General upper secondary school
- Public service
The syllabus of a general upper secondary school comprises at least 75 courses or 150 study credits. The studies can be completed in 2–4 years. The studies are completed as study periods. Study periods usually comprise 1–3 study credits and may include studies from one or more subjects. A national final examination, the matriculation examination, must be taken at the end of general upper secondary school studies.
General upper secondary schools offer a wide range of study subjects, such as mother tongue and foreign languages, mathematics and natural science subjects, humanities and social studies, religion or ethics, health sciences, sports and art and physical education.
Students are elected to general upper secondary school based on the average grade of their basic education certificate. This average must be at least 7.0. Students can apply for general upper secondary education through the joint application procedure.
Studies in a general upper secondary school give the graduates the qualification to continue their studies in universities and universities of applied sciences.
To whom and on what terms
The service is free of charge.
The necessary study tools are also free of charge for students whose compulsory education includes secondary education. A student’s compulsory education includes secondary education if the student completed grade 9 of comprehensive school in spring 2021 or later.
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.