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.
No, you cannot. You must wait for the following year’s joint application. If you were accepted to an upper secondary school during the previous round, but chose another educational institution, contact the guidance counsellor at the upper secondary school. If the academic year is only just beginning and there are open study places at the upper secondary school, you can negotiate or transferring immediately. In any other case, you should continue your vocational training for this academic year and then transfer to an upper secondary school the following autumn.
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.
Yes, you can. You can apply for an apprenticeship at any time. You can complete vocation basic studies during an apprenticeship even if you have not applied for studies during joint application.
Apprenticeship training will be offered on the job and at a vocational institution. Ask about the possibility of an apprenticeship from employers in whose work you are interested. The TE Office can also help in finding a workplace and educational institution appropriate for your apprenticeship.
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.