Language Centre courses suitable for non-Finnish speakers 2021-2022

The instruction belongs to the following themes

By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content. You do not have to select a degree programme to see the Open University's instructions.

Course descriptions and the selection of courses offered by the Language Centre are available online in Instructions for students for everyone to see. You can find them also on the Courses page. In order to register for courses online, students need a valid university user ID. You can find instructions on how to register for courses in Sisu on the Events for exchange students page.

NB! Language Centre’s teaching programme for the autumn term 2021 has been published in Sisu and on Courses. The teaching programme for the spring term 2022 will be published by the end of November.

NB! The elementary level teaching is given and study materials e.g. books are mainly in Finnish. At the more advanced level courses teaching and materials are in the language in question.

NB! The Language Centre will teach its courses mainly remotely/online in the autumn semester of 2021. The notified times for the course are to be reserved for course work. Attendance in remote teaching sessions may be required as specified in the course description. The teacher will contact the students selected for the course regarding practical arrangements and a more detailed schedule. All tests in the autumn semester of 2021 will be held remotely/online.


  • KK-KII001 Elementary Chinese 1, 2 cr
  • KK-KII002 Elementary Chinese 2, 3 cr
  • KK-KII101 Elementary Chinese 3 (CEFR A1), 2 cr
  • KK-KII102 Elementary Chinese 4 (CEFR A1), 3 cr
  • KK-KII201 Intermediate Chinese 1 (CEFR A2), 2 cr 
  • KK-KII202 Intermediate Chinese 2 (CEFR A2), 3 cr
  • KK-KII203 Intermediate Chinese 3 (CEFR A2), 2 cr
  • KK-KII204 Intermediate Chinese 4 (CEFR A2), 3 cr
  • KK-KII205 Intermediate Spoken Chinese 1 (CEFR A2), 2 cr
  • KK-KII206 Intermediate Spoken Chinese 2 (CEFR A2), 2 cr
  • KK-KII301 Advanced Chinese 1 (CEFR B1), 4 cr
  • KK-KII302 Advanced Chinese 2 (CEFR B1), 4 cr
  • KK-KII303 Advanced Chinese 3 (CEFR B1), 4 cr 
  • KK-KII304 Advanced Chinese 4 (CEFR B1), 4 cr
  • KK-KII305 Advanced Spoken Chinese 1 (CEFR B1), 2 cr
  • KK-KII306 Advanced Spoken Chinese 2 (CEFR B1), 2 cr
  • KK-KII307 Chinese Writing (CEFR B1) (2 op)
  • KK-KII309 Chinese Reading (CEFR B1), 2 cr
  • KK-KII310 Media Chinese (CEFR B1), 2 cr
  • KK-KII403 Advanced Chinese 5 (CEFR B2), 2 cr
  • KK-KII404 Advanced Chinese 6 (CEFR B2), 2 cr


For exchange students:

For degree students:

  • All degree students are welcome to take any of the English courses offered by the Language Centre. If you are a degree student and sign up for a degree-requirement Academic and Professional Communication in English (1&2) course, remember to choose a course that is specifically aimed at your own faculty. If you are interested in doing more advanced-level work, you may sign up for Advanced courses, but only after you have taken a degree-requirement course.


The Finnish language courses are organised by the Bachelor’s Programme in the Languages and Literatures of Finland  (Faculty of Arts).


