The joint application procedure and upper secondary education in Finland
Published on 12.12.2021
The Finnish education system
A guide to guardians
The Finnish education system has three levels. Comprehensive school starts at the age of seven and usually lasts nine years. After comprehensive school, pupils apply for upper secondary education institutions, meaning general upper secondary schools and vocational institutions, via the joint application procedure. Pupils can also apply for preparatory education for programmes leading to an upper secondary qualification (TUVA education), which lasts one year, via the joint application procedure. After upper secondary education, students can continue their studies at a higher education institution, meaning a university or university of applied sciences. All upper secondary education institutions offer Finnish as a second language teaching and special needs teacher support.