Double degree

Those studying for a double degree will simultaneously complete both a vocational degree and the matriculation examination. Students at the Lybecker Institute complete their upper secondary school courses at Raahen Lukio upper secondary school.

The timetable allows the double degree to be completed in three years, that is, simultaneously with the vocational qualification.

The students at our vocational schools study the following upper secondary school courses in their own group: Finnish or Finnish as a second language, English, basic course in mathematics and health education. The courses are included in the common subjects of the vocational degree.

Due to the digitalisation of matriculation examinations, students will need a laptop.

The group leader is Ms Saara Holappa, +358 40 173 3035.


You can apply directly for a double degree when you submit your application, but you can also apply later, at the latest during the first term by notifying Ms Saara Holappa, the group leader for double degree students.

If you have already completed part of the upper secondary curriculum, as a double degree student you can complement them later during your studies.

The story of a student who completed the double degree


Joona, architecture student

My name is Joona Oja, and I’m from Raahe, Finland. After having graduated from upper secondary school and having completed my military service, I applied to the University of Oulu to study architecture. I’ve been interested in creating art since the upper grades of comprehensive school, so I sent an application through the joint application system to study the profession of visual artisan at the Lybecker Institute.

However, I wanted to improve my chances for further education later, so I decided to get a double degree: a decision that I have never had to regret!

At first, it was quite hard work combining the vocational courses in visual arts with upper secondary school mathematics, English, Finnish and civics courses but, little by little, I got used to the rhythm and having double the number of courses actually felt better than if I had only studied vocational subjects. Doing things with my hands balanced intellectual subjects nicely, made everyday studying interesting and varied, and cycling from maths lessons to painting courses on crisp winter mornings kept my mind fresh, too.

Overlapping courses were, of course, inevitable, but you just have to prioritise your studies. Luckily, the teachers were very understanding and I was able to arrange my studies smoothly. Good communication of information – for which the student has main responsibility – is of paramount importance when studying for a double degree. Things run smoothly if you keep teachers posted in both schools.

Thanks to my double degree and vocational qualification of visual artisan, I was well positioned to apply to the university to study architecture. I had more basic points for the admission procedure and a more profound understanding of mathematics. The technical and artistic studies of architecture are, by and large, about combining working with your hands with reading, which I was already accustomed to. The courses in civics, Finnish and English have not been in vain either; on the contrary, they have been very useful in my further studies at university.

I warmly recommend double degrees to anyone who intends to continue studying further or who simply has the guts to challenge themselves and get more out of three years at school – you won’t regret it!