Remote teaching will continue in autumn 2020 - no course fee

Unfortunately there has so far been no change to the coronavirus situation that would enable us to return to contact teaching and on-site work after the summer. The Language Centre’s Covid-19 response centre has carefully examined the University’s instructions and guidelines and has drawn up instructions for the autumn term 2020. The Language Centre’s instructions are similar to those of other University units.Confucius Institute will also follow the recommendations concerning, for example, safe distances and will not, therefore, be able to provide teaching in the University facilities in the autumn term. In other words, all teaching, guidance, supervision and testing will continue to be provided remotely.

Confucius Institute has also decided not to charge any course fee for the autumn term courses.
After enrolling a course you may come to buy the textbook at Confucius Institute´s office in week 36. Details are posted here later.

Please stay healthy and safe!

Language Courses for Finnish University Students 

The Confucius Institute language courses will be run with the cooperation of the University of Helsinki’s Language Centre. These credited courses are available to University of Helsinki students (from all faculties). If you are a student of another Finnish university, please kindly remember to apply for JOO Flexible Study Rights before your university’s deadline. This will ensure that your taking of CI courses can be recognized by your university.

Language courses for non-University Students

Currently there are no separate courses for non-university students, but non-university students may join the aforementioned Language Centre courses. There are quotas both for university students and non-students in each course.

Culture and other special courses

We offer regularly also Chinese calligraphy and painting courses and time to time some special courses on Chinese history, philosophy or classical Chinese. These courses are open to everybody.

1. UNIVERSITY STUDENTS should register via Weboodi
The selection of students is done according to Language Centre´s rules. In case the course is full, the institute keeps right to limit the participation to degree students who have not taken the same course before.
Registration weeks 2020–2021
Period 1, week 34 (17.–23.8.)
Period 2, week 42 (12.–18.10.)
Period 3, week 1 (4.-10.1.2021)
Period 4, week 9 (15.-21.2.2021)

2. STUDENTS FROM OTHER UNIVERSITIES BUT UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI should first apply JOO Flexible Study Rights and second register via weboodi (see above)

If you are a student of another Finnish university (wishing to take a Chinese course without course fee) please remember to apply for JOO Flexible Study Rights before your university’s deadline. Your own university’s decision regarding your JOO study right needs to reach University of Helsinki by 1-30 April (for courses during autumn semester) or by 1-31 October (for courses during spring semester). Please see Univ. of Helsinki’s instructions and your own university’s instructions for more.

3. STUDENTS OF UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES, UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOLS and other NON-STUDENT LEARNERS register via an e-form below, provided during the registration periods. 

Registration periods: 11- 30 August- 2020; 14 December 2020-15 January 2021.

The registration is handled on a first come, first served basis. In case the course is full, the institute keeps right to select students who have not taken the same course before.
All students in this category are subject to a course fee. However, due to the covid-19 situation Confucius Institute has decided to exempt all students from the course fee in autumn 2020.

Non-university students register by filling the following e-form during the registration period:
14 December 2020 at 9:00 -15 January 2021 at 12:00

NOTE: Students of Finnish universities and other schools plus CI´s regular students are given priority when granting a place in the course.


NOTE: Due to Covid-19 situation all Confucius Institute courses will be free of charge in autumn 2020.

[For students of the University of Helsinki and students from other universities with JOO study right the teaching is free of charge. 

Other learners along with students from Universities of Appliced Sciences and students without JOO study right are subject to course fee.

26-28h course 99,20e
52-56h course 148,80e (The prices include 24%VAT).

After registration via e-form, confirm your participation by paying the course fee to the following bank account (please remember to write the reference number) and send a copy of the payment by email to mariliina.rasanen(at)

Bank account information
Name of recipient: University of Helsinki
Bank account: Nordea FI23 1660 3000 0777 20
swift code: NDEAFIHH
Reference number: 99113458

We pay the course fee back only on the following cases:
· course is full and we cannot arrange you a place to study
· the course is cancelled
· you have paid too much by mistake]

Enrolled students can buy course books at the Confucius Institute. In October 2020 the book sale is held in Unioninkatu 38A118-120 on 23-26.10.2020 during the following times:

Friday 23 October 14-16
Monday 26 October 10-12 and 14-16

Some copies of the course books are available in the university library.

Pay­ment in­struc­tions

The amount of the material fee is given in the detailed course description.

