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Welcome to Arbis!

Arbis in Helsinki is the adult education centre with a difference. We are large enough to offer a wide, relevant range of courses yet small enough to give personal service to our students. We do our best to live up to our reputation of being the friendly place to learn. At Arbis you will find courses at all levels, taught by well-qualified and experienced teachers. There are options of day, evening and weekend courses of varying length. Most of the courses offer opportunities to acquire skills and knowledge for the pure pleasure of doing so, but you can also attend courses to prepare for certificates. The students come from all walks of life and all ages. Arbis main building is situated Dagmarinkatu 3, just behind the National museum in the heart of Helsinki and is well served by public transport.

You will also find courses at Stoa, the cultural centre of east Helsinki, just a few steps from Itäkeskus metro station. 
Most of our teachers speak English. Sign up for a class and enjoy your creativity!

The office
Helsingfors arbis, Dagmarinkatu 3, 001000 Helsinki
Tel. 09 310 49494,
E-mail: arbis(at)hel.fi

Office opening hours 
5.9–10.12.2022 and 9.1–15.4.2023
open Mondays to Thursdays 10:00–18:00,
Friday 10:00–13:00
Outside the Academic Year the office is open
Mondays to Thursdays 10:00–15:00 and closed on Fridays.

The autumn term starts on Thursday 5rd September and ends 10th December.
The spring term starts on 9th January and ends 15th April.
Week 8 (18–26.2.2023) is the winter holiday.

Enrolments start in August 2022
Enrol by Internet: www.ilmonet.fi 
Phone: 09 310 49494
or by visiting the office:
Dagmarinkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki (see office hours above)

The program for each Academic Year you will find on our website and ilmonet.fi after Midsummer and the catalogue will be published in the beginning of August.
Arbis catalogue 2022–2023 (pdf)

Terms of payment
We will invoice you for each course. Please, make sure you pay by the due date.

Reduction of fee
Unemployed people and people with a very low income can apply for a reduced fee. More information from the Arbis office.

Note! Cancellation policies:
Leaving the invoice unpaid is not considered a cancellation. Please remember that a notification to the office is always required if you wish to cancel an enrollment or if you cancel a full-year course which has already started. Informing your teacher is not sufficient.

If you participate in:

  • cookingclasses, the course must be cancelled two weeks before the course starts to avoid paying the full course fee.
  • courses with more than 6 class sessions, the course can be cancelled without having to pay the course fee for that term if you do so within the first two weeks of the course.
  • courses with 6 or fewer class sessions must be cancelled a week before the course starts to avoid paying the full course fee.

Please not that paid fees are not refundable.


Arbis library

Welcome to the Arbis library! The primary mission of the library is to support your studies at Arbis. It offers a wide range of books, magazines and newspapers, mostly in Swedish, but we also have books and publications in English and other languages. You’ll also find Finnish-Swedish newspapers and a selection of Scandinavian journals. In addition, we have Easy Reading books in Swedish, children books and audiobooks. You can use the library computers, as well, and print documents. Please also note that the library hosts numerous public events and lectures. Read more about the library online, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and don't hesitate to contact us for further information. We warmly welcome you to the library at Dagmarinkatu 3, second floor.

Opening hours:
5.9–10.12.2022 and 9.1–15.4.2023
Monday–Thursday: 10:00–18:00
Friday: 11:00–13:00

Tel: 09 310 494 84
Email: arbis.biblioteket(at)hel.fi 

Librarian: Johan Lindberg