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Degree programmes taught in English at UEF attract a record-breaking number of applications

The Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English at the University of Eastern Finland attracted an impressive 10,730 applications for admission, growing exponentially from last year. More than 20 Master’s degree programmes and three Bachelor’s degree programmes were inviting applications for admission via the Finnish joint application system in a call closing yesterday, on 18 January 2023.  

“The popularity of our Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English is seeing significant growth, as the number of applications grew by 193% from last year. We are now reaping the fruits of our long-term and persistent efforts in marketing and programme development. The fact that all our programmes attracted more applications than before speaks volumes about our success,” Academic Rector Tapio Määttä says. 

According to Määttä, the University of Eastern Finland seeks to triple its number of international students by 2030. 

The number of individual applicants to the university’s programmes was 8,221, also showing an impressive 192% increase from last year (2022), when the number of individual applicants was 2,819. Around 500 students will eventually be admitted to the programmes starting in autumn 2023.  

The university’s new business studies programme, the Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Marketing and Analytics, attracted the greatest number of individual applicants (1,176). The Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Information Technology, also available for application for the first time, was likewise among the most popular programmes (914 applicants). Both of these programmes respond to the global need for experts in IT and digital marketing.  

Other popular programmes were the Master’s Degree Programme in International Business and Sales Management (1,066 applicants), and the Master’s Degree Programme in Public Health (852).  

Most of the applications, more than 90%, were received from applicants outside Finland, with Nigeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh being the top countries. Currently, the University of Eastern Finland is home to around 2,000 international students from approximately 100 different countries.   

Marketing of the university’s degree programmes taught in English has been targeted especially at prospective students from outside the EU and EEA, and Finnish higher education institutions have also been collaborating on this front.  

Applicants and student intakes to degree programmes taught in English in 2023