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Language and communication studies
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Language and communication studies

Language and communication studies at HAMK

The guidelines apply to international students studying in English
For Finnish students: Guidelines for Finnish students studying in English

General information on language and communication studies

Language, communication and international skills are key competences in all fields of work. The aim of the practical language and communication studies at the university of applied sciences is fluency in various interactive situations at work.

A Bachelor’s degree conducted in English includes at least 15 credits of language studies, of which at least 5 credits are English studies and at least 10 credits are Finnish studies. English-taught degree education may also include other studies in Finnish that support employment in Finland.

Language and communication studies are closely linked to other professional studies, which often also include various international projects. Students can increase their international competence in many ways throughout their studies.

From the spring semester 2022, it will be possible to take preparatory language and communication studies that support studies at HAMK. Versatile language and communication studies are also available through the KiVANET language teaching network of Finnish higher education institutions and the CampusOnline network of Finnish universities of applied sciences.

Proficiency level targets

In English, the aim is to achieve proficiency level B2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  The proficiency level target for Finnish is A2.

Finnish language studies

Degrees in English include 10 credits of Finnish studies aimed at supporting the employment of international students in Finland. Students liable to pay tuition fees may apply for a scholarship based on the required number of credits and Finnish language proficiency.

Language proficiency is demonstrated by a language test organised by HAMK or by a national certificate of language proficiency (YKI certificate). Further information on the language test is available on the HAMK website (Finnish language test for scholarship programme).

Previously acquired competence in language and communication skills

Language and communication studies can only be recognised if they are of the same level and completed at a higher education institution. Language proficiency acquired in other ways can be demonstrated through a so-called skills demonstrations.

Further information on the principles of recognition and accreditation of prior learning (RPL) at HAMK is available on the RPL page of study planning and in the guideline for recognition and accreditation of prior learning (RPL). The RPL guideline contains a separate chapter on the recognition of language and communication studies.

Exemption from language studies

A student may be exempted from compulsory language studies for special reasons, such as severe dyslexia. Students exempted from compulsory language studies must complete a corresponding number of credits in other studies.

Course assessment, renewal and improvement of grades

The principles of course assessment, completion of an unfinished course, renewal of a failed grade and improvement of a passed grade are described in the HAMK assessment of studies guideline.


The thesis and abstract are written in English in English-taught degree programmes. Their linguistic form is reviewed by an English teacher. The maturity test related to the thesis is written in English.

The linguistic form of Master’s theses is not reviewed. For these theses, a press release is drafted instead of a maturity test.

HAMK guidelines for theses can be found on the website.