Sámi Education Institute

The purpose of the Sámi Education Institute is to provide education mainly for the needs of the Sámi Area, to maintain and develop Sámi culture and nature-based occupations, and to promote the production of educational material published in Sami. The Sámi Education Institute can also conduct research and provide services which support or are closely linked with the education, as well as offer services for payment. To fulfi all its purpose, the Sámi Education Institute provides vocational qualifications, further and continuing vocational education, as well as allround education. The Sámi Education Institute is owned by the state and founded through legislation. Education is provided in Finnish and in Sámi, while other languages can also be used. The Sámi Education Institute provides further and continuing vocational education also for adults.

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The departments of the Sámi Education Institute are located in the municipality of Inari, in the villages of Inari, Ivalo and Kaamanen. Furthermorethe institute has a co-ordinator in the municipality of Enontekiö. The administrative center is in Inari.

Education in vocational qualifications:
- in Natural and Environmental Protection, 120 credits (Toivoniemi)
- in Crafts and Design, 120 credits, Artisan (Inari)
- in Hotel and Restaurant Services, 120 credits (Ivalo)
- in Social and Health Care, 120 credits, Practical Nurse (Ivalo)
- in Business Information Technology, 120 credits, Datanom (Ivalo)
- in Business and Administration, 120 credits, Merkonom (Ivalo)
- in the Tourism Industry, 120 credits (Ivalo/Inari) 

Education in Sami Culture
- A variety of short courses in Sami (e.g. language and handicraft courses)

All-round Education:

- Communication Studies
- Studies in Northern Languages 

Preparatory courses for vocational examinations
- Further Qualification in Wilderness and Nature Guide
- Further Qualifications in Sami Craft
- Further Qualification in Reindeer Husbandre

More information is provided by
The Sámi Education Institute
Tel. +358 16 671 233
E-mail: kanslia@sogsakk.fi