02.05.2018

Communication and Language Studies

You improve your ranking in the labour market and your work in multicultural work organisation internationally by getting yourself strong and diverse communication and language skills. Communication and language studies are an integral part of all our degree programmes.

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The Faculty of Mathematics and Science is the most international faculty at the University of Jyväskylä. The organisations and business working in Mathematics and sciences also function globally and at the labour market you will need great language skills and skills to work in a multicultural environment.

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The University Language Centre will offer you the most essential communication and language studies that the Faculty has designated to be part of your study. Purpose of the language studies is to support your major studies and prepare you for communication on your native language and with foreign-language on your future career.

Language Studies of the International Master's Programmes

International Master's degree programmes may contain communication and language studies. Students can also include communication and language courses to their elective and optional studies. A good option to include in to these studies are some English language courses delivered by the Language Centre. For more information on the English language courses available at the Language Centre, please see below. Detailed course descriptions and schedules are available on Korppi. The Master's degree programmes usually contain English courses included to the compulsory studies and/or linked to the Master's thesis work. 

Non-native Finnish speakers may choose one Finnish course depending on their level of Finnish skills. Native Finnish speakers can choose any optional language and communication studies  offered by the Language Centre.

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Master's Degree Programme in Nanoscience

Specialisation in Cell and Molecular Biology

The Master's degree programme does not contain any specific communication and language studies. The students may include communication and language courses to their optional and elective studies.

Specialisation in Chemistry

The degree programme contains the following communication studies (total 4 ECTS):

XENB001 Academic Writing for Master's Students: Core Principles (2 ECTS) 
XENB002 Academic Writing for Master's Students: Writing that Flows (2 ECTS) 

Specialisation in Physics

The degree programme contains the following communication studies:

XENB001 Academic Writing for Master's Students: Core Principles (2 ECTS) 
XENB002 Academic Writing for Master's Students: Writing that Flows (2 ECTS) 

Master's Degree Programme in Biological and Environmental Science

The Master's degree programme includes communication and language studies total amount of 6 ECTS, from which minimum amount of 2 ECTS courses in Finnish. This course can be for example XSU0026 Survival Finnish (2 ECTS). 

Master's Degree Programme in Nuclear and Particle Physics

The degree programme contains the following communication studies:

XENB001 Academic Writing for Master's Students: Core Principles (2 ECTS) 
XENB002 Academic Writing for Master's Students: Writing that Flows (2 ECTS) 

Other communication and language studies

Finnish

  • XSU0005 Finnish 1 (5 ECTS): the course focuses on everyday language skills and use, but also on analysis of the language structure. After the course students can progress to Finnish 2 –course.

If a student has studied Finnish before admission to the programme, the student can choose one of the following instead of XSU0005:

  • XSU0006 Suomi 2 (5 ECTS)
  • XSU0007 Suomi 3 (6 ECTS)
  • XSU0008 Suomi 4 (6 ECTS)
  • XSU0021 Suomi 5 (6 ECTS)

Non-native Finnish speakers can choose one Finnish course depending on their level of Finnish skills. The basic starter level course (Finnish 1) is the default mandatory course. If a student has studied Finnish before admission to the programme, the skills level is assessed and the student can choose another course according to their skills level. Students can also continue to study these subsequent courses as their other optional studies after Finnish 1. Native Finnish speakers can choose any optional language and communication studies offered by the Language Centre.

Language Centre

The University's Language Centre provides the students and staff of the University with discipline-specific language and communication teaching and consultation. With a multilingual and multicultural staff of some 70 teachers and support staff the Language Centre is able to offer contact teaching, ICT-enhanced programmes, and self-access learning options in over 30 languages.

A range of language courses are taught in English, such as Portuguese and Chinese, and thus are available for our international students.