Schools and Education


Oulu is the most popular student city in northern Finland. It is also the centre and innovative forerunner of new teaching philosophies.

First-class basic education

Every child living in Oulu has the right to first-class, diverse and free basic education near his or her home. School healthcare, school meals and study materials are free for all pupils in basic education.

After basic education, students can move on to the general upper secondary education institute or to the vocational upper secondary education and training institute.

Each child also has the right to attend preschool for one year in the year prior to starting basic education.

Read more: Preschool in Oulu
Read more: Basic Education in Oulu

Read more: Upper Secondary Education in Oulu
Read more: Vocational Education in Oulu

Superior university education

The University of Oulu has 15,000 students in eight faculties.

The Oulu University of Applied Sciences offers for its 9,000 students bachelor and master degree programme studies, professional specialisation studies, pedagogic studies at the School of Vocational Teacher Education, Open University studies as well as supplementary training. 

Read more: University Studies in Oulu

Adult, complementary and further education

Various educational institutes provide adult education. Learning and Research Services at the University of Oulu offers further education programmes. You can also attend university-level courses at the Oulu Open University and at the Summer University of Northern Ostrobothnia.

Read more: Adult Education in Oulu


Read more: Education in Finland and in Oulu


Sijainti kartalla: Schools

Contact information

Educational and cultural services

Street address
Oulu10, Torikatu 10a

Postal address
P.O. Box 17,
90015 Oulun kaupunki

Telephone number
+ 358 8 558 410 (operator)

E-mail address

Daycare and preschool

Comprehensive school

Oulu International School
IB Diploma Programme in Oulun Lyseon lukio

Child-friendly city Oulu

Information about studying