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How to apply to the city's general upper secondary school

You can apply to a general upper secondary school during joint application periods through the Studyinfo online service. For this, you will need a basic education certificate or a similar certificate. The joint application period for studies starting in the autumn takes place in the spring. Some of our general upper secondary schools may emphasise one or more subjects when it comes to the criteria for selecting students. Schools may also have entrance or aptitude tests and take into account the applicant’s other education, hobbies or other demonstrations of their skills. Find more information on the selection criteria on the Studyinfo website or on the website of the general upper secondary school that you are interested in.

If you are interested in studying at Helsinki Upper Secondary School for Adults, please see the school’s website for enrolment instructions.   

If you have completed your basic education or equivalent education abroad and move to Helsinki after the joint application period has ended, please contact the general upper secondary school you are interested in directly. Ask the school about open places and how to apply. You should also do this if you have started your general upper secondary school studies in another city or country and you are moving to Helsinki. Always contact Ohjaamo Helsinki  if you need advice and guidance on finding a study place. 

Average grades and points for admission to our general upper secondary schools

The City of Helsinki’s general upper secondary schools select students based on their average grades and points. Some of our general upper secondary schools may take the grades for the subjects they emphasise into account in calculating the average grades. Our general upper secondary schools may require applicants to take entrance or aptitude tests. They may also take into account the applicant’s other education, hobbies or other demonstrations of their skills. The selection criteria and maximum score may vary from year to year.  More detailed information on the selection criteria can be found on each general upper secondary school’s website.  
 

Average grades and mininum points for admission 2019 - 2021
General upper secondary school and programme  Minimum average grade or points 2021 Minimum average grade or points 2020 Minimum average grade or points 2019
Alppila Upper Secondary School 8.54 Avg. 8.67 Avg. 8.42 Avg.
Brändö Gymnasium Upper Secondary School, General programme 7.69 Avg. 7.92 Avg. 7.92 Avg.
Brändö Gymnasium Upper Secondary School, PE (physical education) emphasis 15.88 / 20 pt 15.92 / 20 pt 15.70 / 20 pt
Etu-Töölö Upper Secondary School 8.42 Avg. 8.33 Avg. 8.15 Avg.
Gymnasiet Lärkan Upper Secondary School 7.69 Avg. 7.00 Avg. 8.17 Avg.
Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages, General programme 7.27 Avg. 7.67 Avg. 7.62 Avg.
Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages, Languages and internationality emphasis 8.08 Avg. 7.31 Avg. 7.83 Avg.
Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages, Bilingual Finnish-English emphasis 10.51  / 15 pt 10.87 / 15 pt  
Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Visual Arts, Visual arts emphasis 15.33 / 20 pt 14.50 / 20 pt 14.50 / 20 pt
Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Natural Sciences, General programme 8.25 Avg. 8.15 Avg. 8.75 Avg.
Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Natural Sciences, Natural sciences emphasis 9.31 wgt.  Avg. 9.32 wgt.  Avg. 9.35 wgt.  Avg. 
Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Media Arts, General programme 7.33 Avg. 7.5 Avg. 7.67 Avg.
Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Media Arts, Media and society emphasis 7.45 / 20 pt 7.00 / 20 pt 8.06 / 20 pt
Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts, Performing arts emphasis 14.65 / 20 pt 14.9 / 20 pt  15,99 / 20 pt
Mäkelänrinne Upper Secondary School, General programme 7.75 Avg. 9.15 Avg. 8.92 Avg.
Mäkelänrinne Upper Secondary School, Sports emphasis 16.20 / 20 pt 16.22 / 20 pt 15.93 / 20 pt 
Ressun lukio Upper Secondary School / Ressun lukio IB World School, General programme 9.50 Avg. 9.69 Avg. 9.38 Avg.
Ressun lukio Upper Secondary School / Ressun lukio IB World School, IB-programme 8.92 Avg. 8.91 Avg.  13.28 Avg.
Sibelius-lukio Upper Secondary School, General programme 9.21 Avg. 9.17 Avg. 9.25 Avg.
Sibelius-lukio Upper Secondary School, Music emphasis 16.19 / 20 pt 15.82 / 20 pt 16.17 / 20 pt 
Sibelius-lukio Upper Secondary School, Dance emphasis 17.73 / 20 pt 17.17 / 20 pt 16.62 / 20 pt
Tölö Gymnasium Upper Secondary School, General programme 7.67 Avg. 7.92 Avg. 7.75 Avg.
Tölö Gymnasium Upper Secondary School, Visual arts emphasis 16.62 / 20 pt 16.67 / 20 pt 14.92 / 20 pt
Tölö Gymnasium Upper Secondary School, Music emphasis 17.00 / 20 pt 16.31 / 20 pt 16.54 / 20 pt
Tölö Gymnasium Upper Secondary School, Human ecology emphasis 15.38 / 20 pt 16.92 / 20 pt 16.25 / 20 pt
Vuosaari Upper Secondary School 7.50 Avg. 7.58 Avg.  7.42 Avg. 

 

Source: Education Statistics Finland Vipunen by the Finnish National Agency for Education