Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

When does the school year start and finish?

19 August 2019 – 26 May 2020. The school year contains 36 weeks.

17 August 2020 – 27 May 2021. The school year contains 36 weeks.

How does one apply to borgå folkakademi? 

The application period to our study programmes for the school year 2020-21 is open until 7.8.2020.

Applicants are dealt with immediately and if you are accepted you will be contacted at the latest within two weeks via email. Applicants will be dealt with in the order they registered interest, so apply as soon as possible to ensure your study place!

Application forms are here. You can also contact our school office via info@akan.fi or tel. +358 (0)19 5769500.

How long are the study courses?

9 months programme: Animal Welfare, Dance, Dog Consultant, Music, Svenska – International Swedish Course and Wooden Boat Building School in Kuggom.

4-5 months programme: Music and Wooden Boat Building School in Kuggom.

Does Borgå folkakademi have an entrance exam? 

No, we decide based on your application, experience and possible grades for nearly all our programmes.  We assume the completion of secondary school. Many of our students are student graduates.

The music programme has an entrance exam.  More information can be found here.

The dance programme has an entrance exam.  More information can be found here.

Do you have any age requirements? 

In Borgå folkakademi students are of different ages.

How much do the studies cost? 

Animal Welfare and Dog Consultant:

Study costs for boarding students are 430€/month if you share a double room.
Price for a single room is 490€/month.
Included in the fee are study fees, rent, breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee and supper.
For boarding students with a dog an extra term fee of 50€ is charged, i.e. total 100€ for a school year.
If you live at home (or rent your own lodgings) the fee is 290€/month. Included in the fee are study fees, lunch and afternoon coffee. Read about study allowance and housing allowance here (in Swedish).

There are no fees for 10+ Påbyggnad och Svenska – International Swedish Course.

Can one receive study allowance? 

Our study programme entitles you to the State’s study allowance in 6th form college (form OT 1r). You can also apply for housing allowance and a study loan. Forms are here (in Swedish) and in the school office. More information about study allowance can be found on FPA’s website www.kela.fi/web/en

Studies are also eligible for CSN, www.csn.se and Lånekassen, www.lanekassen.no in Sweden and Norway respectively.  In Denmark you can apply for financial study support from Folkehøjskolernes Forening, www.ffd.dk (in Danish).

How does one live as a boarder? 

The school has two boarding premises – one in the school grounds and one in the town’s district Vårberga, about 3 kms from the school. Boarding places in school are filled first but if there are higher numbers of students then Vårberga lodgings will be used. Our rooms are furnished. Normally two students will share a room. Where possible we will offer a single room, but for an extra fee. This is an exception.

Boarding accommodation attached to the school has different alternatives with double rooms and the use of a common kitchen and a TV room.  In Vårberga boarders live in normal apartments with two to three rooms, a communal kitchen and WC/shower. There is Wi-Fi.

Can finnish speakers study at Borgå folkakademi? 

Yes. We have had many students with Finnish as their mother tongue study with us!  Borgå folkakademi is a great way of getting another language “for free” while you study what you are interested in.

Can one bring one’s pet if one is a boarder?

A limited number of dogs are allowed for those studying on the Dog Consultant course.  Other pets may be considered in exceptional cases.
For more details contact Christina von Pfaler, christina.vonpfaler@akan.fi
 

NB! Students applying for the Dog Consultant course from Sweden, Norway or Denmark and are wondering whether to bring your dog with you: check out Finnish Food Authority’s website website and read what applies when importing animals to Finland.

Work experience weeks in school?

Work experience weeks are normally organised during spring at the beginning of April.

How does one get from Helsinki Airport to the school and Borgå?

Take a bus from Helsingfors-Vanda (HEL) airport to Helsingfors. You can find the timetable from: Matkahuolto
Write in From where: Helsingfors-Vanda airport To: Kampen/Kamppi, Helsingfors Departure: Choose the date.
Then you write in From where: Kampen/Kamppi, Helsingfors To: Borgå bus station Departure: Choose the date.

How does one get from Skatudden / Olympiastrand in Helsingfors to the school and Borgå?

When you arrive in Helsingfors with Viking Line or Silja Line take a local bus, taxi or walk to the bus terminal at Kampen/Kamppi.
A map from Viking Line’s terminal to Kampen is here. A map from Silja Line’s terminal to Kampen is here.

Then you take a bus from Kampen to Borgå. You can find timetables here: Matkahuolto
Write in From where: Kampen/Kamppi, Helsingfors To: Borgå bus station Departure: Choose the date.