Rautjärvi is a beautiful small town at the Eastern Finland. With plenty of forests and Simpelejärvi on one side and river Hiitolanjoki on the other, Rautjärvi is place with natural beauty and relaxing atmosphere. There are good possibilities for hiking in Haukkavuori, fishing and swimming in Simpelejärvi and Hiitolanjoki and cycling in Simpele region. There is also an active local soccer team and a team for athletes. Soccer field and athletic field are located next to the school. In the winter there is a good ski trail network, possibilities for ice skating and a small ski slop.
Rautjärvi can be accessed by train and by bus. Trains to and from Helsinki run three times a day, travel time approx. 3 hours. The nearest cities are Imatra 40 kilometers south, Lappeenranta 80 kilometers south and Savonlinna 80 kilometers to the northwest of Simpele, all accessible by bus.
Studying at the Rautjärvi upper secondary high school is free. School offers a laptop and school books to use for the time of studies. Lunch is offered at school on school days free of charge.
Rautjärvi upper secondary high school offers accomodation for foreign students free of charge. Appartments are shared units for 2-3 students with private bedrooms, a shared kitchen and a shared bathroom.
There is a 5 minute walk from the appartments to the school. Grocery stores and the pharmacy are situated at the center of the town, a 10 minute walk away from the apparments. The nearest bus stop is right outside the appartments and the train station is a 20 minute walk away.