Summer School: Basics of Finnish

Summer School: Basics of Finnish

Course dates: 6 – 17 August 2018

Place: Tampere

For whom: BA/MA-level international exchange or degree students

Number of participants: Max. 25

Fees: 0 - 300 €

Credits: 3 cr

Registration period: By 22 May 2017

Registration form


No previous knowledge of Finnish is needed, but it is recommended to start using the Uuno online study material:


Welcome to Finland! Luckily, you have chosen the best time to visit us! Finnish summer – full of light, warmth, beautiful nature and happy faces. (Let's not talk about Finland in November.)

Your first impression might be a bit shocking: what is this language that you don't understand the heck about? It sounds soft and funny, and you might have heard that it is written the same way as spoken. However, if you happen to understand a word in written text, you'll probably have difficulties in hearing it from speaker's endless wordflow. But don't be afraid – TAMK offers you a chance that you don't want to miss! TAMK Summer School and Basics of Finnish.

During the course, we have main focus on producing and understanding the everyday language. We talk a lot about Finnish traditions, habits, food, educational system etc. You'll also experience a lot of stuff yourself since the course is not about dusty books and cramming, but an interesting dive into a whole new culture and language in its own environment.

We do have one book though (that will be Oma suomi 1), but it is colourful, well-structured, culturally very informative and, what's the best, strictly focused on everyday basic language that you can right away take advantage of. You don't have to buy the book unless you want to. TAMK Library will reserve them for us.

After completing the course you will reach level A1 (CEFR) in Finnish language. Besides, you'll have all the possibilities to survive in Finland and even enjoy your stay – whether it's two weeks, three months, a year or a lifetime.

- Sini Knuutila, course teacher


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Study methods

The course activities include conversation, cooperative learning, e-learning, all-round exercises, learning games, Finnish music, taking photographs and making videos.


See the tentative programme.


  • Tuition fee: free for TAMK degree/exchange students, for others 50€ (incl. teaching and course materials only)
  • Free-time activity fee: 250€ (optional free-time programme package on weekdays)

Terms of payment

After you have filled in the electronic application form, TAMK will contact you and send an Invoice by email. You can confirm your participation by paying the invoice within the deadline given in your invoice. When we have received your payment we will send you a Letter of Confirmation/Invitation. 

If we don't receive your payment within the deadline (a few days reserved for international bank transfer), your course registration will be cancelled. If you wish to renew your registration, contact us again:

Cancellation policy

If you cancel your participation by 31 May 2017, TAMK will retain the 45€ tuition fee (if you had to pay it), a 200€ administrative cost (if you had paid for accommodation and/or free-time activities), and banking costs, and will refund the rest. The same policy applies, if you are forced to cancel because you didn't get a Visa/Residence Permit to Finland.

If you cancel your participation on 1 June 2017 or later, TAMK will not refund anything.

Late registration

TAMK will consider late registrations if there is room in the Summer Schools. If the registration form no longer works, please contact

Summer School on Facebook

Join the Summer School Facebook group and make friends with other participants before the summer school begins!

See photos from the last Summer School on Facebook.


Discover the many reasons why you should come to Tampere this summer - in the words of our summer school students!


Summer School Coordinator
Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)
International Services
Kuntokatu 3
FI – 33520 TAMPERE


Updated 16.03.2018