Even though English is widely understood in Finland, most of the Finnish employers require at least basic Finnish skills. Also in companies where English is the working language, Finnish tends to be the language of the unofficial communication. Therefore, it is highly recommended to start studying Finnish as soon as possible after arriving into the country or even before!
In the Tampere region, there are several options to study Finnish in different institutions. You can start learning Finnish already before moving here or brush up your skills using various interactive websites. The most vital thing to do is practise speaking as much as possible.
The finnishcourses.fi -service provides information on Finnish language courses for adults in the Tampere and Helsinki regions. Through the Finnishcourses.fi course search, you can find course information in English, Finnish and Russian. The course search includes information on courses that are open to all. Some of these are supported by means of integration allowance. Please note that the service does not provide information on Finnish language courses that are provided by Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE-Services) to their clients.
If you need help in identifying the right course and place or want to discuss the options, visit Tampere Migration Info Centre where the multi-lingual advisors can help you. Prior bookings are not needed for appointments, but do check the schedule of reception hours.
Have fun learning Finnish! Hauskaa suomen kielen harjoittelua!