ICT Summer School at Metropolia University, Finland

Key Information


Application Deadline: 06/02/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

Ref: 10007526


Departure Date: 29/07/23

Return Date: 06/08/23


£700: the estimated cost for travel(£400), accommodation(£300) and summer school fee (£50). Students will also be required to pay for: airport transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Shared rooms in a hostel/hotel booked by DMU

Travel: Flights booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office - dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk

Trip Lead: Anthony Williams - anthony.williams@dmu.ac.uk


Postgraduate and undergraduate students in the School of Computer Science are eligible to participate on this opportunity. Please note that MSc Data Analytics and MSc Business Intelligence and Data Mining students will be given priority. As part of the application students are expected to  clearly articulate why they are interested in this summer school, providing motivations and expected benefits/outcomes as a result of participating.


There is a maximum of 30 places available, with a minimum of 10 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


For the month of August, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences hosts an ICT Summer School which is offered to home students and visiting international students. For the coming year DMU is working in partnership with Metropolia to host one of the workshop courses in the area of Data Analytics, the workshop will cover the use of SAS and or open source datamining tools.  At the time of this advertisement the trip is scheduled for the first week in August, however students should prepare themselves that the workshop may also be delivered in the second or third week in August. Please note that the dates will be confirmed by the end of January and will be communicated to the applicants.

These courses have been running for over 13 years and have proved popular with students wanting to: gain new knowledge in ICT field; meet new people; expand their network and visit Finland. Over the summer period over 40 courses are on offer, giving the students approximately 10 courses a week to choose from. Topics in the past have included: Java, Machine learning, Google Analytics, AI, Signal processing and Japanese. An indication of last years topics can be found on the ICT Summer School website.

Students may choose from one of the courses on offer during that week or attend the introduction to data mining tools workshop offered by DMU’s visiting lecturers.

The schedule for the workshops are based on 4 hours of learning per day, which gives the students ample free time to explore the City of Helsinki get familiar with its people, history, geography and cultural delights. The workshops are hosted at Myyrmäki campus is located at the most populous district in Vantaa, Helsinki near railway and bus station and shopping center Myyrmanni. The campus is easily accessible by the public transport.

Learning Objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop knowledge, skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to Finland are to:

  • Acquire skills in using the latest data mining tools or selected technology from the ICT workshops
  • Develop a knowledge of history, geography and Finland’s place in the Baltic sphere
  • Experience teaching and learning in a different country and context
  • Develop a range of transferable skills including flexibility, resilience and independence

To help students prepare for the summer school there will be a briefing session before travel which will explain how to get the best from the ICT workshops, explaining what opportunities are available and providing an orientation around the Metropolia learning portal. On the final Friday of the summer school, students can choose to attend a final dinner, which gives the opportunity to reflect upon and share their experience.

Cultural Activities

Helsinki is the metropolitan heart of Finland, which has many parks, museums monuments and places of cultural interest. There will be free time for students to take part in free walking tours, or go on the Hop-on Hop-off guided bus throughout the city.

Suggested potential cultural and historical sites that are worth visiting include the National Museum of Finland and Helsinki City Museum. Students are recommended to also take a short ferry to the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you have more time, it may also be possible to do a day trip to Tallinn, Estonia which is a 50km ferry ride across the Baltic sea.

COVID-19 information

Travel to Finland is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Further guidance can be found on the FCDO webpage for Finland.

All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.