Free Vocational Training in Finland.

VAMIA was founded 1.1.2017 when Vaasa Vocational Institute, Vaasa Adult Education Center and Vaasa Apprenticeship office merged into one organisation. Some of the educational departments have a history of over one hundred years.

VAMIA is run by the City of Vaasa and is a multidisciplinary vocational education organisation with approx. 5000 students per year (3000 fulltime). Vamia is offering vocational education to youth (16-19 years), to adults, to working life and to the industry. The programs offered are on EQF level 4 and specialist vocational qualifications on level 5. Vamia offers programs in Finnish, Swedish and English.

Almost 60 different vocational qualifications and over 40 study programs are offered within Vamia. The school has two campuses in Vaasa (Hansa campus and Sampo campus) and six fields of education: Energy services, Technology services, Wellfare services, Business services, Tourism services (hotel, restaurant/Catering, tourism, cleaning services) and General Education Services.


The Programs at Vamia Include:

  • Cook
  • Machinist
  • Mechanical Fitter
  • Plater Welder
  • Specialist Vocational Qualification in the Hotel & Catering Sector.
  • Waiter/Waitress.

General requirements at Vamia

  • You have the necessary qualifications for studying in the field and completing a degree
  • You have an educational need
  • You are motivated to study
  • You are suitable for the tasks in the field
  • You have sufficient health requirements for the chosen field
  • You have adequate language proficiency for the field

Specific requirements for English-language vocational qualification programs

  • They accept applicants of all nationalities into our English-language education qualification programs
  • You have to be at least 18 years of age when studies start. There is no upper age limit
  • You have at least qualification equivalent to Finnish basic Education of nine years
  • You will need scan or photo of your original certificates when you apply
  • Original certificates in English, Finnish or Swedish are accepted
  • Translated certificates in English, Finnish or Swedish need to be verified by public notary
  • You have successfully completed the English language proficiency test with at least the minimum score required by the school (see below)
  • You have enough funds for living expenses on your account to be presented for the immigration office for the resident permit. More information on Finnish Immigration Service website.
  • You have a valid passport or personal ID-card which is attached to the application

English language test

Every applicant needs to have either ONE of the following English test score submitted during applying. Please note that the test has to be valid at the time of applying.

  • Duolingo English Test (85 points minimum).

Vamia does not provide free vouchers for taking the Duolingo English test.

  • IELTS General or Academic Training English language test (5.5 band minimum).

On Duolingo test choose Vamia as your school and send results and save the file to attach to the application.

English language test cannot be waived.

We dont accept any other tests, diplomas or qualifications as proof of language skill.

Due to the high volume of emails regarding this matter, They are unable to respond to inquiries related to this.

Starting from application round in August 2024, They will only accept the Duolingo English Test as a language proficiency test.

Application Process 

  • Due to limited resources, They are limiting the number of applications to 500 per program.
  • Link to the application will be provided when the applying is open.
  • There is no fee for applying to Vamia
  • Application periods are organized twice a year
  • Next application period starts on 4th of December 2023 for the studies beginning in August 2024. In this application period it is only possible to apply to Cook and Waiter/Waitress programs.
  • Application periods for Mechanical fitter available on December 2024. Machinist December 2025 and Plater-welder December 2026.
  • You can only apply to the one of the English programs.
  • Fill out the application form accurately.
  • Upload all required documents while the application period is on.
  • You will be notified by email when the application has been received.
  • Based on the applications, the applicants who receive the highest scores (approximately 40-50) will be invited to Teams interviews.
  • The admission results will be announced approximately 1-2 month after the application period is closed. All applicants will be informed, whether they are selected or not.
  • An admission letter will be sent to the selected new students. The admission letter includes information about the health documents and how to apply for the resident permit.
  • Begin to apply for the residence permit immediately, in some countries applying can takes months!


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