There are different application channels for young people and adults. A young person who is finishing basic education or general upper secondary education mainly applies through the joint application held every spring. Adults who do not already hold a vocational qualification may also apply to vocational education through the joint application.

Study programmes included in the joint application are only offered in Finnish or Swedish.

There is also preparatory education for vocational training offered for immigrants. The preparatory programmes take approximately one year to complete. Read more about preparatory education.

For those who already hold a qualification, or have gained skills and know-how through work, vocational education is mainly arranged as competence-based qualifications. In addition to basic degrees, there are also vocational qualifications and specialist vocational qualifications available for adults. A person who wishes to complete a competence-based qualification is usually required to have a job where the professional skills required for the qualification can be proven.

There are a few vocational qualifications offered in English. Application for these study programmes usually takes place directly through the educational institutions. The education provider decides on the admission criteria. More information can be found on the educational institutions’ own web pages.

Vocational upper secondary qualifications, vocational qualifications and specialist vocational qualifications all provide eligibility for higher education studies.

Starting from 1.1.2018, vocational education has 8 fields of education, which include three types of qualifications: basic vocational degrees, vocational qualifications and specialist vocational qualifications.


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