Inte­gra­tion into Fin­nish socie­ty through educa­tion – Stu­dy oppor­tu­ni­ties in Oulu

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This report by Gol­riz Gho­nou­ei dis­tills the rich insights sha­red by spea­kers during a recent event held by Oulu Skills Cent­re and Inter­na­tio­nal House Oulu, focusing on a diver­se ran­ge of educa­tio­nal oppor­tu­ni­ties in Oulu. The Stu­dy oppor­tu­ni­ties in Oulu event aimed to gui­de par­tici­pants in lan­gua­ge lear­ning, part-time and short-term stu­dies, uni­ver­si­ty pro­grams, and specia­lized ini­tia­ti­ves for immi­grant parents.

This detai­led explo­ra­tion of educa­tio­nal oppor­tu­ni­ties in Oulu offe­red prac­tical insights and advice for indi­vi­duals see­king to enhance their skills and inte­gra­te into Fin­nish socie­ty. The spea­kers’ emp­ha­sis on resources, gui­dance ser­vices, and prac­tical steps pro­vi­ded a valuable road­map for aspi­ring lear­ners in Oulu’s mul­ticul­tu­ral envi­ron­ment.

Stu­dy Fin­nish

Study in Oulu event

Riik­ka-Mai­ja Gar­de­meis­ter, a Fin­nish teac­her from Vil­la Vic­tor’s Mul­ticul­tu­ral Cent­re, undersco­red the essen­tial role of stu­dying Fin­nish in faci­li­ta­ting success­ful inte­gra­tion. Her pre­sen­ta­tion del­ved into the bene­fits of lear­ning Fin­nish, emp­ha­sizing how it enhances job pros­pects, even in English-spea­king workplaces. She high­ligh­ted the non-stop natu­re of Vil­la Vic­tor’s free Fin­nish cour­ses, which allow indi­vi­duals to start any­ti­me.

“Stu­dying Fin­nish is essen­tial for indi­vi­duals see­king to inte­gra­te into Fin­nish socie­ty, whet­her for stu­dy or work.“

Addi­tio­nal infor­ma­tion:

Navi­ga­ting Educa­tio­nal Oppor­tu­ni­ties

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Kat­ri Koso­nen (left), repre­sen­ting OAMK SIMHE, pro­vi­ded valuable insights into educa­tio­nal pos­si­bi­li­ties at the Oulu Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sciences. Her pre­sen­ta­tion cove­red the uni­ver­si­ty’s loca­tion, its sig­ni­ficance in the educa­tio­nal landsca­pe, and specia­lized sup­port for immi­grants. Kat­ri detai­led SIM­HE’s role in assis­ting immi­grants in unders­tan­ding the Fin­nish educa­tion sys­tem, offe­ring free per­so­nal gui­dance, and faci­li­ta­ting the applica­tion process. Kat­ri also pre­sen­ted a compre­hen­si­ve flowc­hart to gui­de pros­pec­ti­ve stu­dents in applying for degree pro­grams, inclu­ding the Open Uni­ver­si­ty line.

“SIMHE stands as a sup­por­ti­ve ins­ti­tu­tion, not only offe­ring educa­tio­nal oppor­tu­ni­ties but also pro­vi­ding essen­tial gui­dance for immi­grants see­king to enhance their skills and inte­gra­te into the Fin­nish educa­tion sys­tem.“

Addi­tio­nal infor­ma­tion

Oppor­tu­ni­ties offe­red by the uni­ver­si­ty

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David Dela­hun­ty, from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu’s Aca­de­mic Affairs, offe­red an exten­si­ve over­view of the diver­se pro­grams avai­lable. He stres­sed the impor­tance of tho­rough pre­pa­ra­tion for the applica­tion process, inclu­ding dis­tinct cri­te­ria and lan­gua­ge requi­re­ments for various pro­grams. David discus­sed the uni­ver­si­ty’s robust sup­port sys­tem, lan­gua­ge lear­ning oppor­tu­ni­ties, con­ti­nuo­us lear­ning plat­form “Joy,” and addi­tio­nal offe­rings like Cafe Lin­gua and Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty. Pros­pec­ti­ve doc­to­ral stu­dents recei­ved valuable insights into the sig­ni­ficance of fin­ding sui­table super­vi­sors and fun­ding options.

“For tho­se aspi­ring to pur­sue doc­to­ral stu­dies, having a mas­ter’s degree is a pre­requi­si­te.”

Addi­tio­nal infor­ma­tion:

Empowe­ring immi­grant parents

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Yulia Louckx from OSAO Kot­va illu­mi­na­ted a unique ini­tia­ti­ve tai­lo­red for immi­grant parents on paren­tal lea­ve. Yulia encou­ra­ged indi­vi­duals on paren­tal lea­ve to bene­fit from Kotva’s ser­vices, emp­ha­sizing lan­gua­ge pro­ficiency for various pro­grams.

“Kot­va pro­gram ope­ra­tes in Fin­nish, with English, Rus­sian, and Dutch lan­gua­ge sup­port avai­lable as nee­ded.”

Stu­dying Part-Time and Short-Term Stu­dies

Ella Sep­pä­nen from Business­Oulu Emplo­y­ment Ser­vices pro­vi­ded a detai­led break­down of stu­dy oppor­tu­ni­ties for unemplo­yed indi­vi­duals. Emp­ha­sizing the need for tho­rough con­sul­ta­tion with desig­na­ted con­tact per­sons, Ella cla­ri­fied the dis­tinc­tions between full-time and part-time stu­dies, addres­sing their impact on unemplo­y­ment bene­fits. Her pre­sen­ta­tion exten­ded to short-term stu­dies, emp­ha­sizing their use­ful­ness for enhancing voca­tio­nal com­pe­tence and coor­di­na­ting with the con­tact per­son to explo­re the­se options.

“If you are con­si­de­ring part-time or short-term stu­dies during unemplo­y­ment, your desig­na­ted con­tact per­son at Emplo­y­ment Ser­vices is a go-to resource.”

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Text: Gol­riz Gho­nou­ei