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					GfNA-II-C-ERA EILC grant agreement-Annex II-organising institution information form – version January 2010

                                                                                                                         ANNEX II




                  ERASMUS INTENSIVE LANGUAGE COURSES
                                2010-11
                            - ORGANISING INSTITUTION’S INFORMATION FORM -

INSTITUTION NAME:                             UNIVERSITY OF VAASA
ADDRESS:                                      P.O. BOX 700, FIN-65101 VAASA
COUNTRY:                                      FINLAND
EILC LANGUAGE
LEVEL COURSES ORGANISED:                         LEVEL I (BEGINNER)                                LEVEL II (INTERMEDIATE)
                                                 NUMBER OF COURSES: 3                              NUMBER OF COURSES:
                                                 DATES: 2.8.-20.8.2010                             DATES:
WEB SITE                                         HTTP://WWW.UWASA.FI/NYKYSUOMI/
                                                 ENGLISH/STUDIES/EILC



PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL STUDENT EILC APPLICATION FOR OUR EILC SHOULD BE
SENT BY E-MAIL TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: eilc@cimo.fi

                                                                   STAFF

                        JOB TITLE / NAME                                               ADDRESS, TELEPHONE, FAX, E-MAIL

                    CONTACT PERSON
                                                                       UNIVERSITY OF VAASA
                       FOR EILC                                        P.O. BOX 700, FIN-65101 VAASA
                     MIA MÄKI-ISTA                                     TEL. +358 6 324 8142
                       JOB TITLE                                       E-MAIL: MIMI@UWASA.FI

                    COURSE MANAGER




          RESPONSIBLE PERSON FOR THE
                                                                       UNIVERSITY OF VAASA
                     PROGRAMME                                         P.O. BOX 700, FIN-65101 VAASA
                   MARJUT MÄNNISTÖ                                     TEL. +358 6 324 8135
                      JOB TITLE                                        E-MAIL: MMAN@UWASA.FI

                      MANAGER

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                                              PART I: GENERAL INFORMATION

 DESCRIPTION OF TOWN

- SHORT HISTORY AND LOCATION

King Charles IX founded the town of Vaasa (Vasa in Swedish) on October 2, 1606 around the
oldest harbor and trade point in the Mustasaari church village ca. 7 km to the southwest from
the present city. King Charles IX gave the town the name of his royal house.

The Vaasa town fire
The mainly wooden and densely built town was almost totally destroyed in a fire on August 3,
1852.

Building a new town at the Klemetsö headland
The new town rose in 1862 about 7 km to the northwest from the old town. The town’s
location at the sea offered good conditions for seafaring. The town plan in the Empire style
was planned by Carl Axel Setterberg. In the master plan the disastrous consequences of the
fire were considered. Main streets in the new town were five broad avenues which divided the
town into sections. Every block was divided by alleys.

Vaasa today
Vaasa today represents the educational, cultural and tourist centre of Western Finland. Vaasa
is also a many sided industrial city offering good possibilities of development especially for the
international energy industry. The city has invested considerably in these areas, in conjunction
with various associations and businesses. The Western Finland Regional Centre of Expertise
in Vaasa is based not only on the above mentioned factors but also on the research activities
within the international industry.

The city of Vaasa in a nutshell:
Founded 1606
Population 58 001
Finnish-speaking 70,8 %
Swedish-speaking 24,8 %
Others 4,4 %

(WWW.VAASA.FI)




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- MAIN LOCAL/CULTURAL EVENTS

Tourism and culture are both based to a large degree on local traditions and valuable art and
museum collections, in addition to high class theatre productions at the city’s two theatres.
Considerable investment has also been made in tourist attractions. The indoor hot bath
complex Tropiclandia serves tourists all year round, while Wasalandia amusement park
attracts young families throughout the summer season. For the tourists service is provided also
by high class hotels and restaurants.

This summer during the course:

Ostrobothnian Museum: Summerdays–Elias Muukka´s Finnish Landscape 10.6. - 25.8.2010
Tikanoja Art Museum: Floromania 12.6.– 29.8.2010
Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art: Nuevas Historias 2.6.–15.8.2010
Summer Theatre (in Finnish)
The Night of the Arts: 12.8.2010
Circus Finlandia: 9.8.–12.8.2010

(WWW.VAASA.FI)


- HOW TO REACH TOWN (LINKS FROM THE NEAREST AIRPORT, TRAIN OR COACH STATIONS)

Arriving in Vaasa is possible by plane, train or ferry boat. You can fly to Vaasa via Helsinki or
Stockholm, Sweden. The flight from Helsinki to Vaasa takes about an hour. Travelling from
Vaasa airport to the city takes about 15 minutes by taxi. You can also travel by ferry boat
Travemünde–Helsinki or Stockholm–Helsinki or Stockholm–Turku and then by train
Helsinki–Vaasa or Turku–Vaasa. Travelling by train from Helsinki or Turku to Vaasa takes
about five hours.

