Changing place of study after comprehensive school
If you are not accepted to the study place you wanted in upper secondary education or your plans change, it is possible to change your study place.
You do not need to accept the study place you have been offered. However, it is a good idea to consider your options with care and to discuss these with your parents, student counsellor or another adult. It could be that you will gain a greater understanding of the field after having studied it. After your studies begin, you may find that your enthusiasm for the field grows and you want to continue your studies.
Time used gaining an education is never time wasted. You may not be completely sure of your choice, but you can still accept the study place, begin your studies and know that you still have time to do something else in the future.
The order of priority of the study places for which you applied for in the joint application process cannot be changed afterwards. The place you received in the joint application process was the place that was highest in your list and for which you had enough points. At this point in time, you can no longer choose any of the options that were lower on your application list.
If you started upper secondary school in the autumn but would like to transfer to vocational basic education and training, you can apply for vocational institutions in the continuous application process. Contact the guidance counsellor at your upper secondary school or vocational institution. Together with the counsellor, draw up a plan for your change of schools. Continue with your upper secondary school studies until you can begin your studies at a vocational institution. If you want to transfer to a different upper secondary school during the academic year, you must contact the upper secondary school you would like to attend.
The new educational institution will decide how it will give credits for the studies you have already completed in your previous place of study. Young people apply to vocational institutions on the basis of their comprehensive school diploma.
If the academic year is only just beginning and there are vacant study places in general upper secondary education, you can apply for them in the continuous admission process. You will find the details of vacant study places in Studyinfo.fi or by contacting the educational institution of your choice directly.
If there are no vacant study places or the academic year is already well under way, you should study this year in vocational education and apply to upper secondary school in the joint application process of the following spring.
If you want to change the area of studies within your vocational institution, contact your guidance counsellor. If there is room for another student in the field you want to study, you may be able to switch over during the academic year.
You must usually apply separately to the training programmes that have more applicants than study places. However, it might be that on the basis of the studies and training you have completed so far you can switch to another programme without applying.
If you or your family move to another region during your studies, tell your guidance counsellor about your plan to move. It is entirely possible that you will be able to continue your studies at a vocational institution in your new home town.
If you are a young person who actively takes parts in sports, you can apply for basic vocational training intended especially for athletes. Finland has 15 vocational training providers, who offer vocational training at sports institutions. These educational institutions allow students to complete their studies on while taking part in sports.
Athletes can also complete vocational studies in the form of an apprenticeship. Combining sports and upper secondary school studies is most successful in sports upper secondary schools.
If you have a job, you can apply for apprenticeship training whenever you want to. Contact your nearest apprenticeship office and request more information about the options for apprenticeship training.
You can discontinue your upper secondary school studies or vocational training during the academic year for a justified reason. Discuss this with your guidance counsellor and make a plan for how and when you will continue your studies or training.
If you decide to discontinue your studies, you must submit a notification of resignation to your school. If you receive financial aid for students, notify Kela of your decision to discontinue your studies. Kela will then discontinue the payment of financial aid. If you do not notify Kela of this change of status, Kela will recover the extra financial aid it has paid to you at a later time.
If you take a gap year, read more on your options on the page Gap year and working life after comprehensive school.