Language and Communication Studies - Studyguide
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Language and Communication Studies

The Language Centre is responsible for all language and communication teaching and development of teaching in the area. For comprehensive information about language and communication studies at JAMK, go to Elmo Student (login required).

Demonstrating Language Proficiency

The student of university of applied sciences must demonstrate in his/her degree studies or otherwise that he/she has achieved:

  1. the skills in Finnish and Swedish that are required of state officials functioning in a bilingual office in a position requiring a higher education degree as per the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (242/2003), and are necessary for practising his/her profession and for further professional development, and
  2. the written and oral skills in one or two foreign languages that are necessary for practising his/her profession and for further professional development.

The requirement stated in item 1 above does not apply to students who have completed their school education in a language other than Finnish or Swedish, or abroad. In such cases, the Head of Language Centre decides on the language requirements.

The Head of Language Centre may exempt a student partially or fully from the language requirements for the following reasons: the student does not have prior studies in the Swedish language, the student does not have prior studies in the English language or a professional has diagnosed the student with severe dyslexia or an issue connected to his/her health or functional capacity, for which the student has a medical certificate.

The grade of the second national language is marked in words (Good/Satisfactory) in the degree certificate, in compliance with the Government Decree on the Demonstration of Proficiency in the Finnish and Swedish Languages in the Civil Service (481/2003). The written and oral language skills are assessed separately. In accordance with the national guidelines, grades 1-3 correspond to the verbal grade “Satisfactory”, and grades 4-5 to the verbal grade “Good” in the assessment of the language skills referred to in the Act 424/2003.

Studying Languages and Communication

Languages and communication can be studied at JAMK University of Applied Sciences as follows:

  • by taking part in language and communication teaching and by completing the tasks required for each course
  • by requesting accreditation of earlier language studies

Courses Offered

You can read more language and communication studies on Elmo Student (login required):

  • Compulsory Language and Communication Studies
  • Elective Language and Communication Studies
  • Finnish Language

Language and communication studies specific to individual degree programmes

In addition to interdisciplinary language and communication studies, a few degree programmes have language and communication studies that are specifically intended for the students of the degree programmes in question. These field-specific studies are either compulsory or optional. Students outside the degree programmes in question can also include courses covering these vocational or advanced subjects in their elective studies.

Foreign students

Foreign exchange and degree students can study Finnish as a foreign language in groups of different levels. Language courses of different levels where teaching is in English are also offered as elective studies.