English

English is the primary language for international communication in business, science, education, the humanities and medicine.  English connects people of different backgrounds in all walks of life, enabling them to exchange ideas and find solutions.

 

Courses by faculty

Students of Biochemistry complete two English courses:

1. 902100Y English for Biochemists 1 (3 credits)    Bachelor's degree 1st year, autumn and spring terms

Exemption from part of the course is given to students with a matriculation exam grade laudatur or eximia cum laude approbatur and those who have graduated from an IB-programme. However, attendance is compulsory for ALL students at the first lesson, where more information will be provided to those who are due exemption.

2. 902154Y Scientific Communication for Biochemists (5 credits)   Master's degree 1st year, spring term

Contact teacher: Kari-Pekka Kallunki

 
You can choose to complete your 5 ECTS/5 op foreign language requirement in English,  French, German or Russian.

If you choose English:

The requirement is 902160Y, which for all humanities degree programmes, except logopedics is a 5 op* Academic English course all in one semester. You will have lessons twice per week; once for the Reading for Academic Purposes (RAP) part, and once for the Academic Communication (AC) part. Both parts also include homework tasks. Sign up for the whole course, but please add a comment telling the teacher if you are only taking one part or the other.
For logopedics the two parts are arranged and offered separately;  RAP in your first autumn semester, then AC in your first spring semester.

* If you received a grade of L or E in "long English" in your matriculation exam, you will be exempted from the RAP part of the 5 op course and will study English for 3 op only.

Recognition of Prior Learning? If you have learnt Academic English elsewhere, perhaps abroad or in working life, please read our RPL/"AHOT"-pages, for details of how to apply for further exemption from the English course(s).

Teachers:

Heather Kannasmaa

Karen Niskanen 

Questions:

N.B. Students of English philology and German philology, you do NOT take these courses, as your studies in your major fulfill the requirement.

N.B. "Older" students who have completed some part(s) of the 5op requirement but have some part(s) missing:
Welcome back to complete your English requirement!  Do not hesitate to ask  if you need guidance on which group to sign up for. Remember to use the new code 902160Y in Weboodi, as the separate old codes 902000Y and 902001Y no longer exist!

Contact teacher for Humanities' English teaching: Heather Kannasmaa

 

“Language is the road map of a culture.  It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”

                                                                 Rita Mae Brown

Welcome to the English course!

Students in the Faculty of Education complete one English course:

902130Y Vieras kieli (englanti), 3 op - Foreign language (English), 3 ECTS

Proficiency level: CEFR B2

Timing: both autumn and spring term

Note

                 Exemption from the first part of the course is given to students with

                   matriculation examination grade “L” or “E”. However, attendance is

                   compulsory for ALL students in the first lesson.

Contact teachers: Sari Törmänen and Satu Rusko

 

 

 

English courses for students of Biology, Mathematical & Physical Sciences and Geography

Proficiency level: CEFR B2-C1

902002Y English 1 , 2 op (Reading for Academic Purposes)
Biology: 1st year spring term (periods 3 and 4)
Mathematical & Physical Sciences 1st year autumn term (periods 1 and 2)

902004Y English 2, 2 op (Scientific Communication)
Biology: 2nd year autumn term (periods 1 and 2)
Mathematic & Physical Sciences: 1st year spring term (periods 3 and 4)

902003Y English 3, 3 op (Reading for Academic Purposes)
Geography: 1st year autumn (periods 1 and 2)

902005Y English 4, 3 op (Scientific Communication)
Geography: 3rd year autumn (periods 1 and 2)

NB: If you received a grade of “L” or “E” in the Finnish matriculation exam, and began your studies in autumn 2009 or later, you will receive credits for the Reading component (English 1 or English 3) without attending the course. Please contact your faculty. You will still need to rejoin your classmates for your later English course.

NB: English 1 and English 2 are also offered for students of Chemistry and Geosciences in the Technical Faculty

902002Y English 1, 2 op (Reading for Academic Purposes)
Geosciences: 1st year spring term (periods 3 and 4)
Chemistry: 1st year autumn term (periods 1 and 2)

902004Y English 2, 2 op (Scientific Communication)
Geosciences: 2nd year spring term (periods 3 and 4)
Chemistry: 2nd year spring term (periods 3 and 4)

Contact teacher: Karen Niskanen

 

 

The degree programmes of Medicine and Dentistry

The following two courses are ONLY for students who started their university studies before the academic year 2016-17 and are still completing the old degree programme:

Contact teacher: Eva Braidwood

 

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.

                                         --Ludwig Wittgenstein

Here in the English for Business students program we understand the demands and importance of English skills in the world today.  All English courses in this program are designed to improve the skills of all learners and to facilitate readiness to thrive in working world challenges.  Our aim is to help you break your limits and extend your capacity to operate successfully in the world and to support you in your efforts to widen your expertise in your chosen field of study.

