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This intensive basic course in Finnish is for students accepted into University of Helsinki master’s / bachelor’s programmes in autumn 2019. It offers incoming students the opportunity to study the Finnish language before the beginning of the University’s autumn term. The course includes 48 hours of teaching plus independent/group work (six hours of study a day on average).

Before the course begins, the participants are expected to take the online course A Taste of Finnish (, so that they will learn the basic vocabulary and grammar as well as various phrases and elements of Finnish culture and society. The online course provides help in English.

Learning objectives

The course offers incoming students the opportunity to begin studying the Finnish language before the University’s autumn term begins, so that it will be possible to continue with Suomi 2 courses in the autumn at the University of Helsinki. The aim is to learn to cope with simple everyday discussions, write brief texts on familiar topics and learn key vocabulary.

The target level is A1.2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF)(

Course format and teaching methods

The course consists of four contact lessons daily, and the students work in small groups / independently in the afternoons. This way the course learning objectives can be attained. The students are expected to participate actively in the various tasks and group work during the contact lessons. The online platform Moodle may be used for mixed-mode activities (mainly independent work).

The course is taught in Finnish, which allows students to use the language straight away. The Finnish-in-Finnish method has been proven to accelerate and enhance learning; the course has been designed so that no other languages are needed. Nevertheless, students can always ask for help in other languages when the teachers are circulating in class supervising pair or group work, during breaks or after class.

Target students

International students beginning their master’s / bachelor’s degree studies in the autumn of 2019 at the University of Helsinki.


Ms. Leena Evesti, leena.evesti(at)
You may contact the course coordinator with questions concerning the course content.

With any other questions concerning Helsinki Summer Schoool or the application process, please contact

Apply now! Summer 2019
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Aug 6, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States