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Language Studies, Curriculum 2014

Language Studies, Curriculum 2014

Language studies for students who have started their studies before autumn 2014 > >

The information below applies to the students who start their studies in autumn 2014 or after.

Extent of Studies

In the Degree Programme for Multilingual Management Assistants 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 9 credit points elementary studies, 16 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 6 credit points, and professional studies for 10 credit points.

Additionally, the student has to complete a language project (3 credit points) in either English or in one of her/his elective languages.

All Finnish students in the degree programme must complete 12 credit points of studies in Finnish. Foreign students must complete 22 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.

Language proficiency objectives

The foreign language proficiency objectives are that students:

  • are able to communicate orally as required in business life and culture (e.g. telephone language and corporate presentations)
  • are able to communicate fluently in writing in demanding professional contexts (e.g. meeting documents, PR letters and other corporate communications)
  • have acquired solid presentation skills and are aware of non-verbal communications.

Starting Levels and Proficiency Objectives

The study of English is started at level B2 of the common European framework (see Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, 2001). The study of Swedish is started at level B1. The core studies in Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish, are started at level A2.

The student who has studied the language (Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Russian) in upper secondary school/high school or who has reached equivalent skills in it starts the studies at the core level.

The objective for English is level C1. and Swedish is level C1of the common European framework. The objective for French, German, Russian and Spanish studies is level B2 in the common European framework. The objective for Chinese is level B1.

Foreign students start their Finnish studies at elementary level. The objective for Finnish studies is level B2.

The European language learning, teaching and evaluation general framework is used when determining both the starting and target levels for language studies in the DP for Multilingual Management Assistants. These two levels for students beginning their basic-level language studies are as follows:

  Starting level Target level
Chinese A1 B1
English B2 C1
French A2 B2
German A2 B2
Russian A2 B2
Spanish A2 B2
Swedish B1 C1


Elementary Studies

Students can begin their language studies by choosing a beginners course in one of the compulsory languages. Introductory courses are offered 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 semester. It is recommended that the intermediate level is taken during the second semester, at the same time that the student begins his or her studies in  Business Communication 1 course in the chosen language.

The elementary English or Swedish courses are not offered in the DP for Multilingual Management Assistants.

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 (16/19)

The elementary language courses and the extra language courses are always included in the free-choice studies.

Swedish Studies

If students do not choose Swedish as one of their main languages, they then must complete 6 credit points of core studies in Swedish, Basic Business Swedish 1 (SWE1LE101) and Basic Business Swedish 2 (SWE1LE102). These courses 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.

Students who have completed their secondary school in Swedish do not need to take Swedish up to 6 credit points if they intend to write their maturity test in Swedish and apply for this right from the Degree Programme Director. Students who speak Swedish as their mother tongue can choose Swedish as one of their compulsory languages. In such a case, however, they must complete their Swedish studies according to the programme for native Swedish speakers (see below).

From autumn 2016 onwards the students who speak Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish or Swedish as their mother tongue, shall have the same learning outcomes as the other students. Thus, they will study the same language courses than the other students. The students agree with the teachers how to demonstrate their competence / complete the course.