When University Lecturer Maria Kela from the Department of Teacher Education heard that asylum seekers in Helsinki cannot participate in Finnish classes as of the beginning of October, she decided to take action: "Due to the tendering process, Finnish courses are on hiatus until the end of the year. So I suggested to my students of subject didactics in Finnish as a second language that instead of coursework we could do actual work," Kela says. The students responded with enthusiasm. Together with a graphic designer and video professional working pro bono, they are developing a website which will allow anyone to teach beginner-level Finnish to asylum seekers. In addition to the Finnish-language teaching, different departments and disciplines at the University of Helsinki have made spontaneous initiatives to help asylum seekers and refugees. The 'University of Helsinki Says Welcome' event brings the University community and asylum seekers together in November and December.