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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 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 an entrance exam.

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. We do not accept paper applications at the moment due to the COVID19 -situation. Please fill out the online application as carefully as possible! If you need any help with the application you can contact us by email to peruskoulu@helao.fi or 050 300 1817. Please check the opening hours of the office here if you need help in person!

Terms and applying

We are trying to start two new groups, in the Introductory Phase and in the Final Phase, in November 2021. We are testing applicants in October. We will send invitations to the entrance exams in the order of applying. Please note our Finnish language requirements in the The Introductory Phase of Basic Education and in the The Final Phase of Basic Education.

If you want to attend the exam, please fill in an application!


  • Autumn: 9 Aug – 19 Dec 2021
  • Spring 10 Jan – 25 May 2022

Contact Details

Basic Education at the Institute of Adult Education

Runeberginkatu 22-24, 00100 Helsinki
Tel +358 50 300 1817

Email peruskoulu@helao.fi



Katri Seppälä
School Secretary +358 50 300 1817
Jyrki Sipilä
Director +358 9 41 500 331
Pertti Pyhtilä
Study Counselor +358 50 5587987


Basic Education office is open

Mon – Thur

10-12 and 14-15.30

You can also contact us by email and phone.

Between October 18th and 22nd the Office is closed but you can send us email.

Email: peruskoulu@helao.fi

Tel +358 50 300 1817

Address: Runeberginkatu 22-24, 00100 Helsinki


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