Structure of studies Internationalization After graduation Contact Information

The Department of Modern Languages
PO Box 24
00014 University of Helsinki
Unioninkatu 40 B, 6th floor

+358-2-941 24480

nykykielet-toimisto [at]

The Department of Modern Languages is part of the
Faculty of Arts.

Career placement

Humanities graduates find employment in a wide range of positions. Major subject studies do not alone determine the direction of one’s future career. Instead, the significance is great of factors such as work experience, practical training and minor subject studies as well as the knowledge, skills and abilities related to professional life. Employer connections established during studies contribute to finding employment. Students’ own active approach towards professional life and finding employment is vital.

Students can improve their career prospects by participating in practical training and taking the career orientation course, which improves their knowledge of both themselves and professional life and which introduces them to different kinds of employers and career paths through, for instance, alumni.

Career prospects for graduates

  • The general option provides skills for working in different duties in the business world, industry, cultural sector and public administration. In addition to businesses, graduates find employment in, for instance, ministries, the media, libraries and other cultural institutions, different – also international – organisations, and tourism.
  • Students in the specialist option in subject teaching complete the pedagogical studies required of teachers at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, which qualifies them for teaching languages in primary, secondary and adult education.
  • Students of the specialist option in translation may opt to work as translators or interpreters as well as experts on international communication in, for instance, the cultural sector, administration and business.
  • Students of general linguistics and language technology find employment in businesses and corporations as language and language technology experts.