Summer courses in Finnish language and culture 2017

In summer 2017, the Finnish National Agency for Education arranges five courses in Finnish language and culture, a course in contemporary Finnish literature and in Finnish history.

Students of Finnish language from Nordic universities cannot participate in courses I and IIA.

The language of tuition is Finnish in all courses. The study material will be distributed during the course.

Finnish language and culture, course I

The course is intended for

Students who

  • study Finnish at a university outside Finland (not in the Nordic countries)
  • have studied Finnish for one academic year or intensively (several hours a week) for at least one term.

Course level and contents

Applicants must have a level of Finnish corresponding to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The aim of the course is to learn to use Finnish in everyday situations and to expand the vocabulary and language knowledge. 80 hours of tuition.

Active participation in the course is a prerequisite for receiving the course certificate. Only Finnish is spoken during the course.

The course consists of

  • conversation
  • reading
  • grammar
  • lectures on Finnish culture and society
  • study visits and leisure time programme
  • a written and oral assignment.
Time11 July – 1 August 2017 (arrival 10 July and departure 2 August)
Place Turku
Scope 10 ECTS credits
Organiser Finnish National Agency for Education and Åbo Akademi
Number of participants 36, 3 groups

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Finnish language and culture, course IIA

The course is intended for

Students who

  • study Finnish at a university outside Finland (not in the Nordic countries)
  • have studied Finnish intensively (several hours a week) for one academic year or the equivalent amount over a longer period of time
  • can understand and use Finnish in everyday situations.

Course level and contents

Applicants must have a level of Finnish corresponding to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The aim of the course is to activate the participants’ spoken and written Finnish skills and to improve their understanding of spoken Finnish. 80 hours of tuition.

Active participation in the course is a prerequisite for receiving the course certificate. Only Finnish is spoken during the course.

The course consists of

  • conversation
  • reading
  • writing exercises
  • grammar
  • lectures on Finnish culture and society
  • study visits and leisure time programme
  • a written and oral assignment.
Time11 July – 1 August 2017 (arrival 10 July and departure 2 August)
Place Turku
Scope 10 ECTS credits
Organiser Finnish National Agency for Education and Åbo Akademi
Number of participants 36, 3 groups

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Finnish language and culture, course IIB

The course is intended for

Students who

  • study Finnish at a university outside Finland (also in the Nordic countries)
  • have studied Finnish intensively (several hours a week) for one academic year or the equivalent amount over a longer period of time
  • can understand and use Finnish in everyday situations.

Course level and contents

Applicants must have a level of Finnish corresponding to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The aim of the course is to activate the participants’ spoken and written Finnish skills and to improve their understanding of spoken Finnish. 80 hours of tuition.

Active participation in the course is a prerequisite for receiving the course certificate. Only Finnish is spoken during the course.

The course consists of

  • conversation
  • reading
  • writing exercises
  • grammar
  • lectures on Finnish culture and society
  • study visits and leisure time programme
  • a written and oral assignment.
Time11 July – 1 August 2017 (arrival 10 July and departure 2 August)
Place Vaasa
Scope 10 ECTS credits
Organiser Finnish National Agency for Education and University of Vaasa
Number of participants 48, 4 groups

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Finnish language and culture, course III

The course is intended for

Students who

  • study Finnish at a university outside Finland (also in the Nordic countries)
  • have studied Finnish intensively (several hours a week) for at least two years
  • master the basic vocabulary and grammar of Finnish
  • can actively participate in tuition in Finnish in small groups and follow lectures in Finnish.

Course level and contents

Applicants must have a level of Finnish corresponding to level B1–B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The aim of the course is to put theoretical knowledge of the Finnish language into practice and to increase knowledge of Finnish literature.

80 hours of tuition: 60 hours of language training and 20 hours of literature.

Active participation in the course is a prerequisite for receiving the course certificate. Only Finnish is spoken during the course.

