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 1–6, 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.
The summer courses Suomi 1–5 are intensive courses with teaching four days a week, Monday through Thursday. The courses last four weeks each (52 lessons / 4 ECTS).
Note! Independent study: each 52-lesson course requires a minimum of 70 hours of independent study.
Note also the course Finnish for False Beginners in August (16 lessons / 1 ECTS).
Registration for the summer 2015 courses starts on 15 April and ends on 18 August (or after the course in question has begun): registration form. Please note that you need to pay the course fee in advance: see registration.
Course book: Suomi sujuvaksi 1 (Kenttälä), chapters 1 - 11.
We recommend that students starting with Suomi 1 study an Internet course beforehand: Tavataan taas! - Suomen kielen verkko-opetusmateriaali (Marjukka Kenttälä/Kielipalvelut)
Course book: Suomi sujuvaksi 1 (Kenttälä), chapters 12 - 20.
Course book: Suomi sujuvaksi 2 (Kenttälä), chapters 1 - 10.
Course book: Suomi sujuvaksi 2 (Kenttälä), chapters 11 - 20.
Course book: Suomi sujuvaksi 3 (Kenttälä), chapters 1 - 11. The book can be bought from the teacher.
Registration times for autumn 2015 courses:
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.