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Koulutus Espoossa

Education in Espoo

Day care

Espoo has city-owned and private day-care centres. In addition, there are family day-care providers in Espoo. Day care is provided in Finnish or Swedish.

You should apply for a day-care position for your child at least four months prior to the beginning of the care period. If you suddenly get a job or are admitted to a school, you can apply for the day-care position later.

When applying for a day-care position, you must fill in an application form. The forms are available at day-care centres, day-care service centres (päivähoidon palvelukeskus) and the City of Espoo Citizens’ Offices (yhteispalvelupiste). You can also apply for a day-care position online.

Families living in Espoo can also apply for day-care positions for their children in Helsinki, Vantaa or Kauniainen. However, you should always submit the application to a location in Espoo. You can obtain more information from the Helsinginseutu.fi service.

Read more: Day care

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Day careFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Applying for a day-care positionFinnish

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Service PointFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Private English day care centresFinnish

linkkiHelsinginseutu.fi:
Area of joint use for day care servicesFinnish | Swedish | English

Pre-school education

In Espoo, pre-school education (esiopetus) is provided at day-care centres. Pre-school education is provided in Finnish and Swedish.

You can apply for pre-school education through the website of the City of Espoo. Pre-school education begins in August. The application period is normally in January.

If you have question regarding matters concerning child care and pre-school education, you can contact the heads of day-care centres or the city’s director of pre-school education (varhaiskasvatuspäällikkö). The contact information can be found on the website of the City of Espoo.

Read more: Pre-school education

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Pre-school educationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Applying for pre-school educationFinnish | Swedish | English

Basic education

Espoo has Finnish and Swedish comprehensive schools (peruskoulu). Education is also available in English.

School normally starts during the year when the child turns seven. You must enrol for school in advance. The enrolment time is usually in January. The contact information for schools and additional information about registration can be found on the website of the City of Espoo.

If you have questions regarding basic education, you can also contact the Finnish Education Unit (Suomenkielisen opetuksen tulosyksikkö).

Finnish Education Unit
Kamreerintie 3 B
02770 Espoo
Tel. (09) 816 52044 and (09) 816 52043

Read more: Basic education

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Basic educationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
School registrationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Espoo International SchoolFinnish | English

linkkiHelsinkiRegion.fi:
International schools in the Helsinki Metropolitan AreaFinnish

linkkiExpatFinland.fi:
International schools in the Helsinki Metropolitan AreaEnglish

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Afternoon activitiesFinnish | English

Native-language education for immigrants

Immigrant students and children of bilingual families can receive education in their own native language (oman äidinkielen opetus) if a sufficient number of students sign up for the group. There are two hours of teaching per week. The enrolment period for mother tongue education is in March.

More information is available on the website of the City of Espoo.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Preparatory education for under-school-age children(pdf, 100 kb)Finnish | English | Russian | Estonian | Somali | Chinese | Arabic | Kurdish | Albanian

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Preparatory education for under-school-age childrenFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Native-language educationFinnish | English

Vocational education

Omnia, Joint Authority of Education in the Espoo Region provides vocational education (ammatillinen koulutus) in Espoo. At Omnia, you can study many professions. Omnia provides preparatory education to immigrants for vocational studies. Preparatory education is intended for young people and adults who are interested in vocational studies and wish to improve their Finnish skills. More information on vocational education is available on Omnia’s website.

Residents of Espoo can also apply for vocational schools in Helsinki or Vantaa.

Read more: Vocational education

linkkiOmnia, Joint Authority of Education in the Espoo Region :
Vocational educationFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Vocational schoolsFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Vocational schoolsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Vocational educationFinnish | Swedish

Upper secondary school

Espoo has 11 Finnish upper secondary schools (lukio) and one Swedish upper secondary school. Two upper secondary schools in Espoo also have an IB programme where you can study in English.

Young people residing in Espoo can also apply to study in the upper secondary schools of other cities.

Espoo has an upper secondary school for adults (aikuislukio), where adults can complete the upper secondary school and the matriculation examination. At this upper secondary school, you can also improve the grades of your leaving certificate or study individual subjects. In addition, young immigrants can study Finnish or complete comprehensive school studies.

Leppävaara Upper Secondary School provides preparatory education for immigrants and others whose native language is not Finnish to study in an upper secondary school. The education is intended for young people who wish to study in an upper secondary school but whose language proficiency is not yet sufficient for upper secondary school studies.

Read more: Upper secondary school

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Upper secondary schoolsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Upper secondary school for adultsFinnish

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Preparatory education for general upper secondaryFinnish | English

linkkiEspoo Senior High School for Adults Omnia:
Basic education for immigrantsFinnish

Support and guidance for young people

If you are under 30 years of age, you can get advice and guidance from the Ohjaamo service. If you do not have a job or a study place, the Ohjaamo personnel will help you. You can also ask about other matters, such as housing or personal finances.

Contact information:

Lintuvaarantie 2 A
02650 Espoo
Tel. 040 126 7513
email: ohjaamotalo(at)espoo.fi

linkkiCity of Espoo:
OhjaamoFinnish | Swedish | English

Higher education

There are three institutes of higher education in Espoo:

  • Aalto University
  • Laurea University of Applied Sciences
  • Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

In institutes of higher education, you can obtain a higher-education degree. More information is available on the websites of Aalto University, Laurea and Metropolia.

Helsinki also has universities and institutes of higher education where you can study a variety of subjects. More information is available on the City of Helsinki website.

Read more: Higher education

linkkiAalto University:
University of technology, art and economicsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiLaurea:
University of applied sciencesFinnish | English

linkkiMetropolia:
University of applied sciencesFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Institutes of higher educationFinnish

Other study opportunities

At Espoo Adult Education Centre (Espoon työväenopisto), you can study, for example, languages, crafts and cooking, or take part in guided sports activities. The courses, which are subject to a fee, take place during the day and in the evening. Anyone can study at an adult education centre.

At Espoo School of Art (Espoon kuvataidekoulu), children and young people can study visual arts. The studies are subject to a fee.

At Espoo Music Institute (Espoon musiikkiopisto), children and adults alike can study music.

Read more: Other study opportunities

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Adult education centreFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiEspoo School of Art :
Visual arts for children and young peopleFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiEspoo Music Institute:
Musical education for children and adultsFinnish | English