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Koulutus Vantaalla

Education in Vantaa

Day care

Vantaa has city-owned and private day-care centres. Private day-care is also supervised by the city. Day care in Finnish, Swedish, Russian and English is available in Vantaa. Day care also provides teaching in Finnish as a second language. Day care may also be organised as family day care and as group family day care.

Apply for a day-care position for your child at least four months prior to the beginning of the care period. You can apply for a city day-care position online or on a paper form. For the electronic application, you need personal online banking credentials or an electronic identity card. Paper forms are available at Vantaa Infos and day-care centres. Private day care positions are applied for directly from the day-care centre.

You can ask about day care and how to apply for a day-care place from the day-care centre director or by e-mail at varhaiskasvatus(at)vantaa.fi.

You normally apply for day-care positions from you own municipality. If your family lives near the border of Helsinki or Espoo, you can also apply for a day-care position from the neighbouring municipality. However, you should always submit the application to a location within your municipality. You can obtain more information from the Helsinginseutu.fi service.

Read more: Day care

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Private day careFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Private day careFinnish

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Applying for a day-care positionFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Electronic day-care application formFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiHelsinginseutu.fi:
Information about day care Finnish | Swedish | English

Pre-school education

Pre-school education (esiopetus) is provided in city-owned day-care centres, private day-care centres and in pre-school education units operating in school premises. In Vantaa, pre-school education is available in Finnish, Swedish and English.

You must apply for pre-school education. The application can be submitted electronically through the city’s website or on a paper form. The application period is in January, but you can also submit applications at other times if your family moves to Vantaa in the middle of the year, for example.

Preparatory education is available for immigrant children whose Finnish is not good enough for pre-school education. The preparatory education is intended for 6 year-old children with an immigrant background. It is organised in pre-school education groups. Children are guided to preparatory education in day care when they apply for pre-school education.

More information on pre-school education, how to apply to pre-school education, and preparatory education is available on the website of the City of Vantaa (Vantaan kaupunki). You can also request more information from day-care centres.

Read more: Pre-school education

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

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Information about preparatory educationFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Electronic application form for pre-school educationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Day-care centres that provide pre-school educationFinnish | English

Basic education

Vantaa has Finnish and Swedish comprehensive schools (peruskoulu). There is also an international school in Vantaa, where you can complete comprehensive school in English. More information about schools in Vantaa is available on the website of the City of Vantaa (Vantaan kaupunki).

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 Vantaa.

To read more, go to: Comprehensive education

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
School registrationsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Contact information for schoolsFinnish

linkkiVantaan kaupunki:
Afternoon activitiesFinnish | Swedish

Preparatory education for comprehensive school

If a child does not have good enough Finnish language skills to study at a Finnish-language comprehensive school, he or she can receive preparatory education (valmistava opetus). In preparatory education, children study Finnish and comprehensive school subjects. It usually lasts for one year.

If you have recently arrived in Finland and have school-age children, contact the regional coordinator (aluekoordinaattori) of your residential area. The regional coordinator will instruct and help you in arrangements and matters regarding your child’s schooling.

linkkiVantaan kaupunki:
Information about preparatory educationFinnish

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Regional coordinatorsFinnish

Comprehensive education for young immigrants

At the Vantaa Adult Education Centre (Vantaan aikuisopisto), 17–24 year-old immigrants living in Vantaa can obtain the comprehensive school leaving certificate. If you have not finished comprehensive school, you can also complete it at the Eira High School for Adults (Eiran aikuislukio).

linkkiVaantaan aikuisopisto:
Basic education for immigrantsFinnish

linkkiEira High School for Adults:
Basic education for adultsFinnish

Tenth grade

You can also apply for additional education in comprehensive education, or tenth grade (kymppiluokka), if you have received your comprehensive school leaving certificate during the same or previous year, but have not received an upper secondary-level study place. In tenth grade, you can improve your comprehensive school grades and make plans for further education.

Vantaa’s tenth grades are in East and West Vantaa at Varia units and Lumo Upper Secondary School (Lumon lukio).

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Tenth gradesFinnish | Swedish

Immigrants and comprehensive school

The comprehensive schools in Vantaa provide native language education in many languages. The schools also provide education in Finnish as a second language (suomi toisena kielenä) to students whose native language is something other than Finnish, Swedish or Sami and whose Finnish skills are not at a native level.

When you enrol for school, you can also enrol for native language education and education in your own religion. You can also enrol for the education by filling in a form that you can get from your school. Return the form to your school. Education in your own religion can be organised if there are at least three pupils or students in the group.

