There are no Finnish language courses on the basis of English this semester. The schedule for the autumn semester will be published after May 15.
If you have learned Estonian, you can participate in the Finnish language courses held on the basis of Estonian.
Finnish is spoken by approximately 5 million people. In Sweden, both standard Finnish and Meänkieli (a Finnish dialect spoken by ethnic Finns in Northern Sweden) are spoken by more than 300 000 people. Another Finnish dialect, the Kven language, is spoken in Northern Norway by approximately 12 000 Kvens, who are a minority group of Finnish descent. Moreover, about 50 000–100 000 people speak Finnish in both Karelia and Ingria.
Many Finns live in North-America, Australia, Spain and Germany. Estimably 10 000 Finns – including Ingrian Finns – live in Estonia.
When compared to Estonian, Finnish does not include the letter õ. Neither is the letter ü found in written Finnish; the Finnish language uses y instead. Words in Finnish usually end with a vowel: linna, sauna, laulu, lamppu, järvi, lapsi, lukko. If a word begins with ö, ä or y, it is also present in the ending, for example hyvä ystävä (good friend), jäätelötötterö (ice cream cone).
There aren’t many borrowed foreign words in Finnish. Instead, the Finns like to create words of their own, hence words such as puhelin (phone), sähkö (electricity), tulostin (printer), näppäimistö (keyboard), ohjelma (program) are found in the Finnish language.
Register to the courses
The courses are generally free of charge for the students of the University of Tartu and for students from other Estonian higher education institutions (See which institutions and universities have a partnership with the University of Tartu). Visiting students from foreign higher education institutions need to pay for their language courses only if they are fee-paying students at the University of Tartu. In case of the latter, consult with the foreign student office regarding the credit point costs and conditions.
If you have an active SIS account, see how to register in the study information system.
If you're not a student, find all the information on prices and registration here.
The University of Tartu is a partner of Eesti Töötukassa
(Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund)