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Oulu Vocational College is one of the biggest vocational colleges in Finland. The regional units of Oulu Vocational College are located in six municipalities in the Oulu region: Kempele, Liminka, Muhos, Oulu, Pudasjärvi and Taivalkoski.

The Finnish Education

We have one of the most advanced educational systems in the world, and as a result of our innovative mindset and investment in education, we are blessed with a high standard of living and quality of life. The Finnish educational system consist of:

  • one year of voluntary pre-primary education
  • nine years of primary education (comprehensive school)
  • upper secondary education, which consists of vocational and general education
  • higher education in universities and polytechnics.

Information about studying in Finland can be found from the website of CIMO (Center for International Mobilitity) »

Information about the Finnish education system from the site of Finnish National Board of Education »

Studying in OSAO

At the moment we offer education for vocational qualifications in Finnish only, except Vocational Qualification in International Business and Administration, where around half of the studies are taught in English. You are welcome to apply for a studying place in our college if you can speak Finnish well enough to be able to follow lessons in Finnish. You can find more information on the application procedure on www.opintopolku.fi.

We offer different kind of international opportunities to our students. The most popular way for our students to gain international experience is to have a work based learning period abroad. International on-the-job learning period improves not only professional but also cultural and language skills.

On-the-job learning periods are delivered in companies or sometimes in our partner colleges (e.g. in education restaurants) abroad.