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8014301 Finnish 1, 4 Cp 
Code 8014301  Validity 01.06.2009 -
Name Finnish 1  Abbreviation SU1 
Credits4 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeLanguage and Communication Studies Subject0001 Language Centre Studies 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Language Centre, shared activities (J,K) 

Learning outcomes 

The student can use Finnish to say hello and introduce themselves, give basic information about themselves and their lives, and ask and answer questions.
The student understands and can produce simple spoken and written messages. They are able to hold brief conversations on familiar topics in Finnish and describe current and future events. The student is familiar with the key characteristics of the Finnish language and culture.


• introductions, family, hobbies, numerals, months and days of the week
• standard phrases and replies
• using services, making purchases and requests
• word order and basics of sentence formation
• declarative and interrogative clauses in the active voice and indicative mood
• basics of conjugating nominals and verbs
• characteristics of the Finnish language

Modes of study 

Participating in instruction and completing course assignments and exercises. The minimum attendance requirement for contact teaching is 50%.

Attendance of the first session is required to secure a place on the course. Course-specific, practical arrangements are agreed during the first session.

In order to complete the course and to be eligible for the course exam (if there is one), the student needs to meet the attendance requirement and successfully complete all course assignments within the set deadlines. 

If the student has exceeded the maximum number of absences or has failed to submit course assignments in the set deadlines, the course enrolment is terminated. In this case the student cannot take part in the course exam or retake exam, but the course needs to be retaken in its entirety.



Teaching methods 

Lectures, spoken and written pair and group exercises and independent studies, for example.
You should reserve 108 hours of total working time for the course. The maximum number of contact teaching hours is 48, some of which may be arranged in another manner agreed by the teacher and class.

Study materials 

Online and other material.


Evaluation criteria 

Evaluation: 5–0.

Active participation in group instruction (at least 50% attendance), completing course assignments, final exam and possible midterm exam. The course grade (5-0) is
based on both continuous evaluation and course assignment and exam grades. The minimum score required to pass the final exam is 65% of the maximum total score.

If a student gets a fail grade, he has the right to a retake exam.



The course starts at beginner level.


Offering data 

The course is intended for international degree students and staff members at the University of Eastern Finland.


Joensuu and Kuopio

Further information 

Neither the course nor its parts are eligible for substitution.


Taught in Finnish


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

Future exams
No exams