Intensive Finnish, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 17 days
  • Finnish
University rank #56 (ARWU) ,
This intensive basic course in Intensive Finnish from the University of Helsinki is for students accepted into University of Helsinki master’s programmes in autumn 2018. It offers incoming students the opportunity to study the Finnish language before the beginning of the University’s autumn term.


The Intensive Finnish course from the University of Helsinki includes 50 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 objective

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you need a visa, please apply 31st of May the latest.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 17 days
  • Credits
    4 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Finnish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.


This course is targeted only for international students beginning their master’s degree studies in the autumn of 2018 at the University of Helsinki.

Academic Requirements

  • A minimum of 2 years of university-level studies is required for all courses.
  • A motivation letter must be added to your application.
  • All courses are taught in English. Although applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, all students must be fluent in English. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    60 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 60 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 17 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
(+ the price of the course book, approx. 45 EUR) 

Living costs for Helsinki

  • 910 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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