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How do I register for courses?

Get acquainted with different ways to register.

How do I register online?

Simply follow these instructions:

  1. Find the right course from our website and click ”Register.”
  2. Information about the course will appear on the screen. When it does, click ”Register” again. The course will automatically be placed in your Shopping Cart.
  3. When you have chosen all the courses you want to register for, select ”Shopping Cart”.
  4. Carefully complete the form. Spaces marked with an asterisk must be filled in, as they indicate information that you must provide in order to successfully register.
  5. Click ”Send registration form”. If an invoice appears on the screen, you have successfully registered. Proceed to payment.
  6.  You will receive a confirmation of your registration in the course(s) in your e-mail inbox.
Why do I have to give my social security number when I register for a course?

The social security number is needed in order to identify a person. It is needed when an individual incurs an obligation to pay. The student register which comes into being in conjunction with the registration process is the basis of the course fee invoicing system. The bills go to the Institute’s electronic ledger where identification of the correct recipient by any other way than his/her social security number is, in practice, impossible.

Can I register on the starting day of a course?

Yes, if the course is not full, or the teacher feels that there is room for one more. However, please note that if everyone left their registration until the start of the course, it might not start at all because it is our policy to cancel courses a few days before their scheduled starting date if there have been insufficient advance registrations.

How can I place myself on a waiting list and is it worthwhile to do so?

If the course is full, you can place yourself on the waiting list. This is done in the same way as registering for a course with the exception that you don’t have to pay until you have been contacted by someone in the office. It certainly is worth your while to place your name on the waiting list as always someone who has registered drops out before the course starts.

I have registered for a course, but I can’t find the invoice anywhere?

When you register online, the invoice will appear on the screen after you have sent off the completed registration form.  If you can’t find the invoice, please contact the office and we will send you the information you require.

Starting or cancelling a course

How many students are required before a course can actually start?

It also depends on the type of course and course teacher. Courses with insufficient registrations are cancelled a few days before their scheduled starting date so remember to register in good time.

Can I join a course that has already started?

Generally speaking, registrations continue to be accepted if there is space in the class for more students. You are advised to first go to a class while it is in session and ask the teacher if you can still join the group. If he/she allows you to, you must then register online or in our office.

How do I cancel my participation in a course?

Click here to read our terms of cancellation.

Why does the programme state that the length of the course is two hours when in fact it is an hour and a half?

The length of teaching/learning sessions is expressed in terms of “lessons”. One lesson lasts 45 minutes.

Does the Institute grant discounts?

The Institute doesn’t grant personal discounts to students.

Can I take courses at the Institute even though I don’t live in Helsinki?

Yes, you can. There are no restrictions in this respect. We are open for all.

Can a person under the age of 18 participate in the Institute’s courses?

Generally speaking, our courses are intended for students aged 15 or over, unless otherwise mentioned in the course information. You can turn to our student counselling for more information.

How do I know what is the right course or level for me?

If you are having difficulty choosing the right course for yourself, contact the student counselling.

Can I change courses if the one in which I am enrolled is too difficult/easy for me, or if I have registered for the wrong course?

You can change courses if there are free places in the other group. The office must always be informed of such changes.

Where are the courses held?

The courses are held on our main premises at Runeberginkatu 22-24 unless otherwise mentioned in the course information. Please see the list of other course venues and instructions on how to get to the Institute.