Intensive Finnish, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 17 days
  • Tuition Fee
    60 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • Finnish
University rank #56 (ARWU) Online
The Intensive Finnish course is only for international students beginning their masters degree studies in at the University of Helsinki.



This intensive basic course in Finnish offers incoming students the opportunity to study the Finnish language before the beginning of the Universitys autumn term. The course 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 Tavataan taas! Finnish for Foreigners, so that they will learn the basic vocabulary and grammar as well as various phrases and elements of Finnish culture and society. The Intensive Finnish online course from University of Helsinki provides help in English and other languages in addition to Finnish.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 17 days
  • Credits
    4 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Finnish
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

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.

Course readings

Please purchase the book before the first lessons: Suomen mestari 1. Suomen kielen oppikirja aikuisille by Sanni Heinzmann, Sonja Gehring. Finn Lectura. Chapters 17. Additional material (handouts) by the teacher.



Academic Requirements

This course is targeted only for international students beginning their masters degree studies in the autumn of 2017 at the University of Helsinki.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    60 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 60 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 17 days.

Living costs for Helsinki

910 - 1,400 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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