What are summer high schools all about?

Summer high schools, taking place all through the summer, are intensive and informal alternatives for regular school education. You find these alternative schools in all parts of Finland, most of them located in beautiful unspoiled surroundings of folk high schools. If you go to a Finnish school, you should be able to include the courses you complete during summer high school to your degree (according to secondary school law §23). We encourage you to ask more about course compensation from your own school.

Summer high schools are usually full-time courses for 15 to 18 year old high school students. In addition to full room and board, a wide range of extracurricular activities together with excursions are included in the course package. Using learner-oriented methods, summer high schools offer a non-traditional approach to the learning process. Students are encouraged to take active part in the process and thus make the most of their study period.

Intensive study periods ranging from one to two weeks enable the student to:

  • revise and supplement basic high school courses
  • compensate high school courses included in the curriculum
  • explore new arts and crafts
  • try out new hobbies
  • gain personal experience of intercultural learning

To learn foreign languages, we may use role-plays, dramatisations, and conversations with students from different countries who are also there to participate in our courses. Professionals in different fields teach arts and crafts. We shall continue our interaction and exchange of ideas during free time: we will have excursions, discuss current topics such as moral philosophy or the uniting Europe. And, of course, we shall sit around the campfire, swim and enjoy the sauna and the Finnish summer.

The application period for summer high schools held in Finland close in May-June.

If you have any special subjects, hobbies or themes of interest in mind, please write us about them, so we can make you a personal recommendation for a summer high school.


Please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more!

Kesälukioseura (Summer High School Association)
Mariankatu 7 C 1
00170 Helsinki
tel. +358 (0)9 686 0770 (inquiries, office)
toimisto (at) kesalukioseura.fi