Joint application to upper secondary education
Students in the ninth year of comprehensive school apply to upper secondary studies in the joint application process organised in spring. Upper secondary studies mean general upper secondary education or vocational education and training.
Applicants are informed of the results of the joint application process in June. In the summer, it is still possible to apply to studies beginning in the autumn. If you do not know what you would like to study, your guidance counsellor will help you with making the decision.
As a ninth-year student of a comprehensive school, you will be informed by your school about the joint application process that takes place in February and March.
If you take part in the joint application process, you will receive your results in mid-June. Your results will be sent to the email address that you provided when you applied for the study place. If you did not provide an email address, your results will be sent to you in a letter.
You must confirm your study place by a certain date. There is usually only a short period of time to reply, around two weeks. The deadline is usually at the end of June.
This way, if there are study places left over, the educational institution has plenty of time to offer these to people on the waiting list or to other interested parties before studies begin.
If you were not accepted to any of the educational institutions you applied to during the joint application process, the Finnish National Agency for Education will send you a letter to your email and by mail to your home address. The letter will include information on the result of your application process and the educational institutions that have given you a reserve spot on their waiting lists.
If you did not get accepted to a study place during the joint application process, you can still apply for the places that were left empty after the application process. Educational institutions will notify of any open study places on Opintopolku.fi and on their own websites.
Be in direct contact with the educational institution and go through your situation with them. You will be told how far on the waiting list you are.
Contact the educational institution directly immediately and ask whether you can still accept the study place you have been offered.
If this is not possible, you can apply for vacant places either in the supplementary application round for general upper secondary education or in the continuous application process for vocational education and training.
If you are not accepted by your chosen educational institution any more, you can apply to it again in the joint application process in the following spring.
Contact your comprehensive school’s he guidance counsellor. Your guidance counsellor will help you consider your options and give your advice and guidance on how to move forward. You can contact your school’s guidance counsellor even if you have already graduated from comprehensive school.
Another option is to contact the TE Office’s education services. You can also find them on Facebook. You can also contact the guidance counsellor at the upper secondary school or vocational education and training institution at which you would be interested in studying.
At the very start of your studies or even before this, you will be given information on what textbooks and other study tools you will need at the start of the autumn term. Upper secondary schools and vocational education and training schools offer their students an education free of charge, but students are responsible for covering the costs of textbooks and other necessary equipment.
Prepare for your studies by having a relaxing summer holiday and working at a summer job. If you fall ill, just before the beginning of your studies, ask your guardian to contact the educational institution to tell them that you will miss the first days of your studies, but that you will be coming in as soon as possible.
Yes, you can. If you were not accepted to the study place which you applied to, you will receive a letter from the Finnish National Agency for Education with instructions on how to proceed. The letter will include the number of points you received and of your possible reserve spot on the waiting list. The letter includes instructions on how to lodge a complaint.
Ask the educational institution for a written decision on the results of the selection process and attach this to your complaint. Submit the complaint to the Regional State Administrative Agency within 14 days of receiving the school’s decision. You can find the contact details of the Regional State Administrative Agency in the letter sent to you containing information about your application process and reserve places in the education you applied to.