The education system in Tampere

In Finland, education is the foundation of society. It is the source of innovation and well-being, encompassing all aspects of life. The education system is universal, equal and inclusive: it is mostly publicly funded and accessible to all.

The Finnish education model has gained global recognition as being the best model in the world, especially concerning 21st century skills. Teachers in Finland are highly educated, autonomous and respected, which is one of the main sources of excellence in the Finnish model. The teachers are professionals in modern pedagogical expertise, based on the latest research.

The education model is based on trust and professionalism, giving the teachers, principals and municipalities a high level of autonomy in executing everyday education. While the Ministry of Education oversees and guides the national curricula, each municipality and respectively each school have the freedom to implement in a locally unique way.

The Finnish education system in a nutshell, by Education Finland

Tampere is known as the heart of education, being the most popular city for students to study in. The Tampere region is comprised of several different municipalities, including Nokia, Ylöjärvi, Kangasala, Lempäälä and Pirkkala. Together the region offers a comprehensive selection of schools at all levels.


In early education and care, you will find a number of local and specialized centers across the region. All children under school-age have a subjective right to early childhood education and care (ECEC). The municipalities are responsible for arranging the ECEC services, for their quality and supervision. In the Tampere region, you will find early childhood education centers operating in different languages and different styles (e.g. Montessori).


Preschool and basic education is organized and mostly all maintained by the municipalities in the region. It is compulsory for all children. The Tampere region offers specialized basic education programs in different languages and with focuses on different fields.

HIGH SCHOOLS (General Upper Secondary Education)

There are a number of high schools in the Tampere region with a wide variety of different programs. In the region you will find a variety of specialized programs within the high schools:

  • International Baccalaureate
  • European studies
  • Performing arts
  • Mathematics and sciences
  • Sports
  • Music
  • Communications
  • Circus
  • Entrepreneurship
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Tampere Vocational College Tredu

Tampere Vocational College Tredu is a regional upper secondary level college in the second largest city region in Finland. The City of Tampere is the official education provider under which Tampere Vocational College Tredu operates.

Nowadays there are approximately 12 500 basic vocational qualification students, 1800 further qualification students, 1200 specialist qualification students. Around 500 students take part in preparatory training and yearly over 1700 persons are participating in other types of training arranged by Tredu with its 1000 staff members. This all makes Tredu the second largest vocational college in Finland.

Tredu provides education within several Basic Vocational Qualifications, Further Qualifications and Specialist Qualifications. Studies are mainly school-based but with a strong emphasis on working life experience. It is also possible for Tredu students to complete a major part of their studies in companies, either within school-based or apprenticeship training. Studies are provided in Finnish and English languages. Tredu also offers combination studies of two different vocational qualifications and a combination of vocational and upper secondary general studies with Finnish national matriculation examination. Tredu also offers development services and training for the working life.

Tampere Adult Education Center TAKK

Tampere Adult Education Centre TAKK is known as a modern and versatile provider of vocational education. For over 50 years, we have been training professionals of technology, construction, business, information services, and various service industries. TAKK is an expert on lifelong learning and advanced professional training services with a special focus on the labor market’s needs.

We are an experienced partner of the Finnish government and private sector, working with a variety of projects training professionals in various fields with the most recent skills in demand for the benefit of the society. We also work with global partners to provide quality solutions in vocational training for various needs and demands coming from the modern industries.

Varala Sports Institute

Varala is a leading sports education institute, a training centre and a versatile centre for sports, leisure and recreational activities. Varala, a pioneer in its field, was founded in 1909 and has evolved over the years from a small gymnastics centre for women to an active and diverse sport, leisure and education centre that is open to everybody.

Varala offers vocational training in the field of sports and well-being. The institute provides an official vocational degree in physical education, as well as certificates in coaching, sports management and health.

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Tampere University

Tampere University is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Almost all internationally recognised fields of study are represented at our university. We have more than 19 000 students enrolled.

Tampere University is created in January 2019 by the merger of the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology, which are joining forces to create a new foundation-based university.

At the new University, technology and social sciences come together in a unique way. Our research groups and projects conduct multidisciplinary research across institutional boundaries.

We are committed to integrating the latest research with our teaching, fostering high-quality pedagogical expertise and conducting development and innovation activities in close collaboration with industry and business. This commitment provides a strong foundation for our education. Our inspirational and international university community maintains close ties with the broader society and builds bridges between science and societally important phenomena.

Tampere University of Applied Sciences TAMK

The Tampere University of Applied Sciences is a part of the Tampere University community, offering Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree studies with a special focus on working life and RDI cooperation.

Our strengths are multidisciplinary education, creativity, and a strong international dimension. In our operations we place special emphasis on technology, well-being services, business administration, and culture.

TAMK offers globally unique programs to equip students with real life skills applicable to business and industries. For example, the Proakatemia program is a globally praised program for entrepreneurship, team work and leadership studies, boosting entrepreneurship and youth empowerment.

Additionally TAMK offers a variety of working life related training services to local and global partners to upgrade professional skills to the 21st century.