The University of Helsinki Language Centre's Language Services unit has offered open-enrolment fee-based Finnish for foreigners courses since 1991. You do not need to be enrolled as a student at the University of Helsinki to participate in these courses.
Courses are organised all through the year: autumn courses begin in September, and spring courses in January; summer courses run in June, July and August.
Finnish is the language of instruction in these courses. The “Finnish in Finnish” method accelerates learning and enhances learning results. The progression of the courses is designed so that no other language is needed. Nevertheless, students can always ask for help in other languages when the teachers are circulating in class supervising pair or group work, during breaks or after class.
The level of the courses is indicated with the numbers 1–7, and courses of the same level are marked with the letters A–D. The length of the courses is given as the number of lessons, each lesson lasting for 45 minutes.
Pay the course fee to the university bank account:
NORDEA FI23 1660 3000 0777 20
Swift = NDEAFIHH
The reference number 9910 8081 must be included on the payment form. Indicate your name and the name of the course in the message section. The course fee must be paid in euros. All course fees include VAT 24%
Courses will be filled in the order in which the receipts for course fee payments arrive.
We do not accept
Registration is binding. Refunds are made only in the following cases:
* Please note that Language Services reserves the right to cancel a course if there are not enough participants, in which case the course fee will be refunded to your bank account in full.
Registration takes place online: links to electronic registration forms are provided in the course programme pages when registration begins.
Registration times for spring 2016 courses:
Print course programme (pdf)
Tailor-made courses for private students and small groups can be arranged by agreement. One-to-one lessons can be arranged as distance learning with live online sessions with the teacher (via e.g. Skype).
Read more about our tailored language training.
Language Services office is open Monday–Thursday 10–14 at Vuorikatu 5 A (3rd floor), Helsinki.
The office is closed 18.12.2015–3.1.2016.