Owing to shorter expat stays and difficulties in learning Finnish, many expats choose to send their children to international schools in Helsinki. The biggest advantage of these schools is that they allow students to continue studying a curriculum with which they’re familiar, often in their home language.
International schools can be difficult to get into, so parents should plan well in advance and contact the schools directly for a full list of entrance requirements.
Below is a list of some of Helsinki's best international schools.
International schools in Helsinki
Deutsche Schule Helsinki
Age: 5 to 18
Ecole Française Jules Verne
Age: 3 to 18
The English School
Age: 5 to 18
The International School of Helsinki
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Age: 4 to 18
Ressu Comprehensive School
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate (Finnish and English streams)
Age: 7 to 15
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