Kymenlaakso College - School of Happiness

Kymenlaakso College, internationally recognized as a Folk High School or Regional Civic College, is a distinguished institution for Liberal Arts Education. We specialize in Visual Arts, Finnish Language Studies and 
Community Learning Courses.

Our motto is Know yourself, Nosce te ipsum in Latin, emphasizing the importance of
self-discovery and personal growth.

Experience Serenity at Our Waterside Campuses

Immerse yourself in the serene landscapes of Kymenlaakso County at Kymenlaakson Opisto. Our two picturesque campuses in Southeast Finland offer unique educational experiences. Our Kouvola campus in the suburbs of Inkeroinen sits along the banks of the Kymi River, while our second campus is located at the enchanting Poitsila Manor House in Hamina, overlooking the Eastern Gulf of Finland.

Educational Philosophy and Courses

Our educational philosophy, rooted in the rich traditions of Folk High School, emphasizes Visual Arts and Finnish Language Courses. At Kouvola, delve into a range of art courses such as Visual Arts, Graphic Design, Game Art, Photography, and Cartoons and Illustration, all taught in Finnish. For those requiring flexibility, selected subjects are available through online and distance learning options.

In Hamina and Kouvola, our language centers offer Finnish courses for foreigners at various proficiency levels. These courses are ideal for immigrants integrating into Finnish society or individuals residing and working in the region.

Student Life and Opportunities

Each year, we guide over 200 full-time students, including young individuals preparing for higher education or careers in Visual Arts. Our courses, ranging from a term to a year, cater to both the youth and adults seeking to explore new interests or plan for the future. Course fees apply, and residents may be eligible for government-supported study grants. For enrollment details, course offerings, evening classes, or fee information, please contact us.

Embrace Lifelong Learning as a Community

Beyond formal education, our Community Learning Courses during the term are open to all ages. These courses cover a spectrum of interests, from pottery, woodwork, and language studies to yoga, weaving, music, and more. With about 1,800 annual participants, these classes promote community engagement and lifelong learning.

Unlock the Beauty of Finland with Your Next Summer Camp

Our campus in Kouvola transforms into an ideal summer camp location from late May to early August. Customize your camp experience to meet specific needs in the heart of the Finnish summer.

For more information on summer camp bookings, contact us at or call +358 50 771 8530 (press 1), Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 2 pm (GMT: +03:00).

Welcome to Finland, the land of joyous moments and happy people!

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Updated  16.11.2023. Disclaimer: Kymenlaakson Opisto reserves the right to change.

Panoraama: Inkeroinen, Kymijoki. Kari Kuukka 2022.

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