Our area offers high-level expertise on every level of education

Our educational system offers equal opportunities for education for all. Our area has high-level competence at all levels of eduacation. After comprehensive school, it's possible to choose your own path either in secondary or higher education studies according to your own interests. 

In educational institutions in our region, you can study for a profession or acquire additional training in vocational schools, universities of applied sciences or universities, for example.

Luleå University of Technology

Luleå University of Technology was established in 1971 and celebrated its 50th birthday in 2021. Nowadays it has 17,200 students today and 1700 staff members. With nearly 70 different research subjects and four campuses, the University has grown into a major player to meet  challenges in modern society.

University of Oulu

The University of Oulu is an international science university which creates new knowledge, well-being and innovations for the future through research and education. The University of Oulu, founded in 1958, is one of the biggest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. It has 13.500 students, staff of 3.400 and 8 faculties.
University of Oulu

University of Umeå in Skellefteå

University of Umeå and Luleå University of Technology offer education in Campus Skellefteå. Umeå University has organized courses in Skellefteå for more than two decades, with educational programmes that admit students every year.
University of Umea/Skelleftea

Lapland University of Applied Sciences

Lapland University of Applied Sciences is the northernmost UAS in Finland and in the EU focusing on higher education and research, development and innovations. Lapland UAS has three Campuses: Rovaniemi, Kemi and Tornio. Lapland UAS educates professionals for working life. Established in 2014, it has 5.500 students.

Oulu University of Applied Sciences

Over 9 000 students, including over 350 international degree students, ensure that Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk) is a vital and innovative place to study. It offers three Bachelor's degree programmes and five Master's degree programmes taught entirely in English. You can also carry out studies in different fields at the Open University. If have you thought about becoming a qualified teacher, it's possible to get teacher education in English in Oulu.


Lappia Vocational Collage and Lappia-Eduacation Ltd offer practical training for young people, adults and the working life in Lapland.  It has 4500 students and about 340 employees. Lappias key services include continuing education and development services, career and recruitment services, license, qualification, and card training courses.


Educational Consortium OSAO (VET) is a leading educational community of vocational experts in Finland, providing work life skills and continuous learning. OSAO provides up-to-date education that is in line with needs of work life.


Brahe (VET) is a multidiscipline, vocational eduacation centre for young people and adults with over 100 degrees in Raahe and Ruukki. The average length of a training programme is three years, which gives students an initial vocational qualification and the skills to work in the employment of one’s choice. All education and training is given in Finnish.

Sverigefinska folkhögskolan

SwedishFinnish Folk High School offers unique and high-quality education with several years of experience.  Schools exotic, geographical location on the land border with Finland, but also close to Russia and Norway, is perceived by many as an exciting element. The school is a multicultural and creative meeting place where different traditions and personalities mix.