About us

Forssa Vocational Institute

We are a forerunner institution of vocational education in Finland.

Facts about Fai

  • 1200 students
  • 170 staff members

We provide vocational education and training in six different fields, preparing students for 18 different vocations (EQF level 4). For adults students we also provide further qualifications and specialist qualifications (EQF level 5), in the fields mentioned below.

We offer vocational education and training to both young and adult students in various forms, including regular daytime studies, blended learning, online teaching and apprenticeship training.

The scope of a vocational qualification is 180 ECTS. (approx. 2 to 3 years of studies)

Forssan ammatti-instituutti has received numerous acknowledgments for the quality of our education. The Vocational Education and Training Quality Award was granted to us in 2022.

Our values include customer orientation, individuality, learning, vocational skills and pride, social responsibility, sustainable development and teamwork.


FAI sends around 70 students and staff members abroad yearly. We have Erasmus+ Charter for the years 2022- 2027. We work closely with local companies in order to provide Erasmus trainees to them and to send company representatives abroad together with our staff. We also receive exchange students and staff members from other countries; during year 2021 we received more than 70 Erasmus guests to Forssa. Our school works in both KA102 mobility and KA2 Strategic partnership- projects.

For our exchange students we offer affordable accommodation in our recently renovated dormitories. We organize cultural visits, training places and offer 24/7 service for our guests.

We are looking forward to working with you!


Fai dormitory offers affordable and comfortable stay for incoming Erasmus students. Rooms are either double or single with own bathroom and mini kitchen. Each floor has two bigger kitchens for more advanced cooking. There is also a game room, laundry, sauna and gym.

Our dormitory has 46 places for students. In case the dormitory is full (yearly occupied from August to February), Hotel Maakunta offers rooms too. From this link you can see their alternatives. https://www.hotellimaakunta.fi/

International degree students

Applying for vocational upper secondary education and training (vocational qualifications) takes place through the joint application system for vocational education and training and upper secondary schools. Applications can be submitted via the internet at www.opintopolku.fi. or our website www.lhkk.fi.  For any entrance and aptitude tests, educational institutions send applicants an invitation by mail. For career guidance and preparation for vocational upper secondary education and training, educational institutions use their own application forms.


General admittance requirements

General admittance requirements and what you should know when applying;

  • The teaching language at our school is Finnish. We do not offer English programmes at the moment.
  • Fluent verbal and written knowledge of Finnish (applicants whose native language is not Finnish are required to take a language test online or in Finland)
  • If you currently have approved YKI- test result in Finnish language level 3, you do not have to make separate language test. More about YKI- test; https://www.oph.fi/en/national-certificates-language-proficiency-yki
  • International students need to cover their accommodation costs by themselves. You can ask rental apartments https://www.forssa-asunnot.fi/
  • In order to get student visa, you need to fulfil Finnish immigration rules https://migri.fi/en/studying-in-finland
  • health status needs to be suitable for the vocation

Contact us

Miia Ojala
coordinator of international affairs, Erasmus projects
+358 40 3474 075

Raija Salo
senior advisor, EU projects
+358 40 3474263

Part of Southwest Häme Educational Federation of Municipalities

The Forssa Vocational Institute is an educational institution run by the Southwest Häme Educational Federation of Municipalities. In addition, the municipal corporation includes Faktia Ltd, which offers business training and services, and Fokka Foundation, which focuses to support and speed up the employment of the local people.

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