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Supplementary application for joint application to higher education has started. Read more on supplementary application. Higher education institutions arrange supplementary application rounds between 2 July and 15 August for study places that were not filled during the primary application round. Check available study options.

 

Admission results for joint application to higher education are ready. If you are offered a study place in the joint application of spring 2018 by 28 June, accept the study place by 10 July by 3 pm (UTC/GMT +3). If you are offered a study place after 28 June, accept the study place by the given date.

 

Application to preparatory education for general and vocational upper secondary education open from 22.5. until 24.7.!

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VALMA – Preparatory education for upper secondary vocational education and training

LUVA – Preparatory education for general upper secondary education

Learn more about your study options (both in Finnish and Swedish)

 

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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