Education for Immigrants

Integration training for young immigrants

The aim of integration training is that the student will reach functional basic language skills in Finnish. Integration training helps the immigrants to enter working life and get further education. TE Office guides the immigrant to integration training, which is implemented as labour market training, based on an initial assessment.

Vocational education

Vocational basic education is organized in vocational institutions and as apprenticeship education. The degrees can usually be applied for with a comprehensive school diploma, but there are also basic degrees that require an upper secondary school diploma. Studying in a vocational institution is very practical. The degree also includes training organized at the working place. Training at the working place is individualised and guided.

Preparatory education for vocational education and training for adults

  • This education is meant primarily for youth and adults who need individualised education paths to access education leading to a degree.
  • Immigrants or persons with an immigrant background who wish to participate in this education should have their Finnish language skills at level A2.2. on the scale of description for language levels.
  • This education is free of charge. The students get a free meal on school days. The students must pay the costs of transportation to school and back as well as textbooks. It is possible to get student allowance or labour market subsidy for the studies.
  • Apply directly to the vocational institution.

Vocational education for adult immigrants

Some vocational education tracks in Turku Vocational Institute Adult Education are aimed especially for students with immigrant backgrounds. For example, some bus driver education tracks are like this. In addition to vocational education, the education includes Finnish language teaching. Further information can be found on the website of Adult Education.

It is also possible to apply for any other adult educations that aims at a degree. Finnish language skills must be adequate as all teaching is given in Finnish.

General language qualifications

General language qualifications are language skill qualifications for adults. The qualifications measure language skills in practical situations in which some foreign language is being spoken, written, read, or listened to – either in Finland or abroad.

In order to get Finnish citizenship, one needs to have at least satisfactory spoken and written Finnish or Swedish language skills. One can get a language skill diploma by passing a general language qualification test. The diploma includes an evaluation on listening comprehension, speaking, reading comprehension, and writing skills. For citizenship application one must reach at least skill level 3 in two parts of the test.

Turku Vocational Institute adult education department organizes also training for the mid-level Finnish language test (5 nights altogether).


Luuppi is a joint education unit of the City of Turku’s Finnish and Swedish Adult Education Centres. This unit organizes education especially for immigrants. Luuppi offers Finnish and Swedish language education, but also the possibility to study and do arts and crafts, dance and exercise, culture and history, as well as information technology.

Teaching is conducted in plain Finnish or Swedish. All teachers can also speak English, and some can speak Russian. These languages are used as auxiliary languages when needed.

Upper secondary school

There are 10 daytime upper secondary schools in Turku and one upper secondary school for adults that organizes lessons mainly in the evenings. The evening upper secondary school (Evening High School, ‘Iltalukio’ in Finnish) also organizes teaching tailored for immigrants.

Most of the upper secondary schools in Turku function subordinate to the City of Turku. It is also possible to complete an upper secondary school in English by passing the International Baccalaureate (IB) degree in Turku Normal School upper secondary school or in Turku International School upper secondary school.

Higher education

In Turku it is possible to complete higher education studies in various fields. Turku has Turku University, the Swedish speaking Åbo Akademi University, and four universities of applied sciences, one of which is Swedish speaking. Almost all higher education institutions offer education also in English. Instructions for applying and information about training programmes can be found from the websites of the respective institutions.

Other possibilities for studying

There are many studying possibilities in Turku that are open for everyone. These studies are usually subject to a charge. It is possible to complete higher education studies in Open University and Open University of Applied Sciences. Additional information about open education in Turku can be found on and websites.