integra_logo_english_xl.pngINTEGRA is a two-year project funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The project develops an educational model that integrates university language and content studies for immigrants who have completed or are qualified for higher education and aim to finish their interrupted degree studies or complement a prior degree in compliance with Finnish qualification requirements. The aim is to create a permanent model that can be applied in other higher education institutions as well. The training can also serve as individual integration training, for which the students may receive unemployment benefits. In addition to the educational objectives, the model seeks to promote immigrants’ integration into society as well as the development of multilingual competence and university pedagogy.

The INTEGRA training does not lead to a university degree, and the students cannot automatically continue in degree studies at the university or at other higher education institutions after the training. However, the training and the guidance received in it will help students to continue in degree studies afterwards.

The project period lasts from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2019. 

For students

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