Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


At course completion, you will:

- be able to introduce yourself and tell about your general background and current situation
- be able to manage in Finnish in common social situations
- be able to write short messages
- understand the main words used in your environment
- know more about Finnish customs

Credits: 3

Schedule: 27.02.2024 - 14.05.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Aija Elg, Markku Haakana, Jepa Viinanen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period): A1

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English, Finnish


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Basic vocabulary of daily life and the basic grammatical structures of Finnish (partitive and genitive, verb types 1-5, possessives)

    Practice situations related to everyday tasks and social life (asking and answering questions)

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course requires regular attendance, active participation in class and completion of homework assignments.
    The weight given to the various assignments in the final grade is specified at the start of the course

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching in group 24-36 hrs + independent work 45-57 hrs


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Tapaninen & Kuparinen: Oma Suomi 1 (Chapters 1-5) or other corresponding material.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    LC-7210 Finnish 1 courses can be intensive 6-week or longer 9-week courses. The intensive course is intended for students who have already taken Finnish courses or have lived in Finland for some time.

    Teaching Language : Finnish

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I
    2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2022-2023 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Autumn I
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Spring III
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Courses: registration for courses will take place on Sisu (