How to apply

Entry requirements

  • Nationality: all nationalities can apply to the programs.
  • Age: you are at least 18 years of age when studies start. There is no upper age limit.
  • Qualification equivalent to Finnish basic Education of nine years. You need verified copies of your certificates (translated into English, Finnish or Swedish).
  • Certificate of the international English test (see below).
  • Enough funds for living expenses on the applicant’s account to be presented for the immigration office for the resident permit. More information on Finnish Immigration Service website.
  • Good physical condition to study and work.
  • Valid passport which is attached to the application

English language test

  • Every applicant needs to have ONE of the following English test score submitted during applying. We dont accept any other tests, diplomas or qualifications as proof of language skill.
  • Mechanical fitter, Machinist or Plater-welder
    • Certificate of the international English test Duolingo (85 points minimum).
  • Cook and Waiter/Waitress
    • Certificate of the international English test Duolingo (85 points minimum).
    • IELTS English language test (5.5 band minimum).
  • On Duolingo test choose Vamia as your school and send results and save the file to attach to the application.

Application procedure

  • Link to the application will be provided when the applying is on.
  • Application periods are organized twice a year, in January and in August.
    • The next application period starts in August 2023 for the studies beginning in January 2024. In this application period it is only possible to apply to Cook and Waiter/Waitress programs.
  • The application period remains open until the quote of applicants is met.
  • You can only apply  to the one of the English programs.
  • Fill out the application form accurately.
  • Upload all required documents while the application period is on.
  • You will be notified by email when the application has been received.
  • The admission results will be announced approximately 1-2 month after the application period is closed. All applicants will be informed, whether they are selected or not.
  • An admission letter will be sent to the selected new students. The admission letter includes information about the health documents and how to apply for the resident permit.
  • Begin to apply for the residence permit immediately, in some countries applying can takes months!

Beginning of studies

  • Approximately 2 months before the studies begin, the new students will receive an e-mail about the start of the studies.
  • Visit a doctor in your home country to get the health documents that we require.
  • Before coming to Finland send the results of laboratory tests, X-ray of lungs [Thorax (please note that you should not send the X-ray photographs)] and Doctors’ statement T to School Nurse.
  • Arrive to Finland well in time before the studies begin.
  • The first week will include orientation studies and practical information about the school.
  • The school will provide the new students with appropriate uniform for kitchen and restaurant work /mechanical work.
  • For students in Restaurant and Catering Services the following test is obligatory and will be taken in Vaasa: Salmonella.