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General upper secondary education

Students at general upper secondary schools study a wide variety of subjects including their first language and foreign languages, mathematics and sciences, arts and social sciences, religion or ethics, health education, physical education, and crafts and art.

General upper secondary studies are divided into compulsory, specialized and applied courses. Students choose their courses themselves and progress in their studies according to their personal study plans.


Application to general upper secondary education is made with the comprehensive education final certificate or a corresponding certificate. The general upper secondary schools that specialize in one or more subjects also consider the applicants' grades in those subjects in addition to the grade point average. Schools can also apply entrance or applicability tests.

Available languages:

Finnish, Swedish

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