Café Lingua

Cafe Lingua is a weekly event arranged by the Languages and Communication Unit and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). Both Finnish and international students get to meet each other, socialise and even learn different languages from native speakers in a casual and fun way.


The activities in the events vary, but you will be able to discuss contemporary or otherwise fascinating topics and play board games, for example, as well as create stronger bonds with people from different cultures. The languages represented in Cafe Lingua depend on the participants, but you can expect to hear and learn languages such as Finnish, English, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Swedish, Chinese and Arabic.  Cafe Lingua is also a great place to meet someone with whom you can do tandem studies, so keep that in mind!

You do not have to sign up for the Cafe Lingua events, all you have to do is show up.  
The Café Lingua events will be organised in compliance with COVID-19 safety instructions.  Attend only if you are symptom-free.



Autumn and Spring meetings are held on Wednesdays 17-19.

Autum 2021: First meeting 15.9. 2021.  Last meeting 15.12. 2021

The place:  Ravintola Napa on the Linnanmaa campus

Culture Passport

By participating in Cafe Lingua you can acquire credits.  Ask for a culture passport from the Cafe Lingua facilitator who will be at each meeting and collect attendance marks from each time you participate.

Once you have participated 13 times, you will write a report about your experience.  Then you will electronically deliver your passport and report to Katrin.Korkalainen at  When the teacher has approved your report, you will get 2 credits.

Coordinator Passport

By facilitating and coordinating Cafe Lingua meetings you can acquire 2 credits per term or 4 credits per year.  You can register for this position by contacting Katrin. Korkalainen at  You will hold 8 meetings per term and write a one-page report detailing your experience.  Deliver your passport and report electronically to Katrin Korkalainen.

Contact information

Café Lingua Contact Teacher:

ESN Oulu - Erasmus Student Network Oulu Ry: