Exams and certificates

Certificates for Finnish courses

  • There is a written exam at the end of each basic and advanced course (Intensive Finnish 1 to 9). Regular attendance and passing the final exam is required to obtain the certificate.
  • The Helsinki Summer University has credited Finnish for Foreigners courses (basic and advanced courses) according to European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) used in European universities. One ECTS is equal to 27 hours of study. One basic course is estimated to be 4 ECTS credits. Students wishing to include Helsinki Summer University courses in their degree are advised to check the validity of any course offered by Helsinki Summer University with their own institute of learning.

Final exams, resits and literature exams

  • No registration is required for the final test of a course or for the resit exam.
  • Please register for literature exams no later than 10 days prior the exam. If the registration deadline is on a weekend, please register on the last weekday before the deadline.
  • If the course programme includes a resit exam, the time is included in the course description.
  • If needed, the student can ask for a second re-sit exam to complete a language course, an open university of applied sciences course or a university course not included in a study module. A fee of 65 € will be charged to cover the costs for composing and grading each additional exam. Please contact the Helsinki Summer University Office for arrangements during the course.
  • Exams start on the hour.
  • You can return your exam paper no earlier than 30 minutes after the exam has started. After this, late students will not be allowed to take the exam.
  • Please note that you must show a valid ID when taking an exam. If you fail to show one, your exam may be discarded.


  • Exam results and certificates can be acquired from the Helsinki Summer University Office approximately two weeks after the end of the course. Please note that receiving the results of university courses may take up to four weeks or more.
  • The student must order the transcripts for open university studies from the cooperating university which has provided the course.
  • Regular attendance and passing the course is required for a certificate.
  • The certificate can be written for courses completed within 10 years of the request.
  • University level language courses require an 75% attendance rate and passing the final test to gain the credits. Other language courses usually require 50% attendance.
  • Certificates for courses held in the current or previous year can be obtained free of charge. For older certificates the Helsinki Summer University charges 10 € per course. The delivery time for the certificate is approximately two weeks.
  • Credits for courses that have been approved by the University of Helsinki are entered into the Helsinki Open University or University of Helsinki course register. If you are a student at the University of Helsinki, please give this information when filling out the registration form.
  • Credits for other open university studies are automatically entered into the course register of the cooperating university.
  • Open university of applied sciences’ credits are not automatically registered. Students participating in the summer university courses must request a certificate from the Summer University and deliver it to their own institute’s study counsellor.
  • If you wish to include a course in your degree, check the validity with your own institute before enrolling.

Study methods and evaluation

  • See the course description for the study methods of your course. Most course programmes are based on classroom teaching but also online, and independent studies may be included.
  • For most courses the Helsinki Summer University uses a six-level grading scale:
    5 excellent
    4 very good
    3 good
    2 satisfactory
    1 sufficient
    0 fail
  • A pass/fail scale or other methods of evaluation may also be used.


  • Should you find any fault in the grading of your exam, you are entitled to ask for a rectification.

Academic dishonesty in summer university examinations

This method is applied when a student is suspected of academic dishonesty:

  • The person initiating the complaint (for example the teacher of the course or the exam invigilator) will inform the student immediately and will ask for an explanation.
  • If the accusation is false, the matter will be dropped and the student informed.
  • The person initiating the complaint will inform the Summer University Office immediately after the exam and will require the student to hand in a written explanation and deliver it to the office within a week of the exam.
  • The director of the Summer University will make a decision on the matter based on this explanation.

Proven dishonesty

In cases of proven academic dishonesty

1.    The student will not pass the exam. In addition, the student will lose their right to continue on the course.
2.    Losing the right to study on the course does not entitle the student for a refund.
3.    The student will be presented with a written statement outlining the reasons for failing the course and instructions to follow if they wish to challenge this decision.
4.    The teacher receiving the exam paper, the university or university of applied sciences will be notified of any incidents of dishonesty and of failure to pass the course.
5.    If the student has been enrolled on a study module, their right to study is reviewed by the guidelines followed by the cooperating university.
6.    If a student is dissatisfied with the decision, they may appeal to the board of the Summer University foundation within two weeks of receiving the decision.