Basic education for immigrants

Basic education 28.1.2019

Obtain a basic education at Finnish comprehensive school level. After the basic education one often continues into vocational studies or straight to working life.

The basic education is divided into the introductory stage and the final stage:

The introductory phase
The objective of the basic education in the introductory phase is to ensure that you have the basic knowledge, skills and study skills to be able to perform the actual basic educations (final phase). This study includes the basics of the Finnish language, Finnish everyday language and Finnish grammar.
The introductory phase lasts until the student can move into the final phase studies. The introductory phase studies take 0 – 2 years.

The final phase
The final phase includes 46 courses of studies in the Finnish as a second language, English, mathematics, Swedish, physics, chemistry, history, social studies, biology, geography, health studies, life stance education, guidance and optional courses.

The final phase studies take 1,5 – 2 years. Student’s Finnish language proficiency is at level A2.1 at minimum.

Who can apply
Immigrants who are 17 years or older and who can read and write in Latin alphabet (ABC)

How to apply
You can apply to our basic education at any time. The applications form must be completed by 14.12.2018. The entrance test and interview is held on week 3. Each applicant receives an invitation by mail.
Spring term for new students begins on the 28th of January 2019.

Studying at EKO
•    A personal competence development plan is devised for each student.
•    Each student is provided with guidance and support during the studies.
•    Tuition and food are free of charge.
•    There is a possibility to live in a student residence for free.

Material costs are 50 € per a year.

Further information:
Head of basic education for immigrants Ella Saarinen puh. 044-721 4804,