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How and when to apply to basic education in different languages

Here you can find the important dates and instructions on how to apply to basic education in English and bilingual education in different languages in Helsinki.


Admission for free places in grades 1–9


Application period

The application for basic education in English and bilingual education opens on Monday 17 May at 12.00 pm noon and closes on Friday 30 July at 12.00 pm noon. Applications received outside the application period will not be processed.

Submit your application either electroninally or by posting a paper application to the Education Division. If you are applying for a place for more than one child, fill out a separate form for each applicant.


How to apply

Submitting an electronic form

Applications should primarily be submitted by using the electronic form. The form closes on 30 July at 12 pm noon. Using the electronic form requires identification with online banking credentials or mobile identification. All guardians of the applicant must agree on sending the application, but the electronic identification is required from one guardian only. The identification serves as your signature on the form.

Fill in the electronic form here: Electronic enrolment form

Submitting a paper application 

If you cannot use the electronic form, fill in and print out the PDF application form below. Post the application form to: Kaksikielinen ja englanninkielinen opetus, Education Division, P.O. Box 51300, 00099 City of Helsinki. You can also bring the form in a closed envelope to the Education Division at Töysänkatu 2D, 00510 Helsinki. Write Kaksikielinen ja englanninkielinen opetus on top of the envelope. You can drop the envelope in our letterbox outside Töysänkatu 2D or hand it to the receptionists during the office hours 8.00–16.00. Please note: Do not send the PDF form via email!

PDF enrolment forms in different languages

Other points to consider about applying

You can apply to two different programmes and to all the schools offering the same programme with one application. If you want to apply to several schools, you should rank the schools in your order of preference. Schools offering the same programme use the same aptitude test, and the test score can be considered in the admissions to all schools that you wish to apply to.

If you are a Helsinki resident, you can apply for the aptitude test in August for grades 1 and 7 only if you have moved to Helsinki after December 2020. For an aptitude test for other grades (grades 2–6 and 8–9), anyone who is interested can enrol. An applicant who is not a Helsinki resident can also apply, but Helsinki residents are given priority in the admissions. An applicant must have an address in Helsinki no later than on the day of the aptitude test, so that they can be considered a Helsinki resident in the admission.


Aptitude test dates

  • Wed 4 August 2021: Basic education in English
  • Thu 5 August 2021: Bilingual education (Finnish-English, Finnish-Spanish, Finnish-Estonian, Finnish-Russian and Finnish-Chinese)

The aptitude test is arranged only for grades that have free places left. Please note that some schools and grades may not have any free places at all. More places may become available during the summer. Applicants will be notified at the end of the application period if the aptitude test will not be arranged. If the school and the grade that you apply for has available places, you will receive an invitation to the aptitude test on Monday 2 August at the latest. Detailed information about the time and place of the test will be included in the invitation.

There is no need to prepare for the aptitude test. The aptitude test measures the applicant's skills in the language(s) of instuction. (If you are applying to first grade in bilingual Finnish-English education, the aptitude test is taken in one language only. Please specify in the application form which language you wish to take the test in.) 

Results of the aptitude tests will be emailed to guardians on Monday 9 August 2021

Learn more about the aptitude test and admissions: Admission policies

Free places for grades 1–9


grade 1 grade 2 grade 3 grade 4 grade 5 grade 6 grade 7 grade 8 grade 9
Basic education in English
Ressu comprehensive school
10 1 0 0 0 1 9 8 2
Maunula primary school
4 1 7 2 1 0


Bilingual Finnish-English education
Töölö primary school
0 1 1 3 1 6


Kulosaari primary school
0 0 2 0 1 1


Vesala comprehensive school
1 0






Laajasalo comprehensive school
2 1 0





Malmi comprehensive school
1 2 0 0




Bilingual Finnish-Spanish education
Käpylä comprehensive school
9 5 0 0 4 4 2

Bilingual Finnish-Chinese education
Meilahti primary school
20 18 19 20 19 18


Meilahti lower secondary school






2 2 2
Bilingual Finnish-Estonian education
Latokartano comprehensive school
8 0 13 2 2 2 0 1 0
Bilingual Finnish-Russian education
Myllypuro comprehensive school
15 20 22 22 19 14 10


Blue field: no places available or new pupils are no longer admitted to this grade


Other options for basic education in English and bilingual Finnish-English education in grades 7–9

In addition to Ressu Comprehensive School, the following lower secondary schools organise basic education in English and bilingual Finnish-English education for grades 7–9:

These schools are so-called partner schools that cooperate with the City of Helsinki, but do not take part in this admission round for free places. If you are interested in applying to one of these schools, contact the school principal directly to ask about the free places and admission policies.


For further information and enquiries, please contact:

Anni Holopainen, Education coordinator (City of Helsinki)
email: anni.holopainen@hel.fi
telephone: 09 310 27922

NB! Schools start their summer break on Monday 7 June and open again on Tuesday 10 August 2021. School staff is usually out of office from the last weeks of June to the end of July. If you have questions or need help with the application process, you can contact the Education Division’s customer service on  09 310 44986 or email your questions at eduguidance@hel.fi.



15.06.2021 11:29