Grants within the Language Centre

On this page you will find information about grant programmes within the Language Centre.


Grant programmes within the Language Centre

The Language Centre offers grant programmes for language courses abroad and for Summer Schools. These Hanken Foundation Grants are intended for language studies in German, Spanish or Portuguese in countries where the language in question is generally spoken or for Summer Schools in one of these countries. These countries are Germany, Austria, the German-speaking part of Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Central- and South America. It is worth taking advantage of this opportunity, since language courses in a language area is a very effective and appreciated way to get to know both the language and the culture of the destination country!

For more information about Grants at Hanken in general, please visit the general grants pages


Grants for German language courses

If you plan to take a language course in one of the German speaking countries, we have good news! Grants are granted for German language Courses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

There are two ways to get financing for your course:


Hanken students can apply for the Elisabeth Schuster Grants through the Hanken Foundation every year in January and in September. You can consult a web page explaing the procedure here. This offer covers all German speaking countries.  



Any Finnish university student can apply for DAAD Grants for summer courses in Germany. These applications have a deadline every year in the end of November. You will need a letter of recommendation from a teacher at your university. Please start with the application procedure well in time. DAAD stands for the German Academic Exchange Service. These grants are announced by the German embassy in Helsinki every year in September


How to choose a German language course? 

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) lists all available university based language courses in Germany. The DAAD course database can be seen here. Regardless of which grant you apply for, you can search for good courses here. 

The DAAD courses are either language courses (Sprachkurse) or field specific courses (Fachkurse). It is best to search for language courses first, since there are more of them. 

In the advanced levels, after your initial search you will be able to specify a certain field that you find close to you, such as “Wirtschaft” or “Jura”. 

Most language courses are arranged during the summer months. In general they last from 2 to 4 weeks. There are some exceptions too. Online courses can be found as well. You should name the course(s) you intend to take, when writing your application. 

The same applies for Austria and Switzerland: you can search for language courses in these countries by searching for a certain university and checking their pages for Sommerkurse or Sprachkurse. For instance Vienna has many courses available, just like most Austrian and Swiss universities.