How to apply?

The first year High School students (born 2005 or 2004, studies beginning in 08/21) are selected through the national joint application, “yhteishaku”, and each applicant also takes The English School entrance exam on May 4th. The application must be done at and the application time is 22.2. – 22.3.2022.

Fill in “yhteisvalintalomake” at
All applicants take the English School entrance exam on Wednesday, May 4th. You will also receive an invitation letter to the exam.
Announcement of results and admittance begins on Thursday, June 16th. You will receive a letter that tells you the results.

Admission Criteria

Admission to The English School is based on your average of the study subjects in your final report card (minimum requirement: GPA 7,50) which will be added to your score in the entrance exam.

In the entrance exam we will give you a written test in English (max. 2,5 points) and Finnish or Finnish as a second language (max. 2,5 points). The lowest acceptable score on the entrance exam is 2,50.

Last year, the minimum number of points for acceptance was 12,17/15.

Please note that a basic command of the Finnish language is needed, and students need to be motivated to improve their Finnish. This is because several courses are studied in Finnish, and the students will take the Finnish Matriculation Examinations as their final examinations.

PLEASE NOTE! If you are interested in transferring to our school during the school year or applying to the second or third year of high school, please contact the High School Principal Seija Kiiskinen (

PLEASE NOTE! If the current Coronavirus situation persists so that it will be impossible to organise the entrance exams at the school in May, we will deploy an alternative method of assessment. We will inform all applicants and their guardians by email if this alternative method is used. The Entrance Exam and the possible alternative method of assessment will be assessed in the same way – the applicant is able to receive max. 2.5 points for English language and max. 2.5 points for Finnish language (AI or S2).

Admission from Abroad

Students applying from abroad also need to participate in the national joint application in order to have themselves listed on the official selection list. The application time is 22.2.-22.3.2022 and the form (at the moment only in Finnish or in Swedish) can be found at during the application time. The applicant also needs to send us his latest report card by the end April.

Each applicant also takes The English School entrance exam on Wednesday, May 4th. If you live overseas and will not be able to take the exam in Helsinki, the exam can be arranged abroad. Normally the school counselor or other school official in your present school would give this exam. Contact details for the person arranging the entrance exam abroad must be informed to us by the end of April. In the event that your school is unable to serve in this capacity, we suggest that you contact the Finnish Embassy consulate closest to you to arrange a test time, venue, and proctor.

More information:

Guidance Counselor Elli-Noora Suokas ( and High School Principal Seija Nyholm (

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