For studies?

Are you coming to Ostrobothnia to study, 

or are you already in Ostrobothnia and would like to study?

This section contains information about how and where you can study in Finland. 

What is the Finnish educational system like?

The Finnish educational system consists of four different stages: Primary education, secondary education, higher education and adult education.

For further information: 
Finnish National Board of Education 
Ministry of Education and Culture 

What can I study?

The portal by the Finnish National Board of Education and Ministry of Education and Culture provides information about studies. You can browse for study options and apply in the joint application system. 




Finnish National Agency for Education: Study in Finland

 

Where can I study?

The Studentum website provides information about universities, universities of applied sciences (polytechnics), vocational studies, special upper secondary schools, upper secondary schools, folk high schools, adult education, distance and e-learning, preparation courses, language courses and studying abroad. 


How can I finance my studies?

Studies may be funded in many different ways. The provision of financial support is dependent on the applicant's life situation. For example, an exchange student may not receive a study grant from Finland. Foreign citizens can get financial aid if they live in Finland permanently and if the residence is based on another reason than studies. 

For further information:
Infopankki
Kela

 

Do I need a study permit?

A study permit must be sought if the studies in Finland exceed three months. The Immigration Service website provides information on how to apply and the documents needed for the application. Study permits are not needed for citizens from EU-countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

 

How do I register?

Citizens of EU countries, Switzerland and Liechtenstein do not need a residence permit; nonetheless, they must register their right to reside at the Finnish immigration if the stay exceeds three months. Citizens from the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland) must register their place of residence at the local Register Office if the stay exceeds six months.

All periods of residence that exceed a year must be registered at the Local Register Offices.

For further information: 
Infopankki  

See also Apostille Certificate

Am I covered by the Finnish social security system?

Students who move to Finland exclusively for study reasons are not usually covered by the Finnish social security system.
 
For further information:
Infopankki



How do I apply for a place in a course?

General information about the application process:
www.studyinfinland.fi/

Application for vocational studies, universities of applied sciences (polytechnics) and universities:  
www.studyinfo.fi

How do I get my foreign degree recognized in Finland?

Recognition of qualifications is based on whether foreign qualifications provide sufficient preparation when applying for work or studies. The Board of Education considers foreign graduates in accordance with the official eligibility guidelines in Finland.

How do I find accommodation?

Housing advertisements can be found on the Internet and in newspapers.
 
General information about accommodation and renting

The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA)
Properties for students in the Vaasa region 
Properties in Vaasa 

Rental accommodation in Korsholm/Mustasaari: In Swedish or in Finnish
Korsholms Bostader
In Swedish
In Finnish

Rental accommodation in Vörå/Vöyri:
In Swedish
In Finnish

Properties in the K5 area:

Rental accommodation in Malax/Maalahti:
In Swedish
In Finnish

Rental accommodation in Närpes:
In Swedish
In Finnish

Rental accommodation in Kaskinen/Kaskö:
In Finnish 
In Swedish

Rental accommodation in Korsnäs:
In Swedish
In Finnish

Other sites providing information about accommodation:
Oikotie (in Finnish) 
Etuovi 
Vuokraovi 

What are the study opportunities in Ostrobothnia?

Ostrobothnia has eight different colleges and universities. Every year numerous exchange students and international degree students arrive in Ostrobothnia.

The Vaasa region

Vaasa 

In proportion to its population, Vaasa is the biggest university city in Finland. There are 12 000 university students in Vaasa.  

For further information:
Opiskele Vaasassa (in Finnish and Swedish)  
Studentum (in Finnish)

Basic education in Vaasa
The comprehensiveschool education for adults (17-25) 

Secondary education in Vaasa  
Universities in Vaasa 
Vaasa Vocational institute - Vamia
Vocational College of Ostrobothnia - YA

General information for education:
Teaching and education
Language teaching at the free adult education centres
Social Courses at the Free Adult Education Centres
Information Technology at the Free Adult Education Centres

Korsholm/Mustasaari

 

Education in Korsholm/Mustasaari:
In Swedish

In Finnish

Vörå/Vöyri

 

Education in Vörå/Vöyri:
In Swedish
In Finnish


The K5 area (Närpes, Kaskinen/Kaskö, Malax/Maalahti, Korsnäs)

Education in Närpes:
Schools in Närpes:
In Swedish
In Finnish

Adult education in Närpes:
In Swedish
In Finnish

Education in Kaskinen/Kaskö:
Schools in Kaskinen/Kaskö:
In Finnish
In Swedish
Kaskinen/Kaskö adult education centre 
(in Finnish only)

Education in Malax/Maalahti:
Education and training in Malax:
In Swedish
In Finnish
Malax adult education centre:
In Swedish
In Finnish

Education in Korsnäs:
Education and training in Korsnäs:
In Swedish
In Finnish