The Language Centre is classified as an independent institute of the University of Tampere since 1975. It specializes in the teaching and research of Languages for Specific Purposes. Our main function is to provide teaching in the official languages of Finland (Finnish and Swedish) and in foreign languages as required in the degree programmes of the University.
We offer teaching in 8 languages in the academic year 2012 - 2013: Finnish for Finns and Finnish as a foreign language, Swedish, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish. A dozen or so further languages can be studied in our self-access centre.
The teaching for students of the university is either a compulsory part of their degree programmes or then an optional extra. During their studies students take at least three or four compulsory language courses intended to provide them with the language skills they need for their studies, and also later in working life. The compulsory courses are designed according to the wishes of the faculties and departments and teach the language of the special field of the students. They include tuition in writing skills, discussion skills, specialist terminology and current affairs of a culture and area in question.
International students in Tampere may study in Finnish or English, or possibly in some other language. However, priority on most courses will be given to degree students of the University of Tampere. Two Finnish courses for exchange students will be offered, (Survival and Follow-up); exchange students will be included in other courses only if there is space and the minimal quota of degree students has been filled.