Otava Folk High School

Why not study at Otava Folk High School?

Located in the heart of the Lakeland district of eastern Finland, Otava Folk High School has served students from near and afar for over a century. Folk high schools are learning institutions where one can broaden one's horizons, social insights as well as get more confidence in oneself. Learning is a lifelong process. Diversity is one of the areas where we draw many of our strengths:

Education for All

The education for all ideal is linked to our Nordic welfare state values. Everyone has in our society the right and opportunity to study and receive quality education. At Otava Folk High School adults can major in music (band) as well as enrol in a number of other courses. Our visual arts classes are especially popular in the summertime.


Otava Folk High School has developed throughout the years a comprehensive workshop programme. We organise monthly workshops with experts from a number of fields such as pedagogy, futures studies, media, multiculturalism and IT-technology. We form part of the eDelfoi programme. Innovative teaching methods are implemented at our workshops with the help of the Internet.

Phenomenon Based Teaching and Learning

Otava Folk High School is actively involved in phenomena based teaching and learning. This pedagogical tool aims to expand the student's knowledge outside of the classroom with real-life experiences.

Tenth Grade

Comprehensive school in Finland lasts from grades one to nine. Some of our tenth-graders may want to take a year off school by staying at school, raise their confidence, or get a clearer idea where their educational future lies. Others may attend to raise their grade-point average and thereby improve their chances of enrolling at an upper secondary or vocational school of their choice.

Online Comprehensive and Online Upper Secondary School for Adults

No matter how old you are, it is never too late to learn and complete a degree. Finishing your comprehensive or upper secondary school studies can be done at your time and from the comfort of your home. Some of our students live and work in foreign countries as well as on campus.

Comprehensive School Programme for Students with Immigrant Backgrounds

We are the only school in the Region of Mikkeli that offers a comprehensive school programme for students with immigrant backgrounds. Finnish culture and immigrant orientation courses form part of our school programme. We believe that education is an important bridge-builder between cultures.


Otava Folk High School is involved in a number of projects in pedagogy,  information and communications technology,  and social media with partners in Finland and abroad.