Content of the training

The ecucation model includes 30 ECTS credits of language, civic and working life skills studies, 5-10 ECTS credits of studies in students’ own discipline and 5 ECTS of drafting of individual study plans. Each participant’s prior education, educational needs as well as Finnish and English skills are mapped in the plan.

Two different educational paths (A and B) are developed further in the project. The scope of these paths is identical, but they feature different emphases regarding the perspective of language skills development. Path A is for recently arrived immigrants and B for immigrants who have resided in Finland for a longer time.

In addition to Finnish, the students study English in the programme, and they have the opportunity to learn Swedish if they want. The Open University provides the field-specific content studies. Furthermore, we can negotiate with university faculties on separate study rights if the Open University does not offer suitable content studies, or if a student needs master’s level studies. The central civic and working life skills studies defined in the National Core Curriculum for Integration Training for Adult Migrants that are relevant for the students will be integrated with the language and content studies.

Student guidance

Guidance and support on the recognition of competence are provided throughout the training. Utilising the individual, networked guidance service of the project Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland (SIMHE), we will recruit the students, identify their competence and needs, and create individual study plans for those selected for the training. The study plans also include the mapping of language skills (Finnish, English and other multilingual resources). SIMHE will support the students in finding a work placement and planning their independent content studies. Towards the end of the training, SIMHE, the Open University and the Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication will work together to create an individual follow-up plan for each student on study paths related to the training. The project also cooperates closely with the Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) on, for example, student recruitment and guidance.