Almas courses are open to everyone, and they are mainly held in the evening time.
Alma provides a variety of language courses which are accessible to non-Swedish speakers.
You are also welcome to participate in other courses where knowledge of the Swedish language is not a requirement.
Corona information for students
Study safe during the springterm
The coronavirus pandemic may affect the conduct of our courses. If required by the authorities the contact teaching may be replaced by distant teaching or other special arrangements.
We will publish up-to-date information of the impact of corona situation on our courses in our social media channels and on our websites. Please, check that your own contact information is up to date so that we are able to contact you if needed.
Let´s take care of each other
We strongly recommend that people over the age of 12 wear a face mask on the premises of the institute. Students are to provide their own masks.
On the premises of the institute we follow the general guidelines regarding good hand and coughing hygiene as well as required social distance. If you have corona or flu related symptoms stay at home. You can’t enter the premises of the institute or come to the classes if you are ill.
We offer workshops and courses at a very affordable price!
Registration starts December 11th at 13pm.
Register online or call the office 040 629 9133 or 040 619 4692
Fees and Certificates
The course fee is invoiced. If you are prevented from participating in the course, you need to cancel your registration at least 4 working days before the course begins, otherwise 20 € (or the course fee, if it is lower than 20 €) will be charged.
No-shows who have not cancelled their registration will be charged the entire course fee.
Participants pay for additional costs, such as course books and course material, themselves.
All course participants are insured by the City of Vaasa.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I cancel a course?
A course can be cancelled over the internet with the registration code received upon registration, or by calling or emailing the Arbis office. You cannot cancel through the course teacher.
You do not have to pay the course fee if you cancel your registration at least 4 working days before the course starts (e.g. on the Monday before a course starting on a Friday, the Wednesday before a course starting the following Tuesday).
If a participant cancels later than 4 working days before the course starts, a cancellation fee of 20 € will be invoiced. If a participant cancels their registration after the course has started, they must pay the whole course fee. No-shows, who have not cancelled their registration, will be charged the entire course fee.
Exemption from the course fee can only be granted to registered participants who present a certificate proving that they are prevented from participating in the course for medical reasons.
If the course fee is less than the cancellation fee of 20 €, then that course fee will be invoiced.
Do I have to pay the course fee if I cancel my registration?
No matter what reason you have for cancelling your participation, the course fee will still be invoiced if you cancel less than 4 working days prior to the course start date, or after the course has started.
The following exception is possible: In the case of long-running language, exercise and IT courses, you may come to an agreement with Arbis’s office staff for a first time try-out to evaluate your level.
If you then feel after the first course meeting that the level is not suitable, you must contact the office directly after the first lesson to cancel your registration and you will not be charged.
Exemption from the course fee will be granted to registered participants who present a doctor’s certificate proving that they cannot participate in the course for medical reasons.
Course fees that have already been paid will not be refunded.
Can I try the course out before I pay the course fee?
This is the case for language, exercise, and IT courses taking place over a longer period of time.
A registered participant can attend one lesson to see if the course level is suitable, after having reached an agreement with Arbis’s course staff.
If the level is not suitable, it is then possible to cancel immediately after the first course meeting with no extra charge. Contact the Arbis office by email or by calling the office 040 629 9133 or 040 619 4692.
Late cancellations will not be accepted.
If material costs (e.g. ingredients used on cooking courses) are included in the course fee, they will be invoiced as a postfix to the discounted course fee.
Who is eligible for course discounts?
The Finnish National Board of Education (FNBE) has given Vasa Arbis a subsidy which enables us to reduce course fees for senior citizens, immigrants, persons with little basic education and those with diagnosed learning difficulties.
If an additional charge is included in the course fee (eg ingredients in cooking classes), this will be invoiced in addition to the discounted price.
Since 2015, no “invoice crediting” is done, meaning that if you haven’t presented your certificate for the personnel at Arbis office before the course bill has been sent out, you will not be granted any discount.To receive a discount on our courses, the certificate must be shown every fall and spring term.
Tuition for seniors
Those who are 65 years of age will automatically receive a 10€ discount on one course per semester. The discount is calculated before the course fee is invoiced. If you are entitled to a discount you cannot pay your course via online payment, the course will be invoiced.
Tuition for pensioners
Pensioners will get a 10€ discount on one course per semester. A certificate of your seniorship has to be sent to the Vasa Arbis or Vaasa-opisto office no later than one week after the start of the course, otherwise the course fee is fully charged. If you are entitled to a discount, you cannot pay your course via the online payment. The course fee will be invoiced.
Tuition for unemployed
Unemployed receive a 50% discount on course fees, given that a certificate from the Kela/unemployment fund (the previous month’s payment) is presented or sent to the office of Vasa Arbis or Vaasa-opisto, no later than one week after the start of the course. Otherwise, the entire course fee is charges. Customer cards are not valid as a certificate. If you are entitled to a discount, you cannot pay your course via online payment. The course fee will be invoiced.
Tuition for immigrants
Immigrants with an initial assessment receive a 50% discount on course fees, given that a certificate from the Kela/unemployment fund (the previous month´s payment) is presented or sent to the office of Vasa Arbis or Vaasa-opisto, no later than one week after the start of the course. Otherwise, the entire course fee charges. Customer cards are not valid as a certificate. If you are entitled to a discount, you cannot pay your course via online payment. The course fee will be invoiced.
Tuition for disabled people
The courses Drama DUVorna, LaBandet and Luova ilmaisutaito kehitysvammaisille have been granted a 10€ discount on the course fee. No other discounts will be granted
Students at university or colleges are granted a 10% discount on course fees. The student card should be presented at the office of Vasa Arbis (Kirkkopuistikko 15) or the office of Vaasa-opisto (Raastuvankatu 31) within one week of the start of the course, otherwise the entire course fee will be fully charged.
If you are entitled to a discount, you cannot pay your course through online payment. The course fee will be invoiced.The discounts are not granted after the invoice has been sent!
Presentation of certificates:
1. The certificate can be sent via the following link:
2. Present the certificate at the institute’s office, no later than one week after the start of the couse.
3. The certificate can be sent by e-mail to the address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it possible to pay the course fee with Tyky and Smartum vouchers?
Tyky and Smartum vouchers are accepted for covering the course fee at Vasa Arbis.
In order to make the payment, the course participant must bring the invoice (which will have arrived by post to his/her home address) as well as the coupons, to the Public Information Center, Kirjastonkatu 13. All of the coupons need to be signed by the participant in order to be valid.
Certificates for ongoing academic year courses are issued free of charge upon request, if you have taken part in at least 75 % of the course and paid the course fee.
Certificates from previous years cost 15 € each.
To obtain a certificate, please contact Arbis via email arbisinfo(at)edu.vaasa.fi, or call the office 040 629 9133 or 040 619 4692.
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