News 23.01.2024

Record number of applicants in January 2024 joint application

On the joint application round arranged 3-17 January, a record number of prospective students submitted applications for English-taught bachelor’s and master’s programmes starting in autumn 2024.
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Majority of applicants non-EU/EEA citizens

This year’s application round attracted a total of 63000 applicants, bringing a 3% growth in comparison to last year. More than 53800 of the applicants were of non-Finnish nationality, about 80% of whom came from outside the EU/EEA area.

The top 10 nationality groups among non-Finnish applicants were Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ghana, India, Vietnam, Iran, and Cameroon.

The overall total number of applicants for autumn 2024 study start will be known later, once all the separate applications are also completed.

Nearly 1000 study places more than last year

There were altogether 8300 study places on offer in 412 study programmes, most of these being fully English-taught programmes. 

The most popular choices were study programmes in the fields of business, administration and law, and information and communication technologies (ICT).

A small number of Finnish and Swedish -taught programmes were also included in the January joint application - University of the Arts Helsinki programmes, and the theatre study programme at Tampere University. These programmes offered approximately 150 study places altogether, and attracted around 5400 applicants, mainly Finnish nationals. 

Student selection can be competitive

According to, the toughest competition for a study place (comparing the number of applicants to the number of offered to study places) takes place in Arts and culture (about 23 applicants/study place), services (about 19 applicants/study place) and social sciences (about 16 applicants/study place). 

The lowest number of applicants in comparison to study places is in engineering, manufacturing and construction (about 9 applicants/study place), as well as in humanities (about 11 applicants/study place).

Admission process – what happens next

The higher education institutions are currently reviewing applications and preparing for their student selection. They will publish the final results each according to their own schedule, but no later than May 31 – you can check the detailed timetable with the university or UAS you have applied to. See also the Admissions results advice on the site

Accepted applicants will automatically receive information about the selection via email. 

Good luck in the student selection process to all those who applied!

Some programmes still open for admission

A number of English-taught degree programmes have separate applications or rolling admissions, whereby individual universities can accept applications outside the January joint application. 

So, in case you missed the January joint application period, check the database for degree study programmes where application may still be ongoing.


(Statistics source: EDUFI / Vipunen - Education Statistics Finland, 1/2024)