Due to concern over corona virus, the University of Helsinki has entered a state of emergency. Confucius Institute will carry out the following changes.

 -Academic conferences and seminars until mid-May are all cancelled. We will plan for re-scheduling when the crisis is over.

 -CI teachers will contact students via emails to offer alternative learning via online platforms such as moodle. Self-learn will be necessary from the students' part and teachers should find flexible means to assess learning outcome. 

 Sorry for the inconvenience that has caused you. Please stay healthy and safe!

Track 1: Courses for Finnish University Students 

The majority of CI 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.

Unlike our old 5-credit courses, the new CI-Language Center courses will be broken down to 2-credit or 3-credit course. This will give you more flexibility to complete one course within shorter time (normally 1 period).

Track 2: Courses for Specific MA Programmes in the University of Helsinki 

University of Helsinki has created a number of new BA and MA programmes. A very small number of CI courses will be offered as part of the “China Study module” in the MA Area and Culture Study Programme AND the MA Intercultural Study Programme (ICE). These courses are 5 credits per semester. If you are planning to do your master degrees in these programmes, you will find 2 to 3 CI Chinese courses available to you per semester.

Track 3: Non-University Students

We will offer separate elementary Chinese courses for non-university students.

From intermediate level on, non-university students may join the aforementioned Language Centre courses, or MA programme courses, but there are quotas for university students in each course. So, in case that joint courses with university students is not possible, we will try to offer separate courses for non-university students.

Calligraphy and other non-academic cultural courses might be offered in this track as well.

Others: Classical Chinese 

From time to time, CI will hire external lecturer to offer Classical Chinese to students in the MA Language Programme This course is suitable for students with advanced Chinese and wish to have a glimpse into the wonder of Classical Chinese. 

1. UNIVERSITY STUDENTS should register via Weboodi
Registration weeks 2019–2020
Period 1, week 34 (19.–25.8.)
Period 2, week 42 (14.–20.10.)
Period 3, week 1 (30.12.2019-5.1.2020)
Period 4, week 9 (24.2.–1.3.)
Intensive period, week 17 (20.–26.4.)

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, 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 e-form provided by Confucius Institute on this webpage. Registration periods: 9 August-1 September 2019; 2 December 2019-12 January 2020. From Autumn 2018 onward students of University of Applied Sciences and upper secondary schools are subject to course fee.

Non-university students register by filling the following e-form during the registration period:
2 December 2019 at 09:00 - 12 January 2020 at 24:00




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)helsinki.fi

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

Pay­ment in­struc­tions

The amount of the material fee is given either in the detailed course information or in the beginning of the course. Students should pay the material fee directly to a University of Helsinki bank account. Receipt of the payment should be given 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.

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
Elementary Chinese 4
Intermediate Chinese 1
Intermediate Chinese 2
Advanced Chinese 1
Advanced Chinese 3
Elementary Spoken Chinese
Advanced Spoken Chinese
Chinese Culture 1 (in Chinese)

Courses in MA Program in Area and Cultural Studies:
Upper Intermediate Chinese 1

Confucius Institute courses for non- students:
Elementary Chinese 1-2

Culture courses:
Chinese Painting

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
Intermediate Spoken Chinese
Advanced Spoken Chinese
Chinese Culture 2

Courses in MA Program in Area and Cultural Studies:
Lower Intermediate Chinese
Upper Intermediate Chinese 2

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

Culture courses:
Chinese Calligraphy

During the period of 13 May - 6 June 2019 Confucius Institute offers 3 different Chinese language courses. The courses are free of charge and mainly meant for Confucius Institute students who wish to review what they have learned during the past academic year and wish to keep on practising the language.

Upper Elementary Chinese
Intermediate Chinese
Advanced Chinese

Registration period is over and all summer courses are full.


Confucius Institute follows the UH´s 7 week long study periods. See the Autumn 2019 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)helsinki.fi.

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."