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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.

Autumn 2020 onwards almost all Finnish courses are 3 credit courses which means about 81 hours student work (active participation in class and completion of the given homework, independent study, 2 hour exam). 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.

If the course is a web course there will be regular lecture hours, usually once or twice a week.

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).

List of Finnish courses in autumn 2020

Intensive courses Finnish 1 and Finnish 2, two courses can be completed in one semester
Finnish 1, intensive web course (target level A.1.1.) 7.9.-22.10.2020
Finnish 2, intensive web course  (target level A.1.2) 2.11.-17.12.2020

Courses starting on September 2020
Finnish 1, web course, Sept-Nov (target level A.1.1.)
Finnish 2, web course, Sept-Nov (target level A.1.2)
Finnish 3, web course, Sept-Nov (target level A.1.3.)

Courses starting on November and ending on February 2021
Finnish 2, web course, Nov 2020-Feb 2021 (target level A.1.2)
Finnish 3, web course, Nov 2020-Feb 2021 (target level A1.3.)
Finnish 4, web course, Nov 2020-Feb 2021 (target level A.2.1.)

Finnish 5 (target level A.2.2), spring or summer 2021
Finnish 6 (target level B.1.1), spring  or summer 2021

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

Have you completed Finnish courses at Aalto before autumn 2020?

If you are wondering how to continue studies here you can find some advice. On the left side there are the courses which were offered before autumn 2020 and on the right side there is a recommendation for the course you could take next.

Completed course Following course autumn 2020 onwards
Finnish 1A (ALC-7311) Finnish 1 (ALC-7210) or Finnish 2 (ALC-7220)
Finnish 1B (ALC-7321) Finnish 2 (ALC-7220) or Finnish 3 (ALC-7230)
Finnish 2 A (ALC-7312) Finnish 3 (ALC-7230)
Finnish 2B  (ALC-7322) Finnish 3 (ALC-7230) or Finnish 4 (ALC-7340)
Finnish 3A (ALC-7331) Finnish 4 (ALC-7240) or Finnish 5 (ALC-7250)
Finnish 3B (ALC-7332) Finnish 5 (ALC-7250) or Finnish 6 (ALC-7260)
Finnish 4A (ALC-7341) Finnish 6 (ALC-7260)
Finnish 4B (ALC-7342) Finnish 7 (ALC-7270)
Finnish 5 (ALC-7351) Finnish 8 (ALC-7280)

For some courses there are two possibilities to continue language studies.

If you choose the lower level of the two, you will revise some things you have already seen on previous courses but also learn some new things.If you choose the higher level of the two, you will have to study some contents on your own before the course to catch up. For this, you can check the course description of the lower level course  in order to see what you have not studied earlier.

Courses offered in summer 2020

The registration for the summer courses May-June will start on Wednesday 15.4.2020 at 12.00. The registration for courses starting on August will start on Tuesday 9.6. 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 1, Aug-Oct, web course, 3 credits
Finnish 1A, web course, 2 credits
Finnish 1B, web course, 2 credits
Finnish 2A, web course, 2 credits
Finnish 2B, web course, 2 credits
Finnish 3A, web course, 2 credits
Finnish 3B, web course, 2 credits
Finnish 5, web course, 3 credits

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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