Bilingual university
The two main official languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish. University of Helsinki is a bilingual top university in Finland with Finnish and Swedish as the languages of instruction and examination. Together the University students and staff members create a multilingual community where Swedish plays it's own unique part. This site gives you more information about the bilingual University.
Teach­ing in Swedish
  • Education in Swedish is offered in the fields of science with Swedish professorships

  • More than 30 Swedish speaking professors and over 100 teachers teach in Swedish

  • Students are always entitled to write exams and course work in Swedish

  • Bilingual degrees are offered in a variety of subjects

According to the Universities Act (558/2009) there should be at least 28 professorships with Swedish being the teaching language at the University of Helsinki. University of Helsinki is the only university in Finland which offers academic education in Swedish in the fields of law, medicine, social work, social psychology, veterinary medicine, agronomy, geography and journalism. 

Ser­vice in Swedish, Finnish and Eng­lish

Students have the right to receive service in Finnish and/or in Swedish. Service is also provided in English. 

IT HelpdeskStudent ServicesInternational Exchange Services and Admissions Services are available in these three languages. Faculties ensure that student counselling is offered in these languages.

Cam­pus groups

Each campus has a group tasked with developing and coordinating Swedish and bilingual activities and teaching. The Viikki and Kumpula campuses have a joint campus group. For additional information please contact the campus coordinator of the campus in question (see the Office for Bilingual Affairs).

Vice-deans re­spons­ible for bi­lin­gual af­fairs

Each faculty has a dean or a vice-dean responsible for bilingual affairs. In order to see the list of vice-deans responsible for bilingual affairs, please see the Finnish or Swedish page. 

Vice-rector for Bi­lin­gual Af­fairs

According to the Universities Act the rector or one of the vice-rectors should be a holder of a professorship with Swedish as the teaching language. Vice-rector Tom Böhling is responsible for the bilingual affairs of the university.

Board for the De­vel­op­ment of Swedish Af­fairs and Teach­ing

“Svenska verksamhetsnämnden” is the Board for the Development of Swedish Affairs and Teaching. The board is regulated by the Universities Act and it is led by the rector or a vice-rector holding a Swedish professorship.

The Board of the University nominates the members and the deputies for a four-year term. All the faculties, the Swedish School of Social Sciences, partner universities and institutions and the Student Union of the University of Helsinki are represented in the board, and Swedish Affairs functions as the secretariat. For the list of members, please change to the Finnish or Swedish page. 

Del­eg­a­tion for Swedish Af­fairs at the University of Helsinki

The Del­eg­a­tion for Swedish Af­fairs at the University of Helsinki contributes to research and teaching in Swedish by developing the connections and interaction with society. For the list of members, please change to the Finnish or Swedish page. 

Of­fice for Bi­lin­gual Af­fairs

The Office for Bilingual Affairs is a part of the University Services and coordinates and develops bilingualism at the University.

Every campus has its own coordinator developing bilingualism at the University's four campuses.

Our job is to

  • support the University management in strategic questions concerning bilingualism
  • create new initiatives to enhance the University’s bilingual activities and promote practical bilingualism
  • participate in the bilingual strategic development at the University level
  • promote bilingual interaction between the University and the society

Office for Bilingual Affairs
svenska-arenden@helsinki.fi
PO Box 59 (Unionsgatan 38)
00014 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

Harriet Lindeberg-Saapunki
Head of Bilingual Affairs
harriet.lindeberg-saapunki@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 50 453 1401

Belinda Andersson
Specialist
belinda.andersson@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 50 411 2728

Richard Backman
Campus Coordinator, Meilahti (Mejlans)
richard.backman@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 50 414 2318

Jessica Karlsson
Campus Coordinator, Viikki (Vik) and Kumpula (Gumtäkt)
jessica.karlsson@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 50 434 2351

Mikaela Wickman
Campus Coordinator, City Centre Cam­pus
mikaela.wickman@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 50 314 6792

Miska Siilin
Project coordinator 
miska.siilin@helsinki.fi
tel. +358 50 566 8762

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