CONTENTS:

1. Students who have started their university studies in the fall of 2014 or later

2. International Master's Program

3. Students who have started their studies before 2014 and are still completing the old degree program

 

1. Students who have started their university studies in the fall of 2014 or later

Your degree requirements include 11 credits in one or two foreign languages. In one of these languages you must reach the level required by your degree program.
If you choose English as your foreign language, you may choose from the following courses.

English courses

902132Y Integrated Text and Business Studies 4 credits
Proficiency level: B2-C1
Timing: Autumn first year of studies

902084Y Business Talk 3 credits
Proficiency level: B2-C1
Timing: Spring first year of studies

902138Y Business Writing 4 credits
Proficiency level: B2-C1
Timing: Second or third year of studies  

Oulu Business School Coordinator for all English courses is Jaana Sorvari.

NORMAL ENGLISH PROGRAM
When you have completed 4 credits of English, your field-related English ability can be said to be at the level required by your degree program and you can continue studying English or focus on another foreign language to fulfil the 11 credit requirement in foreign languages which is stipulated by your degree program.

HONORS English 
To get an Honors English notation on your diploma, you must complete the following two requirements:
1. You must complete all 11 credits of English.  IF you have credit transfers you still must complete 7 credits here at Oulu University.
2. Your grade point average in the 11required credits must be at least 4.

Credit transfers  When you receive a credit transfer, you will get credits with the title of "Muita englanninkielen opintoja vähintään taso B1 (tai B2)"  You will NOT get specific credits for a particular course.  Instead you receive general credits and you can deduct your credit transfer credits from the total number of credits required (11).  So if you get 2 to 4 credits transferred then you simply must complete 9 or 7 credits to meet the requirement of 11 credits.  You can freely choose to apply these transfer credits to either Module 1 or 2 of Integrated Text and Business Studies or to Module 1 or 2 of Business Writing.

English courses offered in the Language Minor 25 credits

902157Y Contract English

Proficiency level C1

Timing Spring

For more information read the study guide provided by your faculty.

 

2. International Masters of Economics and Business Administration

International Masters of Economics and Business Administration degree program students will complete either a Finnish language course or an English course. 

If you are a native Finn or an international student whose Finnish language skills are more advanced, the course you will complete is 902177Y Academic English for Business 5 op.  Register for this course in weboodi.

 

2. Students who have started their studies before 2014 and are still completing the old degree program

You must complete 16 credits in one or two foreign languages. In one of these languages you must reach the level required by your degree program.

You can participate in any of the courses listed above and in addition in Fall 2019 we are offering 20 places in a Negotiated Project.  This Negotiated Project allows old students still completing the old degree program of Oulu Business School to complete missing courses.  Courses included in this project are Business-Related Current Events, Negotiating Across Cultures, Business Writing 1 and Business Writing 2.  This offer ends at the end of 2019.

NORMAL ENGLISH PROGRAM

When you have passed 4 credits, your field-related English ability can be said to be at the level required by your degree program and you can continue studying English or focus on another foreign language to fulfil the 16 credit requirement in foreign languages which is stipulated by your degree program.

HONORS English 
To get an Honors English notation on your diploma, you must complete the following two requirements:
1. You must complete at least 11 credits of English.
2. Your grade point average in the 11required credits must be at least 4.

 

    Engineering

    To complete your compulsory foreign language requirement of 6 (ECTS) credits, you take three 2-credit courses according to your department’s schedule and the choices available for you. Our courses are targeted at the B2-C1 level (CEFR) . It is very important that you keep to the schedule and take no more than ONE course at a time, but if you need to deviate from the schedule for any reason, discuss the matter with your contact teacher for English.

    If you received the grade “L” or “E” in the Finnish matriculation exam, and began your studies in autumn 2009 or later, you will receive exemption from ONE 2-credit course. See the information below for your own department for details of this.

    When you have a choice of courses, read the course descriptions with care to choose courses which match your own needs, interests and level.

     

    Process and Environmental Engineering

    You can take your English courses at any convenient time during your bachelor’s degree. However, we strongly advise you to complete your English courses sooner rather than later, since we cannot always guarantee you a space in a course of your choice.

    All PYMP students take 902150Y Professional English for Technology (PET) as their first course in the autumn term of their first year. If you received the grade “L” or “E” in the Finnish matriculation exam, you can apply for exemption for one of the later courses.

    In 2019-20, we are running the following courses:

    Contact teacher: Suzy McAnsh

     

     

    Mechanical Engineering

    You take your English courses during the first three terms of your bachelor’s degree.

    If you received the grade “L” or “E” in the Finnish matriculation exam, you can apply for exemption from the 902150Y Professional English for Technology (PET) course, the course scheduled as the first English course in the autumn term of their first year.

    In 2019-20, we are running the following courses:

    Contact teacher: Kari-Pekka Kallunki

     

     

    Industrial Engineering and Management

    You take your English courses during the first three terms of your bachelor’s degree.

    If you received the grade “L” or “E” in the Finnish matriculation exam, you can apply for exemption from the 902150Y Professional English for Technology (PET) course, the course scheduled as the first English course in the autumn term of their first year.

