Open University courses are open to everyone regardless of their 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
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Courses offered in autumn 2019
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 4A, evening course, 2 credits
Finnish 4B, eveningn course, 2 credits
Courses planned to be available in spring 2020
Finnish 1A, evening course, 2 credits,starting on January
Finnish 1 B, evening course, 2 credits, starting on March
Finnish 2A, evening course, 2 credits,starting on January
Finnish 2B, evening course, 2 credits, starting on March
Finnish 3A, evening course, 2 credits,starting on January
Finnish 3B, evening course, 2 credits starting on March
Finnish 4A, evening course, 2 credits, starting on January
Finnish 4B, evening course, 2 credits, starting on March
The course schedules will be announced by the end of October.