More information:

maps: http://kartta.vaasa.fi/maplocus5/index.jsp?defaultlang=eng&clearbean=trueFinnish
railways: http://www.vr.fi/eng/
Finnair: http://www.finnair.com/finnaircom/wps/portal/finnair/jump?locale=en_INT
SAS: http://www.scandinavian.net/
Busses: http://www.expressbus.fi/timetables-and-tickets
Travel by ferry from Sweden to Vaasa: http://www.siljaline.com/




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- TRANSPORT IN TOWN (BRIEF INFORMATION ON THE MAIN MEANS OF TRANSPORT AVAILABLE)

In Vaasa, bicycles are often used the year around. If you don’t want to buy a new bicycle, it is
possible to either buy a used one or rent one. Renting costs about 20–50 € per one or two
months. For example the following shops sell and rent bikes

J.B. Sund: Kirkkopuistikko 5
A. Viertola: Kauppapuistikko 28
Meles bike: Palosaarentie 31

There are buses going usually once or twice per hour to each destination. Local buses cost
2.90 € one way on weekdays and
3.50 € on weekends.

It is also possible to buy a series ticket:
10 trips / 26,10 €
40 trips / 52,00 € or
Ticket that is valid for 30 days / 30 €.



 SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE ORGANISING INSTITUTION

The University of Vaasa has a distinctive national role. The teaching and research activities of
this institution are widely based, their focus being on business, studies, administration,
languages and culture.

The university functions in three faculties. Flexible opportunities for studying are among the
strengths of our academic community. The business studies teaching and research of the
university are of a high national standard. Key areas within business studies in our university
include the study of financing and financial markets, entrepreneurship, consumer behavior and
internationalization of enterprises. The humanities and social sciences have their own special
strength areas, such as intercultural communication, languages for special purposes, language
immersion and comparative administrative sciences.

The university of Vaasa occupies Finland’s newest campus area close to the sea. The main
university building “Tervahovi” and the administrative building “Luotsi” were completed in
the autumn of 1994. In the campus area there is also the former office building of the Vaasa
cotton mill, which has been skillfully renovated to provide accommodation for various
academic units. The new high tech laboratory is built on the premises of the former mill. There
are also apartments for visiting guest lecturers as well as student lodgings
in traditional Finnish wooden houses. The university library is located in the campus area.


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The campus is situated in Palosaari, a suburb about 20 minutes walk from the centre of Vaasa.
The university offers a modern study environment with up-to-date computer and other
technical facilities, from the student restaurant in the main building there is a magnificent
view of the surrounding natural scenery and the sea. In all buildings arrangements have been
made to facilitate the movement of physically handicapped staff and students.

In 1966 the Finnish government passed a resolution establishing a school of economics and
business administration in Vaasa. The school admitted its first students in 1968 and was
initially a private institution, becoming a state institution in 1977. New degree programs were
introduced in 1980 and the school became a university.

The number of students enrolled at the university is about 5000 including both undergraduate
and postgraduate students. The permanent staff numbers is about 390, of whom half are
teaching staff.

(WWW.UWASA.FI)


   ACCOMMODATION
- SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE ACCOMMODATION OFFERED (HOTEL, APARTMENTS, STUDENT HALLS, OTHERS; IF THERE ARE
COOKING FACILITIES) AND ON THE RENT TO BE PAID PER WEEK


The accommodation situation for students in Vaasa is fairly good. VOAS (the Student
Housing Foundation) provides accommodation for approximately 2,500 students. During the
past few years, the foundation has been able to grant accommodation to almost all first year
students who applied. Typical student accommodation consists of a furnished study bedroom
in a shared flat containing two or three such bedrooms.

The university is very much a multi-site institution, with student accommodation facilities
situated in various parts of the town, generally in the form of terraced houses or blocks of flats.
The rent for a room in a student flat varies from € 200 to 270 per month depending on size and
location. The foundation also provides information on so-called free market accommodation.

Please note that the rent does not include things as blankets, cutlery or pottery. The rent does
not include the kitchen utensils either.

(WWW.VOAS.FI)




   MEALS

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- SHORT DESCRIPTION ON THE SERVICES OFFERED (UNIVERSITY CANTEENS, RESTAURANTS, BARS, OTHERS)

The cost of living in Finland is on average comparable to the rest of Europe. For basic
expenses such as food, rent and transportation a student will need € 700–800 per month,
which will be roughly spent in the following way:

Rent: 200–270 €
Food: 250 € (one meal on campus 2,00–5.00 €)
Transport: 70 €
Leisure, other personal costs: 100–300 €


   RECEPTION OF STUDENTS

- MEETING POINT (PLACE, DATE AND TIME OF FIRST MEETING - FOR EACH COURSE WHERE DIFFERENT)

Meeting at the Restaurant “Brando”, Monday 2nd August at 14.00–18.00.

