The Summer University organises Finnish courses throughout the year. We have plenty of courses in our programme from basic to advanced levels, and during the summer we also offer oral skills courses and writing courses.

The basic courses focus on learning the basic structures of the Finnish language. These courses are intensive, and in addition to lessons, they require a substantial amount of independent study. The courses advance quickly and require good learning abilities. The language of instruction is Finnish unless otherwise specified.


  • The course levels are marked with numbers 1 to 6 (basic courses) and 7 to 8 (advanced courses). Groups of the same level are labelled with letters A to N.
  • The course description gives you a starting level, which is an estimate of the language skills required to succeed on the course. The starting levels used by Helsinki Summer University are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CERF) developed by the Council of Europe. Language skills are graded from Basic to Proficient Speaker on a scale of A1–C2 (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). The scale used by the Helsinki Summer University is a Finnish application of the CERF with sublevels (A1.1–C2.2).
  • The starting levels given in the course descriptions apply to a person’s general language skills as their oral and written skills may be on different levels. The course description also states what previous studies are required before starting the course.
  • You can evaluate your level for example by familiarising yourself with the course book before enrolling.


  • the places on the courses are reserved to students who have enrolled and paid the course fee. If the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list. You will be notified if a place becomes available. If you do not confirm your attendance, the place will be offered to the next person on the waiting list. Instructors cannot accept any enrolments from the waiting list.
  • if you wish to attend courses on several levels, please make sure to enrol on each course in advance. The enrolments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. If the course has textbooks, the student must purchase them beforehand.
  • the Summer University does not send letters of invitation for visas.