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Basic Education at the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki

The Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki offers basic education for 18 year-old or older adult immigrants. The aim of the basic education is to prepare students for further studies or enhance possibilities to find work. We follow the curriculum of the Finnish National Board of Education in our basic education.

Illiterate adult, apply for Basic Education and learn how to read and write!

How to apply

You can apply to basic education all year round. The education terms start in August or January. If we don’t have any new groups starting or all our groups are full, your application will be placed on a waiting list. In case a place becomes available, we will invite you to a test. There will be advertising in various places when we have places available.

We also accept students who wish to study subject studies (for example maths, Finnish, English). If you wish to study singular subject studies, please contact our office.

Fill out the online application form or print an application form and send it scanned by email to peruskoulu@helao.fi or post it to Töölöntullinkatu 8, 00250 Helsinki.


Note! All groups are full at the moment and we don’t accept new students. We’ll inform about next year and possible test dates later in Autumn.


  • Autumn: 12 Aug – 20 Dec 2019
  • Spring: 7 Jan – 29 May 2020

Contact Details

Basic Education at the Institute of Adult Education
Töölöntullinkatu 8, 00250 Helsinki
Tel +358 50 300 1817

The office is located next to the main building in Mannerheimintie 114, 00250 Helsinki.

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Katri Seppälä
Katri Seppälä
School Secretary +358 50 300 1817
Jyrki Sipilä
Jyrki Sipilä
Director +358 9 41 500 331
Hanna Nummenranta
Hanna Nummenranta
Anne Leinonen
Anne Leinonen
Pedagogical Vice Director +358 9 41 500 326
Pertti Pyhtilä
Pertti Pyhtilä
Study Counselor +358 50 5587987


Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday

10-12 and 14-15.30 (Changes are possible.)

14.-18.10.2019 the office is closed!

Email: peruskoulu@helao.fi

Tel +359 50 300 1817

Address: Mannerheimintie 114, 00250 Helsinki

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