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Language cooperation in higher education in Vaasa

Students at the universities in Vaasa have the possibility to attend common language courses. The universities in Vaasa are: Hanken School of Economics, Vamk University of Applied Sciences, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Åbo Akademi University, University of Helsinki (Vaasa unit) and University of Vaasa.

Spring 2023

  • The course runs 10.1.–16.2. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 16–17:30, online
  • Teacher: Roberto Urrutia
  • Languages of instruction: Finnish, Swedish, English
  • Previous studies: Elementary course in Spanish 1 (3 ECTS) or equivalent
  • The course runs 9.1.–17.2. on Mondays 16–18, Wednesdays 14–16 and Fridays 8–10 on Zoom
  • Teacher: Katrin Polviander
  • Language of instruction: Finnish
  • Previous studies: Introduction to Russian Language (1 ECT) + Elementary course in Russian 1 (2 ECTS) or equivalent
  • The course runs 17.1.–21.3. on Tuesdays at 12–15 on the university campus
  • Teacher: Vassili Namsaraev
  • Language of instruction: English
  • No previous knowledge required
  • The course runs 16.1.-6.3. on Mondays 16-18.15 on Zoom
  • Teacher: Jinhua Cheng
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Previous studies: Elementary course in Chinese 1 (3 ECTS) or equivalent
  • The course runs 23.1.–20.3. on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10–12, online
  • Teachers: Sara Nyholm and Sannina Sjöberg
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Previous studies: Swedish as a Foreign Language 1a (2 ECTS) or equivalent
  • The course runs 23.1.–3.4. on Mondays at 16–17.30 at the university campus and online
  • Teachers: Mirjam Särs and Johanna Dahlin
  • Languages of instruction: Finnish and Swedish
  • The course uses the tandem method, which means you take turns in being 'instructor' and 'learner'. Finnish or Swedish as your first language is required, and intermediate skills in the other.
  • The course runs 16.1.–3.4. on Mondays and Tuesdays at 14–16, online
  • Teacher: Katrin Polviander
  • Language of instruction: Finnish
  • No previous knowledge required

Registration for the courses

The registration for the spring term courses ends on the 2nd of January 2023. 

  • Are you a University of Vaasa student? Register as usual in Peppi.
  • Are you a student at another university or university of applied sciences? Register using this registration form.

Each university and university of applied sciences in Vaasa has quota places on the courses.

Here are the course descriptions for courses taught in English: 


Here in Lukkari you can see the exact schedules by searching with the course codes (code in the search field -> the course's info button -> the tab "Reservations").

It might take a while to get your study points after a course. Students from VAMK and ÅA will get their study records sent automatically to their universities. For the other universities (Hanken, Novia, HY), students will get their study records sent to them, and they will then have to take the study records to their own university's student administration office for registration. 

If you have questions about the courses or registration, please contact Sannina Sjöberg.

What is Linguavaasa?

Linguavaasa is the Vaasa higher education consortium's language cooperation, to which all universities and universities of applied sciences in Vaasa belong: Hanken, University of Helsinki (Vaasa unit), Novia, University of Vaasa, Vamk and Åbo Akademi University.

For students Linguavaasa organizes common language courses and language events. For language teachers Linguavaasa offers education days and possibilities to network.

Contact persons for the units

  • Hanken: Marina Bergström
  • Helsingin yliopisto: Johanna Dahlin
  • Novia: Åsa Fagerudd
  • Vamk: Sanna-Liisa Kiikkala
  • Åbo Akademi: Kristina Granstedt-Ketola
  • Vaasan yliopisto: Jaana Puskala, Sannina Sjöberg
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Questions about courses or registration?

Sannina Sjöberg

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