The Summer University Of Turku

Further education since 1936.

The Summer University of Turku is one of the 21 Summer Universities in Finland. The Summer Universities have over 20 years of experience in organising Finnish language and culture courses.

Finnish for Foreigners at Turku Summer University

The Summer University of Turku organises Finnish language courses for foreigners throughout the year enabling students to study the whole year without a pause. The course selection includes courses suitable for beginners as well as for more advanced students. The table below presents our Finnish course curriculum. The skill levels are set according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CERF). In case you are uncertain which course to choose, please contact our office so that we can help you to find the course that suits you the best.


Finnish for Beginners 1 - Suomen kielen alkeet 1 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)
Finnish for Beginners 2 - Suomen kielen alkeet 2 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)
Finnish for Beginners 3 - Suomen kielen alkeet 3 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)


Continuation Course in Finnish 1 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)
Continuation Course in Finnish 2 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)
Continuation Course in Finnish 3 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)


Suomea edistyneille 1 – Advanced Finnish 1 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)
Suomea edistyneille 2 – Advanced Finnish 2 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)
Suomea edistyneille 3 - Advanced Finnish 3 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)


Suomen syventävä kurssi 1 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)
Suomen syventävä kurssi 2 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)
Suomen syventävä kurssi 3 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)


Puhutaan suomea!
Let's Speak Easy Finnish!
Asiointisuomea - Finnish for Practical Purposes
Finnish for False Beginners – Suomen alkeiden kertaus  
Suomen kielen keskitason YKI-tutkintoon valmentava kurssi


You can find all our Finnish courses here

Facebook group

We’d also like to offer you a chance to learn Finnish on Facebook. Join our Facebook group  Turun kesäyliopisto – Finnish for Foreigners and you can learn more Finnish. You can discuss with others, share your experiences and thoughts about the Finnish language and culture and comment on our teachers' posts. Join the group now and practice your writing skills.


If you find later that you cannot participate in the course, we kindly ask you to cancel your enrolment without delay!  Please note that in case the cancellation is submitted later than two weeks before the course starts, or the cancellation is not submitted at all and the student will not attend the classes, the course fee will be charged in full.


We will send you the invoice by mail. You can also pay online when you register. Please note that Turku Summer University does not accept cash payments.


Student discounts are granted on Turku University’s Open University courses (including language courses). You are entitled to student price if you are a registered degree student in a Finnish university or a university of applied sciences. Student discounts are marked separately on our registration form (Student price).

Contact Information

Address The Summer University of Turku, Sirkkalankatu 4, FIN-20520 Turku, Finland
Email kesayliopisto(at)
Tel. +358 2 232 3302

For further information, please feel free to contact us.

Summer University in Brief

The Summer University Network in Finland is a unique educational structure, facilitating many features of modern lean organisation. Every year nearly 65000 students attend summer university courses which are open to everyone regardless of age or prior education. 

Summer Universities give an opportunity for both personal and professional development. They operate in tight contact and permanent collaboration with Finnish universities. Courses are open to everyone regardless of age or prior education. The language of instruction is mainly Finnish but some courses are taught in English. Among our non-finnish speaking students the most popular courses are on Finnish language and culture.

A list of all other Summer Universities that organise Finnish language courses during the summer 2015 will be published later on the website of The Association of Summer Universities in Finland;

Common European Framework of Reference for Languaes

Language profiency levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2


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