Open University courses are open to everyone regardless of background or age. Open University offers individual courses in Business, Technology, Languages, and Art and Design. Students are admitted to individual courses in the order of registration.
Studying Finnish language
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.
Aalto University Open University offers Finnish language 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.
Almost all Finnish courses are 3 credit courses, which means about 81 hours of 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. At 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.
Finnish course offerings
If you do not know any Finnish you can start your studies from the course Finnish 1. You can continue your studies to Finnish 2. There will be courses available until Finnish 8. The course book which will be used in the courses from Finnish 1 to Finnish 3 is "Oma Suomi 1". The course book used from Finnish 4 to Finnish 6 is "Oma Suomi 2". The course book used at the courses Finnish 7 and Finnish 8 is "Suomen mestari 4". The courses follow the chapters of the books.
In addition to courses from Finnish 1 to Finnish 8 some conversation courses and some other special courses will be offered by the Language Centre of Aalto University. Open University students can attend these courses and it has been reserved 3 places/course to the Open University.
Please, see the course offerings at https://www.aalto.fi/en/open-university-course-list#/?field=Languages%20and%20Communication&topic=Finnish%20as%20Foreign%20Language
Choose the Right Finnish Course with the Placement Test
It might be difficult to know which course would be best for you, especially if you have studied Finnish somewhere else before Aalto University. The language teachers have developed a "Finnish Language Course Placement Test" (Suomen kielen kurssien tasotesti). The placement test helps to guide you at choosing the most suitable Finnish course, either at Aalto University or at the University of Helsinki.
Aalto University Open University applies the language proficiency level system called the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR, 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).
Courses starting in September:
Finnish 1 intensive web course September-October (course code ALC-7210)
Finnish 2 intensive web course September-October (course code ALC-7220)
Courses starting in October:
Finnish 2 intensive web course October-November (course code ALC-7220)
Finnish 2 intensive web course October-December (course code ALC-7220)
Finnish 5 intensive web course October-December (course code ALC-7250)
Courses starting on January 2022:
Finnish 1 intensive web course Jan-Feb 2022 (course code ALC-7210)
Finnish 1 intensive web course Jan-Mar 2022 (course code ALC-7220
Finnish 2 intensive web course Jan-Feb 2022 (course code ALC-7220)
Courses starting on February 2022:
Finnish 5 web course, Feb-Apr 2022 (course code ALC-7250)
Courses starting on March 2022:
Finnish 1 intensive web course Mar-May 2022(course code ALC-7210)
Finnish 2 intensive web course Mar-Apr 2022 (course code ALC-7220)
Finnish 4 web course Mar-May 2022 (course code ALC-7240)
Courses starting on April 2022:
Suomi 6 verkkokurssi huhtikuu-kesäkuu 2022 (kurssikoodi ALC-7260)
In addition to these courses, there are a few places available for Open University students on more advanced level courses which are intended for the degree students of Aalto University. For information on these courses, please see the general course list of the Open University.
Intensive courses Finnish 1 and Finnish 2, two courses can be completed in one semester
Finnish 1, intensive web course, Sept-Oct 2021 , 13.9.-27.10.2021
Finnish 2, intensive web course, group 1, Nov-Dec 2021, 1.11.-15.12.2021
Finnish 2, intensive web course, group 2, Nov-Dec 2021, 1.11.-15.12.2021
Courses starting on November and ending on February 2021
Finnish 1, web course, Nov 2021-Feb 2022
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
If you are wondering how to continue your 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.
Following course autumn
|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 for continuing your language studies.
If you choose the lower level of the two, you will revise some things you have already learned on previous courses but you will 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.
If you are interested in registering for Finnish courses at the Open University, please also familiarize yourself with our general studying instructions at How to study at the Open University in Brief.
Once you have registered for a suitable course (the course level can be found in the course description), remember to activate your Aalto IT account.
If you are on the wait list for the course, please note that new students will not be admitted to the course after the registration period for the course has ended.
The web courses will be taught on the Aalto University web platform called MyCourses. Each course has a direct link to the MyCourses page in the course description. The teacher will update the course material by the beginning of the course.
If you attend other Finnish courses, please log in to MyCourses with you Aalto IT account as "Aalto User".
Some Other Options for Studying the Finnish Language
Infofinland.fi website is maintained by the City of Helsinki. You can find information on Finnish language self-study courses online by searching "Finnish Online".
At Finnishcourses.fi you will find information on Finnish language courses in the Helsinki Region and some other towns.