A record number of applicants to the international Master’s Degree Programmes in spite of tuition fees

Submitted on Mon, 01/16/2017 - 15:56

A record number of applications was submitted to the University of Tampere’s international Master’s Degree Programmes. Altogether 1,111 applications were submitted to fourteen Master’s Degree Programmes. The number is sixty-six per cent higher than in the previous year. The increase is partly due to the fact that the University is offering more Master’s Programmes than last year. However, the numbers of applicants grew in almost every programme.

By the autumn term of 2017, all Finnish universities will introduce tuition fees charged from students who are not citizens of the EU or EEA countries. The expected effect of this reform was a decrease in the number of applicants even though the Finnish parliament has stipulated that the universities must offer a scholarship system that covers the tuition fees and some of the costs of living.

In the round of applications that just concluded, the University of Tampere was the only Finnish university to increase its numbers of applicants.

“The total number of applications we received was higher than ever but also a little bit better than in the previous years if we look at applicants per each degree programme,” says Leena Wilkman, Director of International Education Services at the University of Tampere.

The average number of applications per degree programme was 79.

The students were the most interested in the Master’s Degree Programme (MDP) in Leadership for Change, which received 238 applications. There were 219 applications to the Global Society Programmes and 218 applications to the MDP in Public and Global Health.

“All of the most popular Master’s Programmes address issues around globalisation and the transformation of societies,” Wilkman says.

“The University of Tampere has profiled itself as an educator of people who understand the world and change it, and the popularity of these programmes tells us that we have succeeded in this task” says Harri Melin, vice-rector for education.

Applications were submitted by 975 individual applicants; a number that is seventy-three per cent higher than in the previous year.

The biggest group of applicants came from Finland, about 210. From foreign countries, the largest numbers of applicants came from Nigeria, about 90; Pakistan, about 75; Ghana, about 70; Bangladesh about 50 and India, about 30. About 25 applicants each came from Nepal, Russia, China and Vietnam. About 68 per cent of the applicants are not citizens of the EU or EEA countries.

Students applied to the international Master’s Degree Programmes offered by Finnish Universities via the University Admissions Finland service. The deadline for applications was on 13 January. The application deadlines of Lappeenranta University of Technology, the University of Oulu and the University of Lapland will be later in January 2017.

University Admissions Finland (UAF)

The text was changed on 18 Jan 2017: the numbers of applicants grew in almost every programme. About 68 per cent of the applicants are not citizens of the EU or EEA countries.