University of Oulu, 2016

For Kummi Families

Becoming a Kummi Family

All families living in the Oulu region are welcome to participate in the Kummi Family Programme. Families can have diverse backgrounds regarding their family type, status, interests and hobbies. There are no prerequisites, the most important thing is family interest in spending time with the kummi student. No matter your family status, we welcome you to participate!

We wish that the Kummi families:

  • are genuinely interested in the Kummi Family Programme;
  • have at least one family member who is able to communicate (even at the basic level) in a language other than Finnish. Do keep in mind that many international students wish to learn Finnish, too;
  • are willing to commit to the principles of the Kummi Family Programme.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at

How to participate?

The programme is a full-year commitment running from September to May. Applications for the 2020-2021 Kummi Family Programme will most likely open in summer 2020.

Students, "Kummiteltava"

The student, kummiteltava, is an international exchange, Master's or PhD student of the University of Oulu. Exchange students spend one or two semesters in Oulu whereas Master's degree students compete their studies in about two years. Doctoral students spend some four years in research and studies before defending their doctoral thesis. The family and the student commit to the Kummi Family Programme for a maximum of one year at a time.

The students wish for an opportunity to spend some time with a local family to immerse themselves in Finnish culture while share the culture of their home country. Students have diverse backgrounds regarding their home country and native tongue, religion, fields of study and age.

Matching the families and the students  

Matching the families and the students will take place in September. We match families and students based on the information provided in the applications. The more you share, the easier it is for us to match you with a student. Please note that the University of Oulu might not be able to provide a student to every family. All familieis will be informed of the outcome of the matching process. 

Families who are matched with a student will get an invitation to attend the first meeting organised by the University of Oulu. The location and schedule of the first meeting will be published on this site. In the meeting, the families will meet their student for the first time. Make sure to exchange contact details in the meeting!

Contact information

For more information, please contact The Kummi Family Team can also be reached by phone (+358 29 448 4041) on Mondays from 16:00-17:00.

Last updated: 1.10.2019