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Some higher education institutions arrange their own supplementary application rounds if all study places are not filled in the autumn joint application. Supplementary application rounds take place between 27 November and 19 December 2017.

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Preparatory education for general upper secondary

Four adult upper secondary school students sitting at computers.

LUVA – short for preparatory studies for general upper secondary – for immigrants and other foreign-language students is meant for persons who do not yet have the sufficient preparedness for good command of Finnish or Swedish language and diverse study skills that general upper secondary requires. Preparatory education takes one academic year. The studies include:

  • Finnish or Swedish language studies
  • other language studies
  • mathematical and natural science studies
  • knowledge of society and culture
  • student counselling

During preparatory education it is also possible to do basic education studies or upper secondary courses. Completed credits for general upper secondary courses will be transferred when the student starts general upper secondary. In all the preparatory education the individual educational needs of every student are taken into account.

You can apply to preparatory education for general upper secondary if you fulfil the following requirements:

  • you have a basic education certificate or a certificate of a corresponding syllabus or otherwise have the corresponding knowledge and skills
  • you have studied Finnish or Swedish and have the sufficient language skills needed for mastering the preparatory education.

The education is conducted in Finnish. Your language proficiency is evaluated by the education institution where the preparatory education for general upper secondary is organised.


You can apply for preparatory education for general upper secondary on 24.5.-26.7.2016. The education is part of the same application as additional education for basic education and preparatory education for vocational basic education. This means that applying to all three is done with one form.

The application form is in Finnish.

After preparatory education for upper secondary you can apply to general upper secondary in joint application the following spring.

See how to apply (in Finnish)