Summer courses in Finnish language and culture 2018

In summer 2018, the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) arranges four courses in Finnish language and culture and a course in Finnish language and translation.

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

Course IV in Finnish language and culture will not be arranged in 2018.

Course I in Finnish language and culture

The course is intended for

Students who

  • study Finnish at a university outside Finland,
  • have studied Finnish for one academic year or intensively (several hours a week) for at least one term.

Course level and content

Applicants’ proficiency in Finnish must correspond to at least 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 knowledge of the language. About 85 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 final assignment.
Time11 July – 1 August 2018 (arrival 10 July and departure 2 August)
Place Turku
Scope 10 ECTS credits
Organiser EDUFI and Åbo Akademi University
Number of participants 36, 3 groups

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Course IIA in Finnish language and culture

The course is intended for

Students who

  • study Finnish at a university outside Finland,
  • 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 content

Applicants’ proficiency in Finnish must correspond to at least 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. About 85 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 final assignment.
Time11 July – 1 August 2018 (arrival 10 July and departure 2 August)
Place Turku
Scope 10 ECTS credits
Organiser EDUFI and Åbo Akademi University
Number of participants 36, 3 groups

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Course IIB in Finnish language and culture

The course is intended for

Students who

  • study Finnish at a university outside Finland,
  • 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 content

Applicants’ proficiency in Finnish must correspond to at least 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. About 85 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 final assignment.
Time10 – 31 July 2018 (arrival 9 July and departure 1 August)
Place Vaasa
Scope 10 ECTS credits
Organiser EDUFI and University of Vaasa
Number of participants 48, 4 groups

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Course III in Finnish language and culture

The course is intended for

Students who

  • study Finnish at a university outside Finland,
  • have studied Finnish intensively (several hours a week) for at least two years,
  • master the basic vocabulary and grammar of Finnish,
  • are able to participate actively in small group tuition in Finnish and follow a lecture in Finnish.

Course level and content

Applicants’ proficiency in Finnish must correspond to at least 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.

About 85 hours of tuition: approx. 65 hours of teaching in Finnish language, culture and society and 20 hours in Finnish 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 final assignment.
Time7 – 28 July 2018 (arrival 6 July and departure 29 July)
Place Oulu
Scope 10 ECTS credits
Organiser EDUFI and University of Oulu
Number of participants 36, 3 groups

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Course in Finnish language and translation

The course is intended for

Students who

  • study Finnish at a university outside Finland,
  • have studied Finnish intensively for at least two years,
  • master the basic vocabulary and grammar of Finnish,
  • are able to participate actively in small group tuition in Finnish and follow a lecture in Finnish,
  • are interested in translation.

Participation in the course does not require any previous studies in translation.

We hope to have applications from students translating into Spanish, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, French or Italian. But students translating into any other language are also very welcome to apply.

Course level and content

Applicants’ proficiency in Finnish must correspond to at least level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The aim of the course is to deepen proficiency in all areas of Finnish (reading, writing, listening and conversation) and study the basics of professional translation (translation strategies, information search methods for translators, traditional and electronic tools, etc.).

A total of about 85 hours of instruction will be provided. Language and translation will be taught in small groups and there will be joint lectures on translation and modern literature. The course also includes study visits and activities for the free time. The teachers of the course are experts in the Finnish language, translation and literature.

The course also includes independent work and a written and an oral final assignment. Active participation in the course is a prerequisite for receiving the course certificate. Only Finnish will be spoken during the course.

Time2 – 23 August 2018 (arrival 1 August and departure 24 August)
Place Tampere
Scope 10 ECTS credits
Organiser EDUFI and University of Tampere
Number of participants 24, 2 groups

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