Studying on the Summer Intensive Course

Our Intensive Summer Course in Finnish Language and Culture is organized in Jyväskylä. The aim of the course is to give students a comprehensive experience in language learning in the middle of the Finnish summer. We believe in immersion - the most effective way to learn a language is to use it! Therefore, our intensive courses include a voluntary cultural program in addition to traditional classroom lessons on our intensive courses. On our courses you won't only learn the language, you will also experience Central Finland and get know Finnish culture.

The Intensive Course includes 75 teaching hours (á 45 min) of Finnish language studies. Additionally, the course includes approximately 40 hours of voluntary cultural programme activities to support language learning in a natural everyday environment. Many of the activities are included in the course fee.

The teachers of the course are professionally qualified, and they provide you with high quality teaching. Aside from the teachers our course staff includes study coordinators at the Summer University of Jyväskylä. The coordinators are also in charge of instructing the free time activities.

At the end of the course all participants receive an official certificate from the course.

Course structure

Teaching takes place during weekdays (Mon-Fri) at 9.00–14.00 (5 x 45 min.). The teaching is organized in a suitable language level group. Therefore, we require that you apply for the course. After the application period has ended, we will accept you for the course if we get enough applications for your level group.

Our cultural programme is built to support traditional classroom studies. It is scheduled so that everybody can join in should they wish to. More information about the additional program will be sent to you before the course starts.

Study groups

The teaching is organized in language level groups ranging from beginners to advanced. Every level group is not organized every year. Please check the current level groups offered at the registration page. Group size is 15 students max.

The preliminary group assignments are made based on the information from registration (a short text and self-evaluation).

A0: No previous skills.

A1: You know some basics of language, such as greeting. You know some words and phrases, and can ask and answer simple questions.

A2: You can read and write simple, short texts. You can tell basic things about yourself.

B1: You understand clear standard speech on familiar topics. You can manage e.g. usual travel situations in Finnish, and can give arguments for your points in conversations.

B2: You understand extended speech and can read, for example, articles and literary prose in Finnish. You can have fluent conversations on different topics.

C1: You understand long and complex texts of different styles. You can express yourself fluently and without issues in conversations and write structured essays on different topics.

Note! Every year the themes, structure, and teaching methods might differ depending on the group and its teacher. Teachers plan their teaching to a certain level, but they also listen to students' wishes.

You can evaluate your Finnish language skills here:

What will we do on the course?

During the course every level group will practice speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. They will also practice different ways of learning the language and create effective study routines so that the learning would continue effectively also beyond the course.

The teaching methods are versatile, and take every student into account. There may be small tests during the course and students may be asked to give a small presentation in Finnish. There is no final exam at the end of the course, but you will get an evaluation from your teacher of how your language skills have developed.

The language of instruction is Finnish, but English may be used as an auxiliary language if required, especially on beginner and intermediate levels.

Target group

The Finnish Intensive Summer Course is aimed at everyone over the age of 18, who is interested in Finnish language and culture. On the previous courses the ages of our students have ranged from 18 to 70 years old.

The teaching language on the course is Finnish. English is also used as a supporting language for teaching. Therefore, a sufficient level of understanding basic English is required for joining the course.

Study material

You will be provided a textbook chosen by the teacher in the beginning of the course. It is included in the course fee.
In addition to the textbook, the teaching materials may include authentic texts, music and videos. The contents are genuinely useful in the later stages of your studies as well.

Course venue

The course venue is located at the Mattilanniemi campus of the University of Jyväskylä. Cultural program will be organized at different venues in (and also outside of) Jyväskylä.