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Suomea Suomessa training programme

Suomea Suomessa (Finnish in Finland) is a training programme for students of Finnish language and culture. The programme has been targeted at foreign students who have Finnish language as a main or secondary subject, and are completing their degrees outside of Finland. The traineeships give them an opportunity to get work experience, to learn about Finnish working culture and to use Finnish in authentic situations.

Foreign students completing their degrees in Finland are, unfortunately, ineligible for the programme.

NB: citizens of countries other than the EU member states, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein always require a residence permit for the practical training period, including family trainees . A residence permit must be acquired prior to arrival in Finland from the Finnish embassy. The fee of the residence permit is 425/455 euros (Finnish National Agency for Education will compensate the fee for an electronic application, 425 € after the trainee's arrival).

Traineeships

Traineeships are intended to students of Finnish language and culture who

  • have a good knowledge of the Finnish language
  • have studied Finnish for at least 2 years

or to recent graduates. In the latter case, the placement should start at the latest within a year after qualification.

The duration of the placement is 1 to 6 months. Most placements are available during the summer.

The trainees can work, for example,

  • in customer service in museums
  • as holiday camp counsellors
  • as assistants in various projects (e.g. summer festivals).

Placements that you can apply for will be found on the Finnish side during the application process.

Funding
  • Either the employer will pay a salary (about 1,000 €/month)
  • or Finnish National Agency for Education will pay a grant of 670 €/month and the employer will contribute to the accommodation and/or meal expenses.
  • Finnish National Agency for Education will compensate the fee for an electronic residence application (425 €) after the trainee's arrival

The trainees will receive help in finding accommodation.

Finnish National Agency for Education does not award a separate travel grant.

You can receive the Suomea Suomessa traineeship grant twice.

How to apply for a traineeship?

In 2017, the application period was 3 February - 1 March. The applications must reach Finnish National Agency for Education at the latest on 1 March 2017.

You can apply for two different places at once. You can also tick the box I am also willing to accept another training placement (Olen valmis ottamaan vastaan myös muun harjoittelupaikan), in which case you may be offered another vacancy advertised on our website or a vacancy that was confirmed later.

Annexes to application

  • CV
  • reference from your Finnish teacher in your university, with assessment on your Finnish language skills
  • a list of courses/studies completed in the university
  • letter describing your motivation, why do you wish to do a traineeship

The application should be written in Finnish, but the list of courses completed can be, for example, in English.

The application should be sent to: riitta.uotila (at) oph.fi

Students need to send a report to Finnish National Agency for Education after the traineeship.

Traineeship vacancies

Vacancies that you can apply for will be found on the Finnish side during the application process.

Further information: Riitta Uotila | Contact

Application form (doc)

Report form (doc)