Finnish Courses

Our courses are open to everyone who are keen to learn Finnish. Courses are held during daytime, evenings and weekends. They are held 1 to 5 times a week. You can register for the courses throughout the year.

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Finnish Courses

The Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki organises introductory, basic (A1.1-A1.3), intermediate (B1-B2) and advanced (C1-C2) Finnish language courses.

The introductory level courses are reading and writing courses for those who would like to learn how to read and write in the Latin alphabet. 

The courses are open to all those interested in studying Finnish. The courses are held during the day, in the evening and at weekends. Some of them are intensive courses.  The courses are mainly taught in Finnish, but some courses may, if necessary, use also another language, such as English or Russian.

You can apply for the courses throughout the year, either online or at the Institute’s office.

The Institute also holds examinations for the National Certificate of Language Proficiency (intermediate level) as well as practise courses for the examinations.

Study Guidance

Our study guidance counsellors can always give you advice when you need help finding a suitable level or a new course. For example if there has been some time since your last course and you are not sure what the correct level for you would be.

Study Guidance

Course Info

The length of each lesson is 45 minutes. Lessons are not held on public holidays.

You may request a certificate of attendance from the office when the course has ended.

Teaching materials and Coursebooks

The teaching materials and methods vary and so everyone can find a most suitable course for their needs.

The coursebooks are not included. It is wise to purchase the book after the first lesson.

Level Classifications

The level classifications of other courses (A1.1-C2) are based on the Common European Framework of reference for language.

Distance Learning

The study platform used is Moodle (http://moodle.helao.fi) or Zoom. Before the course starts you will receive a username and password via e-mail. Online courses require basic IT skills.

Immigrant’s independent study

Independent study means studying that can be supported with the unemployment benefit. Language studies must include at least 20 hours of weekly education.

  • This course has 15 contact lessons per week and homework minimum 5 hours a week.
  • You need to check with your local employment office before you start the course, whether the course will be approved.
  • Please note that you will have to pay the course fee.
  • You will receive a certificate at the end of the course.