The teaching of immigrants at Riihimäki Adult Upper Secondary School
Comprehensive school for immigrants
The school is intended for adults who don’t speak Finnish as their mother tongue. The teaching is at day time. Lessons are usually between 9am and 14pm from Monday to Thursday.
You can start the school, if you can read and write with the Latin alphabet. We’ll be testing whether you are able to start the comprehensive school and if you do, whether it will be at the elementary or the secondary stage of the studies. At the school you’ll be studying a lot of the Finnish language, but also some of English and the other subjects at the Finnish comprehensive school, in Finnish, for example maths and biology.
The school always starts at the end of August. To graduate from the elementary stage takes approximately one year and from the secondary stage usually two. When you have completed all the courses in secondary stage, you’ll get a Finnish comprehensive school certificate. Graduates with the final certificate will be able apply for the vocational education or the high school. The school is also suitable for those who have done comprehensive school studies and other studies in their home country, but who need better Finnish language skills in order to get a job, or a studying place in Finland.
”There are no unattainable heights, there are only too short wings”
Evening courses in Finnish
The courses are intended for both beginners and those with prior knowledge. Teaching takes place in the evenings and each course has lessons twice a week. If you are not studying the whole upper secondary school curriculum but only taking Finnish courses, you’ll have to pay a 70 euros studyfee per year. It allows you to study on all the courses during one study year.
Courses S2/11 – S2/15: basic level (A1 – A2)
Teaching starts with the basics of the Finnish language. You can start the studies in the autumn without any Finnish skills. You can also start later during the study year, if you already know some Finnish.
Courses S2/16 – S2/20: intermediate level (A2 – B1)
Intermediate level courses suit for those students who have studied at least one year of Finnish and are on the language level A2. On these courses you can study for example for the intermediate level National Certificates of Language Proficiency test (YKI test).
S2/1 – S2/7 Upper Secondary School courses
Those who wish to start the courses has to be at least on the language level B1. After studying all the courses it’s possible to participate Finnish as a second language matriculation exam.
Teachers and other staff