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ay900020Y Finnish for Advanced Students (OPEN UNI), 4 ECTS cr 
Code ay900020Y  Validity 01.08.1995 -
Name Finnish for Advanced Students (OPEN UNI)  Abbreviation Finnish for Adv 
Scope4 ECTS cr   
TypeLanguage and Communication Studies Discipline8015 Language studies, Finnish for Foreigners 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit University of Oulu, Open University 

Proficiency level 

B1, according to the Common European Framework


The course is intended for the international students in every faculty at the University of Oulu.

Also students of the Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK) may also participate to this cross-institutional study. See courses, student quota and applying for OAMK students

Required proficiency level 

A2.2 Completion of the Intermediate Finnish course 2 (900016Y) or the equivalent language skills.

ECTS Credits 

4 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 




Learning outcomes 

By the end of the course the student can deal with most situations in Finnish. S/he can understand clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school and leisure and also the main points of messages and conversations in colloquial Finnish. The student is able to produce simple coherent and logical text on different topics. S/he can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and also explain and justify her/his opinions better than before.


During the course students acquire the knowledge and skills for communicating also in more formal situations and learn to understand formal and official texts. In the course students develop their Finnish skills for everyday living, study and work purposes. In addition, they also study in more detail the differences between spoken and written language.

The topics and communicative situations covered in the course are: the social welfare and political system in Finland (e.g. family life, working life, culture, history, environmental matters) giving a presentation on a topic within one's own field or of personal interest.

The structures studied are: more about conditional (perfect tense of conditional), more about passive (past, perfect and pluperfect of passive), the imperative, the essive and translative cases, more about comparison of adjectives, more case covernment.

Mode of delivery 

Multi-modal teaching (Contact teaching, on-line teaching and independent work)

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lessons once a week (40 h), guided study in the Optima learning environment (40 h) and  self study (20 h)

Target group 

International degree and post-graduate degree students, exchange students of the University and the staff of the university

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Completion of the Intermediate Finnish course 2 or equivalent skills in Finnish

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Gehring, S., Heinzmann, S., Päivärinne, S. & Udd, T.: Suomen mestari 3 (chapters 1–6) and material in the Moodle learning environment

Assessment methods and criteria 

Regular and active participation in the weekly lessons (once a week), self study tasks, other homework assignments and written exam at the end of the course will be observed in assessment.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Grading scale is 1-5.

Person responsible 

Anne Koskela

Working life cooperation 


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