The main objective of Finnish education policy is to offer all citizens equal opportunities to receive education. The structure of the education system reflects these principles.

The system is highly permeable, that is, there are no dead-ends preventing progression to higher levels of education. The main objective of Finnish education policy is to offer all citizens equal opportunities to receive education.

BASIC EDUCATION

Basic education starts at age seven and ends age 16 . There are nine classes in Finland at comprehensive school. Applying to upper secondary education in Finland is most often done through the joint application system at the ninth grade. Student councellors help students to apply.

GENERAL UPPER SECONDARY EDUCATION

Upper secondary school studies last three to four years, preparing the students for the matriculation examination. Students in general upper secondary education intended for young people are usually 16 to 19 years of age.

At the end of upper secondary school studies, students take the matriculation examination, which provides eligibility to apply to higher education institutions (universities and universities of applied sciences).

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Vocational qualifications are offered in ten different educational fields.

1. Agriculture and forestry

2. Business, administration and law

3. Education

4. Health and welfare

5. Humanities and arts

6. Information and communication technologies

7. Natural sciences

8. Service industries

9. Social sciences

10. Technology

Students can apply to basic vocational education either in the spring joint application or in the flexible admission throughout the year. You can apply to all vocational qualifications via the flexible admission.

HIGHER EDUCATION

There are two kinds of higher education institutions in Finland:

  1. universities of applied sciences
  2. universities

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