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.

Prospective students

The Department of Modern Languages provides teaching in 23 languages and cultures as well as in the disciplines of language technology and general linguistics.

How to apply

Information on the application process can be found on

Depending on the degree programme, the Faculty offers one to three specialist options that prepare students for wide-ranging professional duties. These are the general option, the specialist option in translation and the specialist option in subject teaching. See the list of Faculty of Arts degree programmes and the Department’s major and minor subjects.

Information on Bachelor of Arts degree studies is only available in Finnish and in Swedish.


In addition to obtaining comprehensive mastery of their own field, students learn other skills needed in professional life, such as the ability to acquire, evaluate and process information as well as to cooperate with others.

Students also learn how to use their native language intelligibly in spoken and written communication.

Students have the opportunity to obtain a wide-ranging mastery of languages needed in professional life. At the Department of Modern Languages, students learn to evaluate their own language skills and to develop them after graduation.

One of the aims of the studies at the Department is to engender scientific curiosity towards language, literature and culture. This helps students interpret different societal phenomena and tackle challenges in professional life too.

Subject-specific student organisations

At the Department, several subject-specific student organisations offer opportunities to meet other people and participate in various kinds of activities:

Additional information