The Finnish education system
The Finnish education system consists of
- early childhood education and care
- pre-primary education
- basic education
- general upper secondary education
- vocational education
- higher education
- adult education
Compulsory schooling consists of one-year pre-primary education for 6-year-olds and nine-year basic education for children aged 7-16.
Post-compulsory education consists of three-year general and vocational upper secondary education and training. General upper secondary lead to matriculation examination and vocational to vocational qualification.
Higher education system in Finland
The Finnish higher education system comprises universities and universities of applied sciences. Universities engage both in education and research and have the right to award doctorates. Universities of applied sciences are multi-field institutions of professional higher education. Universities of applied sciences engage in applied research and development.
First and second cycle higher education studies are measured in credits. Study courses are quantified according to the work load required. One year of full-time study is