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Internationalisation Module

Tampere University degree programmes provide the opportunity to incorporate an Internationalisation Module into the degree.

What is the Internationalisation Module?

The Internationalisation Module is a thematic collection of studies – in practice, it is an entry in your degree certificate and study register that your studies include development of international competence. The Internationalisation Module is used to collect together course units that are otherwise covered by the degree and that meet the requisite learning outcomes related to internationalisation. You compile the module yourself when applying for a degree certificate electronically through NettiOpsu. The Internationalisation Module is compiled from studies that are part of your degree programme, other study attainments or language studies, for example.

Courses suitable for the Internationalisation Module are indicated in the curricula. The content and scope of each student’s Internationalisation Module are ultimately determined by his/her own choices. The minimum scope of the module is 20 credits.

Why an Internationalisation Module?

Tampere University Internationalisation Module enables you to highlight the international competence you have accumulated during your studies. The module demonstrates that you have the capacity to function in a global environment and understand the global impacts of your own actions. By working together with foreign students – abroad or at your home university – you develop your language skills and expand your international network, which is beneficial in working life.
Studying at a foreign university, working for an international organisation or serving as an international tutor, for example, develop many qualities that will be useful in the years to come and that are valued by employers. Read the Hidden Competences report prepared by the Finnish National Agency for Education (formerly CIMO) and Demos Helsinki, and consider what kinds of skills you would like to equip yourself with for working life!

Learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes have been set as goals for the Internationalisation Module:

Intercultural learning
The student
- acknowledges and understands that his/her own background affects his/her ability to understand and appreciate foreign cultures
- acknowledges and understands intercultural differences and their possible consequences when working in their field
- appreciates the versatility of languages and cultures and is capable of communicating and interacting in a foreign language.

Adding to one’s knowledge and understanding
The student
- understands the most important local, national and global aspects of his/her own field
- understands the possible effects of multiculturalism on working life and on society as a whole
- acknowledges the possible consequences of local decisions and activities for international communities and vice versa.

Applicability in working life
The student
- understands and is capable of implementing international standards and established practices in his/her own field
- is capable of perceiving and critically observing global-level phenomena from various perspectives
- can cooperate as an expert of his/her own field in a foreign language.

How to complete the Internationalisation Module?

The Internationalisation Module can be incorporated into a bachelor’s or master’s degree programme. The module is planned as part of the HOPS process. The module can be constructed from the following studies:
International student mobility (exchange period, internship abroad or separate foreign or previous university studies to be included in the degree, including intensive courses conducted abroad)
- Foreign language studies (no more than 10 credits)
- Studies in Finnish that fulfil the aforementioned learning outcomes adequately (no more than 10 credits)
- Foreign language studies and participating in teaching conducted in a foreign language (including studies for degree programmes in languages; no more than 10 credits)- International tutoring, other activities in the University’s international sector as well as other confidential post fulfilling the aforementioned learning outcomes (no more than 5 credits).

The Internationalisation Module will be recorded in the study register without a separate grade. The credits accumulated from the studies compiled for the Internationalisation Module will be recorded under the actual study attainment they belong to, not under the Internationalisation Module. In other words, you do not need to request a module grade for it before submitting your application for a degree certificate. The Internationalisation Module and the studies belonging to it will be recorded in the degree certificate or a separate attachment, which must be applied for in conjunction with the degree certificate.

Information on courses that meet the faculties’ internationalisation goals are listed in the relevant curricula. The Teaching Council’s guidelines related to the Internationalisation Module are available on the intranet.