SKK kesäkurssit

Summer courses in Finland

Each summer, the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) 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. Students from universities in the Nordic countries pay for their accommodation with the scholarship they receive from their own countries.

Who are the courses intended for?

Summer courses in Finnish language and culture are intended for those who are students of Finnish language and culture at universities outside Finland during the current academic year. You must be at least 18 to attend.

Students from universities in the Nordic countries can now apply for all courses.

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 participants will receive a certificate. To receive the certificate, the students must take part in the course for its entire duration and participate actively in in-class and out of class activities.

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 someone 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/EDUFI 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.

Students can apply for a travel grant from EDUFI. The grant is applied for when filling in the electronic application form (instructions given below). You cannot apply for a travel grant afterwards. If a student drops out of the course, the grant may be recovered.

Travel grants to be allowed
Baltic countries and St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk regions 250
Other European countries (all Russia except St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk regions) 350
Other countries 450

Please note! Students enrolled in a university in a Nordic country are not eligible for the travel grant by EDUFI. They will receive a grant in their country of study before the course.

Submitting the application

A) Summer course application form (mandatory appendix)

  • First, fill in the Summer course application form (at the bottom of the page) and save it on your computer. Remember to fill in this form in Finnish.
  • You will need the self-assessment grid of the European framework, check the link on the right-hand side of the page.

B) Electronic application process

  • Click on Electronic application at the bottom of the page. The application process will open in 2018.
  • 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.
  • If you need a travel grant from EDUFI, you must answer ‘yes’ to the question Do you apply for a travel grant from EDUFI? It is not possible to apply for the travel grant afterwards.
  • If you apply for Suomea Suomessa training during the same summer, answer ‘yes’ to the question Do you also apply for Suomea Suomessa training programme for next summer?
    Please note!
    The answer ‘yes’ to this question is not an application for a training placement. You must fill in and send a separate application form for that (
  • In If you are selected for both, which do you prefer you must choose whether you prefer to attend a summer course or have training in Finland. You cannot have both during the same summer.

2. Personal information

  • Fill in the personal information in the requested format. Please use the Latin alphabet.
  • In Permanent address and Information on studies, choose the Country from the drop-down list. Only if the name of your country is not on the list, choose alternative Other and give the name of your country.
  • IMPORTANT: Please make sure that you have entered your email address in its correct form, otherwise you will not receive any messages.
  • Choose your own university from the drop-down list.
    Please note! This means the university where you are studying Finnish (even if you study your major subject at some other university).
  • At the bottom of this page there is a list where you can check before filling in the form how the names of universities have been written. Only if the name of your university is not on the list, choose option Other and write the name there.
  • In question What is the status of Finnish language in your studies you are supposed to tell whether Finnish language is your major, minor or other subject (e.g. optional subject). If Finnish language forms a remarkable part of your major or minor subject, you can choose the alternative major/minor.

3. Attachment

  • Find the summer course application form that you have filled in and saved at an earlier stage, and click Upload.

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...
  • 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)

Please note! 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).

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 slaviska och baltiska språk, finska, nederländska och tyska


Electronic application

List of universities (docx)

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

Form for teacher’s statement (docx)

Further information: Leena Kärnä | Contact

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