Adult education is divided into formal education, vocational education and informal education.
Flexible study opportunities have been created for adult learners: distance learning and evening courses, external study and part-time study, as well as participation in various courses.
Formal education acquired within the adult education system allows adults to acquire basic and general secondary education at adult upper secondary schools through distance learning, evening courses or external study. Adult upper secondary schools are flexible in preparing individual curricula and adapt the study process to the needs of the students, allowing them to study single subjects, for example.
In addition to formal education, institutions of vocational education and higher education are providing increasingly more continuing education courses and retraining courses. These courses allow adults to acquire and improve their professional, occupational and specialty knowledge, skills and experience as well as to retrain themselves.
Training courses based on informal education allow students to develop their creativity, talents and social skills. Informal training is usually linked to people’s interests and hobbies. Although informal training is mainly provided by informal education centres, it is also available at many other training institutions.