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After comprehensive education, application for secondary education may be made to an upper secondary school or vocational institute. The upper secondary school is a non-graded school (i.e. not divided into forms) providing general education in which study lasts two to four years.

The purpose of general upper secondary education is to give students an all-round education. The final examination taken in general upper secondary education institutes is the national matriculation examination. About 60% of Oulu pupils start in a general upper secondary education institute after completing basic education.

Upper secondary schools

The City of Oulu Department of Education runs ten general upper secondary schools for young people and one general upper secondary school  primarily for adults; classes at the adult institute are largely held in the evenings.

The state-owned Oulun normaalikoulun lukio and privately-owned Svenska Privatskolan i Uleåborg (for Swedish-speaking students) and Oulun steinerkoulu are also located in Oulu.

You can also complete general upper secondary education in English in Oulu by attending the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme of the Oulun Lyseo Upper Secondary School.

The contact details of all Oulu general upper secondary education institutes.


Online applications to all general upper secondary education institutes in Finland are submitted at every February-March.

Sijainti kartalla: Upper secondary schools