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The Finnish language courses organised by the Bachelor’s Programme in the Languages and Literatures of Finland are intended for exchange, visiting and international degree students. Teaching is offered on three campuses: City centre, Viikki and Kumpula.

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The preliminary syllabus for the academic year 2020-2021 can be found on the site Course Selection. Please select the Degree programme Bachelor's Programme in the Languages and Literatures of Finland in the menu on the top of the page to see the courses in Finnish for International Students.

Beginners’ Courses (A1.1–A1.2) for Exchange Students

These courses are primarily for the exchange students studying at the University of Helsinki for 1-2 semesters. Contact lessons are held once or twice a week, depending on the course.

Registration for the courses is through WebOodi. The registration period for Autumn semester 2020 will start in August 2020, and will continue until the courses start. The registration period for Spring semester 2021 will start in December. If you miss the registration, you can contact the teacher of the course you are interested in to ask whether there is still space in the course. More information from Emmi Pollari (firstname.surname@helsinki.fi).

Academic year 2020 - 2021

Due to covid-19 situation changes in the plans are likely to happen, but there will be Finnish courses for incoming exchange students.

Autumn semester 2020

All the courses will be online in Autumn semester 2020.

Finnish for Exchange Students (Beginners' Courses) (3-5 ECTS)

Spring semester 2021 

Finnish for Exchange Students (Beginners' Courses) (3-5 ECTS)

Finnish for Exchange Students (Continuation Course) (5 ECTS)

 

 

Beginners and Intermediate Level Courses (A1.1–B2.1) for Degree and Doctoral Students

These courses are primarily aimed for degree and doctoral students, but exchange students can also attend. You can choose a course having 4-6 contact hours per week, depending on how fast you want to proceed in your studies. All the courses require extensive independent study and group work.

Registration for all the courses is through WebOodi. The registration period for Autumn semester starts in August 2020, and it will continue until the courses start. The registration period for Spring semester 2021 will begin in December 2020. If you miss the registration, you can contact the teacher of the course you are interested in to ask whether there is still space in the course. More information from Emmi Pollari (firstname.surname@helsinki.fi).

Academic year 2020 - 2021

Due to covid-19 situation, some changes in the plans are likely to happen, but there will be teaching offered on all different levels.

Autumn semester 2020

In the autumn semester 2020 all courses will be online. Despite of that we recommend you to choose a group on the same campus where you study or live, if there is a suitable group offered. If not, you can choose any of the groups on suitable level.

Finnish 1 (1 A+B) (5 ECTS)

Intensive Finnish (Finnish 1 A+B and Finnish 2A) (8 ECTS)

Structure of Finnish language

Finnish 2 (2 A+B) (5 ECTS)

Finnish 3 (5 ECTS)

Finnish 4 (5 ECTS)

Finnish 5 (5 ECTS)

Finnish 6 (5 ECTS)

Listen and Write (2-5 ECTS)

Finnish grammar online (5 ECTS) (Course description in Finnish only; intermediate level)

Puhutsä suomee? Spoken Finnish online. (3 ECTS) (Course description will be available in English in the end of June.)

Write and Discuss I (5 ECTS)

Write and Discuss II (5 ECTS)

 

Spring semester 2021 

Finnish 1 (1 A+B) (5 ECTS)

Finnish 2 (2 A+B) (5 ECTS)

Intensive Finnish Continuation Course (Finnish 2B and Finnish 3) (7 ECTS)

Finnish 3 (5 ECTS)

Finnish 4 (5 ECTS)

Finnish 5 (5 ECTS)

Finnish 6 (5 ECTS)

Write and discuss I (5 ECTS)

Write and Discuss II (5 ECTS)

Listen and Write (2-5 ECTS)

Finnish grammar online (5 ECTS)

 

Introduction to Finnish Language and Culture (15–30 credits)

The study unit (15-credit unit or 30-credit unit) consists of different language courses (Finnish 2 - Finnish 6). The unit will be completed by studies focusing on Finnish language, culture or society, according to what has been settled by the responsible teacher Sari Päivärinne.

Advanced Level Courses (B2-C2) for Degree and Doctoral Students

Students who already have a good level of Finnish (at least Common European Framework of Reference level B2.1) can improve their spoken and/or written Finnish by participating on the courses held by Finnish Language and Culture. All the teaching held by Finnish Language and Culture is open for all Helsinki University students who have required level of Finnish. The level of Finnish can be demonstrated by taking a placement test.