- Public service
Some schools in Helsinki give bilingual instruction (kaksikielinen opetus). In that case, the instruction takes place in Finnish and another language. The pupils are selected based on an aptitude test. Advance preparation for these tests is not possible. You can register for a test by filling out an aptitude test form. You can get this form from the school’s website.
Helsinki also has private schools and schools run by the state where you can study either entirely or partly in a foreign language. The education usually starts at the school’s own preschool (esikoulu) or daycare (päiväkoti). Some of the schools charge a tuition fee.
To whom and on what terms
The pupils are selected based on an aptitude test.
The service is free of charge.
Basic education is education delivered in accordance to a curriculum that supports the pupils’ growth as human beings and members of society and teaches them the knowledge and skills they need. It confers every pupil the same eligibility for upper secondary education.
Compulsory education applies to children who are permanent residents in Finland in the year in which they turn seven years old. Compulsory education ends when the children have completed the basic education syllabus or ten years have passed since they started in compulsory education. The period of compulsory education may be extended due to a disability or illness. Adults may complete the basic education syllabus for example at a general upper secondary school for adults, a folk high school or an adult education centre.