Briefly in English

Language – a key to participation, is a project aimed to “the post-integration phase” of immigrants, when the active integration and employment processes by the authorities have ended. The target group is immigrants who have professional or academic education either from their native country or from Finland, but who still have not been able to get a job in Finland due to their poor linguistic competence or weak networks.




In this project, various actions are taken to ease post-degree or post-doctoral job seekers to find the available employment services, to participate individually and independently in social activities and to improve their practical language skills, and with this contribution to feel like a competent member of Finnish society. In addition, new pedagogical solutions making use of new learning environments are developed in the project.

The project offers different courses and a mentoring program for immigrants who already know Finnish but who feel like their linguistic competence or social networks are not enough for getting a job in Finland.

The responsible party in the project is the discipline of Finnish as a second and foreign language of the University of Oulu in cooperation with the educational services and multicultural center of the city of Oulu. Other cooperative partners are BusinessOulu, employment services (TE-toimisto) and several educational institutes, local enterprises and multicultural associations. The project is funded by European Social Fund.

For more information about courses or mentoring, contact Rikupekka (rikupekka.leinonen(at)


Viimeksi päivitetty: 2.10.2018