What is INTEGRA training

Objective of the training

The aim of the INTEGRA language training is to integrate language studies with studies in the participants’ own disciplines. In this way, the training will support the participants in learning the Finnish language, academic skills and the contents of their own discipline in Finnish. At the same time, the training promotes the students’ integration into the Finnish academic world and university learning culture.

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

How is the training?

INTEGRA is a language training programme that also includes university studies in the participants’ own disciplines. The scope of the training is 45 ECTS credits:

  • 24 ECTS credits Finnish language skills
  • 6 ECTS credits English language skills 
  • 5–10 ECTS credits of studies in each student’s own discipline
  • 5 ECTS credits individual guidance 

At the beginning of the training, the student and the counsellor of the SIMHE project (Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland) collaboratively create a personal study plan for the student. The participant’s prior education, current educational needs as well as Finnish, English and other language skills are mapped in the plan.

The training offers two different educational paths, A and B. Educational path A is intended for students whose Finnish language skills are from beginners to A2 level (Common European Framework of Reference) level. Path B is for students who have stayed in Finland for longer and for those with Finnish language skills of B1-B2 (Common European Framework of Reference) . The University of Jyväskylä Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication organises the language studies. 

The Open University of the University of Jyväskylä provides the field-specific content studies agreed on in the study plan. Separate study rights can be negotiated with university faculties 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.

Participants can complete an internship or a work try-out during the training. SIMHE will help and support students in finding the placement. In addition, an individual follow-up plan will be created for each student towards the end of the training.