General upper secondary education for immigrants
General upper secondary education in Finland lasts three years and leads to a matriculation examination. You can apply for a general upper secondary school if you have completed basic education or corresponding education. If you apply with a foreign certificate, general upper secondary schools specifically evaluate your capabilities for completing your studies. Read more about studying at a general upper secondary school.
At some general upper secondary schools, you can study in the English IB line that leads to an International Baccalaureate degree. This degree provides similar eligibility for further studies as a Finnish matriculation examination. Young people apply for general upper secondary education in the joint application round in February–March. Read more about international upper secondary education.
General upper secondary education for adults
General upper secondary education for adults is provided separately, and an application can be sent throughout the year. General upper secondary education for adults is provided by general upper secondary schools for adults and folk high schools that have been granted authorisation for this. General upper secondary education for adults comprises 44 courses. Read more about general upper secondary school for adults.
General upper secondary education in other languages
At the German School in Helsinki you can complete general upper secondary school in German and complete the Reifeprüfung degree that corresponds to the Finnish matriculation examination.
At the Finnish-Russian School you can complete comprehensive school and general upper secondary school in Russian.
The European School in Helsinki provides education leading to the European Baccalaureate degree that corresponds to the Finnish matriculation examination. The languages of instruction are Finnish, English and French.