We wish you a warm welcome to YA! Vocational College of Ostrobothnia

Regardless of length, form and methods education and studies give unprecedented experiences and possibilities of growth. Learning something new is a journey towards unexplored territories. This journey may not always be easy but it is worth taking for the future. We offer a wide range of education and services for youth and adults as well as companies throughout our different units in Ostrobothnia. Our education is mainly given in Swedish.

In addition to education we can also offer you assistance with company development and further training of your staff. We are here for you so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

YA! Vocational College of Ostrobothnia was formed 1 of January 2009 as a result of a merger between three schools; Svenska yrkesinstitutet, Korsnäs Kurscenter and Vocana.

YA has about 250 employees and 2200 students. The Federation of Swedish Ostrobothnia for Education and Culture owns and maintains the school.

Contact us:

Telephone: +358 6 324 20 00 (switchboard)
Telephone: +358 6 324 2814 (International Department)

For questions concerning applications please dial the switchboard number and then ask for the student office.

You can read more about the Finnish education system on the webpages of the Finnish National Board of Education:

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Finnish Education - Equal opportunities for all

Finland's education success

We offer education in the following areas:

  • Technology and Communication
  • Natural Sciences
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services
  • Social Services, Health Care and Sports
  • Culture
  • Humanities and Pedagogy
  • Social Sciences, Business Economics and Administration
  • Labor Market Training:
  • Education for immigrants
  • Degree Supervisor Education

Our education is mainly given in Swedish.

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If you have not found accommodation in the city where you study you can inquire whether there are vacant rooms in our dormitory.

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Adult education

YA! Vocational College of Ostrobothnia offers a great variety of adult education, as well as services for organizations and companies.

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Most of the education arranged by YA can also be completed through apprenticeship.

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Combination studies

At YA! Vocational college of Ostrobothnia you are able to combine your vocational degree with upper secondary studies.

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Contacts with working life

A big part of the studies at YA! consists of so called on-the-job-learning.

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Degree programs

YA! Vocational college of Ostrobothnia offers a variety of different degree programs.

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Development activities

YA! Vocational college of Ostrobothnia conducts extensive educational development work which encompasses various projects.

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We give students insights into entrepreneurship. Within the majority of our fields of education courses in entrepreneurship are part of the studies.

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In-the-job-learning, abbreviated in Swedish to IA, is education of students in a workplace.

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Labor market training

Labor Market Training is arranged by the Employment and Economic Development Centre which can hire YA! to arrange the education.

PEP for immigrants

The aim of the project is to create routines and documents which facilitates the first steps of personal application (the application stage) for immigrants who wish to complete an independent degree.

Study and work abroad

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Study at YA!

We at YA! Vocational college of Ostrobothnia offer you a positive change in your life and your professional career.

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The vocational skills test

The vocational skills test is the name of the days when the students who attend the curriculum-based studies for a basic vocational degree demonstrate their vocational skills in work assignments. The vocational skills test.

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The Vocational Start program

Do you have difficulties deciding what to study?
Join our program The Vocational Start Program and discover what you are interested in!

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