The course includes 50 hours of teaching plus independent/group work (six hours of study a day on average). Before the course begins, the participants are expected to take the online course A Taste of Finnish, so that they will learn the basic vocabulary and grammar as well as various phrases and elements of Finnish culture and society. The online course provides help in English.
The aim is to learn to cope with simple everyday discussions, write brief texts on familiar topics and learn key vocabulary. The course consists of four contact lessons daily, and the students work in small groups/independently in the afternoons. The course fee is only 60 euros including the free events of the Social Programme. The Helsinki Summer School offers various other courses as well so please check them out too! You can apply to the Intensive Finnish Course or to any other course through the Summer School's website.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. That is why HSS arranges a wide range of social events to help students get to know their colleagues and Finland better while having fun. Most events are free of charge for HSS students. Certain special events hold payments and need to be booked and paid for in advance. Check out the social programme!
If you are among the first master's degree students accepting your study place and you are coming outside EU/EEA, the University of Helsinki will offer you a chance to participate in an Intensive Finnish Course in the Helsinki Summer School for free!