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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

The application period for basic education in English and bilingual education is now closed and aptitute test have been taken. The results were emailed to guardians on Monday 9 August 2021. 

Information on the results will not be provided by phone. Questions concerning the results and admission decisions will be answered by the school principal. See school contact information on the School search page.

The City of Helsinki schools do not take new pupils for English basic education and bilingual Finnish-English education in the autumn semester 2021. Information on the next admissions rounds will be updated on this page during November 2021. 


Does your child need a school place?

If your child does not yet have a school place, learn more about the available options in the broschure below:

Does your child need a school place? (PDF)


Enquire about a place in grades 7–9 in a few private schools

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. If you are interested in applying to one of these schools, contact the school principal directly.


For further information and enquiries about school options, please contact:


Education Division Customer Service / Service Guidance

Telephone: +358 9 310 44986 Mon–Fri 10 am–12 noon and 1–3 pm.

Eduguidance: Daycare & education guidance for international families

Eduguidance offers you customer service in Finnish and in English. You can also book a personal telephone appointment by email.
Email: eduguidance@hel.fi
Telephone: +358 9 310 33444 (Mondays and Wednesdays 14-17)



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