International degree students of Lapland UAS have 10-20 ECTS of Finnish language studies included in their degree.
In addition, it is recommendable to choose free choice electives of Finnish language study units. See for example the study units Finnish club and YKI training. If your degree studies only include 10 ECTS of Finnish, you are welcome to take additional courses (Finnish 3 and Finnish 4).
This is how you can choose the best study units for you:
A. Starting from scratch?
If you don’t know any Finnish yet, the basic Finnish study units are part of your degree programme. You just need to follow the degree programme study path from the beginning.
B. What if I speak some Finnish already?
If you have some prior knowledge of the Finnish language, you can substitute the Finnish language study units included in your degree programme. The Lapland University Language Centre offers 25 credits of B1-B2-level Finnish language study units. Note, that you need to fill in a PIA application.
See for example,
XFIN0221 Suomen rakenne- ja tekstikurssi 1(CEFR B1.1) (3 ECTS)
XFIN0223 Suomen suullinen kielitaito 1 (CEFR B1.1) (2 ECTS)
C. I am already a pro in Finnish!
If you speak fluent Finnish already and you think you don’t need to study more Finnish, you may follow these instructions:
If you don’t have a certificate, you may show your Finnish language competence in a skills demonstration. Contact a Finnish language teacher for more information.
- Apply for substitution in Peppi.
- Present a certificate and/or study register of prior Finnish language studies.