Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for admission?

Fill in the application form on our OpenApply platform to begin the admissions process.

Do you have entrance exams and/or interviews?

We do not have entrance exams and an interview will be conducted when

  • the applicant is applying for a place in the upper school
  • the applicant has special needs
  • submitted documents need to be clarified

How do you place students?

There are several criteria considered when placing students. The alignment of the student’s previous system of education with that of ISH, the hemisphere in which the student previously attended school, the student’s ability to interact in an English-speaking environment, and the student’s previous grade placement are among the general points considered. In addition to these points, there are specific criteria for certain levels.

  • Students should be age four on or before 1 September to enter the Discovery program.
  • Students should be age five on or before 1 September to enter the Explorers program.
  • Students should be age six on or before 1 September to enter grade 1.

The school reserves the right to make all final decisions on student placement.  

I would like to visit the school, what do I do?

Please email our Admissions office to ISHadmissions@ishelsinki.fi to schedule a visit. During vacation times, please email the school office to mainoffice@ishelsinki.fi or call the school office tel. +358-9-6866160

What is your age cut-off date?

The cut-off date is 1 September each year e.g. Students should be age three on or before 1 September to enter the Discovery program.  

Do you accept students who do not speak any English? Or come from outside Finland?  

We do accept students who do not speak any English and also students from around the world. At the moment we have nearly 40 different nationalities. However, to be admitted to grade 9 and up students must demonstrate English language fluency at an intermediate level or above to be admitted. This may be determined by an EAL Admissions test.  

Do you have tuition fees?  

Yes, please see our Fee Schedule for more information.

Are you a boarding school?  

We do not have any accommodation facilities.  

Do you have a school uniform?  

No, we do not have a school uniform.  

Do you have a lunch program?  

Yes, we have a hot lunch program at ISH