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Studying Finnish language

Aalto University Open University Finnish course

Studying Finnish at Aalto University Open University

Proficiency in Finnish is a key to understanding and enjoying Finnish culture and society. In many workplaces Finnish is an important language although the official working language of many international Finnish companies is English. Proficiency in Finnish is often a central factor in recruitment, career advancement and success in working life.

At Aalto University Open University is offered Finnish courses which are equivalent to the Finnish courses taught at Aalto University Language Center. The Finnish courses are planned by the high quality teachers of the Language Center.

At Open University will be offered courses from the beginner's level Finnish 1A (CEFR level 0) up to the Finnish 4B (CEFR level B.1.1) Please see more information on CEFR levels.

All courses are 2 credit courses which means about 54 hours student work (active participation in class and completion of the given homework, independent study, 2 hour exam). Courses are intensive and completing the course successfully requires the student's active participation both in class and at home. The classes are held in the evenings after 16.30. In the end of the course there is always an examination and by passing the examination you can get the official transcript of records from the course.

Choose the Finnish course with the Placement Test

It might be difficult to choose which course would be best for you, especially if you have studied Finnish somewhere else than at Aalto University. The language teachers have developed "Finnish Language Course Placement Test" (Suomen kielen kurssien tasotesti). The placement tests help to guide you the most suitable Finnish course, either at Aalto University or at University of Helsinki.

At Aalto University Open University is used the language level system called 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).

Since the Finnish courses offered at the Open University are only 2 credits, the difference between the courses and levels is not always easy to find. One way to check the course level is for example by familiarising yourself with the course book before enrolling.

The course books used until summer 2020 in the courses are as follows:

Gehring, Sonja - Heinzmann, Sanni: Suomen mestari 1 (ISBN 978-951-792-543-3) courses Finnish 1A and Finnish 1B and course Finnish 2A

Gehring, Sonja and Heinzmann, Sanni: Suomen mestari 2, (ISBN 978-951-792-477-1) course Finnish 2A (chapter 1), Finnish 2B , Finnish 3A and Finnish 3B (chapter 8)

Gehring, Sonja; Heinzmann, Sanni; Päivärinne, Sari and Udd, Taija:Suomen mestari 3  (ISBN 978-951-792-568-6) Finnish 3B , Finnish 4A and Finnish 4B

List of Finnish Courses

The courses starts from beginner's level Finnish 1A. Next level course is Finnish 1B and then Finnish 2A and so on.

If you have no knowledge in Finnish you can start from Finnish 1A and complete altogether 16 credits by taking one course after another up to Finnish 4B. Please, notice that Finnish courses offerings will change from the beginning of autumn semester 2020.

Courses offered in spring 2020

Finnish 1A, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 1 B, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 2A, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 2B, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 3A, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 3B, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 4A, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 4B, evening course, 2 credits

Courses offered in summer 2020

The registration for the summer courses will start on Wednesday 15.4.2020 at 12.00

Please, notice that due to corona virus situation the courses Finnish 1A, FInnish 2A, Finnish 3A and Finnish 5 will be taught as web courses. There will be no contact teaching in the classroom at all.

Finnish 1A, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 1B, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 2A, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 2B, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 3A, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 3B, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 5, evening course, 3 credits

Autumn 2020

The curriculum of Finnish courses at Aalto University Language Centre will change from the beginning of autumn semester 2020. The Finnish courses at Open University will follow the new course system. So the courses Finnish 1A, Finnish 1B and so on will not be available anymore in autumn 2020. Information on new courses will be published on May 2020.

In addition to these courses, there are few places for the Open University students for more advanced level courses which are for the degree students of Aalto University. See the general  list of courses of Open University

Some other options to study Finnish language

Infofinland.fi website is published by City of Helsinki. You can find information on Finnish self-study courses online by searching "Finnish Online".

At Finnishcourses.fi  -page you find information on Finnish language courses in Helsinki Region and some other towns.


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