The two main official languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish. The languages of instruction and examination at the University of Helsinki are Finnish and Swedish. University of Helsinki is the only bilingual top university in Finland. Together the University students and staff members create a multilingual community where Swedish plays it's own unique part. University also contributes to the debate concerning the Swedish society in Finland. This site gives you more information about the bilingual University of Helsinki.
Education in Swedish is offered in the fields of science with Swedish professorships
More than 40 Swedish speaking professors and over 100 teachers teach in Swedish
Students are always entitled to write exams and course work in Swedish
Bilingual degrees are offered in a variety of subjects
University of Helsinki is the only university in Finland who offers academic education in Swedish in the fields of law, medicine, social work, social psychology, veterinary medicine, agronomy, geography and journalism.
According to the Universities Act (558/2009) there should be at least 28 professorships with Swedish being the teaching language at the University of Helsinki. The fields of the professorships are defined in the regulations of the university.
For more information see our list of Swedish-speaking experts (in Swedish).
Students have the right to receive service in Finnish and/or in Swedish. Service is also provided in English. IT Helpdesk, Student Services, International Exchange Services and Admissions Services are available in these three languages. Faculties ensure that student counselling is offered in these languages.
Each campus has a group tasked with developing and coordinating Swedish-language and bilingual activities and teaching. The Viikki and Kumpula campuses have a joint group. For additional information please contact the campus coordinator of the campus in question (see the Office for Bilingual Affairs).
According to the Universities Act the rector or one of the vice-rectors should be a holder of a professorship with Swedish as the teaching language. Vice-rector Pertti Panula is responsible for the bilingual affairs of the university.
“Svenska verksamhetsnämnden” is the Board for the Development of Swedish Affairs and Teaching. The board is regulated by the Universities Act and it is led by the rector or a vice-rector holding a Swedish professorship.
The Board of the University nominates the members and the deputies for a four-year term. All the faculties, the Swedish School of Social Sciences, partner universities and institutions and the Student Union of the University of Helsinki are represented in the board, and Swedish Affairs functions as the secretariat.
Delegation contributes to research and teaching in Swedish by developing the connections and interaction with society.
The Office for Bilingual Affairs at the Rector’s Office co-ordinates and develops bilingualism at the University.
Every campus has its own co-ordinator developing bilingualism at the University's four campuses.
Our job is to
- support the University management in strategic questions concerning bilingualism
- create new initiatives to enhance the University’s bilingual activities and promote practical bilingualism
- participate in the bilingual strategic development at the University level
- promote bilingual interaction between the University and the society
Office for Bilingual Affairs
PO Box 3 (Fabiansgatan 33)
00014 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Acting Head of Bilingual Affairs
Tel. +358 50 311 4583
Specialist, contact person for Meilahti (Mejlans) campus
Tel. +358 50 448 7531
Campus Coordinator, Viikki and Kumpula (Vik and Gumtäkt)
Tel. +358 50 314 6792
Campus Coordinator, City centre campus
Tel. +358 50 318 5574
Head of Bilingual Affairs (on parental leave until 1.4.2018)