Language certificates

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If you have completed all the compulsory language studies through Language Centre courses or equivalent examinations before going abroad, a transcript of studies provided by University Student Services is usually sufficient proof of your language skills.

If an additional certificate of language proficiency is required, please contact the Language Centre.

Certificates of language proficiency provided by the Language Centre

The Language Centre provides certificates of language proficiency to students who are registered as attending the University of Helsinki and who apply to international exchange programmes or for traineeships and are required to produce a certificate by their exchange university or international employer. Exeptions to this are students doing their major in the Bachelor’s/Master’s programme in Languages, who obtain the certificate from the teachers of their degree programme.

Language skills are assessed and certificates granted by the teacher of the language in question. Language certificates are provided in languages that are taught in the Language Centre.

A copy of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages can be enclosed with with the language certificate.

NB! Owing to the limited scope of testing and more restricted content, a certificate of language proficiency cannot substitute for compulsory language studies.

The Language Centre does not provide language certificates for job or grant applications. The University’s official transcript of studies – or, after graduation, the diploma – can be used for these purposes.

Certificates of language proficiency in Arabic

Language skills are assessed and certificates granted by your Language Centre teacher in Arabic.

In order to guarantee that you get your certificate in time,

  • make sure that you contact the teacher no later than two weeks before the application deadline to make an appointment (NB. This applies only to students who have participated the Language Centre courses in Arabic)
  • if you have any certificate/evidence related to your language skills, please take them with you
  • reserve approx. 30 minutes for a possible testing session.

Certificates of language proficiency in English

If you need a language certificate as part of your application to an exchange programme or exchange university, you may ask a Language Centre English teacher to test you. Due to the limited and specific nature of the test given, the language certificate provided for the purpose of academic exchange programmes cannot be used to claim exemption from the compulsory language requirements of the university degree.

In order to guarantee that you get your certificate in time,

  • contact a teacher that has taught you
  • if you have taken no courses at the Language Centre, your teacher no longer teaches at the Language Centre, you do not remember the teacher’s name or if you have passed an Exemption Test, contact the faculty coordinator
  • make sure that you contact the teacher no later than two weeks before the application deadline
  • write your email in English
  • explain in your message what kind of certificate you need (e.g. a form to be filled in, a free-form) and what skills need to be tested (reading, writing, speaking, listening). In addition, indicate when your application is due.

When contacting a teacher students should indicate:

  1. their student number
  2. their faculty
  3. if they have taken a course, when they took the course, and the code for that course
  4. any deadlines they have

The Language Centre is not responsible for TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate testing.

Certificates of language proficiency in Spanish

Language skills are assessed and certificates granted by your Language Centre teacher in Spanish.

If you have not been in Language Centre Spanish courses (or your teacher doesn't grant language certificates), please contact Spanish teacher Gonzalo Hernandez Reyes.

In order to guarantee that you get your certificate in time,

  • make sure that you contact the teacher no later than two weeks before the application deadline to make an appointment
  • if you have any certificate/evidence related to your language skills, please take them with you
  • reserve approx. 30 minutes for a possible testing session

Certificates of language proficiency in Finnish as a second national language

Tutkintoon sisältyvät toisen kotimaisen kielen, ruotsin tai suomen kirjallisen ja suullisen taidon opinnot vastaavat julkisyhteisöjen henkilöstöltä vaadittavaa kielitaitoa. Muuta virallista kielitodistusta ei tarvita. Jos olet suorittanut nämä opinnot Helsingin yliopiston kielikeskuksessa ja tarvitset kielitaitotodistusta ennen tutkinnon valmistumista, voit osoittaa kielitaitosi yliopiston virallisella opintosuoritusotteella. Mikäli suoritusta ei vielä ole, ota yhteys finskan opettajaan suorittaaksesi korvaavan kokeen.

Ulkoministeriön harjoittelupaikkoja varten ei tarvita erillistä kielitodistusta, vaan ote yliopiston opintosuoritusrekisteristä on riittävä osoitus kotimaisten kielten taidosta.

Certificates of language proficiency in Italian

Language skills are assessed and certificates granted by your Language Centre teacher in Italian.

If you have not been in Language Centre Italian courses (or your teacher doesn't grant language certificates), please contact Italian teacher Sari Meurman.

In order to guarantee that you get your certificate in time,

  • make sure that you contact the teacher no later than two weeks before the application deadline to make an appointment
  • if you have any certificate/evidence related to your language skills, please take them with you
  • reserve approx. 30 minutes for a possible testing session

Certificates of language proficiency in Japanese

Language skills are assessed and certificates granted by your Language Centre teacher in Japanese.

