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Degree programmes taught in English at UEF attracted a record number of applicants  

The application period to the degree programmes taught in English at the University of Eastern Finland closed on Wednesday, 19 January 2022. The university’s more than 20 Master’s degree programmes and two Bachelor’s degree programmes attracted a total of 2,825 applicants from all over the world. The number of applicants from Finland was 236 (8,3 percent), from other EU/EEA countries 109 (3,9 percent), and from countries outside the EU/EEA 2480 (87,8 percent).    

“The growth in the popularity of our degree programmes taught in English is the result of long-term development. The programmes are competitive, thanks to investments made in their quality, as well as systematic marketing efforts. I’m also pleased to see that our new English-language Bachelor’s degree programmes have attracted a good number of applicants,” Academic Rector Tapio Määttä says. 

The popularity of the university’s Master’s degree programmes taught in English has witnessed significant growth. The total number of applicants for the university’s Master’s degree programmes taught in English was 2,536, which is 27% more than last year.   

The most popular programmes were the Master’s Degree Programme in International Business and Sales Management (384 applicants), the Master’s Degree Programme in Public Health (362 applicants), and the Master’s Degree Programme in Information Technology (348 applicants).  

This was also the first time the university’s first two Bachelor’s degree programmes taught in English, i.e., the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Social Sciences and the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development, were inviting applications. Both of the programmes attracted a good number of applicants from both Finland and abroad. The Social Sciences programme, which is offered online, attracted 213 applicants. 

“We have always believed that this programme will meet an existing need, and we were delighted to receive so many applications. The large number of applicants strengthens our idea that in Finland, there is a need for this kind of education offered in English, and the online mode of study also opens up opportunities for increasingly international education in social sciences, says Teppo Eskelinen, the coordinator of the programme. 
 
Marketing of the university’s degree programmes taught in English has been targeted especially at prospective students from outside the EU and EEA.  

The University of Eastern Finland is home to around 2,000 international students from approximately 100 different countries. 

For further information, please contact:  
Academic Rector Tapio Määttä, tel. +358 50 575 1589, tapio.maatta(at)uef.fi