Upper Secondary Education

Lukio, Finland’s own brand of prep high school. It cannot be directly compared to a US high school or UK grammar school. Lukio prepares students for higher education studies. After a maximum of four years of study, lukio students sit for the matriculation examination. Performance on these tests is critical for university admission. At present, students can only take the matriculation examination in Finnish and Swedish.

Ammattikoulu is Finland’s name for vocational education and training, or trade school. In ammattikoulu students study towards three different levels of vocational qualification. Vocational schools have expanded their selection of training options from the more traditional fields of health and welfare, technology and service industry positions to include subjects like ICT, entrepreneurship and the natural sciences.

Local schools

South-Eastern University of Applied Sciences (Xamk) offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in English. LUT Kouvola is a centre of expertise for industrial management in two primary fields: technology and business innovations and railway logistics. At Kouvola Region Vocational College (KSAO), you can study for over 60 different vocational upper secondary, further vocational and specialist vocational qualifications. Vocational Training Centre Taitaja is the leading and most versatile vocational training centre in the area of Kymenlaakso. Kouvolan iltalukio (Evening School) offers education for adults without basic education or even without sufficient reading or writing skills.