In the beginning...

Our department was founded on the first of January, 1974, as a separate department at the University of Jyväskylä, and called the National Language Centre. In the 1970’s, a network of language centres was created for Finnish universities. The national centre was responsible for planning and coordinating the language teaching offered by these centres.


The name of the centre was soon changed into the Language Centre for Finnish Universities. The aim was to develop university-level language teaching in Finland. The duties of the LCFU ranged from teaching material production to providing further training for language centre teachers.

As the language centres become established parts of the universities, our centre could concentrate most of its efforts on research. In 1996, the department became part of the Faculty of the Arts and its name was changed into its present form: the Centre for Applied Language Studies or SOLKI. At the same time, we assumed the responsibility for the instruction of Applied Linguistics.