Finnish for International Students (in Finnish)

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The Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies is responsible for the Finnish language teaching for all the International Students of the University of Helsinki.

Our Finnish language courses are intended for exchange, degree and visiting students enrolled at the University of Helsinki. We offer teaching on three different campuses: City centre, Viikki and Kumpula campus. Other students interested in learning Finnish are encouraged to seek courses offered by other providers, e.g. at the University of Helsinki's Language Services, Adult Education Centre, Summer University and several private institutions. Different kinds of Finnish courses can be searched via webpage, where one can look into courses by location and/or level of studies.

Summer Course (A1)

The course is an intensive beginners’ course and it is designed for the degree students of the University of Helsinki who have been studying at the University for 1-2 terms or who have just arrived in Helsinki. The course will start from the beginning. Students who know already some basics (greetings and other ready-made expressions) can also take part. All the students are supposed to familiarize with the material in the Internet (A Taste of Finnish, http://tasteoffinnish.fi/) before the course starts. The course will be held in August. The timetable and more details. Registration via WebOodi. Please use code 405601 in order to search for the Summer Course in WebOodi. More information: Yrjö Lauranto (yrjo.lauranto (at) helsinki.fi).

Beginners’ Courses (A1.1 – A1.2) for Exchange Students

These courses are primarily for the exchange students studying at the University of Helsinki for 1-2 semesters. Contact lessons are held once or twice a week, depending on the course. Registration for the courses is through WebOodi. Please use code 405786 to search for the basic course and code 405787 to search for the continuation course (held in spring semester 2017). More information: Yrjö Lauranto (yrjo.lauranto (at) helsinki.fi).

Autumn semester 2016

Spring semester 2017

The registration period for Autumn semester 2016 will begin on August 30th at 9 a.m. and will end on September 8th at 11.59 p.m. The registration period for Spring semester 2017 will begin on January 10th at 9 a.m. and will end on January 13th at 11.59 p.m.

NB! If you miss the registration, you can contact the teacher of the course you are interested in to ask whether there is still space in the course. Detailed information about the courses will be available in June 2016.

Beginners and Intermediate level courses (A1.1 – B2.1) for Degree and Graduate Students

These courses are primarily aimed for degree and graduate students at the University of Helsinki. You can choose a course having 4 - 6 contact hours per week, depending on how fast you want to proceed in your studies. All the courses require extensive independent study and group work.

Registration for all the courses is through WebOodi. Please use the code provided in the individual description of each course to search for the appropriate course in WebOodi. The registration period for Autumn semester 2016 will begin on August 30th at 9 a.m. and will end on September 8th at 11.59 p.m. The registration period for Spring semester 2017 will begin on January 10th at 9 a.m. and will end on January 13th at 11.59 p.m.

NB! If you miss the registration, you can contact the teacher of the course you are interested in to ask whether there is still space in the course. Detailed information about the courses will be available in June 2016. More information: Yrjö Lauranto (yrjo.lauranto (at) helsinki.fi).

Autumn term 2016


Spring term 2017


Introduction to Finnish Language and culture (25 credits)

The study unit (25 credits) consists of at least 3 different language courses: Finnish 2 – Finnish 6 (18 credits). The unit will be completed by studies (7 credits) focusing on Finnish language, culture or society, according to what has been settled by the responsible teacher Sari Päivärinne sari.paivarinne(at)helsinki.fi Read more here.

Advanced level courses (B2-C2) for Degree and Graduate Students

Students who already have a good level of Finnish (at least Common European Framework of Reference level B2.1) can improve their spoken and/or written Finnish by participating on the courses held by Finnish Language and Culture.  Finnish Language and Culture can be chosen as a minor as well. All the teaching held by Finnish Language and Culture is open for all Helsinki University students who have required level of Finnish. One can demonstrate their level of Finnish by taking a placement test.

Contact information

Street address: Fabianinkatu 33, 4th floor, room 4005
Mailing address: P.O. Box 3, 00014 Helsingin yliopisto
Tel. +358-(0)50-318 2365
E-mail: skk-info(at)helsinki.fi