Basic Education for Adult Immigrants
The basic education program is designed for adult immigrants who have not completed basic education in Finland or in their native country.
In the basic education program, adult immigrants may complete their studies and receive a basic education certificate. The certificate allows graduates to apply for upper secondary education, e.g. vocational studies. In order to receive the certificate, students have to complete all the courses included in the program.
In the beginning of the school year, students compose their personal study plans together with teachers. The content of the curriculum is based on the students´ previous studies, personal skills and knowledge, and other study related issues.
The basic education program consists of two stages: a primary stage and a secondary stage. If students are illiterate or have insufficient reading and writing skills, they will be assisted to complete literacy studies included in the primary stage. In the study program, students may complete also unfinished basic education, study singular subjects, or raise their grades for further studies.
Depending on the students’ previous studies and language skills, the studies will last from one to five years. The literacy stage takes one year whereas the primary and secondary stages take from one to two years each.
The basic education program includes contact teaching, distance learning, and independent work.