Studying at the Helsinki Summer University

  • Courses are open to everyone regardless of age, previous education or current study rights. Everyone who has enrolled and paid the course fee has the right to study at the Summer University.
  • The Helsinki Summer University program includes open university and open university of applied sciences courses as well as a wide range of language courses, continuing education studies, courses for students preparing for the Finnish matriculation examinations, art, computer classes and open public events.
  • Please note that the language of instruction is primarily Finnish, unless otherwise stated in the course description. If you have any questions, please contact the office before enrolment.

Active learning

  • The Helsinki Summer University courses are intensive and enable active learning. Most courses require a substantial amount of independent studying.
  • The total number of lessons (45 minutes each) including a final test (if applicable) is mentioned in the course description.
  • On average one credit is equal to an estimated workload of 27 hours, which is needed to achieve the courses learning goals.

The Helsinki Summer University students are not insured by the Summer University therefore they must cover their own insurance costs.

The Helsinki Summer University office will inform you about any changes concerning your course, usually by email. Please make sure that the Helsinki Summer University office has your updated contact information!

We currently provide both distance and contact teaching.

Contact teaching

We organize contact teaching in accordance with the instructions of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Ministry of Education and Culture. The classrooms we use are spacious and the size of contact groups is limited so that appropriate safety distances can be implemented in every location.

We expect students to prevent the spread of the corona virus with their own action:

  • Wash your hands with water and soap upon arrival and as often as possible during the class.
  • There is hand disinfectant available in the entrance halls at the study locations, but we recommend that you also bring your own if possible.
  • Cough on a disposable cloth or sleeve.
  • We recommend also to wear a face mask in the class.
  • Keep at least one meter away from others when moving around the study site.
  • If you are ill, symptomatic, or have recently returned from a trip abroad, please stay at home.
  • In case of illness (including corona) we follow the general cancellation policy.

We will follow the information provided by the authorities and update the guidelines as necessary. The most up-to-date information on the corona virus can be found on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Distance teaching

Distance learning takes place online with a video connection according to the schedule found in the course information.

  • Distance teaching mainly takes place on Teams or Zoom. In some courses, depending on the teacher, there might be some other platform in use.
  • In addition, the learning environment Moodle is used in courses for sharing information and study materials.
  • Registration for the platforms used in the course will be instructed by e-mail latest the day before the course.
  • It is recommended to test the functionality of the equipment well in advance of the start of the course. The Summer University is not responsible for the functionality of the students’ equipment. The Summer University does not refund course fees if participation is blocked due to an individual student’s connection or technical problems.

Online courses

We organize also online courses, that are mainly completed independently within the given timeline. Communication with the teacher takes place on the course platform.


Enjoy the learning!