espoo international school admission

Last Updated on January 22, 2022

Espoo International School is a private school for students aged 3 to 19 years. At ESP, we aspire to offer a school environment where personal development, citizenship and global awareness are fostered through a student-centred approach. This attachment-based philosophy has been shown to predict educational success. We stand for a family-like atmosphere in the school, where children and youth enjoy their time.

Espoo International School

Espoo International School is a joint comprehensive school operating in Opinmäki campus and Kivimies campus. EIS constitutes a uniform, international English-language comprehensive school with approximately 700 pupils in grades 1–9.

Our school

Espoo International School offers international education in the English language for international and Finnish families living in Espoo. Furthermore, we provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and linguistic abilities to go on to further education in English, either through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), to Finnish upper secondary schools, or elsewhere. 

At EIS, we follow the renowned Finnish National Curriculum in all grades. Furthermore, Espoo International is an International Baccalaureate (IB) authorized school. EIS offers the Middle Years Program (MYP)(extrernal link) within a three year period to grade 7-9 students in addition to National Core Curriculum. 

Information about student life and student wellbeing can be found here(extrernal link).

The school building of Opinmäki.
Photo: Taru Turpeinen

School Year 2021-2022

Autumn term begins on 11th of August 2021 and ends on 22nd of December 2021. 

  • Autumn holiday: 18th October 2021 – 22nd October 2021 
  • Christmas holiday: 23rd of December 2021 – 9th January 2022 

Spring term begins on 10th January 2022 and ends on Saturday 4th of June 2022. 

  • Winter holiday: 21st February 2022 – 25th February 2022 

Admissions for 2022-2023 school year: please see more information on Espoo City website(extrernal link). 

Downloadable files

  • Download file: Espoo International School Student Handbook 2021-2022 (in English).pdf.Espoo International School Student Handbook 2021-2022 (in English).pdf

Basic Education (grades 1-9)

EIS offers basic education for pupils in grades 1-9. The education follows the Finnish National Core curriculum, The municipal curriculum of Espoo and Espoo International School curriculum 2016. The main language of instruction is English and is meant for children whose mother tongue is English, who speak the language fluently due to an international background or who otherwise have obtained an adequate command of English.

Middle Years Education (grades 7-9)

EIS is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) authorized school. We offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) within a three-year period to grade 7-9 pupils. Furthermore, EIS provides pupils with the knowledge, skills and linguistic abilities required for further education in English. For more information, see MYP at EIS(extrernal link) . 

Information about student life at EIS can be found at EIS for Student and Parents(extrernal link)

Language studies

At EIS all students must study Finnish and English language (English is A1-language, that starts from the 1st grade). From the 6th grade pupils start studying B1-language, Swedish. In addition to mandatory Finnish, English and Swedish studies, we offer elective/voluntary studies in Spanish or French (A2-language, starts in the 4th grade) and in German, Spanish and Russian language (B2-language: starts in the 8th grade). 

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