Studying on the Winter Intensive Course

Our Intensive Winter 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 winter. We believe in immersion - the most effective way to learn a language is to use it! Therefore we organize voluntary free time 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 40 teaching hours (á 45 min) of Finnish language studies. Additionally the course includes approximately 15 hours of voluntary free time programme activities planned to support language learning in a natural everyday environment. Most of the activities are included in the course fee.

The teacher of the course is professionally qualified, and they provide you with high quality teaching. Aside from the teachers our course staff includes free time instructors and study group tutors, as well as organizational staff at the Summer University of Jyväskylä.

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 to apply for the course and after the application period we will accept you for the course, if we get enough applications for the language level group suitable for you.

Our free time programme is built to support traditional classroom studies. It is scheduled so that everybody can join in should they wish to. Additional course program includes free time program and study group meetings. More information about the additional program can be found on these web pages as soon as we get it ready.

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 group offer at the registration page. Groups size is max 15 students.

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

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 you 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 taking every student into account. There may be small exams during the course and students may be asked to give a small presentation in Finnish. There is no bigger test 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 Winter Course is aimed at everyone over the age of 17 from all around the world, who are interested in Finnish language and culture. On the previous courses the ages of our students have ranged from 17 to 70 years old.

The teaching language on the course is Finnish. Please notice that English is 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 price.
In addition to the textbook, the teaching materials include: authentic texts, music and videos. The contents are genuinely useful also in the later stages of your studies.

Course venue

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

Winter scenery of Agora building and the lake Jyväsjärvi