One preparatory year and two years of IB Diploma Programme.






At the Jyväskylän Lyseo Upper Secondary School, it is possible for you to complete a distinguished pre-university programme IB Diploma Programme, which provides international qualification for further studies.  In the IB, you are exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the humanities and the sciences. In addition to compulsory studies, Jyväskylän Lyseo offers IB courses especially for those interested in sciences, social studies or literature.  To study in the IB is to analyze, discuss and experiment. Teaching is based on inquiry and experimental work is at focus. IB Diploma Programme prepares well for further studies in higher education. Apart from the studies on mother tongue, language of teaching and instruction is English. IB students are a part of Lyseo student body and you will participate in school events and traditions with other Lyseo students. 


You apply to IB Diploma Programme through the joint application system (yhteishaku) at

In addition to the joint application form, please fill this form during the application period:…-

The foreign certificate submitted to the Gradia admission office must be officially translated into English. On the Studyinfo form, foreign young people must apply in a discretionary application (i.e. check the box for discretionary application)"


Entry requirements
Admission to Jyväskylän Lyseon lukio IB Diploma Programme is selective and applicants are expected to have a minimum grade point average for theoretical subjects of 8,0 from Finnish comprehensive school final report. For 2023 entry, the student admission is based on the grade point average for theoretical subjects.

Entrance exams
There are no entrance exams for the 2023 entry.

English proficiency
IB Diploma Programme is taught in English, therefore an adequate fluency in both written and spoken English is required. However, this doesn't mean that the student should have English as their first language or to the level of a first language.

Jyväskylän Lyseon lukio wants to ensure all students have sufficient support for their studies. All under-aged students are expected to have a guardian living in the Central Finland region. An exception can be made if the student is able to communicate in Finnish and can prove to have a strong support network in the region.


When you enter the Jyväskylän Lyseon lukio IB-section, you study one preparatory year and two years of IB Diploma Programme studies.  During the preparatory year, course selection follows the first year of Finnish upper-secondary education. The aim is to strengthen your skills needed to succesfully study in the IB Diploma Programme, including good written and spoken English.  
The students who have successfully completed the preparatory year studies are accepted to the Diploma Programme. In Diploma Programme, you study six subjects and core studies for two academic year concluding your studies in the IB Final Examinations. When you have succesfully completed the IB Final examinations and the other requirements, you are awarded with IB Diploma. The IB Diploma is recognized by universities worldwide.


In the IB, you will study two languages, the other usually being English Language and Literature and the other mother tongue (most often Finnish Literature), and Mathematics. In addition to them, you choose three other courses, of which one must be a science subject. Subjects offered in Jyväskylän Lyseo are Finnish B (Finnish as a foreign language with some language background) French ab initio (French for beginners), Biology, Chemistry, Environmental systems and socities, Physics, Economics, Global Politics, History, Psychology and Visual Arts. During the two years of IB Diploma Programme, you will also study core studies including studies on Theory of Knowledge, conduct an academic research and engage in CAS program which includes creativity, activity and service tasks.


All students of extended compulsory education are provided with a laptop and costs of text books and necessary equipment is covered. Free tuition, breakfast and lunch are also to those who have started their secondary studies before the extension of compulsory education.


IB Diploma graduates are eligible to Finnish and most foreign tertiary education institutions.


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