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What is Työväenopisto?

Työväenopisto (The Finnish Adult Education Centre of City of Helsinki), or Työvis for short, is Helsinki’s own course centre for adults. We offer affordable short and long-term courses in the evening, daytime, and weekend. Our course selection offers a wide range of subjects for you to choose from – whether you wish to learn the local languages or start a new hobby.

Työväenopisto is Finnish culture at its best - we believe in life-long learning and want to offer everybody a chance to learn and develop their skills. Finding meaningful hobbies, making friends and developing your skills support good life and well-being, which we value here in Helsinki.

Who is Työväenopisto for?

Työväenopisto’s courses are mainly aimed at adult learners. Työvis is an excellent choice for you if your aim is to learn Finnish to help adjust to life in Finland. It is also a great place to find a new hobby or learn a new skill. We have courses from tango to life-drawing and from metal workshops to Karelian cooking classes. Our course centres spread across Helsinki, which makes it easy to find a course near you.

If you have recently moved to Helsinki and want to learn Finnish as a second language, Työväenopisto offers you plenty of options to choose from. In addition to learning the language in a classroom, we encourage you to register for our other courses as well; a new hobby can be a practical and fun way to learn Finnish! Our teachers help and support all participants despite their prior skills in the subject or language of instruction.

We have a variety of classes with plenty of dates and times for you to choose from. There are also free lectures on assorted topics and specially designed courses for families and seniors. Työväenopisto has its own library and open computer labs Aino and Mikrotupa.

The subjects areas of our courses are:

  • languages and Finnish as second language (S2)
  • cooking
  • arts
  • crafts
  • music
  • dance and sports, health and wellbeing
  • drama and literature
  • ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and media
  • nature, environment and navigation
  • social sciences

The language of instruction can be Finnish, simple Finnish or a foreign language. Classes usually run once a week for 1–4 hours. Finnish courses run from 1 to 5 times a week for 2–4 hours. Courses are held in different areas around the city.

Browse the course selection

We have dozens of courses in English and other languages. If your goal is to learn about the Finnish culture and local language, the Helsinki Finnish Adult Education Centre's language courses are a great option for you. For Swedish courses, see Arbis website.

Browse the course selection on Ilmonet (Please note that Ilmonet also has courses of the nearby cities Espoo and Vantaa).

Course registation starts in August and November

Registration is continuous during our teaching terms. This means that you can enrol anytime during the academic year - if there are places left in the course.

Please note that courses might have limited availability and certain courses are more popular than others, so places might sell out fast. To secure a place on a course, make sure you register well in advance, or preferably, on the day the course registrations open.

If the course you wish to enrol on is fully booked, we will put you on a waiting list and let you know if new vacancies become available.

Important dates

Autumn term

  • 8–10 August 2022: Autumn course registrations open
  • No instruction during the autumn break 17–23 October 2022

Spring term

  • Registration for spring term 2023 courses starts on Wed 28 November 2022.

How do I register?

To register on our courses, you need to have a registered home address in Finland. You can register online, by telephone or at any of our customer service desk.See instructions on the Registration and course payments page.

Course payments and discounts

After registering for a course, you will receive an invoice by email. The invoice includes a direct payment link that is active for 2 weeks. If the invoice is not paid through online banking, it is sent to the customer's home address after the course has started. We add a postage fee of EUR 2 to the paper invoice. 

Registration can be cancelled for free at least 7 days before the course begins.

Discounts for concessions

Discounts for unemployed jobseekers, seniors and other concession groups are available as per usual. Get in touch with our customer service advisors if you wish to check whether you are eligible for a discount.

Discounted courses for immigrants

Courses for immigrants are already 50% from the normal course prices. Other discounts for immigrants are not available, except for training voucher holders.

Our customer service advisors can help you check whether you are eligible for a discount.

Course certificates

You can get a certificate from the course if you have been present 66 % of the lessons and paid the course fee. The certificate shows the total amount of hours included in the course and the number of lessons that the student has taken part.