News 26.01.2022

Record number of international students in January 2022 joint application

Finnish universities continue to attract a rising number of applicants. More than 24400 international students participated in the January 2022 joint application to higher education.
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Number of non-EU/EEA applicants rises sharply

Around 32700 applicants participated in the January 5-19 joint application to the bachelor’s and master’s programmes starting in autumn 2022.

There were altogether approximately 6000 study places available within about 320 study programmes, which is about 500 study places and 50 programmes more than on last year's joint application round. Two thirds of the study places available are offered by universities of applied sciences (UAS) and the remaining third by universities.

More than 24400 applicants were of non-Finnish nationality and a majority of these, 22500 applicants, came from outside the EU/EEA area. The number of non-EU/EEA applicants saw the sharpest rise, increasing by more than 11000 students compared to last year's application round.

The biggest nationalities in terms of number of international applicants were Nigeria, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. 

About 8000 applicants were Finnish nationals. Over a third of them applied to the University of the Arts programmes that were also included in the January joint application. The national joint application for degree programmes offered in Finnish and Swedish will be arranged later this spring.

The most popular fields by number of applicants this January were business, administration and law, information and communication technologies and health and welfare.

Admission results for joint application

During the next few months, higher education institutions inspect applications and organize entrance exams. The first results of the first joint application will be published starting from the end of January and the beginning of February. All results will be published on 3 June at the latest.

Accepted applicants will be automatically informed via e-mail.

Additional information for those who have applied is available on the Studyinfo website, and from the Admissions Services of the university/UAS they have applied to.

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

Some study programmes still open for admission

In case you missed the January joint application period, check the database for possible degree study options where application may still be ongoing. A number of English-taught degree programmes have separate applications whereby individual universities can accept applications outside the January joint application.

The overall total number of applicants for autumn 2022 study start will be known later, once the separate applications are also completed.

(Statistics source: EDUFI / Vipunen - Education Statistics Finland, 1/2022)