Extent of Studies
In the Degree Programme in Business Service Solutions and Languages Finnish students are required to study Finnish and English and two additional languages. Foreign students are required to study Finnish, English and one additional language. The languages available are Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
Students must complete, besides the possible 10 credit points elementary studies, 15 credit points of core and professional studies in each of their chosen main languages (Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Swedish), where core studies account for 5 credit points, and professional studies for 10 credit points.
All Finnish students in the degree programme must complete 10 credit points of studies in Finnish. Foreign students must complete 20 credit points in Finnish.
It is recommended that the student chooses as her/his elective main languages only languages, in which he/she has at least the basic skills.
Students can apply to have another language than one of the aforementioned accepted as one of the main languages.
Students can begin their language studies by choosing a beginners course in one of the compulsory languages. Introductory courses are offered in Haaga-Helia in Chinese, Finnish as a Foreign Language, French, German, Russian and Spanish as free-choice studies if enough students enroll. Beginners’ courses in Swedish and English are not offered.
Students who start their language studies at the elementary level should complete beginners’ level during the first academic year.
Free-choice Language Studies
The student can include in her/his studies the following free-choice language studies:
- elementary courses
- extra language studies
- language studies which are not part of her/his compulsory language studies
The elementary language courses and the extra language courses are always included in the free-choice studies.
If students do not choose Swedish as one of their main languages, they then must complete 5 credit points of core studies in Swedish, Basic Business Swedish (written part SWE4LE201A and spoken part SWE4LE201B). This cover the proficiency in Swedish as a second language that is required by Finnish law from public servants that have a degree from an institute of higher education. The student's proficiency in Swedish is indicated in the degree diploma.
The aforementioned Swedish requirements do not apply to students who have completed their prior studies abroad or in a language other than Finnish or Swedish. Students must apply for exemption from Swedish studies in writing. The applications are to be submitted to the Degree Programme Director.