Language Studies

The language of instruction in the studies offered for international students is English. The university also offers courses in other languages. International students are encouraged to complete at least some language courses in Finnish or Swedish to support their stay and studies in Finland and to enhance their integration into the Finnish society.

Language Courses by the Language Centre of the University

The Language Centre Linginno offers language and communication expertise and functions as a language centre for all other Schools. The Language Centre offers specially designed language courses for students in economics, business administration, technology and administrative sciences. Courses are organised in Finnish, Swedish, English, German, Russian, Spanish and French.

Language courses are based on intensive teaching and learning, and they require active participation in the lectures and excercises. The Language Centre recommends that Attendance and Coursework Guidelines for Language Centre Students are followed in the courses to ensure consistent practises concerning coursework, absences from courses where attendance is compulsory, and compensating for absences. The guidelines are compiled for students and teachers of the Language Centre and have been confirmed at the Language Centre on 7 May 2012. These guidelines are principles, and all teachers brief their students on attendances and compensation for absences in the beginning of their courses.

Language Centre courses for international students

The Language Centre offers basic language courses especially designed for international students annually. A list of language courses available each semester and course descriptions are available online and in the Language Centre handbook (Chapter 5). Registration for the language courses is done in WebOodi.

Language Courses outside University

Several educational institutes which are not part of the University arrange language courses in Vaasa. For example, two Adult Education Centers in Vaasa offer courses in different languages. You may, for example, continue your studies in Finnish or study Swedish from the beginners’ level. Course fees apply.

Adult education centers in Vaasa:

Language Courses by the Vaasa Consortium of Higher Education

Basic language courses are also offered by the Vaasa Consortium of Higher Education which is a network of higher education institutes in Vaasa. Within this framework, international students may participate in basic Finnish and Swedish language courses organised by the other institutes of higher education in Vaasa. Information about the courses is emailed to students through Into email list. For further information and list of available courses, please contact Mobility Services. Students from other institutions of higher education in Vaasa are asked to contact the international office of their host institution.

Students have a chance to take part in language courses in Vaasa also through JOO agreement.