You can learn more about native language education and education in your own religion from the city’s website and from the regional coordinators (aluekoordinaattorit)

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Information about native language educationFinnish

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Learning your own religionFinnish

linkkiVantaan kaupunki:
Finnish as a second language in basic educationFinnish

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Regional coordinatorsFinnish

Vocational education

Vocational education in Vantaa is organised by Vantaa Vocational College Varia, MERCURIA Business College and the Vantaa unit of the TTS Työtehoseura association.

Education in English and vocational studies in Finnish aimed especially at immigrants are also organised at Varia.

Edupoli provides vocational education for adults.

Vantaa is also home to Finavia’s Avia College, which provides education for professions in the field of aviation.

Read more: Vocational education.

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Vocational educationFinnish | Swedish

linkkiVantaa Vocational College Varia:
Vocational educationFinnish | English

linkkiMERCURIA Business College:
Vocational educationFinnish | English

linkkiTTS association's Vantaa unit:
Vocational educationFinnish

Preparatory vocational education (VALMA)

Preparatory vocational education (ammatilliseen peruskoulutukseen valmentava koulutus) or VALMA is intended for persons who would like to take a degree programme leading to a vocational upper secondary qualification. VALMA education provides you with knowledge and skills that will help you later in your vocational studies. You can also improve your language skills and your comprehensive school grades.

In Vantaa, VALMA education is provided by Varia.

Read more on VALMA education on the Infopankki page Preparatory vocational education.

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Information on VALMA educationFinnish

Upper secondary school

Vantaa has five Finnish-language upper secondary schools and one where education is provided in Swedish. Apply for upper secondary school (lukio) in the joint application process. In all upper secondary schools, you can complete the studies that lead to the matriculation examination. In addition, various upper secondary schools have their own special study programmes.

Vantaa Upper Secondary School for Adults (Vantaan aikuislukio), Sotunki Distance Learning Centre (Sotungin etälukio) and upper secondary-level Steiner School (Steinerkoulun lukioaste). At the upper secondary school for adults, adults can complete the upper secondary school and the matriculation examination. You can study at the Sotunki Distance Learning Centre online. The contact information for the Vantaa upper secondary schools can be found on the website of the City of Vantaa.

Read more: Upper secondary school.

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Information about upper secondary school educationFinnish | Swedish

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Upper secondary schools and their websitesFinnish

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Upper secondary school for adultsFinnish

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Upper secondary school for distance learningFinnish

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Steiner upper secondary schoolFinnish

Preparatory education for upper secondary school (LUVA)

If you wish to strengthen your skills in the Finnish or Swedish language before applying to an upper secondary school, you can apply for preparatory education for upper secondary school (lukioon valmistava koulutus), which is intended for immigrants. The abbreviation LUVA is also used.

In Vantaa, LUVA education is provided by Lumon lukio (Lumo Upper Secondary School).

Read more on LUVA education on the Infopankki page Preparatory education for upper secondary school.

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Preparatory education for upper secondary schoolFinnish

Support and guidance for young people

Ohjaamo

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.

linkkiOhjaamo:
Support and guidance for young peopleFinnish | English

Guidance Centre Kipinä

If you are a Vantaa resident and under 29 years old and do not have a study place or a job, you can receive guidance and advice at the Kipinä support centre. Call and make an appointment in advance. You can also visit Kipinä without an appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 12 noon and 7 pm. More information is available on the Kipinä website.

Guidance Centre Kipinä
Hiekkaharjuntie 8 A, Tikkurila
tel. (09) 839 28360, 050 312 4372
ohjauskeskus(at)vantaa.fi

linkkiKipinä:
Guidance and support for young peopleFinnish | Swedish

Higher education

There are two universities of applied sciences (ammattikorkeakoulu) in Vantaa, Laurea and Metropolia. They provide education in many fields. For information on the study programmes and application, visit the websites of the institutes.

Open university (avoin yliopisto) units of the University of Helsinki also operate in Vantaa providing university-level and continuing education.

Read more: Higher education.

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Higher educationFinnish

linkkiLaurea:
University of applied sciencesFinnish | English

linkkiMetropolia:
University of applied sciencesFinnish | English

linkkiUniversity of Helsinki:
Open university educaition in VantaaFinnish | Swedish | English

Other study opportunities

At the Vantaa Adult Education Centre (Vantaan aikuisopisto), you can study, for example, languages, crafts and cooking, or take part in guided sports activities. The courses are subject to a fee, and are held during the daytime and in the evening. The adult education centre also holds courses for immigrants. More information is available on the website of the City of Vantaa.

Read more: Other study opportunities.

linkkiVantaa Adult Education Centre:
Study guideFinnish

linkkiVantaa Adult Education Centre:
Finnish and Swedish courses for immigrantsFinnish

linkkiEdupoli:
Adult education centreFinnish