Study options for immigrants
Find the right training for you
On this page, we have compiled study options specifically aimed at immigrants. In addition to vocational qualifications, Keuda also offers other training where you can strengthen your Finnish language skills and study skills before your degree/qualification studies. Find out and apply through the webpages of the educational programmes!
Basic education for adults
The goal of basic education for adults is to complete the Finnish basic education curriculum. It is suitable for an applicant who meet one of the following requirements:
- is at least 17 years old or will turn 17 by the end of the year
- has no basic education certificate issued in the home country or in Finland
- has no general upper secondary school or vocational college certificate issued in the home country.
The language of instruction is Finnish. The applicants’ Finnish and English language skills and mathematics skills will be tested. The applicants will be accepted for studies based on tests and interviews.
Read more about the education (in Finnish):
Preparatory Education and Training Programme TUVA with an emphasis on Finnish as a second language
The goal of TUVA training is
- to give the student the skills to apply for a vocational upper secondary qualification or general upper secondary education
- to guide the preparation of the further study and work life plan
- to strengthen the student’s prerequisites for later completing a vocational upper secondary qualification or the curriculum of general upper secondary school and the matriculation exam to be taken at the end of it.
The language of instruction is Finnish. The applicants’ Finnish language skills will be tested. The applicants will be accepted for studies based on tests and interviews.
Startti suomen kieleen, koulutukseen ja työhön (A start to the Finnish language, education and work)
This folk high school education is a good start to the Finnish language, education and work. The training is suitable for immigrants who need to strengthen their Finnish language and communication skills as well as study and career guidance in order to transition to education or working life.
Read more about the education (in Finnish):
Education leading to a qualification
Vocational upper secondary qualification supported by Finnish as a Second Language and studies that support study skills
Keuda organizes a skills test for all basic qualification applicants whose native language is other than Finnish. If your language skills and prerequisites for your studies are sufficient, you can be accepted as a student for a vocational upper secondary qualification. Within the qualification studies, you can study Finnish as a second language (S2) and replace the points of the ‘Finnish as a mother tongue’ subject with it. S2 studies belong to the common units of the qualification (YTO in Finnish). You will have the opportunity to learn Finnish as part of your vocational studies.
Education leading to a qualification aimed at immigrants
In Keuda, there are some trainings specifically aimed at immigrants. In addition to vocational studies, they emphasize learning the Finnish language. One of the goals of the training is the development of study readiness and learning skills. Studying is functional and is based on practice. You will receive support for working life-oriented learning of the Finnish language throughout the training.
In these trainings, the language on instruction is Finnish, and your Finnish language skills must be sufficient to cope with the studies. Sufficiency of your Finnish language level will be determined in the skills assessment and the interview with the teacher.
Read more about the trainings on the webpages (in Finnish):
Training in English language
Keuda has two cleaning and property services training courses taught in English. In the first, two units of the vocational upper secondary qualification in the cleaning and real estate services industry will be completed, and in the second, the goal is to complete the further vocational qualification in the field of cleaning and property services.
In Keuda, you can also complete the team leader vocational degree in English. In addition, we offer our own English-language training for workplace instructors and orientation staff. All these trainings require that you have a job in the field. You can find more detailed information on each programme’s own page: