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- 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
- Scan or photo of your original certificates
- Original certificates in English, Finnish or Swedish are accepted
- Translated certificates in English, Finnish or Swedish need to be verified by public notary
- Certificate of the international English test Duolingo(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 either ONE of the following English test score submitted during applying.
- Duolingo English Test (85 points minimum).
- Vamia does not provide free vouchers for taking the Duolingo English test.
- IELTS General or Academic Training 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.
- English language test cannot be waived.
- We dont accept any other tests, diplomas or qualifications as proof of language skill.
- Due to the high volume of emails regarding this matter, we are unable to respond to inquiries related to this.
- Starting from application round in August 2024, we will only accept the Duolingo English Test as a language proficiency test.
- Due to limited resources, we are limiting the number of applications to 500 per program.
- Link to the application will be provided when the applying is open.
- There is no fee for applying to Vamia
- Application periods are organized twice a year
- Next application period starts on 4th of December 2023 for the studies beginning in August 2024. In this application period it is only possible to apply to Cook and Waiter/Waitress programs.
- Application periods for Mechanical fitter available on December 2024. Machinist December 2025 and Plater-welder December 2026.
- 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.