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Keywords Higher education

More information about possible scholarships can be found at Studyinfinland

Keywords Student selection Higher education

Please visit Studyinfinland for more general information about studying in a Finnish higher education institution. Information about applying and admission is available in Studyinfo

Keywords Student selection Vocational education and training Upper secondary education

Usually the admission to upper secondary level education in Finland takes place annually in joint admission from mid- February to early. With the exception of IB-programmes and a couple of English taught schools, the education included in the joint application is conducted in either Finnish or Swedish  More information in Studyinfo.

You can also a apply  in a rolling admission, you can find out about procedures here

Keywords Pre-primary education Basic education Early childhood education and care

 In Finland, we have a very decentralised system and municipalities – as providers of education – as well schools and educational institutions have high level of independency.. We recommend you contact the education department of your chosen city/municipality to receive information about local education services. You may also contact schools directly.

More general information about moving to and living in Finland is available here

Keywords Curriculum Vocational education and training Upper secondary education Basic education

More information about curricula: 

Early childhood education

The curriculum for early childhood education can be accessed here 

Pre-primary education

The Finnish version for pre-primary education can be accessed here 

Primary and lower secondary education

The Finnish version for primary and lower secondary education (basic education) can be accessed here 

English version can be purchased from our web pages and it is available here 

If you are not interested in purchasing the whole document, information on the national core curriculum can also be found on the Eurydice (European Commission) website:

General upper secondary education

If you are interested in the national core curriculum in general upper secondary education, you can buy it here

The Finnish version for upper secondary education national core curriculum can be accessed here 

Vocational education

Some of the qualifications for vocational education are available in English here 

Keywords Learning material Vocational education and training Upper secondary education Basic education

Finland does not have a centralised learning material system and there is no inspection of learning materials. Learning materials are mostly produced by commercial publishers. The Finnish National Agency for Education produces learning material with a small circulation and for minority groups to complement the commercial supply. The education providers acquire all the needed learning materials. Usually teachers themselves choose the textbooks and other materials they want to use, and they may also create their own learning materials. Teachers and education providers may utilise a national website that contains information and support for teaching, such as online learning material. 

The site is maintained and updated by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

Since learning materials are not within our mandate, we do not monitor how a specific subject is addressed.

Keywords Higher education Upper secondary education Basic education

For a detailed description of the Finnish education system, please visit the Eurydice (European Commission) website: https://eurydice.eacea.ec.europa.eu/national-education-systems/finland/finland 

There is lot of useful information on our web pages. Here are some links.

Finnish education in a nutshell 

Information about primary and lower secondary education national core curriculum

Publications

Vipunen statistics service

More information about general upper secondary education can be found  below

Key figures

Core curriculum in a nutshell

If you wish to know more about vocational upper secondary education, more information can be found for example here

If you wish to know more about higher education, more information van be found in Studyinfo here

 

Keywords Recognition of qualifications

All subjects for which the decision from the Finnish National Agency for Education can provide eligibility are listed on the application form for the recognition of qualifications.

These subjects are:

  • Mother tongue and literature (Finnish, Swedish, Sami)
  • Second national language (Finnish, Swedish, Sami)
  • Foreign language (English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Latin, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Estonian)
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Health education
  • Religion
  • Ethics
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Music
  • Art
  • Crafts
  • Physical education
  • Home economics
  • ICT
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