Åbo Akademi University is an internationally acknowledged research university with an extensive responsibility for providing education in Swedish in Finland. The activities cover research and education in most disciplines from the humanities, pedagogics and theology to social sciences, natural sciences and technology.
The University of Turku is the second largest and most popular multidisciplinary university in Finland. The international University community includes nearly 25,000 students and staff members.
The University of Turku graduates are creative and innovative experts who are not content with ready-made solutions and thinking models. The high-quality, international education as well as the compact campus and cosy atmosphere are among the strongest reasons why students choose the University of Turku.
The goal of upper secondary school education is to give students wide-ranging all-round education. The upper secondary schools in Turku put emphasis on common responsibility for everyone and co-operation and interaction with the students' guardians.
Applying period for upper secondary schools and vocational institutions: Spring 2021
- application period: 23.2.–7.4.2021
- online applications must be saved by 15.00 on 7 April 2021 (www.studyinfo.fi)
- Toisen asteen hakuopas 2021 (pdf) in Finnish and Swedish
- Toisen asteen hakuopas 2021, mobiiliversio (p
In the national core curriculum the schools and education institutions are encouraged to co-operate actively with companies and communities as a part of schoolwork and studying. The aim is to use multiform learning environments to increase know-how.
The management of the schools and education institutions as well as the teaching and education personnel need to be aware of the statutes concerning marketing and sponsorship when they are representing their school or education institution in corporate or community co-operation.
Special support is given to students whose growth, development or learning goals would otherwise not be fully met. The task of special support is to give the student comprehensive and systematic support so that the student can finish their compulsory education and get a foundation for postgraduate studies after comprehensive school. The student’s self-esteem, study motivation, and the possibilities to experience success and the joy of learning are strengthened. The student’s participation in and responsibility of studying is being supported.
Intensified support is given to students who need regular support in their learning and school attendance, or who need several forms of support at the same time. The support is based on the pedagogical assessment written in co-operation between the student, guardian and teachers. The forms of support, responsibilities and co-operations are marked in more detail in the learning plan which is also a work of co-operation. From the learning plan the guardian can get information to better support their child.
The following forms of support are used to support learning and school attendance at all levels of support – general, intensified and special support:
General support is part of the everyday school life. It does not require special examinations or decisions. A positive atmosphere in the classroom is an important part of general support. Functional interaction contributes to the learning of each student. The students’ needs for support are answered, for example, with:
The principle concerning compensation for personal possessions of students at Turku City schools is that everyone is responsible for the damage they cause for themselves.
Getting compensation requires a responsibility criterion. The Tort Liability Act is applied to compensated cases.
In an emergency situation call 112 and act according to instructions.
A school accident is a sudden incident that happens at school or on the way to school and causes an external bodily injury. Also injuries sustained during a study visit, field trip, camp, club activity or on the way directly to any such activities will be compensated, if the activities are part of the school’s action plan.
Students are expected to choose a public, safe route on their way to school. In order to get compensations the accident must be reported to a teacher or school nurse immediately.
A student has a right to get adequate support for growth and learning immediately when there is need. The support given to a student must be:
- planned with patience
- able to transform according to the student’s needs
The need for support may vary:
Education at Turku International School
Turku International School is an educational institution maintained by the City of Turku, with English as its teaching language. Turku International School offers primary (grades 1-6), secondary (grades 7-9) and upper secondary education. The first two of these conform to the Finnish National Core Curriculum. The upper secondary education is based on the IB Diploma Programme.
Get Kids Moving (Lapset liikkeelle)
- 6–12-year-olds get to test various sports free of charge
- Participating does not require registering
Sports Wonderland for Kids (Lasten liikunnan ihmemaa)
- Offers possibilities for 1–12-year-olds to play and frolic
- Free of charge
- Lasten liikunnan ihmemaa
- Meant for 13–19-year-olds
- Offers many kinds of possibilities for physical exercise around the c
Education Division / basic education swimming teachers give swimming lessons to the students of 1st, 3rd and 5th years in accordance with the plan approved by the Sports Committee. The swimming lessons of the 2nd, 4th and 6th year students have either been included in the schools’ own physical education curriculums or the responsibility is left for the parents.
The swimming lessons of years 7–10 have been entered in the schools’ own physical education curriculums, in which case the schools’ own physical education teachers are responsible for the lessons.
Break activity volunteers in primary schools
- Break activity volunteers are trained during autumns in co-operation with the Department of Teacher Education in Turku
- The target group is the students of the 5th and 6th years
- The aim is to promote exercise during breaks with a ‘peer instructor’ principle
- Contain equipment suitable for break activities
- In primary schools every class has their own break basket
- In secondary schools the equipment is school-specific
- The baskets should be restocked on a regula
The name SPIN was invented by students – it comes from the words ”sportin innoittamat” which means ‘inspired by sport’.
SPIN activities train secondary school students to become the physical education representatives of their own schools. SPIN activity was initiated by the Finnish School Sport Federation (KKL) in 2005.
Physical exercise guidance is organized by the physical education instructors of the Education Division in co-operation with the various administrative sections and education institutions of the city as well as with the operators of the third sector.
Physical exercise guidance supports the physical education and health education given during lessons. Guidance is planned in co-operation with the Student Sport Committees consisting of the schools' physical education representatives and physical education teachers.
Physical exercise at school consists of physical education lessons that are based on the physical education curriculum, lessons including physical activity as well as the physical activity during breaks, on the way to and from school, during club activities and activities organized by the physical exercise guidance at school.
- There are physical education lessons weekly throughout the school year in basic education
- In upper secondary education there are two compulsory physical education classes during the entire upper secondary school
Distance teaching is utilized in small group religion teaching and in the teaching of some languages in the comprehensive schools of Turku. This aims to decrease student transport, increase teaching in year groups instead of mixed groups, and to broaden the selection of optional languages.