Café Lingua

Cafe Lingua is a weekly event arranged by the Languages and Communication Unit in cooperation with the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and Talent Boost. Both Finnish and international people get to meet each other, socialize, learn about different cultures, and practice different languages in a casual and fun way.

The event is open to all! Whether you are a student, a staff member, or simply a resident of the Oulu region interested in meeting people from other cultures, you are welcome to join!


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!


If you are participating for fun, you do not have to sign up. All you have to do is show up.

If you are a student who wishes to receive credits for participation, you should enroll to 902104Y The Culture Passport in Peppi.

Schedule autumn 2023 and spring 2024

Meetings are held on Wednesdays 17 - 19.

Autumn term 2023: The first meeting is on Wed 13.9.2023. The last meeting on Wed 13.12.2023.

Spring 2024: The first meeting is on Wed 17.1.2024. The last meeting on Wed 15.5.2024.

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/s (student coordinator/s), who will be at each meeting and mark your attendance with a signature/stamp each time you participate.

Once you have participated 13 times, you will write a report about your experiences (see instuctions below). Send your scanned-in passport and report to the contact teacher by e-mail. 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 your contact teacher. You will hold 8 meetings per term and write a one-page report detailing your experience. Deliver your passport and report electronically to your contact teacher

Report Instructions

Student Report: Write a 1-page long report, in which you discuss and reflect on your time in Café Lingua. You can write, for example, about your language learning experiences in Café Lingua, some of the activities that you took part in, how well they worked for you as well as how you are planning on brushing up your language skills in future. You may also include suggestions for development, for example other language activities you may have found useful.

Coordinator Report: Write a 1-page long report, in which you discuss and reflect on your time in Café Lingua. Include some factual information, for example, the number of participants, the representative languages, etc. Write also about your coordinator experiences, what worked well, and which aspects could be improved. You may also include suggestions for development, for example other activities you may find useful and interesting for running the event as well as resources/materials that would be needed.

Contact information

Café Lingua Contact Teacher:

ESN Oulu - Erasmus Student Network Oulu Ry: