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Some higher education institutions arrange their own supplementary application rounds if all study places are not filled in the joint application. Supplementary application rounds take place between 1 July and 14 August 2018.

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Joint application to higher education: study places from the waiting list will be filled to 31 July.
If you are offered a study place in the joint application, accept the study place by the given date.

 

Finnish education system

The Finnish education system consists of

  • 1 year of compulsory pre-primary education
  • 9 years of basic education (comprehensive school)
  • upper secondary education, which consists of general and vocational education
  • higher education, provided by universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS)

Picture of Finnish education system. Source: Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture

The Finnish education system has no dead-ends. Learners can always continue their studies on a higher level of education, whatever choices they make in between. Both general and vocational upper secondary certificates provide eligibility for further studies. The practice of recognition of prior learning has been developed in order to avoid unnecessary overlapping of studies.

Both higher education sectors have their own profiles. The mission of universities is to conduct scientific research and provide instruction and postgraduate education based on it. Polytechnic / UAS education is professionally oriented higher education. Polytechnics / UAS train professionals in response to labour market needs and conduct R&D (research and development) which supports instruction and promotes regional development.

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