and continue your journey from there. It will take 30-40 minutes to get to the Helsinki Central Railway Station.
The journey to Jyväskylä takes approximately 3½ - 4 hours. Please check the train connections and purchase tickets on the VR (Finnish Railways) website.
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.
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.
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 http://www.migri.fi/frontpage
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.
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. http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/weather/Jyväskylä.
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.
Summer School participants may use the University of Jyväskylä Library where they will also have access to computers.
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: https://www.kortepohja.fi/en/contacts/maintenance/.
The University of Jyväskylä arranges free time activities for the summer school participants to familiarize them with Finnish culture and the Jyväskylä region.