SKK kesäkurssit

Summer courses in Finland

Each summer, the Finnish National Agency for Education organises intensive courses in the Finnish language and culture, at many skill levels, in a number of locations in Finland.

All the courses are worth 10 ECTS credits. The student receives free tuition, study materials, and accommodation.

Who are the courses intended for?

Summer courses in the Finnish language and culture are intended for students of Finnish language and culture from universities outside Finland. You must be at least 18 to attend.

Goals and contents of the courses

The goal of the language courses is to activate and develop the language skills of the student in an authentic linguistic setting. The courses offer revision of grammatical topics as well as exercises in reading, writing, listening and – above all – speaking, as Finnish is the only language spoken at the course.

The summer courses are an intensive form of study, with homework and preparation of the final assignments, so the students are expected to commit to their studies.

At the end of the course, the students will receive a certificate evaluating their performance. Elements influencing the evaluation include active in-class participation, and written and oral assignments. To receive the certificate, the students must take part in the course for its entire duration.

How to apply for the courses?

Applications should be sent by 1 March at 11.59 pm Finnish time (-2 UTC).

After this, the electronic application system will be closed, and you will not be able to submit an application.

The applicants will be informed of the decision by 30 April by email.

Some of the applicants will be accepted on a waiting list. If an attendee cancels participation at the course, a notification will be sent in May or June.

Instructions for students

If you have attended a course organised by CIMO before, you can only apply for a course on a higher skill level.

In addition to the application form, you will need a teacher’s statement and two writing assignments, of which your teacher can provide details.

Submitting the application

1. Summer course application form (mandatory appendix)

  • First, fill in the Summer course application form (on the bottom of the page) and save it on your computer. Remember to fill in this form in Finnish.
  • In 2017, it will be possible, exceptionally, to apply for three courses when applying for the course IV, literature and history courses.
  • You will need the self-assessment grid of the European framework, check the link on the right-hand side of the page.

2. Electronic application process

  • Click on Electronic application on the bottom of the page. The application process will open in February 2017.
  • Choose first whether you want to fill in the electronic form in Finnish or in English (top of the form).
  • 1. Choose section: Here you will select to which courses you will apply. Choose first the course that is your primary choice. After that you can choose one more course.
  • Please note! If you take advantage of the exception and apply for three courses (IV, literature and history courses), please indicate this on the appended summer course application form.
    You will have to leave out the third course on the electronic application system.
  • 2. Personal information: Fill in the personal information in the requested format. Please use the Latin alphabet.
    IMPORTANT: Please make sure that you have entered your email address in its correct form, otherwise you will not receive any messages.
  • 3. Attachment: Here you should attach the summer course application form that you have filled in and saved at an earlier stage.
  • 4. Summary: Please check the information given. Tick the box Your application will be saved in our system and a confirmation email will be sent to x. Click on Submit application.
  • When your application has been submitted in the electronic system, an automated confirmation message will be sent to your email address.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at the email address: suomenkesakurssit(at)

Travel grants

Students can apply for a travel grant from the Finnish National Agency for Education. The grant is applied for on the Summer course application form (see below). You cannot apply for a travel grant afterwards.

If a student drops out of the course, the grant may be recovered.

Students from universities in the Nordic countries

Students from universities in the Nordic countries cannot apply for courses I and IIA.

Students from universities in the Nordic countries

  • will submit an application electronically, in accordance with the instructions above, and
  • also send the summer course application form by email to the contact person in their own country (contact details below).

Please note! Students enrolled in a university in a Nordic country are not eligible for the travel grant by the Finnish National Agency for Education. They will receive a grant in their country of study before the course, and use this grant to pay for the travel and accommodation expenses. The contact persons in each Nordic country will provide more information.

Instructions for teachers

  • More detailed instructions, together with the topics of the writing assignments, will be sent on the teachers’ mailing list at the turn of the year.
  • Please send a statement of each student no later than 1 March to the email address suomenkesakurssit(at)
  • You will need the self-assessment grid of the European framework, check the link on the right-hand side of the page.
  • Please send the writing assignments by post, so that they will arrive by 1 March to the address Finnish National Agency for Education, Summer courses in Finnish, Leena Kärnä, P.O. Box 380, FI-00531 Helsinki, Finland.

Summer course contact persons in the Nordic countries

Pia Päiviö
Københavns Universitet
Institut for Nordiske Studier og Sprogvidenskab

Leena Niiranen
UiT Norges arktiske universitet
Fakultet for humaniora, samfunnsvitenskap og lærerutdanning

Sari Pesonen
Stockholms universitet
Institutionen för baltiska språk, finska och tyska


Electronic application

Summer course application form (doc) Mandatory appendix (To be filled in in Finnish)

Form for teacher’s statement (doc)

Further information: Leena Kärnä | Contact