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Language courses


Our qualified native teachers lead groups of 8-15 students in a friendly and dynamic atmosphere encouraging interaction and lively discussions.
– The teaching is conducted in French from the complete beginner level for a better immersion and a stronger efficiency.
– The textbook is written in France by specialists of French as a foreign language: so it is entirely written in French.
– Our teachers are besides the learners to guide them and explain the objectives of the course, the instructions and to encourage them in their progress.
Our students also get free access to our library and e-library service.


You know some words of French, but do not dare to pronounce them or to make sentences?

Come learn how we can still enter into conversation with little knowledge and how to expand!

1 hour per week, during 8 weeks

(group of 4 to 8 students)

Wednesday at 17h00-18h00,


Price: 168€



We offer short or long term standard courses, for those who wish to express themselves in French, writing or speaking, with more ease for professional or personal reasons.

  • French with a textbook: With the textbook, you will practice the 4 skills such as listening, reading, speaking and writing. Based on the 6 levels of the CECRL, this course offers a flexible and adapted progression to each one.
  • Conversation course: from audiovisual or written documents (short videos, press articles, literary extracts…), this course focuses on the speaking skills, allowing the participants to express themselves as much as possible to feel more comfortable.
  • Starting at A2 level, the course French in pictures is based on audiovisual material that paints a picture of France today and starts conversations. This course can supplement a textbook course.
  • Courses content
Session Duration Levels
Full course: August 26th – December 14th, 2019

Holiday : October 14th-19th

Days-off : December 6th

DELF : November 22nd & 23rd

Full session : 15 lessons


A0 – C1
October 21st – December 14th

Days-off: December 6th

Half-session: 8 lessons



Course type Level Calendar
French with a textbook* A0 : Complete beginner Monday : 19.00 – 20.30
A1 : Beginner Monday : 19.00 – 20.30 (A1.2)

Tuesday : 18.15-19.45 (A1.1)

Wednesday : 19.00 – 20.30 (A1.1)

Wednesday: 18.00-19.30 (A1.2)

A2 : Basic user Monday: 17.15 – 18.45 (A2.2)

Tuesday: 17.15 – 18.45 (A2.1)

Thursday : 17.15-18.45 (A2.1)

B1 :Independent user Monday: 15.30 – 17.00 (B1.1)
B2 : Fluent user Monday : 15.30-17.00 (B2.1)

Tuesday: 17.15-18.45 (B2.2)

Price : Full course: 305 €

/ Half-session from October 21st to December 14th: 176 €


Conversation courses**

B2 : Fluent user Wednesday: 18.00- 19.30
B1 – B2 Friday: 8.30 – 10.00
C1 : Advanced user Monday: 17.30 -19.00

Tuesday: 18.00-19.30

Friday: 9.30 -11.00

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday courses, 15 lessons : 305 €
Friday courses, 13 lessons : 265 €
Half-session from October 21st to December 14th: 176 €


*French with a textbook: Tendances, Clé international (not included)
**Conversation courses: DItes-moi un peu, PUG
available at Akateeminen kirjakauppa, pohjoisesplanadi 39.

The two tests below will help you choose which course is best for you. They will give you an indication about your listening and reading skills

CNED’s (French National Center for distance learning) official test

Test duration : 45 minutes.

Let´s begin! (to hear this test “Flash” needs to be activated on your web browser)

– A short version of TCF (Test of knowledge in French) test : no limited duration

French as a general or professional language, get ready for DELF B2 or DALF examinations.
The course takes place at your office or at L’institut français for one person or more.

After a level and an orientation test on the phone or in our premises, courses will be organized according to the goals and needs of each person or each group. The length, number of lessons, course content, group size, level and learning schedule are planned together before the start of the course.

French language course and/or French culture course, in order to:
– better know the French or French-speaking countries economic eco-system,
– become familiar with the legal and administrative vocabulary,
– learn how to identify your interlocutors and better approach them (in English for beginners),
– develop your oral skills and be more comfortable with your interlocutors.

Are you planning to take the DELF*B2 or the DALF certification exam and not feeling quite ready? Institut français offers intensive preparation courses during the month preceding the exam. Join our preparatory course to revise for DELF written and oral units and to take the exam, stress-free! (individual courses or small groups)!

Exams: November 22nd and/or 23rd 2019

When ? At any time of the year, except public holidays and Christmas break.

Prices :
Private courses 1 h

10 h

15 h

20 h

75 €

675 €

960 €

1 200 €

Contact us at 
or by phone at (09) 25 10 21 29

For a perfect and tasty stay in France!

This course takes place directly in the new market place of Hakaniemi. The first objective is to learn how to buy fresh products from the market, how to recognize the different fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and condiments to cook simple but tasty recipes.

The second objective is also to learn how to read a menu and understand its specific vocabulary, to ask questions to the waiter to order the dish that you really like!

All the while learning French actively and tasting French food and wines !

In cooperation with deli-Deli

From 4 persons per group.

Thursday, November 7th from 17:00 to 19:30

Thursday November 14th from 17:00 to 19:30

Thursday November 21th from 17:00 to 20:00

3 courses (8 hours)
Price: 168€


This courses can be organised at your request, from 2 persons, on the subject of your choice: literature, fine arts, economy, gastronomy …
Small groups
(minimum of 5 hours)
4 pers.

3 pers.

2 pers.

21 € / h / pers.

28 € / h / pers.

41 €/ / h / pers

Contact us at 
or by phone at (09) 25 10 21 29


This 4-week-course is intended for those who are very busy and do not have much time for learning. The objective of the course is to help you better understand the oral French, develop your oral skills and know more about France today. Join and have fun!  Mini-groups (from 4 to 8 people).
Conversation courses

September 20th and 27th

October 4th and 11th

A1 – A2


Friday from 15.30 to 17.30

4 weeks, 8 hours

Price: 168€


The teacher and the group will make a selection of books from classical or contemporary literature. Then the teacher will bring some biographical, stylistic and theoretical elements on the works chosen. Reading is also an opportunity for discussion and discovery of cinematographic adaptations. Three or four books are studied per session.

From 4 persons per group.

3.9, 10.9, 17.9, 24.9 ; 1.10, 8, 22.10, 29.10 ; 5.11, 12.11, 19.11, 26.11 Tuesday 16.30-18.00
12 courses (18 hours)
Price: 305 €