1,552 international students applied to the University of Helsinki

Most of the applications were received from China, Russia and Bangladesh.

Alt-tekstin paikka Slightly over 1,550 applications were received for the university’s international programmes this year. It is hoped that the number of applications will increase in future so more resources will be assigned to recruiting international students.

– According to our strategy, the aim is that international students will make up 5% of all basic degree students and 15% of post-graduate students by 2009, says Rebekka Niskanen, director of applicant services.

Currently, the share of international students at the university is about 3%.

Students will be attracted by increasing the number of master’s degree programmes and strengthening marketing.

This year there were already five more programmes than in the previous year. Students can now apply for a total of 19 programmes.

– The Master’s degree programmes for natural sciences and biotechnology are very popular among applicants, and the Master’s degree programme in forestry, for instance, has established its position in a couple of years. Of the new programmes, the Master’s degree programme in cultural diversity was a positive surprise, Ms. Niskanen says.

This year the number of applications decreased by 350 from last year, which was due to a fall in the number of programmes available in English. It is no longer possible to apply for lower academic degree programmes without a sufficient command of Finnish or Swedish.

Text: Niina Viitanen
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

Translation: AAC Noodi Oy

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