Finnish in Working Life for Beginners

Dates: TUE 14–TUE 28.8.2018
Organizer: Turku University of Applied Science
Price: 720 € (inc. Social Programme)
Credits: 6 ECTS
Class size: minimum 10–maximum 20

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Do you want to learn basic Finnish and also get information about Finnish Working Life in an intensive course? Have you ever wondered what is happening in Finnish labor market and how to apply for work in Finland? Does it differ from how to apply work in your home country?

If the answer is yes, then this course is for you!

This course aims to give students basic knowledge Finnish language, culture, and Finnish Working Life. The course focuses on understanding and using basic sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of everyday life and especially in working life.

Students will also get information about Finnish Working Lie: what is specific in Finnish Working Life, how to apply for jobs, how to operate in work place etc. depending also on student’s interest area. Students will also get to know examples of Finnish art and design.


  • You will learn to  introduce yourself and some basic points already at home through web material.
  • The starting level is at least A1.1, and your desirable outcome level is A1.3.


  • Practice of the language both in oral and written communication related to working life
  • Introduction to Finnish art and design

Target audience

  • Students or anyone wanting to learn Basic Finnish in intensive course and learn about Finnish Working Life


  • Written assignments both as homework and in class
  • Discussion in pairs or small groups is also included
  • Excursion in Turku

Student work load

  • 3+ 3 hours per day + homework, pre course and past course tasks.

Learning materials

  • Material given during the lectures.

Literature (subject to change)

  • The material will be selected based on the needs of the students. The material is prepared from the teachers on Optima-platform.
  • Web material Taste of Finnish, chapters 1 and 2.


Jaana Kivivuori is working as Finnish language and communications lecturer in the department Business, ICT and Chemical Engineering of Turku University of Applied Sciences. She is solid on learning Finnish prompt because of the systematically structure of the Finnish language. She is fond of team teaching, gardening, and dancing.

Anu Lehtinen is working as senior advisor in Students’ Career Services of Turku University of Applied Sciences. She will give the lectures related to Finnish Working Life and how to operate in Finnish Working Life.

Ulla Seppälä-Kaven is working as senior lecturer in cultural studies in the Degree Programme in Design and is also responsible teacher for Master Programme in Leadership and Service Design at Turku University of Applied Sciences. She has published two student guide books about design and interiors in Finland during the past 100 years.

Subject to change