Being a foreigner in Finland can be a unique experience, as Finland has a distinct culture and way of life that may be different from what you are used to. However, Finland is known for being a safe and stable country with a high standard of living, which can make it an attractive place to live, study, work or visit. It has been said that one of the biggest challenges of being a foreigner in Finland can be the language barrier. However, most Finns speak English fluently, so communication is usually not a problem. But, how to cope with the weather and other culture shocks?
Practical observations from TAMK’s Finnish Language Club: communality, doing together and inclusion in language and culture learning
Individuals’ and groups’ social wellbeing is important in promoting learning. This has also been noticed in the Finnish language club of TAMK’s Study and Stay programme. When people feel good and interact openly, they have courage to learn to know other people and it is easier to learn. The threshold to speak in a foreign language becomes lower when the atmosphere is warm and safe. Participation in the language club is voluntary low-threshold activity.
The number of international students at Tampere University of Applied Sciences has grown in recent years and the aim is to increase that number further. As part of the Talent Boost programme, we carry out a follow-up research to the students: What kind of future plans our current international students have, and how can we help them to integrate and find employment in Finland better?
The Friend Programme returns to help TAMK international students immerse themselves into the Finnish culture.