Course for immigrants
September 4th 2017 - June 4nth 2018
Willing to study Finnish and learn more about the society, history and culture? Interested in the Bible and Christianity? Looking for some help with applying for studies? Yearning to find your place as an active member in a congregation? Interested in Christian missions?
The Finnish Bible Institute organises a course titled As a Christian in Finland covering one academic year. The course aims to familiarise students with the history of Finland as well as the Finnish society and culture, the Bible and the Lutheran faith and the church. Students also have the opportunity to improve their computer skills if needed and to complete the National Certificate of Language Proficiency exam in Finnish (YKI-testi), depending on their skill level. Students receive help with applying for studies and looking for possible jobs. The scope of the studies is to offer knowledge and skills together with a Christian environment and in this way the course is aiming at smoothing the way for an immigrant to integrate into Finland. The language of instruction is Finnish and a short period of familiarisation with work life is included in the studies.
The course is part of non-formal adult education offered at a folk high school.
The academic year lasts from lasts from September 4h 2017 to June 4th 2018 (37 credit points).
Financial support for studying
Students are entitled to apply for Kela’s study grants, since the course counts as full-time studies. A student can also visit his/her own labour office (TE-toimisto) for qualifying this course as integration training or as self-motivated training for an unemployed person. After being accepted as a student it is also possible to apply for the Bible Institute support in the form of vouchers. The sum to be granted as vouchers depends on the student’s personal income.
What does it cost?
For students residing outside the campus the costs are 210 € / month including the study fee and materials, lunch and coffee on school days, entrance fees etc.
For students residing in the campus dormitory the course costs 350 € / month. This includes full boarding, study fees with materials.
For whom does the course suit?
This course welcomes all who have immigrated to Finland, regardless of age or previous home country. The course suits particularly well for immigrants who have lived in Finland for one or two years, studied the basics of the Finnish language and whose period of integration training, determined in the Act on the Integration of Immigrants, has not yet expired (normally the time determined for integration training is three years). It is possible to request for the course to be regarded as integration training by your employment official (TE-toimisto).
Further information and applying
The first application round ends by June 22nd 2017. This is the deadline for applications to arrive at the Finnish Bible Institute.
Application forms are available at www.maahanmuuttajalinja.fi. Please print the form, fill it in, sign and mail it with the requested attachments to
Suomen Raamattuopisto / Marja-Kaarina Marttila
Jon (USA): I recomend 'As a Christian in Finland' for Americans moving to Finland because it is not only a language study program but also a wholistic integration course. It gives focus to many areas of our lives, such as our faith, relationships with others, and insights as to living in a new culture. The teachers give a great amount of time and energy to help us as students to really find our place in our new home. Finnish Bible Institute is a wonderful place to make new friends and community while leaning about a new culture.
Fardos (Iraq): This course is very good for me because I have learned a lot about the history of Finland, the culture and how I can live in Finland. I also learn and understand the Bible and sing hymns.
Sylvere (Rwanda): This course is good because I study Finnish language from the Bible. The Bible is a good dictionary.
Beka (Tanzania): This course has improved my self-confidence, because I have learned the language and have been able to communicate with people and my friends.
Hla (Myanmar/Burma): When my friends heard about this course they wanted to come and study here, too. The Finnish language is difficult but when we study the Bible and learn about God, it gives us peace and strength.
Chief (Ghana): The school is situated in a nice place, very peaceful and it's really suitable for studying. I like the gym and the billiard and I also have a lot of friends.
Vladimir (Russia): During this course I have understood that people from different countries have similar problems.
Noel (Tansania): The course meant two things for me and I took them seriously. First it was get back into my life as a christian. Second it was about getting acquainted to Finnish life and culture. As for the language, I really improved a lot and I have to say after the Opisto my Finnish skills have changed totally. Now I am able to follow the news, understand people's conversation and much more.
I improved my understanding of the language and speaking skills. I can now participate in everyday conversation which it has improved my working life a lot socially.
My work does not require Finnish as medium of communication, but it makes things easier for me because sometimes some discussion are not in English and also during social hours such as lunch. My Finnish skills have encouraged others as one of my friend came to join the Opisto. He came there after realizing how much I had benefited from the course.
Currently, I am working at a finnish company dealing with Real Time Location Systems. I enjoy my work and I love to do what I am doing. I am a Software Developer in the company.
Huang (Myanmar/Burma): Our course is good. God has given me many answers during this course.
Zoja (Russia): I like the course atmosphere. It reflects love and care for each other. Language studies are lively and easy to understand. Praying together and hymns we sing are important to me.