Language Courses: Finnish for Foreigners
The Language Centre of the University organises Finnish courses for foreigners. The courses range from survival level to more advanced courses, and are meant for international students and staff of the University. Other participants are welcome, if there are vacancies. Registered students may participate free of charge, all others have to pay a fee (80 EUR for a short source, 89 for a more extensive course. If a researcher is working on his or her doctoral thesis, it is useful to register oneself as a student even if you are a member of the staff. Some departments pay for their staff’s courses. Ask your department head what your department’s policy is.
Willing participants have to register themselves my e-mailing to the teacher. Anne Koskela teaches Finnish for Foreigners courses. She can be reached at: anne.koskela(at)oulu.fi. More information is also available at the Language Centre site http://www.oulu.fi/kielikeskus/opas0506_finnishff.htm.
See also http://www.oulu.fi/kielikeskus/opas0506_suomea_linkit.htm for learning material and other information.
Other learning centres:
Oulu-opisto is an educational institute offering courses in languages and arts and crafts. It is run by the City of Oulu, and was established in 1907. It is open to anyone wanting to develop their skills.
Activity is supported by the City, and the attendance fees are kept as low as possible.
Oulu-opisto offers Finnish as a foreign language courses for beginners and more advanced learners. Since the institution’s website is in Finnish only, you can contact Language Instructor
Kaisa Pietiläinen-Hussa for more information about the courses and enrolment.
Chief Language Instructor
tel .+358-(0)8-558 49102
Office hours: Mon at 3-4 p.m. and Tues at 4.30-5.30 p.m.
Oulu-opisto is situated near the centre of the city at Pohjankartano, Suvantokatu 1.
Kansalaisopisto is an educational institute run and owned by Setlementti ry, a non-profit association whose aim is to educate people and promote tolerance and cooperation and well-being. Kansalaisopisto, roughly translated as civil training centre, offers courses in languages, arts and crafts, music, and even ballet. At the moment, Finnish courses at Kansalaisopisto are designed for Russian-speakers.
In conjunction with Kansalaisopisto, Setlementti ry also runs Friendship House. Friendship House arranges activities (including Finnish courses) for immigrants, and is a multicultural meeting place.
More information at:
tel. 08-555 4060
Courses and timetables are subject to change, so contact the teachers of a the centre you are planning on attending for up-to-date information. They will happy to help!
Finnish words and phrases:
ark. (arkisin) weekdays
Hyvää huomenta Good morning
Hyvää päivää Good afternoon
Hyvää iltaa Good evening
Hyvää yötä Good night
Hei hei/Näkemiin See you/Bye
Anteeksi Sorry/Excuse me