Meet a local family programme - Getting to know the Finnish way of life

International students coming to LUT University for the autumn semester or the academic year have a chance to participate in the Meet a Local Family Programme.

The programme brings together international students and South Karelian families. The aim is to help foreign students learn more about Finnish culture and family life. In return, the students give the host families a greater understanding and appreciation of other cultures.

The programme for LUT students is coordinated by the study services of LUT University and is conducted in cooperation with Saimia University of Applied Sciences (polytechnic) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Meet a Local Family Programme in a nutshell

  • volunteer programme
  • students and families decide how often they meet and what they do together
  • usual activities include swimming, skiing, going to national league games (basketball or ice hockey) or just enjoying a meal together. It's all up to you and the family.

For more information (including application form):

Contact information

Ms. Tanja Karppinen
Project Manager
tel. +358 400 811 233
e-mail tanja.karppinen(at)