Kummi Family Programme

The Kummi Family Programme, introduced at the University of Oulu in 1995, connects an international student with a local family. The idea is to match the student with the family to spend their free time together. It is up to the family and the student to decide how often they meet and how they spend their time together. Students live independently on their own, not at the Kummi family’s home.

Participating in the programme will provide you an opportunity to establish new friendships and have memorable experiences with your student or family. The student and the family will also have a chance to practice their language skills.

The programme starts in the autumn semester and runs September-May each academic year. The families and the students commit to the programme for a year at the time. Should you be interested to apply, please find more information and the application forms for kummi families and students through the links below. 

We have been contacting our existing kummi families to ask of their interest to participate during the academic year 2019-2020 (September-May). If you have had a kummiteltava in the previous years and have not received our messages, please be in touch with Roosa Heinonen (Roosa.Heinonen@oulu.fi or 050 3299493) to update your contact details. Thank you!

Schedule in the autumn semester 2018:

17.9.2019 Families
Leave your application by 17.9.2019 if you wish to participate in the academic year 2019-2020. If you wish to participate later, you can submit an application any time. Fill in your application here. 

3.9-17.9.2019 at 12.00 Students
Application period for the students. Please note that the deadline for the application is 17.9.2019 at 12.00 GMT + 03.00 Fill in your application here.

During week 38
The families and the students will be matched based on their applications.

27.9.2019 The first meeting takes place at the University of Oulu Botanical Gardens, Kaitoväylä 5, 90570 Oulu, Finland (Linnanmaa campus).
The students will meet with their Kummi family for the first time. There will be two groups, the first group will meet at 17.00 and the second group will meet at 18.30. Partcipants will get an invitation with the specific time via e-mail.