  • KK-RAN001 French for Beginners 1 a, 2 cr (F. Nozais's group)
  • KK-RAN002 French for beginners 1 b, 2 cr (F. Nozais's group)
  • KK-RAN004 French Pronunciation, 1 cr 
  • KK-RAN101 French for beginners 2 a (CEFR A1), 2 cr (F. Nozais's group)
  • KK-RAN102 French for beginners 2 b (CEFR A1), 2 cr (F. Nozais's group)
  • KK-RAN103 Refresher Course in Basic French - Tutorassisted (CEFR A1), 2 cr (the course will not be organized in academic year 2021-2022)
  • KK-RAN204 Refresher Course in French - Tutorassisted (CEFR A2), 2 cr (the course will not be organized in academic year 2021-2022)
  • KK-RAN205 Revise and communicate in French (CEFR A2), 3 cr  
  • KK-RAN208 Intermediate French 3 (CEFR A2), 3 cr 
  • KK-RAN209 Vieille école – French the Traditional Way (CEFR A2), 2 cr 
  • KK-RAN211 French-German Dual Language Course (CEFR A2), 2 cr (the course will not be organized in academic year 2021-2022)
  • KK-RAN302 La France qui bouge - Intermediate French 4 (CEFR B1), 4 cr 
  • KK-RAN303 Français de la vie professionnelle - Professional French (CEFR B1), 3 cr 
  • KK-RAN308 Grammaire en ligne 1 - French Grammar Online on Advanced Level 1 (CEFR B1), 2 cr 
  • KK-RAN307 Expression orale - Oral Skills in French (CEFR B1), 2 cr
  • KK-RAN309 Grammaire en ligne 2 - French Grammar Online on Advanced Level 2 (CEFR B1), 2 cr 
  • KK-RAN310 Compréhension orale - Online Course in Listening Comprehension in French (CEFR B1), 2 cr 
  • KK-RAN311 CLARA (Cours de Langue en Autonomie pour Réactiver son Apprentissage) - French Course in Autonomy (CEFR B1), 2 cr
  • KK-RAN402 Français pluridisciplinaire - Oral and Written French on Advanced Level (CEFR B2), 4 cr 
  • KK-RAN403 Politique et société à travers les médias - Media Based Course in French (CEFR B2), 3 cr


  • KK-SAK002 German for Beginners 1, 3 cr   
  • KK-SAK102 German for Beginners 2 (CEFR A1), 4 cr  
  • KK-SAK103 German Grammar 1 - Online Course (CEFR A2), 2 cr
  • KK-SAK104 Speaking German 1! (CEFR A1), 2 cr (the course will not be organized in academic year 2021–2022)
  • KK-SAK105 Refresher Course of Basic German (CEFR A1), 2 cr 
  • KK-SAK201 German Grammar 2 - Online Course (CEFR A2), 2 cr
  • KK-SAK202 German Vocabulary (CEFR A2), 2 cr 
  • KK-SAK203 German Course with Cultural Theme (CEFR A2), 2 cr 
  • KK-SAK205 Intermediate German 1 (CEFR A2), 4 cr 
  • KK-SAK207 Intermediate German 2 (CEFR A2), 4 cr
  • KK-SAK209 Refresher Course in German Grammar (CEFR A2), 3 cr
  • KK-SAK210 Speaking German 2 (CEFR A2), 2 cr
  • KK-SAK212 ALICE - Academic Language and Intercultural Exchange (German - Finnish/Swedish) (CEFR A2), 2 cr
  • KK-SAK214 German-French Dual Language Course (CEFR A2), 2 cr (the course will not be organized in academic year 2021–2022)
  • KK-SAK301 Wortschatzkurs - German Vocabulary (CEFR B1), 2 cr
  • KK-SAK312 Virtuelle Schreibwerkstatt (CEFR B1), 2 cr
  • KK-SAK303 Textkurs: Lesen, Diskutieren und Schreiben - German Reading Comprehension (CEFR B1), 4 cr
  • KK-SAK304 Deutsch im Berufsleben - Professional German (CEFR B1), 3 cr
  • KK-SAK306 IDEAL - Individuelles Deutsch Autonomes Lernprogram - Autonomous German learning course (CEFR B1), 3 cr 
  • KK-SAK307 Konversation 4 - Discussion in German 4 (CEFR B1), 2 cr (the course will not be organized in academic year 2021–2022)
  • KK-SAK309 Land und Leute - German Regional Studies Course (CEFR B1), 4 cr
  • KK-SAK314 Deutsch als Wissenschaftssprache (CEFR B1), 2 cr


  • KK-ITA102 Italian Conversation for Beginners (CEFR A1), 2 cr 
  • KK-ITA201 Remo - Practical Italian Online 2 (CEFR A2), 3 cr
  • KK-ITA204 Practical Italian (CEFR A2), 2 cr
  • KK-ITA206 ALICE - Academic Language and Intercultural Exchange (Italian - Finnish/Swedish) (CEFR A2), 2 cr 
  • KK-ITA301 Corso di espressione orale - Italian Oral Skills (CEFR B1), 2 cr 


