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Studying Finnish

There are a lot of different possibilities to study Finnish in Finland. Various courses are organised for both children and adults.

Finnish lessons for adults

You can find information about Finnish language courses, for example, at community colleges, adult education centres, universities and summer universities. Ask the guidance services for immigrants, the authorities at your locality’s Department of Education or the student counsellors of local educational establishments for more information.

For some areas, the course information has been collected into one site. For example, information on Finnish courses held in the Helsinki, Tampere and Turku regions is available at the Finnishcourses.fi service.

Courses at educational establishments usually begin in August or September as well as in January. Language courses are often very full. That is why it is important to enrol well before the course starts.

linkkiKansalaisopistojen liitto:
Community colleges in FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | Somali | Turkish | Chinese | Persian | Arabic | Kurdish | Albanian | Thai | Vietnamese

linkkiFinnishcourses.fi:
Finnish and Swedish coursesFinnish | English | Russian

Language studies as part of a study programme

You can also study Finnish as part of labour market training and preparatory vocational education (VALMA) or preparatory education for upper secondary school (LUVA).

If you are a customer of the Employment and Economic Development Office, you can get to Finnish language courses through the TE Office. The type of language education you need is assessed at the TE Office in connection with preparing your integration or employment plan. You can study Finnish as labour market training. Labour market training is mainly intended for unemployed jobseekers. The training is free of charge. Ask for more information about Finnish courses at your local TE Office.

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
TE Offices' contact informationFinnish | Swedish

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Finnish and Swedish language educationFinnish | Swedish | English

Finnish language at the workplace

Some employers organise Finnish language lessons for their employees. Ask your employer if you can study Finnish at your workplace.

Your employer can apply to TE services for support for employees’ Finnish lessons.

linkkiTE Services:
Finnish at the workplaceFinnish | Swedish | English

Finnish lessons for children

Children learn new languages quickly, although it may seem difficult at first. They can be taught Finnish at their day-care centre, preschool and school. This tuition is called Finnish as a second language, i.e. S2 teaching.

A child or young person may also participate in preparatory education. It is intended for pupils who do not know much Finnish yet. During preparatory education, the child or young person studies Finnish and some other subjects. Preparatory education is intended for children between 7 and 16 years of age. It usually lasts for one year. After this, the student is transferred to a normal class.

linkkiEdu.fi:
Finnish as a second language in basic educationFinnish