Registration for Language Centre courses

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These instructions explain how you can register for Language Centre courses and how are students selected for courses.

How and when do I register?

The registration for Language Centre courses or examination is done online via Sisu. Read the registration instructions carefully. You can find a quick guide to registering as well as basic principles of course registration on the page How do I register for my courses and exams?

Registration periods for academic year 2021–2022

1st period, week 33-34 (16.–29.8.2021)
2nd period, week 41-42 (11.–24.10.2021)
3rd period, week 50-1 (13.12.2021–9.1.2022)
4th period, week 8-9 (21.2–6.3.2022)
Intensive period: week 15-17 (11.4.–1.5.2022)

NB! Registration for examinations ends 10 days before the date of the examination.

Usually groups with a small number of registrations will be opened again for registration. In that case, groups are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

How are students selected for courses?

The registration methods used for the Language Centre courses are the standard registration and the registration with direct confirmation. For some courses, the course teacher selects the students on the basis of questions asked in connection with registration.

In the Language Centre’s courses, you will be selected only in one of the parallel groups of the same course. However, it is recommended that you enroll in all the groups that would be suitable for you.

In Swedish, English and native language (Finnish/Swedish) courses, certain groups are reserved for graduating students. In these groups, the course teacher selects the students on the basis of questions asked in connection with registration. However, if you are graduating in the near future, it is recommended that you enroll in all the groups that would be suitable for you.

How do I cancel my registration?

You can cancel your enrolment for course as long as the enrolment period or the extension for cancellation is valid.

If the course has already started, instead of cancelling you must discontinue the course.

Claiming your course place

Students who have been admitted to a course but who are not present at the first class lose their place in the course.

If you were not admitted to a course during the registration period, you can inquire about cancellations from the course teacher when the first class meets or via email.

If you did not register during the registration period, you may still obtain a place in a course, provided places are still available. You can inquire about place in a course from the course teacher when the first class meets or via email.

Keep the following in mind when registering for courses

  • Only register for groups in your own field or discipline (especially for courses in the second national language)
    Why? The teaching material may have been chosen for a particular major subject. For example, it is not advisable that students of psychology participate in groups for craft science and textiles teachers.
  • The order of registration is not important. It makes no difference whether you register on Monday or on Sunday just before the deadline.
  • Cancel your registration if you are unable to participate in the course (to ensure that those interested in the course have a chance to take it).
    Why? An uncancelled course place means an empty seat in class and unnecessary queues for courses.

NB! As a rule, groups with less than ten registered students will be cancelled.