International competence for interpreter 5 ECTS, autumn 2022

You know about Sign Language Interpreting in your country, but are eager to find out about organisation of interpreters and their operating environments across the globe? This course is for you! Learn about minority languages, status and communities of deaf people globally and the international disability rights movement.

Learn to operate as a professional in multilingual and multicultural settings. Participate in international networks, events and debates. Bonus: you will get to use English in communication.

This course is for Sign Language Interpreters and last your interpreter students. Our common language will be (spoken) English, but we encourage the use of any other language during group discussions. Deaf students, please see if you are entitled to interpreting services via Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland. We are sorry to inform that we won’t be able to provide interpreting through other means, but you are of course more than welcome to bring your own interpreters.


Knowledge & good skills on at least one signed language, good skills in English.

Additional information

You will need a reliable internet connection, videoconference application Zoom installed, and preferably Chrome as a browser. A computer is highly recommended, all features might not be accessible by mobile. Use of camera & microphone is required.

Before joining our first sessions, please familiarise yourself with these:

Why Study at Humak Open University of Applied Sciences?

Humak University of Applied Sciences operates in the whole of Finland and is the country’s biggest educator in the following fields: youth work, organizational work, work community development, adventure and outdoor education, cultural management, and interpreting and linguistic accessibility.

Humak has about 2000 degree students and about 160 experts in various positions. Finland’s unique open university of applied sciences system and Humak’s extensive online training make high-quality academic studies available to everyone with affordable costs regardless of students’ background. Thousands of students take advantage of our wide selection of online courses every year.


Studies Open University of Applied Sciences
Method of instruction Online course
Study period 31.08.2022 – 30.12.2022
Schedule We will be meeting 12 times (90–120 min) between September and December. The nature of the sessions is dialogical, we will use flipped classroom pedagogy (meaning pre-session tasks and then discussion during session). Attendance is mandatory for 75% of the sessions, but do not miss our concluding seminar in December! All sessions are hybrid or online, so you can participate from anywhere. We will be using individual and group activities during the course.

All sessions are hybrid or online, so you can participate from anywhere. We will also be using individual and group activities during the course.

  • 07.09.2022 12.30 – 14.00
  • 22.09.2022 09.00 – 11.30
  • 23.09.2022 09.00 – 11.30
  • 26.10.2022 12.30 – 14.00
  • 27.10.2022 08.30 – 10.00
  • 28.10.2022 09.00 – 10.30
  • 07.11.2022 12.30 – 15.00
  • 10.11.2022 09.00 – 11.30
  • 30.11.2022 08.30 – 10.00
  • 01.12.2022 08.30 – 10.00
  • 02.12.2022 10.45 – 12.15
  • 16.12.2022 10.00 – 11.30
  • 16.12.2022 12.30 – 14.00
Registration period 1.8.2022-22.08.2022 at 23:59:00 (EET)
Contact person Liisa Halkosaari (, tel. +358 400 349 392)
General information Contact Open UAS student administration for matters regarding registration, payment, certificates:
tel. +358 29 451 9230


Intended learning outcomes

Student will be able to

  • describe minority language communities, their operating environments and organisation globally
  • identify international texts governing the status of deaf people and describe the relations of the deaf community and the international disability rights movement
  • describe the current status and operating environments of (disabled) migrants in Finland
  • compare and describe the organisation of interpreters and the current objectives and operating environments of interpreter associations across the globe
  • operate in a professional and confident manner in multilingual and multicultural settings and participate in international networks
  • follow and analyse international events, debates and developments in their chosen field