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Education in Joensuu

Day care

Joensuu has several city-owned day care centres and family day care providers. The City of Joensuu also provides open, instructed play activities for children under school age. In addition, there are private day care centres and private family day care providers in Joensuu. If necessary, day care services are also available in the evenings, at nights and at weekends.

You can apply for a day care place for your child online, or by completing a form that is available on the city's website.

Submit the application at least four months before you need a day care place for your child. A day care place can be granted sooner, if necessary, if you get a job or a place of study, for example.

Submit the day care application to the Day Care Service Coordination Team.

You can leave a call-back request with the telephone service line.

You can also make an appointment for a personal visit.

Further information: Day care

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Day care centresFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Family day careFinnish

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Day care-related formsFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Day care applicationFinnish

Pre-school education

The City of Joensuu offers free-of-charge pre-school education to all children from the age of six. In Joensuu, pre-school education is primarily provided in day care centres and partly in pre-school education groups operating in connection with schools. Pre-school education is provided approximately four hours a day, totalling 700 hours a year, by teachers who have received a pedagogical education.

If a child also requires day care, it can be arranged at the same place as pre-school education.

Enrol your child for pre-school education during January or February. Information on enrolment dates is posted in the local newspaper and on the city's website. If you have not received a letter concerning a pre-school education place, or you are applying for a pre-school education place at another time, please contact day care service coordination.

Further information: Pre-school education

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Pre-school educationFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Pre-school education for immigrantsFinnish

Basic education

In Finland, education is compulsory for all children starting at the age of 7; in other words, they must complete their basic education. Compulsory education ends at the end of the school year in which a child turns 17. Parents must ensure that their children attend school.

Children must be enrolled in comprehensive school at the beginning of a year. You can find the contact information of schools and more information on enrolment on the city's website. If you have questions about basic education, you can also contact the education services of the city.

Each child and young person is entitled to go to school. If a child moves to Joensuu in the middle of a school year, he or she is entitled to start school in the middle of that school year.

In some schools, it is possible to study in a foreign language, and some schools offer additional classes in music or physical education, for example.

In Joensuu, preparatory education is provided in three groups. Children of primary school age are taught in two groups in Rantakylä school, and children of secondary school age are taught in Pataluoto secondary school.

Further information: Basic education

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Contact information for educational servicesFinnish

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Pre-school education of immigrant-background and foreign-language childrenFinnish

Mother tongue lessons for immigrants

Joensuu provides mother tongue lessons for immigrants in Russian and Somali. Other languages can also be taught. There must be at least four students in each group.

A student's own religion, such as Islam or Orthodox Christianity, is taught if there is a sufficient number of students.

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Mother tongue lessons for immigrantsFinnish

Vocational education and training

North Karelia Adult Education Centre offers language education, preparatory education for working life and vocational education. Adult education also provides various projects that help to improve professional competence.

North Karelia Professional College provides vocational education and training in Joensuu, Kitee, Lieksa and Niittylahti. The College also organises preparatory education for immigrants wishing to enter vocational education.

North Karelia College provides folk high school education and preparatory vocational education for immigrants (Valma) in Niittylahti.

Valma education is intended primarily for young people and adults who have completed comprehensive school and for immigrants who do not have an upper secondary level vocational qualification.

Further information: Vocational education and training

linkkiNorth Karelia Adult Education Centre:
North Karelia Adult Education CentreFinnish | English

linkkiNorth Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium:
Professional College's education calendarFinnish

linkkiNorth Karelia College:
Folk high school educationFinnish | English

linkkiNorth Karelia College:
Preparatory vocational education for immigrants (Valma)Finnish

Upper secondary school

There are several Finnish upper secondary schools and a Finnish upper secondary school for adults in Joensuu. You can apply to upper secondary schools through the joint application system. You can be admitted to an upper secondary school, if you have completed the basic education syllabus and your grade point average for theoretical subjects is good enough.

Joensuun Lyseo Upper Secondary School offers preparatory education for an upper secondary school in Joensuu. Preparatory education for upper secondary school is aimed at students who do not speak Finnish or Swedish. The purpose of preparatory education for upper secondary school is to improve the possibility for foreign students of being admitted to an upper secondary school and to help them succeed in their upper secondary school studies.

During preparatory education, students can complete some upper secondary school studies in advance, in addition to the preparatory education. A personal curriculum is prepared for each student. It takes one school year to complete the education, and you can apply for it through the additional application of the joint application system during the summer.

Education in upper secondary schools is in Finnish. Finnish as a second language education is organised for immigrants either as a separate group or in such a way that they participate in the same Finnish and literature courses as students whose mother tongue is Finnish. However, they will be evaluated according to the syllabus of Finnish as a second language, and they will receive remedial education either personally or in a small group. The objective is for immigrants to be able to progress through their upper secondary school studies according to their skills. A student should also achieve a level of competence in Finnish that allows him or her to study all subjects in an upper secondary school in a well-rounded manner and apply for further studies after graduation.

You can ask for more information on preparatory education for an upper secondary school from the city's education services. The contact information for upper secondary schools is available on the website of the city's education services.

Further information: Upper secondary school

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Upper secondary schoolsFinnish

Young people without a student place in education

Young people who do not have a student place in education, or a job, can receive support from outreach youth work. Outreach youth work helps young people under 29 years of age to find suitable services to support their studies, work and livelihood. Outreach youth workers help in coping with life situations and handling practical issues, such as taking care of official matters at an office. Youth workers provide personal guidance according to the young person's wishes.

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Guidance and support for young peopleFinnish

Higher education

At the Karelia University of Applied Sciences, you can complete a degree programme in six different fields, such as technology, business administration, culture, social services, health care and sport. A master's programme can be completed in the fields of technology, business administration, social services and health care. It is also possible to complete studies at the Open University of Applied Sciences.

At the Joensuu Campus of the University of Eastern Finland, you can complete both a master's degree and a doctorate. Adult education is also provided in Joensuu, and it is a place of scientific research.

Further information: Higher education

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Higher education and universitiesFinnish

linkkiKarelia University of Applied Sciences:
Karelia University of Applied SciencesFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiUniversity of Eastern Finland:
Joensuu CampusFinnish | English | Russian

Other study opportunities

At the Community College of the Joensuu Area, you can study computer science, music, physical education, dance, art, manual skills, cookery and first aid. You can also study various languages there, such as Finnish, Swedish, English, German, French, Russian, Spanish and Italian. Because the courses offered vary from one year to the next, you should check them from the college's online service.

Immigrants receive a discount on the price of certain courses. The discount is already included in the course price. Courses entitling to a discount are marked with the OPSET code.

At North Karelia Summer University, you can study Finnish. You can complete university level open university courses, vocational continuing education and courses on languages and culture. In the summer, it is possible to repeat upper secondary school studies at the Summer University. In addition, regular upper secondary school courses can also be completed at the summer upper secondary school of the Summer University.

Courses at the Summer University are subject to a charge for students.

Further information: Other study opportunities

linkkiCommunity College of the Joensuu Area:
Community College of the Joensuu AreaFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiNorth Karelia Summer University:
Education and trainingFinnish

linkkiCity of Joensuu:
Other education and training in JoensuuFinnish