Welcome to our community

We warmly welcome our international staff members and their spouses into our community. We help our new staff and their family to network with others by organising events, campaigns and training.

Support for skills development

A selection of courses and training sessions is available free of charge to our staff members. We offer courses supporting researchers at various stages of their careers. For example, you can choose from courses about communication, project management, research funding, educational technology and IT skills as well as language courses. 

Finnish language courses

Our highly popular Finnish language courses are open to all our staff members. The courses are offered all year round, and they provide language training with experienced teachers in an international environment. 

Welcoming the spouses

We find it important that the family members of our researchers thrive in Helsinki. We offer the following to the spouses of our employees free of charge:

  • Relocation support
  • Information on the job market in Finland and career councelling
  • Access to Finnish language courses
  • The Unibuddy programme 
  • Trainings
  • Events to welcome you in our community

Examples of trainings and events for spouses

We welcome the spouses of our newly arrived staff members to participate in selected staff training. Training on orientation matters, Finnish working culture as well as the Experiencing Finland event are offered to spouses free of charge.

Sports facilities at Unisport

UniSport is a joint venture between the University of Helsinki and Aalto University offering sports and exercise services. Over 40 different group training classes, a large selection of classes and courses in English, and well-equipped gyms are available to our staff members at a special rate.

Unibuddy programme 

The UniBuddy programme has been created to assist in welcoming new staff members and their spouses to help make friends and find their local community. You can go for a coffee, take a walk around campus or visit some of Helsinki's free event offerings.

Tailored support for high profile recruits

We are prepared to offer personalised support to our top talents. For example, we offer high-quality relocation services and mentoring for high-profile recruits.