About us

About us

Helsinki Summer University is open to anyone interested, regardless of age, education or other study rights. Every year about 8,000 participants study in more than 700 courses at the Summer University.

In addition to open university and open polytechnic education, our diverse curriculum includes language teaching, information technology, art courses, high school graduate courses, in-service training and open public events.

There are 20 summer universities in Finland that provide teaching in 130 locations. Summer universities operate in collaboration with Finnish universities and other institutions of learning, and offer an opportunity for both personal and professional development. Despite the name the activity is year-round.

Helsinki Summer University is a high-quality educational institute arranging university-level, non-formal adult education. It is founded in 1966 and maintained by the Helsinki Summer University Foundation. The founders and members of the foundation are the municipalities of the Helsinki metropolitan area, and the University of Helsinki also participates in its administration.

International students and teachers arrive to courses from around the world. Extensive and high-quality teaching of the Finnish language has been organized since the foundation in 1966. There are almost 30 foreign languages ​​in the curriculum with courses ranging from beginners to university-level teaching.

Board from 2107 to 2021

Laura Nordström (COB)Deputy member: Dolf AssmannCity of Helsinki
Marianne HeinonenDeputy member: Santeri LampiCity of Helsinki
Risto KolanenDeputy member: Taru ReinikainenCity of Helsinki
Tarik AhsanullahDeputy member: Sanna-Maria PakkanenCity of Helsinki
Herttaliisa Tuure (VP)Deputy member: Binga Tupamäki (City of Kauniainen)City of Espoo
Marko KiveläDeputy member: Leena AlanenCity of Espoo
Jukka SailasDeputy member: Sonja PääsukeneCity of Vantaa
Susanna Niinistö-SivurantaDeputy member: Airi HakkarainenUniversity of Helsinki