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General upper secondary school education

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The upper secondary school is a course formed school, which does not have year classes. The upper secondary school educations aims at a matriculation examination. The education is arranged among others in upper secondary schools and senior secondary schools for adults.

The upper secondary school’s syllabus is three years, but if wanted the studying time can be shortened or extended.

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Respective upper secondary school has more information on their web pages. You can apply for entry to an upper secondary school through the joint application system.

Background information

General upper secondary education provides you with the necessary skills for studying at a university or university of applied sciences. At the end of your general upper secondary education, you will complete a matriculation examination that will make you eligible for a place of study at a higher education institution.

You can apply for a study place at the educational institution of your choice. The provider of the education decides whom it will admit to its institution.

The target completion time for a general upper secondary school syllabus is three years. Every syllabus and the studies included in them are measured in credits. The general upper secondary school syllabus for young students consists of 150 credits. The studies included in the syllabus for young students have been designed with full-time study in mind. A separate syllabus is also available to adults who wish to participate in general upper secondary education.

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Updated: 8/12/2023