Finnish Language for Foreigners – Finnish as a Second Language (S2)

The target audience for this course are immigrants over age sixteen, foreigners and Finns who are not native speakers of Finnish and would like to improve their Finnish language skills.

The target level of language skill after the course is A2.2 and starting level is zero/A1. You can also improve your language skill starting your current level. Your starting level can be A0-B1.


Notice: Because studying at Joutsenon Opisto does not lead to a degree, you cannot get a student visa or residence permit for studying at Joutsenon Opisto. Studying at Joutsenon Opisto is subject to a fee. Read more about payments below.

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Finnish Language for Foreigners – Finnish as a Second Language (S2)
22.8.2022 — 19.5.2023

The aim of the course is to improve the skills in Finnish language and increase knowledge of Finnish society and culture. The course will aid in the acculturing of the immigrants into Finnish society and prepares them for further studies and eventual employment in Finland. You can start the studies at your own starting level. 

On the course the students will learn about everyday life in Finland. In addition to Finnish language the students will study civics, Finnish history and culture as well as communications technology. Studies include work-based learning or organizational activities (1 day a week) as well as study visits to the surrounding area.

The line follows the principles of the National Board of Education’s curriculum for the integration of immigrants. As a voluntary education, it is also possible to study a smaller entity. It is also possible to study only Finnish as part-time studies (less than 20 hours / week).




The application period is March 1st – August 13th, 2023. Apply using the online form. Applications are received also during the academic year, if there still are vacant study places.

Foreigners must have a valid residence permit or visa to start studies in Finland. You can find additional information from Finnish Immigration Services at

For further information, please contact opisto(at)

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- Finnish language
- Cultural competence
- Social literacies and Working Life Skills
- Information Technology
- Sustainable Development
- Learning and Study Skills
- Physical education
- On-the-job Learning (1 day a week)

Studies include also tutoring.

Study timetable: monday - friday from 9.00 to 15.00.                                                                                      



During the year, students will receive eight bills, approximately once a month. The bills are 305 euros each. The price includes lunch and afternoon coffee, teaching and handouts.

Teaching without meals will cost 264 euros/bill.

If necessary, it is possible to live at the school. In this case, the teaching will cost 8 x 425 euros in a shared twin room or  in a single room. These prices include rent, meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee and dinner), teaching and handouts.


If this course has been accepted as integration training for immigrants in student’s integration plan, the teaching, lunch and afternoon coffee will be free of charge.