Vocational education for immigrants
You can complete vocational education after basic education. Studying for a vocational upper secondary qualification usually leads direct to working life and a profession, but you can also continue your studies at a university, for instance. Studies are practical and contain on-the-job training periods. You proceed flexibly, at your own pace, in your studies. You complete the qualification by means of demonstrations, which means proving your professional skills in practical working duties mostly at workplaces. Studies leading to a qualification are free of charge for immigrants.
You can also complete a vocational upper secondary qualification as apprenticeship training. As an asylum seeker, you can apply for apprenticeship training if the conditions concerning an asylum seeker’s right to employment are met.
Vocational education is provided in Finnish or Swedish. Some educational institutions also provide instruction in English.
For more information about education in English, please see the Studyinfo website.
Apply for vocational education in the joint application
Students who graduate from comprehensive school in the spring and do not have an upper secondary qualification can apply for education in the joint application in February–March. You can apply for vocational education with a basic education certificate or a corresponding foreign certificate. If your native language is not the language of instruction and you cannot prove sufficient language skills (such as with a basic education certificate), you are invited to a language test.
Read more about the various forms of education, applications and admission criteria:
- Vocational education and training
- Fields of vocational education and training
- Applying for English-language vocational education and training
Vocational education for adults comprises:
You can also complete vocational education as an adult
- vocational upper secondary qualifications
- further vocational qualifications, and
- specialist vocational qualifications.
A vocational upper secondary qualification for adults can be completed
- (as a competence-based qualification if you have competence acquired in working life, previous studies or hobbies)
- by means of demonstrations whereby professional skills are demonstrated in practical working duties mostly at workplaces
- as apprenticeship training, or
- as labour policy education that is primarily intended for adults who are unemployed or at risk of unemployment.
A further vocational qualification and a specialist vocational qualification are always completed as a competence-based qualification. The education provider decides on admission grounds. Preparatory training is arranged to assist with the completion of these qualifications.
Some educational institutions provide vocational education in English. An application can be sent directly to the educational institution.