Our School


Welcome to Oulu International School

Oulu International School (OIS) is an IB (International Baccalaureate)World School owned by the City of Oulu and exists to meet the educational needs of the international and internationally minded community in and around Oulu. As an authorised IB school, we offer the Primary Years  (PYP) and Middle Years  (MYP) programmes.

We started in Kasarmintie 4 in August 2001 under the administration of Myllytulli Primary and Secondary schools and opened our doors as an independent school in August 2002. The teaching staff is highly qualified and experienced and offers a wide range of expertise to support all areas of the curriculum through the first nine years of Basic Education. We currently number about 430 children and 37 teachers. Students are taught in age-based classes, supported by a team of auxiliary staff.

OIS Values

  • Joy of learning
  • Community
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

OIS Mission Statement 

 "Joy of learning in a diverse and caring community"

The aim of Oulu International School is to educate children to become interculturally minded, active and co-operative citizens, who have good learning skills and knowledge to contribute positively to society.

In practice, this means that we aim to:

  • provide students with skills they need to thrive in an increasingly interrelated, diverse and complex world
  • appreciate people of many languages and backgrounds
  • ensure that students receive the individual attention and support they need to succeed
  • encourage students to become creative problem-solvers and independent thinkers
  • create an active concern for a sustainable community and environment.

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

More information about the IB mission and strategy

Language Policy

OIS is a CLIL (Content & Language Integrated Learning) school, which means that students are learning content and language at the same time. The majority of our students are learning in a language which is not their mother tongue - English. According to our admissions policy, students should be able to cope with English tuition and express themselves in English.

At OIS, we are combining two requirements in language skills. We follow the National Core Curriculum and the IB guidelines and standards. Our students are aiming at Level B2.2 in the European Language Framework for English. Our students also have to be able to continue in secondary education either in Finnish or English. We are therefore aiming to educate students to be balanced bilinguals, who are highly proficient, literate and knowledgable in two or more languages.

Language of Instruction

  • The language of tuition is mainly English, except in other language lessons.
  • Teaching and assessment of languages is differentiated to allow for diversity in students' development.
  • All teachers are language teachers. We encourage students to use English by answering them in English and giving them the words they want to use.
  • When students have language difficulties that hinder them from learning subject knowledge, teachers may use the student's mother tongue.
  • In subjects which have technical vocabulary or differences in the way concepts are expressed, materials are provided in both languages.
  • Special Education is given in Finnish to Finnish students and in English to non-Finnish students, in order to help them understand concepts more clearly.