    In 2019-20, we are running the following courses:

    Contact teacher: Suzy McAnsh

     

     

    Civil Engineering

    You take your English courses during terms one, two and four of your bachelor’s degree.

    All Raky students take 902150Y Professional English for Technology (PET) as their first course in the autumn term of their first year. If you received the grade “L” or “E” in the Finnish matriculation exam, you can apply for exemption for one of the later courses.

    In 2019-20, we are running the following courses:

    Contact teacher: Sari Törmänen

     

    Chemistry

     

     

    To complete your compulsory foreign language requirement of 4 (ECTS) credits, you take two 2-credit courses as listed below. Our courses are targeted at the B2-C1 level (CEFR) .

    If you received the grade “L” or “E” in the Finnish matriculation exam, you should apply for exemption from the 1st-year course.

    Contact teacher: Suzy McAnsh

     

    Geosciences

    To complete your compulsory foreign language requirement of 4 (ECTS) credits, you take two 2-credit courses as listed below. Our courses are targeted at the B2-C1 level (CEFR) .

    If you received the grade “L” or “E” in the Finnish matriculation exam, you should apply for exemption from the 1st-year course.

    Contact teacher: Karen Niskanen

     

    Students of Architecture

    Students of Architecture complete 4-6 credits of language courses (vieras kieli)

    The following courses are offered in each academic year:

    902151Y    English for Architecture 2 ECTS/3 ECTS (2/3 op)   spring term (first year of university studies)

    902152Y    English for Urban Planning  2 ECTS/3 ECTS  (2/3 op)  autumn term (second year of university studies)

    The courses are offered in two versions, one for 2 ECTS and one for 3 ECTS  (54 hrs work and 80 hrs work).

    2 ECTS (2 op) course: for students with a matriculation exam grade laudatur or eximia cum laude approbatur  

     3 ECTS (3 op) course:  all other students.

    Those who have graduated from an IB-programme can be exempted from the courses. 

    NOTE:

    Our language courses offer professional communication specific to the field of architecture and land use planning. The English for Architecture course focuses on professional vocabulary and language use needed for architectural design description. The English for Urban Planning  is integrated with course in urban design and planning (Kaupunkisuunnittelun seminaarikurssi). 

    In addition, you can also participate in an international project on design collaboration with Spanish and Polish students (and possibly other nationalities).

    In these courses you will have the opportunity to speak and write as architects do in their professional working life. For more information, send an email to the contact teacher. 

    Contact teacher for Architecture: Eva Braidwood

     

     

    For Students of Information Processing Science

    Proficiency level: CEFR B2-C1

    1st YEAR, SPRING 2020: 902164Y English Communication for Information Processing - Reading (2op) and 902165Y English Communication for Information Processing- Oral Skills (3op)

    2nd YEAR AUTUMN 2019 (offered for the last time for students who started before 2019):  902164Y English Communication for Information Processing - Reading (2op) and 902165Y English Communication for Information Processing- Oral Skills (3op)
     

    If you received a grade of  “L” or “E” in the Finnish matriculation exam, and began your studies in autumn 2009 or later, please contact your faculty to enquire about exemption credits for ECIP-Reading. You will still need to take the ECIP-Oral Skills course.
     

    Contact teachers: Karen Niskanen and Satu Rusko

     

    For Students of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE)/ Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

    Proficiency level: CEFR B2 - C1

    We offer you a range of 2-credit courses, by means of which you can fulfil your compulsory foreign language requirement of 4 (ECE) or 6 (CSE) credits.

    1. Your English studies begin in your second year with Professional English for Technology (PET).

      If you received the grade “L” or “E” in the Finnish matriculation exam, and began your studies in autumn 2009 or later, you will receive credit for PET without attending the course. You will still need to rejoin your classmates for your later English courses.
       
    2. After PET, you complete your English studies with one (ECE) or two (CSE) further courses according to your department’s schedule and the choices available for you. It is very important that you keep to the schedule and take no more than ONE course at a time, but if you need to deviate from the schedule for any reason, discuss the matter with your contact teacher for English.
      When you have a choice of courses, read the course descriptions with care to choose courses which match your own needs, interests and level.

    Electronics and Communications Engineering (students complete 4 credits of English during their bachelor's degree)

    2nd year, autumn: 902150Y Professional English for Technology (PET)

    2nd year, spring: 902145Y Working Life Skills OR 902147Y Academic Vocabulary for Science and Technology

    Computer Science and Engineering (students complete 6 credits of English during their bachelor's degree)

    2nd year, autumn: 902150Y Professional English for Technology (PET)

    2nd year, spring: 902145Y Working Life Skills OR  902147Y Academic Vocabulary for Science and Technology

    3rd year, autumn: 902142Y Business Correspondence 

    Contact teacher: Satu Rusko

    Note

    1. These English courses can ONLY be taken in completion of compulsory requirements. We have no spaces for voluntary participants.
    2. When you sign up for a course, you must be committed to completing it. If you drop out, you will have blocked a place from another student and you will have lowest priority for being accepted into the same course in a later term.