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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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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 for Autumn semester 2018 will begin on 14th August. The registration for Spring semester 2019 will begin on 11th December, and will continue until the courses start. 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 Taija Udd.

Autumn semester 2018

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

Spring semester 2019

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 2018 will begin on 14th August. The registration period for Spring semester 2019 will begin on 11th December 2018, and it will continue until the courses start. 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 Taija Udd.

Autumn semester 2018

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)

Write and Discuss I (5 ECTS)

Write and Discuss II (5 ECTS)

Spring semester 2019

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 II (5 ECTS)

Listen and Write (2-5 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.