Helsinki comprehensive and upper secondary schools start autumn term

The school year opened on Thursday, 8 August, at Finnish-language comprehensive schools and upper secondary schools in Helsinki. Swedish-language comprehensive schools will open on Tuesday, 13 August. Helsinki schools welcome 6,000 first-graders, and the total number of learners in comprehensive education in Helsinki is 42,500.

Helsinki excels in language studies

Helsinki schools continue to strengthen language studies – and thereby the international skills of learners. Language studies have been increased and will grow further. In the first years of language studies, instruction focuses on play and song, and language learning is part of diverse activities.

The Helsinki comprehensive school curriculum includes more language studies than required by the national school curriculum. Helsinki comprehensive schools offer a broad range of languages: as many as nine different languages can be studied as the first foreign language. Studies in the second language, common to all learners, are begun on the 6th grade. Learners can also take up A2 language studies on the 4th grade and B2 language studies on the 8th grade.

Ressu Upper Secondary School offers an International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Alppila Upper Secondary School and Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages offer programmes emphasizing languages and cultural and international studies. Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute offers some degree programmes in English. Adult Education Centres also offer studies in a wide range of languages.

Helsinki Education Week to present high-quality learning in November

The everyday schoolwork and high-quality learning at Helsinki schools will be presented to international guests during Helsinki Education Week, 4–8 November 2019. The week’s theme is Student Voice. Helsinki Education Week, in its second edition in 2019, includes content for learners of all ages and for everyone interested in learning and the development of education.

Read more:
School year, holidays and other important dates
Introduction to schools (pdf)
Education Division


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