Welcome to Kuopion Kansalaisopisto – Kuopio Adult Education Centre!

We offer over two thousand courses each year where students can learn new skills or continue to study subjects that they enjoy. Anyone who wishes to come may sign up for our courses. We do not require tests to take our courses. Attendance is always voluntary.

We have courses for adults and also for children, teens, and seniors in many different subjects such as languages (including Finnish), handicrafts, art, music, cooking, computing, dance and exercise. We even offer some courses that children can take with their parents! Most of our courses meet for twelve sessions each semester. Our courses are offered year-round, and classes are held in the daytime, evening and even on the weekends.

There are over 150 different sites where we hold classes in the city of Kuopio and its surrounding towns.

Our main building, Puistokartano, is located downtown Kuopio (Puistokatu 20) and has modern classrooms and equipment. We have a fully equipped kitchen for our cooking courses, looms for our weaving courses, a gymnasium for our dance and exercise courses, large studios for our art classes, a language lab for our language courses and more.

Study in Kuopio Adult Education Centre

  • People, Environment and Society (Ihminen, ympäristö ja yhteiskunta)
  • Communication Skills, Drama and Literature (Ilmaisutaito ja kirjallisuus)
  • Languages (Kielet)
  • Visual Arts (Kuvataide)
  • Cooking and Home Economics (Kotitalous)
  • Handicrafts (Kädentaidot)
  • Children and Teens (Lapset ja nuoret) -> Värikäs Art School (Kuvataidekoulu Värikäs) and Taituri Handicraft School (Käsityökoulu Taituri)
  • Physical Exercise (Liikunta)
  • Music (Musiikki)
  • Dance (Tanssi)
  • Health and Wellbeing (Terveys ja hyvinvointi)
  • Information Technology (Tietotekniikka)
  • Events and Exhibitions (Tapahtumat ja näyttelyt)
  • Online courses (Verkkokurssit)
  • Public Lectures (Yleisöluennot)

You can register in our new online store. Online registration is only available in Finnish. However, Kansalaisopisto’s Customer Service can be contacted by phone and email in English. English can also be used at the customer service desk located on the first floor of the school in Puistokartano.

Registration video for courses at Kuopio Adult Education Centre

On this video you can orientate yourself with registration and cancellation for courses.

  • You can register for both autumn and spring courses at the same time.
  • If you need help finding the right course or course level, course planners can be contacted in English.
  • If the course is full, you can register to be put on a waiting list.
  • When registering by phone or at the school’s customer service desk, you can choose whether to pay for the course with a paper invoice or via an e-mail link.
  • Students must register for a course themselves; teachers cannot register students for a course.

More information about Registration and Cancellation in English here.

Opening Times of the Customer Service Desk