It is easy to get by in Finland with only English as the Finnish people are among the best non-native English speakers in the world*. However, learning the local language will give you more career options after graduation and makes your stay more rewarding.
Finnish is part of the Finno-Ugric family of languages, and the structure and vocabulary are very different from the Indo-European languages. But it doesn't mean that it is difficult - it is merely different!
A Taste of Finnish is an online course that has been designed especially for students planning to come and study at the University of Helsinki for a term or longer. It gives a good picture of the Finnish language and a toolbox for simple everyday situations with the Finns – a taste of Finnish.
Get a Taste of Finnish and learn basic Finnish online.
For enrolled exchange, visiting and international degree students, the University of Helsinki offers free Finnish language courses. They are a fun way to learn the language and network with other international students, and you to get to know the culture as well.
* EF English Proficiency Index