SIMHE - Education and Guidance Services for Immigrants

SIMHE Services of the University of Turku offers study and career guidance to immigrants on higher education and questions of working life related to it. In addition, SIMHE services include Finnish language courses in small groups and individual training, job search training, and training for language proficiency tests in Finnish. Guidance and courses are provided in personal meetings, in classrooms or via Zoom or Teams.

You are warmly welcome to join our network!

The University of Turku is one of the higher education institutions in Finland that participate in SIMHE (Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland). Read more about SIMHE on the website of the Finnish National Agency of Education.

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Courses by SIMHE Ukraine / SIMHE-Украина

Boost Your Language Confidence Courses, Spring 2024

Boost Your Language Confidence Courses are targeted to Ukrainians in higher education who have received temporary asylum in Finland, and other immigrants in higher education may also register. Our aim is to boost your everyday language skills in Finnish and English to help you get settled in Finland.

The courses are language level 0 to A1 (no Finnish/English skills needed).

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January 2024


  • Basic skills about everydaylife and interaction in Finland.
  • Get to know Finland and what it offers.
  • Practice interaction in Finnish, eg. shopping, healthcare, and school interaction. 
  • Finnish Course, Yulia Santonen - 4.-30.1.2024 Tue&Thu at 10-11.30, Zoom
  • Registration has finished, the group is full.

February 2023

Arkiviestien kirjoittaminen

  • Basic skills about everyday messaging in Finland.
  • Practice writing in Finnish, eg. to employers, teachers and officials. 
  • Remote teaching in Zoom.
  • Finnish Course, Yulia Santonen - 6.-29.2.2024 Tue&Thu at 10.00-11.30, Zoom
  • Registration

March 2024

Suomen lausetyypit tutuksi

This course introduces the basic structures of the Finnish language. We practise forming sentences based on a model and learn about the object and word order.

  • Finnish Course, Yulia Santonen - 5.-28.3.2024 Tue&Thu at 10.00-11.30, Zoom 
  • Registration

Basic Academic Skills

Thinking of starting new studies in Finland? In this course we get to know the Finnish education system and academic skills.

Language level A2. Only in English!

Services and trainings

Study and career counselling

We offer personal guidance both via remote connection online and in the International House Turku (IHT)

Guidance online

  • you can send inquiries and book appointments either by e-mail at or book a time straight from the University of Turku SIMHE booking calendar
  • after booking your appointment you will receive a web link for online meeting either in Zoom or Teams

Guidance in the International House Turku (IHT)

SIMHE training for language proficiency tests in Finnish

Trainings for language proficiency tests in Finnish are provided from language level B1. Check up the Finnish version of this page!

SIMHE job search trainings

Job search trainings are provided only in Finnish from language level A2. Check up the Finnish version of this page!

Finnish Language Clinic

Finnish Language Clinic services are provided only in Finnish from language level B1. Check up the Finnish version of this page!