Skip to page content

During this two-week program, 25 students and UGA faculty will visit, interact, and explore Finnish and Belgian people, organizations, infrastructures, and programs to learn about their unique perspectives related to exercise, physical education, sport industry, and public health.

This program is open to students from any major, and targeted at intended and current kinesiology students and future public health professionals. Students will spend the first week of the program in Finland. While in Helsinki, they will visit the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Mäkelänrinne Sport High School, and KHL Hockey Franchise to learn about their programs, approaches, and businesses. Study away participants will then spend a few days at the University of Jyvaskyla, where they will learn about top sports, physical activity, and physical education in Finland and engage in a cultural exchange.

During the second week, students will visit Brussels and stay in the ‘student city’ of Leuven. In Leuven, students will tour sport, activity, and research facilities at the university. From there, day trips offer opportunities to check out, experience, and hear from those involved with an elite Belgian soccer club, top sport development programs, and national training centers and coaches.

Throughout the program, students will explore various cities and local restaurants.

Apply to this program

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2022

Contact the program directors to start an application.

European Perspectives in Kinesiology

Estimated Cost Breakdown

  • Tuition and travel expenses: $3,000

Academic Credit

  • KINS 4350/6350: European Perspectives in Kinesiology

  • PEDS 1950E: Fitness for Life Walking (optional)

Experience the Culture

In Finland, students will visit the city of Helsinki, see its Parliament House and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Kiasma), and spend several days in the city of Jyvaskyla.

Upon flying to Belgium, students will tour the city of Brussels, visit the Atomium (a famous 102-meter tall structure built for the 1958 World’s Fair), the 15th century City Town Hall and its best-known symbol, Manneken Pis. Additionally, students will stay in Leuven, home to the largest Belgian University, and visit Ghent, a medieval city with its intercity canals. Belgium is known for its architecture, lace production, chocolate, brewery, and waffles.