High Quality Education in an Inspiring Environment

Upper secondary education in two languages

In Jakobstad, upper secondary school is taught in both Swedish and Finnish.

The Swedish education is provided by Jakobstads Gymnasium and the Finnish by Pietarsaaren lukio. Both upper secondary schools are located in the same historical building in the very center of town. There are sports programmes in both upper secondary schools, which allows the students to combine sports and upper secondary school studies.

In addition, Jakobstads Gymnasium offers a visual arts programme and a music programme and Pietarsaaren lukio offers an aviation programme where students have the chance to pass a pilot’s certificate for ultralight aircrafts.

Jakobstads Gymnasium: website
Pietarsaaren lukio: website


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Optima – one of the best vocational schools in Finland

Optima organises vocational education for youths and adults. The education in Optima is given mostly in Swedish but the education for adults is given in both Swedish and Finnish.

In 2017, Optima in Jakobstad was once again chosen as the best vocational educator in Finland by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The vocational education offered by Optima:
• artisan (carpenter)
• artisan (interior decoration)
• automation assembler – electrician
• baker – confectioner
• electronics assembler
• vehicle mechanic
• builder – construction worker
• dressmaker
• chef
• beauty therapist
• youth and leisure instructor
• business and administration clerk
• plater – welder
• machinist
• plumber
• waiter/waitress
• animal attendant
• rural entrepreneur

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Campus Allegro - a dynamic center for university level students

Novia University of Applied Sciences, Centria University of Applied Sciences and Yrkesakademin i Österbotten are all located in Campus Allegro in the center of town, next to the market place.

There are over 700 students daily who come to Campus Allegro to study. Thanks to the cooperation between the organizations, students can choose courses from different units. 

Education offered in Swedish at Novia University of Applied Sciences:
• drama instructor (YH)
• musician (YH) / music educator (YH)
• baroque advancement (YH)
• fine arts (YH)
• graphic design (YH) / interior design
• photography (YH)

Education offered in Finnish or multiple languages at Centria University of Applied Sciences:
• business studies (YH) - global business, marketing, and tourism & event management, entrepreneurship
• international business (BBA) with an option to specialize in fur design and marketing

Education offered by Yrkesakademin i Österbotten:
• musician
• visual artisan

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High quality arts- and music education for children and youths

Through collaboration with the art- and music schools in Campus Allegro, the town of Jakobstad arranges high quality, bilingual arts- and music education for children and youths.

The arts school for children and youths in Jakobstad, Balatako, gives all interested children an opportunity to do creative, artistic work.

The Music Institute of the Jakobstad Region offers opportunities for anyone who wants to learn how to sing or play an instrument.

Balatako: Homepage

The Music Institute of the Jakobstad Region: Homepage



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Jakobstads svenska arbetarinstitut and Pietarsaaren suomenkielinen työväenopisto

Both Jakobstads svenska arbetarinstitut and Pietarsaaren suomenkielinen työväenopisto offer countless chances to learn different things and try different kinds of hobbies.

During the courses, one becomes acquainted with new people and learns new skills, for example languages and needlework.

Homepages: Jakobstads svenska arbetarinstitut

Homepages: Pietarsaaren suomenkielinen työväenopisto



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