The course consists of

  • conversation and comprehension of spoken language
  • everyday vocabulary and phrases
  • literature and textual analysis
  • lectures on Finnish culture and society
  • study visits and leisure time programme
  • a written and oral assignment.
Time6 July – 27 July 2017 (arrival 5 July and departure28 July)
Place Oulu
Scope 10 ECTS credits
Organiser Finnish National Agency for Education and University of Oulu
Number of participants 36, 3 groups

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Finnish language and culture, course IV

The course is intended for

Students who study Finnish at a university outside Finland (also in the Nordic countries) and who can

  • follow university-level tuition in Finnish in their own academic field
  • make notes on lectures
  • summarise lectures orally and in writing
  • read academic texts in Finnish.

The aim of the course is that participants

  • learn to read and write in Finnish in their own academic field
  • increase their knowledge of Finnish literature
  • become aware of their own language abilities, their strengths and areas of development
  • improve their fluency, accuracy and use of idiomatic language
  • develop efficient learning strategies
  • set themselves learning targets and identify means to help them develop their language skills independently in the future.

Course level and contents

Applicants must have a level of Finnish corresponding to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If there are not enough applicants on C1 level, it is possible to accept applicants on level B2, provided that they are at the final stages of their studies.

80 hours of tuition: 60 hours of training in language and communication and 20 hours of literature. In addition, lectures and study visits related to different cultural themes.

On the course you will

  • analyse different types of texts and adapt the knowledge gained from the analysis in your own writing
  • write an academic essay on a subject that relates to current research on your own field of study
  • take part in advanced grammar and vocabulary workshops
  • learn about current issues in the study of the Finnish language
  • practice your practical communication skills (e.g. reaction exercises and information search)
  • study modern Finnish literature as part of Finnish literary history. You will be sent texts to read in advance, which will then be discussed on the course.

Performance will be evaluated using teacher, peer and self-assessment. Active participation in the course is a prerequisite for receiving the course certificate. Only Finnish is spoken during the course.

Time11 July – 1 August 2017 (arrival 10 July and departure 2 August)
Place Jyväskylä
Scope 10 ECTS credits
Organiser Finnish National Agency for Education and University of Jyväskylä
Number of participants 24, 2 groups

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Course in contemporary Finnish literature

The course is intended for

Students who

  • study Finnish at a university outside Finland (also in the Nordic countries)
  • have studied Finnish intensively for at least two years
  • master the basic vocabulary and grammar of Finnish
  • can actively participate in tuition in Finnish in small groups and follow lectures in Finnish.

Previous studies in Finnish literature are not required.

Course level and the aim of the course

Applicants must have a level of Finnish corresponding to at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The aim of the course is to provide participants with a more in-depth knowledge of modern Finnish literature. You will read and analyse different types of texts during the course and get to know literary productions of different writers.

65 hours of tuition: lectures, group work, study visits and leisure time programme. The teachers are experts in literature.

A written assignment forms a part of the course. Active participation is a prerequisite for receiving the course certificate. Only Finnish is spoken during the course.

Time11 July – 28 July 2017 (arrival 10 July and departure 29 July)
Place Turku
Scope 10 ECTS credits
Organiser Finnish National Agency for Education and University of Turku
Number of participants 24, 2 groups

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Course in Finnish history

The course is intended for

Students who

  • study Finnish at a university outside Finland (also in the Nordic countries)
  • have studied Finnish intensively for at least two years
  • master the basic vocabulary and grammar of Finnish
  • can actively participate in tuition in Finnish in small groups and follow lectures in Finnish.

Previous studies in Finnish history are not required.

Course level and the aim of the course

Applicants must have a level of Finnish corresponding to at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The aim of the course is to acquaint the students with the main points in Finnish history, especially in recent history.

65 hours of tuition: lectures, group work, study visits and leisure time programme. The teachers are experts in history.

A written assignment forms a part of the course. Active participation is a prerequisite for receiving the course certificate. Only Finnish is spoken during the course.

Time18 July – 4 August 2017 (arrival 17 July and departure 5 August)
Place Jyväskylä
Scope 10 ECTS credits
Organiser Finnish National Agency for Education and University of Jyväskylä
Number of participants 24, 2 groups

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