  • KK-VEN001 Get Started Learning Russian Language - Online Course, 1 cr
  • KK-VEN002 Russian for beginners 1, 4 cr 
  • KK-VEN101 Russian for beginners 2 (CEFR A1), 4 cr
  • KK-VEN102 Intermediate Russian 1 (CEFR A1) (4 cr)
  • KK-VEN201 Intermediate Russian 2 (CEFR A2), 4 cr 
  • KK-VEN206 Russian Grammar 2 - Online Course (CEFR A2)
  • KK-VEN205 ALICE - Academic Language and Intercultural Exchange (Russian - Finnish/Swedish) (CEFR A2), 2 cr
  • KK-VEN301 Tšitat, pisat i obsuždat - Spoken and Written Russian (CEFR B1), 3 cr
  • KK-VEN302 Tšitat, pisat i obsuždat - Spoken and Written Russian (CEFR B1), 4 cr
  • KK-VEN303 Ustnaja kommunikatsija - Oral Skills in Russian (CEFR B1), 2 cr 
  • KK-VEN305 Novosti po-russki - Current Topics (CEFR B1), 2 cr (the course will not be organized in academic year 2021–2022)


  • KK-ESP002 Spanish Pronunciation,1 cr
  • KK-ESP102 Spanish grammar - Online Course (CEFR A1) (2 cr) 
  • KK-ESP103 Speaking Spanish 1 (CEFR A1), 2 cr
  • KK-ESP104 Refresher course in basic Spanish (CEFR A1), 4 cr
  • KK-ESP201 Intermediate Spanish 1 (CEFR A2), 3 cr
  • KK-ESP202 Intermediate Spanish 1 + 2, intensive course (CEFR A2), 7 cr
  • KK-ESP203 Intermediate Spanish 2 (CEFR A2) 3 cr 
  • KK-ESP205 Practical Spanish with a focus on culture - activación oral 2 (CEFR A2), 2 cr
  • KK-ESP206 Intermediate Spanish 3 (CEFR A2), 3 cr
  • KK-ESP209 Understanding spoken Spanish - Online Course (CEFR A2), 2 cr
  • KK-ESP210 ALICE - Academic Language and Intercultural Exchange (Spanish - Finnish/Swedish) (CEFR A2), 2 cr
  • KK-ESP301 Política y sociedad - Politics and Society (CEFR B1), 3 cr
  • KK-ESP302 Curso de escritura - Written skills in Spanish 1 (CEFR B1), 2 cr
  • KK-ESP305 Curso español sobre el medio ambiente - Environmental Spanish (CEFR B1), 3 cr
  • KK-ESP309 Curso oral sobre cultura y actualidad de los países latinoamericanos - Culture and Current Issues in Latin American Countries (CEFR B1), 4 cr
  • KK-ESP310 Habilidades para la vida laboral - Professional Spanish (CEFR B1), 4 cr (the course will not be organized in academic year 2021–2022)
  • KK-ESP311 Curso de profundización - Oral and Written Skills in Spanish, Intermediate Course 4 (CEFR B1), 5 cr 
  • KK-ESP402 Aspectos del Lenguage Académico - Aspects of Academic Language (Humanities) (CEFR B2), 2 cr
  • KK-ESP403 Curso oral - Oral Skills in Spanish (CEFR B2), 4 cr


  • KK-RUO001 Swedish for Beginners 1, 3 cr 
  • KK-RUO101 Swedish for Beginners 2 (CEFR A1), 3 cr 
  • KK-RUO402 Avancerad svenska, Skogsbruk runt Östersjön - Advanced Swedish, Forestry aroud the Baltic Sea (CEFR B2), 2 cr
  • KK-RUO405 Diskutera mera A (CEFR B2), 1 cr
  • KK-RUO413 Avancerad skrivkurs i svenska - Advanced Writing Course in Swedish (CEFR B2), 2 cr (autumn 2020)
  • KK-RUO414 Skönlitteratur på egen hand - Independent, Literary Studies in Swedish (CEFR B2), 1 cr
  • KK-RUO415 Yrkesinriktade självständiga studier i svenska - Independent, Professionally-Oriented Studies in Swedish (CEFR B2), 2 cr


Especially for international students

ALICE - Academic Language and Intercultural Exchange (2 ECTS)
The basic idea of ALICE courses is to provide two language learners who speak different native languages the opportunity to learn about each other’s language and culture in an interactive way.

Language Centre Course Assistant Programme for International Students
Course assistants are University of Helsinki’s international exchange or degree students who assist Language Centre teachers in language courses and act as native peers for local students learning their native language. The Course Assistant Programme is a course and international students can gain 1-4 ECTS credits for their work as an assistant and a certificate of completion.