Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

When does the school year start and finish?

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

16 August 2021 – 24 May 2022. The school year contains 36 study weeks.

How does one apply to borgå folkakademi? 

The application period to our study programmes for the school year 2021-22 is open until 9.8.2021.
Dance and music opens its application periods from 1.1.2021.

When you apply, you will receive a notification that we have received your application. You will receive the official admission letter from March 2021.
Applicants are accepted in the order in which they have registered, so apply as soon as possible to secure your study place!

The application form is available here for animal care, dog consultant and svenska – International Swedish Course.
The application form is here for dance and here for music (both in Swedish and Finnish).

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 (36 study weeks):
animal care, dance, dog consultant, music, svenska – International Swedish Course and wooden boat building school in Kuggom.

4-5 months programme (16-20 study weeks):
wooden boat building school in Kuggom.

Does Borgå folkakademi have an entrance exam? 

Most of our study programs do not have entrance exams. Dance and music are the exception. We decide based on your application, experience and possible grades for at most programmes.  We assume the completion of secondary school. Many of our students are student graduates.

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

The music 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? 

Look here beneath “Accommodations and Costs”.

Can one receive study allowance? 

Our study programme entitles you to the State’s study allowance in 6th form college (form OT 1r). More information about study allowance can be found here.

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 also 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 three boarding premises – two 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.

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 programme. 
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.