International Master’s Programmes admitted 1059 students

1059 students from 83 countries have been admitted to the international master’s programmes of the University of Helsinki. A record number of 4704 applications were received this year. The share of those admitted was 25.6 %.

A total of 1059 students have been admitted to the international master’s programmes beginning in autumn 2020. The number of admitted students increased by 28 % from last year.

“We have worked hard to make the University an attractive option to high-quality applicants by investing in the content and quality of the programmes, enhancing the application process, increasing the effectiveness of marketing and offering a good grant scheme,” says Sini Saarenheimo, head of the University of Helsinki's Admission Services.

“I am pleased to find that our efforts are now bearing fruit and that this year we had many highly qualified applicants. This meant that we were able to admit more students than ever before to our international master’s programmes.”

The University of Helsinki offers 35 International master’s programmes. In these programmes the language of instruction is English, but in many of them you can also complete studies in Finnish and/or Swedish.The most popular programmes this year were the Master’s Programme in Data Science and the Master’s Programme in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability.

Students from both Finland and other countries pursue studies in the international programmes. Of those admitted to the programmes beginning in autumn 2020, 37.4 % were from Finland. Alongside Finland, the highest number of admitted students came from China, USA and India. 

Grants to 26 students

To attract high-quality applicants, the University awards grants to students from non-EU and non-EEA countries so as to cover their tuition fees.

A total of 26 students of 16 different nationalities were awarded grants. The amount of an individual grant varies from €13,000 to €18,000.

Currently, the University of Helsinki is planning to begin the new academic year as planned in August 2020. However, the University will be following the recommendations and policies of the Finnish government, the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Further information

Information on the coronavirus to admitted students

Admission statistics