Time: 28.8.-31.12.2023
Place: Online studies
Extent: 5 ECTS credits
Number of study places: 40
Target group: Everyone interested in the topic
Required previous skills: Attending the course requires completing the course of Finnish 2 or having corresponding skills. Attending the course also requires English skills enabling academic studies and some IT skills.
Lecturer: Xamk lecturer


Want to study more? Xamk Pulse also offers the course Finnish 2
Check more details and enrol here: Finnish 2, 5 ECTS cr

Credited in degree at Xamk: All Bachelor level degrees
Area of competence mentioned in Curriculum: Optional studies
Enrolment by: 13th August 2023
Price: EUR 12 / credit or semester fee EUR 175. You can read more about our payment policy here.

Please, notice that the fee for one semester will not be refunded, if the combined fees for your chosen studies remain below EUR 175 or you cancel your studies.

Note that you can enrol for Open UAS studies at the maximum of 50 ECTS credits per semester. One person’s enrolments exceeding 50 ECTS credits are deleted in the enrolment order. Paying attention to this is important when planning your studies.

Please also notice, that Xamk degree students cannot enrol on Open UAS courses.

Learning outcomes:

  • You are able to express yourself in versatile Finnish in everyday situations both orally and in writing.
  • You are able to follow slow conversation, write short texts and communicate spontaneously in versatile everyday situations.
  • You have command of different phrases, structures and vocabulary (CEFR level A2.1 – A.2.2). You will get to know some basic vocabulary of your own professional field.
  • You are familiar with a large variety of grammatical features, like passive voice, simple past tense, conditional mood, MA-infinitives and object of a sentence.
  • You are able to expand your vocabulary and knowledge of language usage also independently using different sources.
  • You can display familiarity in Finnish culture.

Contents and methods:

  • Which phrases and what kind of vocabulary and grammatical knowledge you need for everyday communication and for understanding and writing simple texts with varying topics?
  • Which sources and tools you can use in order to continue your elementary Finnish studies during the course and also independently?
  • How to use your cultural knowledge in communication?

Real-time classes on Teams or Zoom are organised once a week, on Thursdays 2.15-4 pm (local time). Note that timetable changes are possible. The real-time online sessions will be recorded, if necessary and upon request. Teaching is in Finnish and in English. The course evaluation is based on:

  • active participation to the online lessons
  • completion of the course weekly assignments and tests

Notice that all assignments must be submitted following the given schedule, by the end of the course. Late submissions are not allowed. The course also includes independent and group work.

The course covers 5 ECTS credits, totalling 135 hours of student work. The number of hours is theoretical and varies according to student effort.

Study material:

  • Gehring, S., Heinzmann, S., Peltomäki, A.-M., Päivärinne, S. & Udd, T. Newest edition Suomen mestari 2. Finn Lectura (Starting from chapter 1)

Assessment methods and criteria:
The course Finnish 3 is arranged at the entry-level of your studies. The assessment emphazises criteria a – d and f. A student that has reached the level 3 is able to
a) use phrases, quite versatile vocabulary and grammatical knowledge (CEFR levels A2.1 – A2.2) in everyday communication.
b) look for information from the text books and other information sources of the elementary Finnish.
c) identify various contexts and interrelated tasks.
d) communicate in versatile everyday situations.
f) work as team-members in a goal-oriented way.

Assessment scale: 

Transcript of records will be delivered automatically by email in PDF form. You can read more about the Transcript of records on: Information on Open UAS studies

This course is based on the curricula of Xamk's degree programmes and the Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS.

Additional information on enrolment:
Open University of Applied Sciences office, openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
You can cancel your enrolment free of charge 30 days before the course starts. If you have not cancelled by the due date, we will charge the full cost of the course. Cancellation by email to openstudies@xamk.fi.

Before the course starts, you'll receive a course invitation by email.

Please note that there can be changes in the course details in terms of the timetable and teachers, for example.

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South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences is audited by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC).


Want to study more? Xamk Pulse also offers the course Finnish 2
Check more details and enrol here: Finnish 2, 5 ECTS cr