How do I apply?
There are different procedures depending on if you are applying from a Finnish comprehensive school OR from outside the Finnish system. Please consult the Admissions Policy for more detailed information on how to apply.
How do I submit all the additional documents required when applying from outside the Finnish comprehensive school system?
All the additional documents required (school report, personal statement, and appraisal form) should be returned to the school BY POST in a SINGLE ENVELOPE (the school’s appraisal form should be in a SEALED ENVELOPE in this package, as it is a confidential document written at your school). This package should arrive at Mattlidens gymnasium by the date of the entrance exam AT THE LATEST. We will not process applications which arrive after this date.
What if I am sick on the day of the entrance exam?
All applicants living in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Baltic countries, and Russia must participate in the entrance exams at Mattlidens gymnasium on the day that they are arranged. We do not allow for rescheduling should you fall ill or are otherwise unable to attend the entrance exam.
Does it matter which position I put Mattlidens on the common application?
Yes, the school/program you put as your first choice is the one which will be selected for you if you fulfill the entrance requirements and are in their top points. It is important to put the schools in the order of preference for you.
What if my mother tongue is something other than Swedish, Finnish, or English, thinking about the mother tongue test?
Applicants are given all three language tests and you can choose which one is the best for you in that particular moment. This doesn’t determine anything about the languages you will study in the IB. There is no opting out of this test if you have another mother tongue. Generally speaking, these candidates choose English.
Do I need to have a guardian living in Finland?
We highly recommend this.
How much is tuition?
There are no tuition fees. Students are responsible for buying their own books and other study supplies (e.g. laptop). Students also pay their IB final exam fees (for the May 2019 session, the fees were 650€).
I live abroad and cannot attend the entrance test. What do I do?
Please contact the DP coordinator for instructions on how to complete the entrance exams. All of our applicants are tested.
Is the IB hard?
The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging course which teaches you the knowledge and skills needed for university. Very often it involves a lot of independent projects, but then you can go in depth in areas that you are interested in.
Where do your graduates go once they’ve received their IB diploma?
Many of our graduates go to the UK to study. In recent years, the Netherlands has become a popular choice. That being said, the IB Diploma is also highly valued in Finnish universities and many of our graduates choose to continue their studies in Finland, as well. In addition, the IB diploma prepares our graduates in a wide variety of fields - from medicine to engineering to international business to studies in literature, even fashion design!