Kymenlaakso College - School of Happiness

Internationally known as Folk High School or Regional Civic College, Kymenlaakso College is a 
Liberal Arts Educator specializing in the arts of the visual field and Finnish language studies. 

The college motto is, ’Know yourself – Nosce te ipsum’ (Latin).


There is two campuses, both located in semi-rural parts of Kymenlaakso county in Southeast Finland. One in Inkeroinen on the banks of the Kymi River, and the other a charming Poitsila Manor House in Hamina by the Eastern Gulf of Finland, on the Baltic Sea. 

Education methods are based on the traditions and values of Folk High School. School specialise in Visual Arts subjects & Communication studies, Finnish language courses and Wellness courses. There is a wide range of art courses to choose from. Visual Arts, Visual Communication, XR & Game Design, Photography, Cartoons & Illustration, Digital Painting &  Concept Art, Unity Game Engine, and Social Media Communication. These courses are based at Inkeroinen campus and taught in Finnish only. Online and Distant Learning are available subject to status, on selected subjects.

Language centres are situated in Hamina and Kouvola, and offer Finnish for foreigners courses at many levels. These are suitable for example, as integration training for immigrants, or people who already live and work here. 

Kymenlaakson Opisto educates approximately 200 full-time students each year. Most of the students are young people who are preparing for entrance exams in higher education such as Universities, or wish to pursue a career in the Visual Art field. In addition to young students, many adults take courses to take a break from work or to look for something new for the future or retirement.

The duration of a course is either a term or a year long. The studies are subject to a course fee and residents may apply for a government-supported study grant.


Term-time day and evening classes are also available at Kymenlaakson Opisto as it offers Community Learning Courses to all ages. Participants are able to pursue things of individual interest or subjects in various short courses. For example pottery, woodwork, language studies, yoga and other exercises, weaving, cooking, music & art etc. These courses usually take place during term time only, once per week basis. Community Learning classes have approximately 2,000 participants each year. 

More information in English on student enrollments, courses, evening classes or fees – on request.


The Kymenlaakso College campus can be hired during the summer holidays, between May and  August. What ever your group’s specific camping needs my be, we can help you to achieve an unforgettable Finnish summer, with all it has to offer.

For more information and booking inquiries, please email or call +358 44 770 0091 (education coordinator) or office +358 50 771 8530.

A warm welcome to Finland, the land of the happiest of people.

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Panoraama: Inkeroinen, Kymijoki. Kari Kuukka 2022.

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