SUNY Cobleskill Students Explore Nordic Culture in New Program

Ten students in the Educational Opportunity Program at SUNY Cobleskill are studying the arts and culture of Sweden, Finland, and the indigenous Sami over the next two weeks in a new Nordic Culture study abroad program.

Led by Professor Sinikka Grant, the students are touring Stockholm, Helsinki, Turku and Inari to learn about the literature, music, visual arts, and cultural traditions of the region. The trip includes stops at historical and architectural sites, museums, and cultural institutions, a journey by sail to the Turku University Archipelago Research Center, a visit to a fourth grade class in Helsinki, and an introduction to Sami language and culture during a trip to Lapland, including a visit to the Sami Education Institute’s reindeer farm.

The program is made possible by a $10,000 SUNY Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence grant as well as support from SUNY EOP, the Finlandia Foundation, SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Association, SUNY Cobleskill Foundation, the Cultural Diversity Committee, the Office of International Education, and Academic Affairs.

Organizers hope the trip will serve as a model to apply for grants to open more doors for all SUNY Cobleskill students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.