In order to guarantee that you get your certificate in time,

  • make sure that you contact the teacher no later than two weeks before the application deadline to make an appointment (NB. This applies only to students who have participated the Language Centre courses in Japanese)
  • if you have any certificate/evidence related to your language skills, please take them with you
  • reserve approx. 30 minutes for a possible testing session.

Certificates of language proficiency in Chinese

Language skills are assessed and certificates granted by your Language Centre teacher in Chinese.

In order to guarantee that you get your certificate in time,

  • make sure that you contact the teacher no later than two weeks before the application deadline to make an appointment (NB. This applies only to students who have participated the Language Centre courses in Chinese)
  • if you have any certificate/evidence related to your language skills, please take them with you
  • reserve approx. 30 minutes for a possible testing session.

Certificates of language proficiency in Portuguese

Language skills are assessed and certificates granted by your Language Centre teacher in Portuguese.

In order to guarantee that you get your certificate in time,

  • make sure that you contact the teacher no later than two weeks before the application deadline to make an appointment (NB. This applies only to students who have participated the Language Centre courses in Portuguese)
  • if you have any certificate/evidence related to your language skills, please take them with you
  • reserve approx. 30 minutes for a possible testing session.

Certificates of language proficiency in French

Language skills are assessed and certificates granted by your Language Centre teacher in French. However, certificates are not granted by teachers without reception hour.

If you have not been in Language Centre Spanish courses (or your teacher doesn't grant language certificates), please contact the following French teachers:

In order to guarantee that you get your certificate in time,

  • make sure that you contact the teacher no later than two weeks before the application deadline to make an appointment
  • if you have any certificate/evidence related to your language skills, please take them with you
  • reserve approx. 30-45 minutes for a possible testing session.

Certificates of language proficiency in Swedish as a second national language

Tutkintoon sisältyvät toisen kotimaisen kielen, ruotsin tai suomen kirjallisen ja suullisen taidon opinnot vastaavat julkisyhteisöjen henkilöstöltä vaadittavaa kielitaitoa. Muuta virallista kielitodistusta ei tarvita. Jos olet suorittanut nämä opinnot Helsingin yliopiston kielikeskuksessa ja tarvitset kielitaitotodistusta ennen tutkinnon valmistumista, voit osoittaa kielitaitosi yliopiston virallisella opintosuoritusotteella. Mikäli suoritusta ei vielä ole, ota yhteys ruotsin tiedekuntakoordinaattoriin suorittaaksesi tasokokeen.

Ulkoministeriön harjoittelupaikkoja varten ei tarvita erillistä kielitodistusta, vaan ote yliopiston opintosuoritusrekisteristä on riittävä osoitus kotimaisten kielten taidosta.

Certificates of language proficiency in German

Language skills are assessed and certificates granted by your Language Centre teacher in German.

If you have not been in Language Centre Italian courses (or your teacher doesn't grant language certificates), please contact German teacher Christian Niedling.

In order to guarantee that you get your certificate in time,

  • make sure that you contact the teacher no later than two weeks before the application deadline to make an appointment
  • if you have any certificate/evidence related to your language skills, please take them with you
  • reserve approx. 30 minutes for a possible testing session.

Certificates of language proficiency in Danish

Language skills are assessed and certificates granted by your Language Centre teacher in Danish.

In order to guarantee that you get your certificate in time,

  • make sure that you contact the teacher no later than two weeks before the application deadline to make an appointment (NB. This applies only to students who have participated the Language Centre courses in Danish)
  • if you have any certificate/evidence related to your language skills, please take them with you
  • reserve approx. 30 minutes for a possible testing session.

Certificates of language proficiency in Russian

In order to guarantee that you get your certificate in time,

  • make sure that you contact Marjatta Alestalo or Heidi Mäkäläinen by email no later than two weeks before the application deadline to make an appointment
  • you'll get the language certificate primarily from the teacher that has taught you. However, teachers who have no reception hour, are not giving certificates
  • if you have any certificate/evidence related to your language skills, please take them with you
  • reserve approx. 30 minutes for a possible testing session.

Certificates of language proficiency in Estonian

Language skills are assessed and certificates granted by your Language Centre teacher in Estonian.

In order to guarantee that you get your certificate in time,

  • make sure that you contact the teacher no later than two weeks before the application deadline to make an appointment (NB. This applies only to students who have participated the Language Centre courses in Estonian)
  • if you have any certificate/evidence related to your language skills, please take them with you
  • reserve approx. 30 minutes for a possible testing session.