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Study languages

Improve your language skills for working purposes or for your spare time.

Vasa Arbis provides several languages to study on different levels. You can choose between English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. We offer you the possibility to study both daytime and in the evenings.
Maybe you are interested in a once-a-week course or intensive courses 2-4 times per week. Some courses based on flexible learning are also on offer.

The Language Levels

The level you want to reach after studies on a specific level according to the levels for the National Certificates of Language Proficiency (YKI).
Basic level (1-2)
Intermediate level (3-4)
Highest level (5-6)

Common Reference Levels: Global scale according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Basic user (A1-A2)
Independent user (B1-B2)
Proficient user (C1-C2)


Level 1/A1
You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
You can introduce yourself and others. You can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you/he/she lives, people you/he/she knows and things you have or he/she has.
You can interact in a simple way provided, when the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help you with the language.

Level 2/A2
You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
You can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
You can describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


Level 3/B1
You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
You can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Level 4/B2
You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialization.
You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


Level 5/C1
You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
You can use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Level 6/C2
You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
You can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
You can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.


Language Policy Division, Council of Europe, Strasbourg. (2001). Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment. Cambridge University Press.Cambridge University Press.

Test your language skills

There is an opportunity for you to test your proficiency level for the language you have learned.

Dialang is a language diagnosis system developed by many European higher education institutions and you can test your language abilities in five skills in 14 European languages.

It reports your level of skill against the Common European Framework (CEF) for language learning. Dialang is not an exam and it does not issue certificates. The skills are reading, writing, listening, grammar and vocabulary.

The languages are Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Irish-Gaelic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

European language levels
The Self Assessment Grid presented, tells how well you understand, speak and write a language.

The National Certificate of Language Proficiency

Vasa Arbis arranges the test at basic and intermediate levels in the following languages: Swedish, Finnish, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian.
In order to obtain Finnish Citizenship you need to have language skills at an intermediate level in Finnish or Swedish.
The fees for the tests are 100 € for the basic level and 123 € for the intermediate level.

Registration in September (2nd -30th 2019) for the autumn tests:
Oct 26th English
Oct 5th Finnish on an intermediate level and in Vaasa only at Vamia.
Registration directly to them 19th -30th of August.
Nov 9th Finnish
Nov 16th Swedish, Spanish and German.
A test in Finnish at an intermediate level is also arranged on 25th of January.
Registration 2nd -13th of December 2019).

Registration in February (3rd -28th 2020) for the spring tests:
March 14th English, Italian, Russian
March 28th Finnish
April 4th Swedish and French

A test in Finnish at an intermediate level is also arranged on 23rd of May in Vaasa only at Vamia. Registration directly to them 20th -30th of April 2020.
A test in Finnish at an intermediate level is also arranged in August. Registration in June 2020.

Where do I found more information?
More about the National Certificate of Language Proficiency test on > Services > National Certificates of Language Proficiency (YKI) or
contact language teacher Marika Boström for more details, phone (06) 325 3506, marika.bostrom(a)


Language learning through communication with a native speaker
Practice Finnish, Swedish or some other language with a native speaker. Teach your mother tongue to your partner and meet your language buddy at any place and time you want. You are also welcome to take part in five gatherings for all participants of the FinTandem course.

FinTandem consists of four elements:

Finding a FinTandem partner
The FinTandem guide for students
Five gatherings for all participants
Individual support

Five gatherings at Vasa Arbis on Thursdays from 5 to 6.30 p.m.
Sept 19th 2019
Nov 7th 2019
Jan 16th 2020
Mar 5th 2020
May 7th 2020

FinTandem for work or studies
Your employer encourage you to improve your language skills.
FinTandem is then a flexible and fun training program for you. Discuss about your plans with your supervisor.
Students can get credits for taking part in FinTandem. Ask more at your school.

Did you become interested?
If you answered yes, we will do our best to find you a suitable language buddy.
You can sign up between August and May.
The participation fee is 25 euros, but you pay only after you have got your language buddy. Coordinators are Marika Boström and Pia Sandås. If you have questions, please contact Marika Boström, phone +358 6 325 3506, e-mail marika.bostrom(a)

Language studies abroad

By studying the language in the native country you will learn faster.
The more you understand from the language and the culture, the more you gain from the interaction with the local people.

Which country I want to visit?
Vasa Arbis and Internationella Skolorna in Stockholm cooperate in offering a possibility to study a language abroad for those who participate in a language course at Vasa Arbis.
You can choose between different languages, for example:
English in Eastbourne or Dublin
French in Aix-en-Provence
German in Berlin
Spanish in Barcelona or Málaga
Italian in Florens
Russian in St. Petersburg

Is the course suitable for me?
You can study the language abroad during one or two weeks and the courses are offered on all levels, from basic to the highest level.
The courses start all year round, often several times per month.
Choose date according to your own schedule and stay in a native host family, if you wish so.

Please, sign up for the courses abroad by filling in a special form.
For more information and prices, please contact language teacher Marika Boström; phone +358 6 325 3506 / marika.bostrom(a)

Individual Language Tuition

Do you want to study languages in a flexible way and with a teacher of your own?
Do you feel that it is difficult to find time for taking part in a regular course on a fixed time?
Do you need repetition or do you need to reach a certain language level?
If you answer yes, we recommend individual language tuition.

What am I interested in?
You may have a professional knowledge in the language, but you need to practice it in natural contexts and everyday situations. Discuss with us about different possibilities. You can practice both speaking, writing and understanding according to your needs.

How does it work in practice?
The student and the teacher agree on a time and place to meet, but we recommend the lessons to be held in our facilities of Vasa Arbis during the school year from August to June.
If you can’t come to a lesson, you need to inform the teacher latest 24 hours before the agreed time for the lesson. Otherwise you will be charged for the missed lesson.
Lessons not been used can’t be transferred to the next school year. Pricing includes copy materials. There are no discounts for individual language tuition.

Course packages:
5 or 10 lessons (60 euros/60 minutes)
5 lessons 300 euros
10 lessons 600 euros

Do you need more information and want to sign up?
Contact language teacher and planner Marika Boström

Following information is needed:
Personal details
(name, social security number, billing address, phone number, e-mail)
Estimated language level
– Get acquainted with European language levels – Self Assessment Grid
– Test your language level with Dialang
Requests about the course content