Briefly in English

Turku Summer University in Brief

Turku Summer University is one of 20 summer universities across Finland, organising courses throughout the year. Each year nearly 62,000 students, including more than 1,100 international students, enrol on courses organised by the summer universities.

Summer universities give an opportunity for both personal and professional development. We operate in tight contact and permanent collaboration with Finnish universities and other institutions of learning. Courses are open to everyone regardless of age or prior education. However, it is essential to notice that summer universities offer short-term courses, not degree programmes. 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 (see further info below).

Turku Summer University offers:
• Open university studies, including language courses
• Further vocational training
• Preparatory courses for students in general upper secondary school or upper comprehensive school
• Seminars and free lectures on different cultural and regional matters

Turku Summer University follows the continuously changing coronavirus situation and the authorities’ instructions.

See the courses’ web pages for further info about contact/online teaching. Safety distances are maintained during contact teaching. If needed, teaching will be conducted online (i.e. switching to online teaching during the courses is possible).

When attending our contact teaching courses, please take care of safe distances, your hand hygiene and cough/sneeze in the correct manner. We recommend using face masks. The use of Koronavilkku app is also recommended. Do not come to class if you have symptoms of a cold, influenza, or other infectious disease.

The current coronavirus situation in Finland is continuously monitored and updated on website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. If you develop influenza-like symptoms and respiratory problems during your stay in Finland, please follow THL’s guidelines.

Finnish for Foreigners at Turku Summer University

Turku Summer University 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. You can find all of our current Finnish courses here.

The table below presents our Finnish course curriculum. The skill levels are set according to The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF or CEFR). 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.

Students are usually admitted on the courses in the order of registration. Please note that summer universities do not award grants for either Finnish or international students, and all the expenses must be covered by the student.

Finnish for Beginners 1 – Suomen kielen alkeet 1 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)Continuation Course in Finnish 1 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)Suomea edistyneille 1 – Advanced Finnish 1 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)Suomen syventävä kurssi 1 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)
Finnish for Beginners 2 – Suomen kielen alkeet 2 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)Continuation Course in Finnish 2 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)Suomea edistyneille 2 – Advanced Finnish 2 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)Suomen syventävä kurssi 2 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)
Finnish for Beginners 3 – Suomen kielen alkeet 3 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)Continuation Course in Finnish 3 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)Suomea edistyneille 3 – Advanced Finnish 3 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)Suomen syventävä kurssi 3 (30 lessons, 2 ECTS)

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. You can discuss with others, share your experiences and thoughts about the Finnish language and culture and comment on our posts. Join the group now and practice your writing skills.

Course fees

The course fee may be paid as an online payment when enrolling in the course, or you may choose invoice as your payment method. We will then send you the invoice for the course by e-mail about a week prior to the start of the course (invoicing fee 5 €). Please note that Turku Summer University does not accept cash payments.

Cancellation policy

If you find later that you cannot participate in the course, we kindly ask you to cancel your enrolment without delay! You can cancel your enrolment by e-mail (kesayliopisto(at) 

If you cancel your participation less than 14 days before the course starts, the course fee will be charged in full. If the cancellation is done more than 14 days before the start of the course, the online payment will be refunded with a handling fee of 10 € charged. If you have chosen invoice as your preferred payment method, you will not receive an invoice.

Please note that if the cancellation is not submitted at all and the student does not attend the classes, the course fee will be charged in full.

Student discount

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, or a student in general upper secondary school or upper comprehensive school. Student discounts are marked separately on our registration form (Student price).


Turku Summer University does not offer accommodation. If you are an exchange student or a degree student, you may be in contact with TYS about housing options:

Visa/student residence permit

Turku Summer University cannot grant you admission letters or other proof of enrolment to help you with visa/student residence permit applications, since our courses are part-time and non-degree studies.

Contact information

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

For further information, please feel free to contact us.

Updated 4/2021