lyseon lukio high school – Rellu for short – has 135 years experience of
achieving results. Although there are as many ways of studying as the
there are students, there are three programmes of study: a high-quality
general high school programme, a European Studies programme and an IB
programme taught in English and culminating in the international
In Tampereen lyseon lukio high school, or Rellu to its students, you are not only in the city centre; you are also in a centre of learning. Because Rellu is big by Finnish standards, it has the chance to offer a wide range of courses in different subjects. Depending on your interests, you can also study courses independently or in other schools.
In Rellu we have a varied range of languages
• A-languages English, German, French, Spanish • B1-language Swedish • B2-languages French, German • B3-languages Spanish, French, German, Russia
as well as a wide-ranging selection of subjects in mathematics, the natural sciences and the humanities. Rellu’s friendship and cooperation schools are in France, Germany and in Spain. Through the European Studies and the IB programmes our school is part of the worldwide school network.
Taking advantage of the school’s strong connections with the academic world, Rellu students are the most active participants in the University of Tampere courses.
The European studies programme offers students an opportunity to emphasise social sciences and languages in their study plan. Research projects, visiting experts and study trips help students to form a view of Finnish society, international cooperation and the actions of the European Union. A work practice period is included to this programme. University studies which take place during the high school years help students to plan future studies and also lower the threshold for starting further studies.
The European Studies programme is for you, if you
- want to participate and influence the course of your studies - are interested in current affairs and you follow these in your own time - want to improve your communication skills - want to become familiar with other cultures - want to understand your surrounding society better.
European Studies programme coordinator Elina Oksanen elina.oksanen(a)tampere.fi
Tampereen lyseon lukio high school is a tertiary-level school offering a
general education. It not only prepares students for higher education,
but encourages them to play an active role in their own learning.
Key characteristics of general education include critical thinking,
creative problem solving, a continuous willingness to learn and a
flexibility to act and make decisions both independently and as part of a
group. A responsible, healthy, young person who is confident in their
abilities will be able to meet future challenges at a personal, national
and global level.
Our school educates young people to build a
cultural identity based not only on their own cultural values, but also
through an open dialogue with other cultures.
The IB programme (International Baccalaureate Diploma) is an
international English-speaking course, which is offered by over 3 500
schools in the world and 17 in Finland. Rellu is one of these. The IB
diploma offers a general eligibility for further studies at both Finnish
universities as well as abroad.
The actual IB programme
lasts two years. Before moving to the programme the students study one
year according to the Finnish curriculum, but mainly in English. During
the spring of the first year students select their IB subjects from the
- Group 1: Best language (Finnish A Literature or English A Language and Literature) - Group 2: Second best language (English A, Finnish A, Finnish B, French B or Spanish B) - Group 3: Individuals and societies (History, Economics or Psychology) - Group 4: Science (Biology, Physics or Chemistry) - Group 5: Mathematics - Group 6: Visual Arts or voluntary subjects (Art or a second subject from groups 2-4).
The following subject groups will be taught at the same time, which
means that a student can choose only one from each group to their IB
1. Economics / Visual Arts / Spanish B 2. Physics / Psychology / French B 3. Chemistry / History
of the all-round education Mathematics, the Finnish language and
English are compulsory subjects. There is also Theory of knowledge
studies as well as a CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) project, which
emphasises social activity. An Extended Essay is written in one of the
six subjects and the rest of the subjects chosen for the programme form
the basis for the baccalaureate exam.
IB Final exams are taken at
the end of the three year studies in May. The exam fee varies from year
to year, but is usually about 600€ - 700€.
IB mission statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Relatively few subjects are concentrated on during two years, which
allows intensive study of the subjects. Study groups and the teachers
remain the same, which is why studying is more focused than in the
general high school’s course-based programme. The study groups are
close-knit and it is easy to the teachers to follow and support the
student’s individual progress.
The essential aim of the IB
curriculum is to develop critical thinking. At the subject level this is
realised through written assignments in which questions and problems
arising from the topics studied are analysed in detail. At the same time
the student’s written skills are developed. This is why the IB
programme offers excellent readiness for further studies. This is also
seen in the students success in gaining places at both Finnish and
Who is IB study for?
The IB is for you, if you
- want academic challenges and are not afraid of hard work - have a persistent attitude and goal-oriented style of study - have good self-discipline and strong motivation.
The IB is certainly not the easiest course of high school study, but perhaps it is the most rewarding. So, if you think you’re up to it, seize the chance of a lifetime, and apply to RELLU’s IB programme!
Applying to the IB
The International Baccalaureate programme at the Tampereen lyseon lukio
is intended for the following groups of students (usually 16-19 years
old): Finnish comprehensive school graduates, children of Finnish
families that are moving back to Finland from abroad, and foreign
students who move to Finland with their families because of their
- Applying from Finland
If you want to apply to the IB programme of Tampereen lyseon lukio, please follow this procedure:
Complete the electronic application form (yhteishakulomake) in the 'Opintopolku' system. The electronic application service is available at the following address www.opintopolku.fi. Should you wish to have more information about General Applications prodedure, please see the Toisen asteen koulutusopas. Complete also the electronic subject selection form which can be found from our school's web page. If you apply from abroad please contact the school directly.
The minimum requirement for the GPA is 8.2 and for the entrance exam 3 points. Applicants
who have Tampereen lyseon lukio IB section as their first choice on the General
applications form will be notified about the admission result. The yearly
intake into the IB programme is approximately 50 students.
- Applying from abroad
The International Baccalaureate programme at the Tampereen lyseon
lukio is intended for the following groups of students (usually 16-19
years old): those who have to move to Finland because of their parents'
work; Finnish young people who have been studying abroad previously, but
are now returning to their home country, and Finnish comprehensive
school graduates. We do not enroll foreign students who would move to
Tampere without their parents.
We ask every applicant to explain in writing their reasons for applying to our school and a brief description of their educational background and interests in upper secondary school studies. The student should also send an Lyseon_lukio_IB_application_form_abroad.pdf (pdf)to
our IB Coordinator, together with student's most recent report card.
Explanatory comments about the grading system are also important. Also
send us course descriptions of the studies undertaken in your school,
especially if you are applying directly to IB proper.
Every applicant applying from abroad is required to
take an entrance exam in Mathematics and English. The exam can be arranged
either here in Tampere or in cooperation with the applicant's current school.