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Admission policies


Entry requirements


Basic education in English

  • Native or near-native English proficiency

  • 1st grade: no reading and writing skills required

  • 8th and 9th grade: basic spoken Finnish skills required (level A1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

  • Pupils applying via Continuous Admission route: Pupil who is moving to Helsinki is a) without a school place ( note: having a place in another school or in preparatory education or home-schooling means the applicant does not meet the admission criteria) and b) has studied in English-language basic education abroad or elsewhere in Finland in accordance with the Basic Education Act. Please note: We ask all applicants to provide certificates of previous studies in English-language education (instruction fully in English or majority of instruction in English), and if necessary, we contact the school in question to confirm the information. Studying English as one of the school subjects does not meet the admission criteria.


Bilingual education

  • 1st grade in bilingual Finnish-English education: readiness to study in a bilingual environment (The applicant demonstrates this in an aptitude test, which measures the applicant’s general linguistic skills and abilities. The applicant decides whether they want to take the test in Finnish or in English.)

  • Other language combinations and grades: age-appropriate skills in both languages of instruction, meaning that in higher grades a child is expected to have better skills in both languages

  • Pupils applying via Continuous Admission route: Pupil who is moving to Helsinki is a) without a school place, and b) has studied in extensive bilingual education elsewhere in Finland in accordance with the Basic Education Act. Please note: We ask all applicants to provide certificates of previous studies in bilingual education, and if necessary, we contact the school in question to confirm the information. Studying the target language as one of the school subjects does not meet the admission criteria.


Grades in Academic year 2022-2023

Grade 1 — Born 2015

Grade 2 — Born 2014

Grade 3 — Born 2013

Grade 4 — Born 2012

Grade 5 — Born 2011

Grade 6 — Born 2010

Grade 7 — Born 2009

Grade 8 — Born 2008

Grade 9 — Born 2007


Application process

Learn more about the application process on the How and when to apply to basic education in different languages page


For further information and enquiries, please contact:


Education Division Customer Service / Service Guidance

Telephone: +358 9 310 44986 Mon–Fri 10 am–12 noon and 1–3 pm.

English-language and Bilingual Education

Education coordinator Elena Silverang
eduguidance@hel.fi




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