Address:

Hotel Tekla / Restaurant Brando
Palosaarentie 58
65200 VAASA


   EXTRA MURAL ACTIVITIES

- SITE VISITS

Sightseeing tour
The Night of Arts
Tikanoja Art Museum
Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art
Ostrobothnian Museum / Exhibition Summerdays / Terranova
Sauna evening
Cruising in the archipelago
Ähtäri Zoo


- SPORTS FACILITIES (SWIMMING, TENNIS, GYMNASIUM; OPENING DAYS AND AVAILABLE INFORMATION)

Vaasa offers an extensive range of sporting facilities provided by athletic clubs, Workers´
institutes and private companies – all of these no doubt have something to offer to everybody.

Examples:

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Indoor swimming bath, Hietalahdenkatu 8, Hotel Tropiclandia
Tennis center, Bragentie, Hietalahti
Brando, Palosaarentie 58 (gym, badminton, squash, tennis, sauna etc.)
Sports Gym, Wolffintie 36


- ENTERTAINMENT (CINEMA, THEATRE, ETC.; BRIEF INFORMATION ON PLACES AND STUDENT FACILITIES)

The student union, with its committees and clubs, offers you a great many activities, such as
parties, social evenings, visit to cultural events, various forms of physical recreation and a lot
more.

The student union is the place where you can find help and guidance whatever problems you
meet with in connection with your studies and otherwise. As a foreign student you are invited
not only to our ESN club but also at all the other clubs and associations we have.




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     Note: where more than one course is organised at each level, this form should be copied and
                                    completed for each course

                                            PART II: COURSE(S) DESCRIPTION

COURSE NO:

LEVEL:
I: Beginner course                                               x
II: Intermediate course

                                                    FROM...                             TO...
PERIOD:                                             2. 8.2010                           20.8.2010



 LANGUAGE COMPONENT

- SHORT DESCRIPTION OF LANGUAGE COMPONENT: OBJECTIVES AND TEACHING METHODS

Contents: the course offers students some basic knowledge of the Finnish language needed in
everyday life. The course introduces the students to elementary Finnish phonetics,
morphology, syntax and vocabulary for beginners. Students receive training in reading,
writing, comprehension and speaking skills.

         The course will give 6 ECTS-points.
         In the end of the course there will be a written exam.
         The written exam and daily activity in the lessons will form together the final grade.
         Students will get a certification and a registration book
         Course book: White, Leila & Virve Sammalkorpi (2009): From Start to Finnish


- SUBJECT-SPECIFIC LANGUAGE ELEMENTS                                 YES   NO
 (e.g. special modules for students in particular disciplines)
IF YES, SPECIFY:




- DURATION

TOTAL NUMBER OF CLASSES                                                     90 h. (including excursions)
HOURS IN CLASSROOM                                                          70 h. (including visiting lectures)
HOURS OF PRACTICE CONVERSATION/LANGUAGE LABORATORY                          Included in the lessons
OTHER (PLEASE SPECIFY)




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     Note: where more than one course is organised at each level, this form should be copied and
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- ASSESSMENT (SPECIFY IF THE ASSESSMENT IS MADE BY WRITTEN/ORAL EXAMINATION, ASSIGNMENT, ETC.)

ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN LESSONS, WRITTEN EXAMINATION



 COURSE FACILITIES
- TEACHING AIDS

  AUDIO/VIDEO MATERIALS      YES
  COMPUTER/SOFTWARE          YES
  HANDOUTS/PRINTED TEXTS     YES
  TRANSPARENCIES              YES
  OTHER : (SPECIFY)




- LIBRARY                                                     YES X   NO


IF YES, SPECIFY:
TIMES                      NOT ANNOUNCED YET
OPENING DAYS               MONDAY - FRIDAY
ADDRESS                    UNIVERSITY CAMPUS AREA

- LANGUAGE LABORATORY                                         YES X   NO


IF YES, SPECIFY:
TIMES                      DURING THE COURSE
OPENING DAYS
ADDRESS                    UNIVERSITY CAMPUS AREA
COST                       FREE


 CULTURAL COMPONENT
- SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE CULTURAL ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE COURSE: OBJECTIVES AND TEACHING METHODS


Aim: the objective is to give an overall picture of different aspects of Finnish culture and
society. No skills in Finnish language is required, the lectures will be held in English.

Cultural component of the course
Lectures:
HuK Dahlin Johanna: Bilingualism in Finland
FM Szabo András: Culture shock
FM Kivelä Mirella: Finnish film
FT Lehtinen Esa: The studies and the research at the University of Vaasa

Kuntsi museum of modern art, Ostrobothnian museum: exhibition Terranova, Brage open-air
museum, Tikanoja art gallery, sauna evening, sightseeing tour, cruise to the archipelago,
Ähtäri Zoo, summer happenings, The Night of Arts


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    Note: where more than one course is organised at each level, this form should be copied and
                                   completed for each course




- DURATION

TOTAL HOURS OF ACTIVITIES                                       30 h.


 TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF

                                                NUMBER OF...:
  TEACHERS
                                                3 TEACHERS
  ADMINISTRATORS                                COURSE MANAGER AND SECRETARY
  STUDENTS
                                                3 GROUPS (16 STUDENTS EACH)




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