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Language and communications studies at TAMK

Versatile professional language and communications skills and the ability to face different cultures are more and more important professional skills in the globalising working life. Due to this, all higher education studies include language and communications studies, foreign-language educational material, and international student exchanges. You may also complete your practical training in an international environment.

Bachelor's degrees

The language and communications skill requirements for bachelor's degrees comply with the European language policy. According to it, every European should have a knowledge of at least two European languages in addition to their own mother tongue. The Finnish degree programmes include language studies in Finnish, English and Swedish. The language studies of English degree programmes diverge from the Finnish degree programmes to some extent.

In bachelor's degrees, the language studies in English are at the level B2.1 – B2.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and the studies in Swedish at the level B1.1 – B1.2.

The Government Decree on Polytechnics defines the official national degree objectives. You are required to demonstrate that you have attained through studies included in your university of applied sciences degree or otherwise:
1) such proficiency in Finnish and Swedish as is by law (6.6.2003/424) required of state officials functioning in a position requiring a higher education in a bilingual office and that is necessary for practising the profession and for professional development and
2) such degree programme based oral and written proficiency in one or two foreign languages as is necessary for practising the profession and for professional development.

The first requirement means that in a position requiring a higher education degree, you have to have an excellent proficiency in the language of the population majority in the official district (usually Finnish) and a minimum of satisfactory proficiency in the other official language (usually Swedish). Excellent language proficiency is demonstrated with a maturity test in connection with the studies.

A separate statement on the oral and written proficiency in the second official language is included in the degree certificate.

In bachelor's degrees, the proficiency level of language studies is based on the Government Decree and level 6 of the national framework of reference for languages: possesses independent communicative competence in one national and a minimum of one foreign language.

TAMK supports the students' language studies by offering supplementary courses in English and Swedish if needed.

Supplementary courses of open higher education and the Summer University of Tampere can be included in the elective language studies.

The extent of language and communications studies varies depending on the degree programme. Depending on the degree programme, the studies include one or two foreign languages. The most commonly studied first foreign language is English and second foreign language German. Finnish as a foreign language can be the first foreign language for degree students whose mother tongue is not Finnish.

Elective language studies

Elective language studies are offered according to the language programme annually confirmed by the university of applied sciences. You can include elective language studies of 5-15 credits into the degree depending on the degree programme.

If you participate in an international exchange programme in a language area for which language studies are not provided in the university of applied sciences, International Services support your language studies.

Master's degrees

The language proficiency requirements for master's degrees are determined by level 7 of the national framework of reference for languages:

Is capable of demanding oral and written international communication in the field and with those not familiar with the field in the second national and a minimum of one foreign language. This is equivalent to the level C1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages in English and the level B2 in Swedish. In bachelor's degrees, the language studies in English are at the level B2.1 – B2.2, and the studies in Swedish at the level B1.1 – B1.2.  

Credit transfer for prior language studies

The university of applied sciences can allow credit transfer for language studies completed in Finnish or foreign higher education institutions. You may also apply for recognition of competence acquired elsewhere regardless of where and how the competence has been acquired. You can find further information on credit transfer and recognition of prior competence in the degree regulations  (§ 18).

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Exemption from studies

The director of education can grant exemption from all or some language proficiency requirements for a specific reason, such as a dyslexia diagnosis, or if you have completed your school education in some other language than Finnish or Swedish or have completed your school education abroad. You have to complete an equivalent amount of other agreed studies (degree regulations § 21).

Application for Exemption from Language Proficiency Requirements

Additional information:

Language Services blog

Degree programmes' additional instructions

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Created:
25-02-2019
Updated:
13-12-2019