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Applying to Stadin AO

Who can apply to study at Stadin AO?

Stadin AO, Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute offers a diverse range of different professional qualifications. You can choose your own path to more than 50 professions through vocational upper secondary qualifications, further vocational qualifications and specialist vocational qualifications and continuing vocational education.

On this page you will find information on how you can apply to study with us and what options there are for you to choose.

Joint application system

You can apply to Stadin AO, Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute as a student in the national joint application system in February-March for education starting in August. In the joint application system, you can apply for all programmes with one application form. You can find the application form and browse the vocational study options at

Continuous admission

Continuous admission enables flexible start of studies at Stadin AO, Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute all year round. The qualifications you are looking for and the starting dates for your studies vary.

Continuous admission is open to all applicants aiming to complete a vocational qualification or part of a qualification. If you have a previous vocational qualification or university degree, you can apply for a vocational qualification only in the continuous admission.

Admission for continuing groups

The admission for continuing groups is for you if you

  • want to complete your previously unfinished vocational upper secondary qualification
  • want to transfer to study at Stadin AO from another educational institution

Apprenticeship training

In order to participate apprenticeship training, you should have a self-acquired job. You can start an apprenticeship training at any time of the year.

We help you develop your skills – contact us to find you the best options:
telephone: 09 310 88431

VALMA training

VALMA training is preparatory training for studies towards a vocational qualification. There is a continuous admission for training.

You can apply to VALMA training from 23 February to 23 March 2021 at VALMA admission is intended primarily for applicants who will complete their basic education in the spring of 2021.

Those interested in our VALMA and other preparatory studies can also register as applicants at Stadin AO throughout the year at separately announced times. See the continuous admission page for more information.

Tenth grade

Tenth grade is also known as the voluntary additional year of basic education. The tenth grade is for a young person, who has completed comprehensive school in Helsinki, but wants to increase more than one grade for the basic education certificate. Applications and admission times can be found at

Strada training

Strada training is intended for young people who have completed preparatory studies for vocational education. There is a continuous admission for Strada training, and you apply directly to the educational institution.

Open studies

Open studies training can be started flexibly according to supply. Please note that open studies are short-term and part-time, so you may not be eligible for financial student benefits during your studies.

Youth workshops

There is a continuous admission for youth workshops directly, and you apply directly to the educational institution.

Basic education for adults

Basic education for adults is for Helsinki residents aged 17–29. You can complete previously unfinished comprehensive school studies as open studies and receive a Basic education for adults certificate.
You can start the education at any time. There is a continuous admission for basic education for adults, and you apply directly to the educational institution.

Preparatory education for basic education

Preparatory education is offered to young people who do not know enough Finnish or Swedish yet to be able to participate in a Finnish-language or Swedish-language study group. In preparatory education, the language and the subjects taught at school are studied according to the student’s skill level.

There is a continuous admission search for preparatory education.

Inquiries on applications and training

Stadin AO, Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute
Admissions Office
Address: Hattulantie 2 00550 Helsink

tel. 09 310 89318 (Mon-Fri 10-14)