Current prices:
HSK standard course 1-4, textbook+workbook 29€/set (textbook 18€; workbook 11€)
HSK standard course 5-6, textbook+workbook 32€/set (textbook 18€; workbook 14€)

Students should pay the material fee directly to a University of Helsinki bank account. Receipt of the payment should be shown to the teacher. You can get the course textbook only after paying the material fee. Please note that the course fee and course material fee are to be paid separately. There are different reference numbers for these two payments, you should not pay them together.

Course material payment details:
Name of recipient: University of Helsinki
Bank account number: FI23 1660 3000 0777 20
Swift code: NDEAFIHH
Reference number: 991 12462

The credits of the students of University of Helsinki and JOO students will be saved in Weboodi automatically.

Other learners may obtain a certificate from the Confucius Institute. Please contact the coordinator after completing the course. The teacher will provide the credit list within one month after the final exam. 

If you find the course either too difficult or too easy, please discuss with your teacher. You may change to another class in case there is free place. Please inform the CI office of your change of the class.

NOTE: There is not going to be any contact teaching in autumn 2020, all courses will be carried out online, mainly via Zoom and Moodle. The classes will be held as scheduled in the timetable, only carried out online. Details will be updated in the course descriptions below during the summer.

Courses in Language Centre:
Elementary Chinese 1 (only for University students, register in weboodi)
Elementary Chinese 2 (only for University students, register in weboodi)
Elementary Chinese 3 FULL (new registrations will be placed on a waiting list)
Elementary Chinese 4
Intermediate Chinese 1 (note: there are two optional groups. GROUP 1 is FULL and new registrations will be placed on a waiting list)
Intermediate Chinese 2 (note: there are two optional groups)
Advanced Chinese 1  FULL (new registrations will be placed on a waiting list)
Advanced Chinese 3
Advanced Chinese 5
Chinese Reading
Chinese Writing
Chinese Culture in Chinese

Confucius Institute courses for non- students:
Elementary Chinese 1-2 FULL (new registrations will be placed on a waiting list)

Culture courses:
Chinese Painting FULL (new registrations will be placed on a waiting list)

Courses in Language Centre:
Elementary Chinese 1 (only for University students, register in weboodi)
Elementary Chinese 2 (only for University students, register in weboodi)
Elementary Chinese 3 (only for University students, register in weboodi)
Elementary Chinese 4 (only for University students, register in weboodi)
Intermediate Chinese 3
Intermediate Chinese 4
Advanced Chinese 2
Advanced Chinese 4
Advanced Chinese 6
Intermediate Spoken Chinese 2
Advanced Spoken Chinese 2
Media Chinese

Confucius Institute courses for Non-Students:
Elementary Chinese 1-2
Elementary Chinese 3-4

Culture courses:
Chinese Calligraphy
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Due to Corona virus situation no summer courses are arranged in 2020.


Confucius Institute follows the UH´s 7 week long study periods. See the Autumn 2020 timetable.

Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki offers tailor-made Chinese language training in the city Helsinki and nearby areas (e.g. Espoo, Vantaa). You can either choose from a range of existing standard Chinese courses, or opt for a customized Chinese course designed to meet the needs of your company, school or organization’s needs.

Prior to the beginning of the course, we will discuss your requirements, expectations and goals and come up with the best language training solution for your organization’s need. If your organization, school or company is interested in having tailor-made Chinese language training, please send your letter of intent, explaining the needs of your organization and a short description of your organization to confucius-info(at)

Recent Experience

The Finnish start-up scene is booming, and many of these ambitious new companies have a clear objective of doing business in China. Our first course was cooperated with internationally known Finnish entrepreneur, Peter Vesterbacka, founder of Angry Bird. Our weekly lessons were held at the We+ co-working space at Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki.

Words from our customers:
“I want to thank you and your colleagues about the excellent language course I´ve been happy to join on Thursdays. It´s been fun and effective!” Kaisu Helminen, Lumo Education

  • "Kiitos että järjestitte kurssin Chinese Culture! Kurssi oli haastava mutta erittäin antoisa."
  • “I am in exchange in Jinan, in China at the moment, and teaching is all Chinese, but with the great experience of attending your courses, I can proudly say that after only a year of studying Chinese with you, I can participate and understand"

  • "There´s a good atmosphere and the teaching is fun and interesting."