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2008 students apply for admission in Turku varsity's Int´l degree programmes

Published : 24 Jan 2020, 01:57

Updated : 30 Jan 2020, 12:24

  DF Report

Press Release Photo by University of Turku.

The University of Turku received a record number of 2,008 applications for the international degree programmes from over a hundred countries this year.

The application round to of the University ended on 22 Wednesday, said an official press release.

The number of applicants in the international degree programmes was 1,376 in last year and he number of applicants increased by 52 percent  this year.

In the joint application round for the international degree programmes, the applicants could apply to a maximum of three programmes at the University of Turku, and there were altogether 1,743 individual applicants, which is a 52-percent increase from the 1,146 applicants in 2019.

As before, the University received applications from over a hundred different countries. 76 percent of the applicants came from outside EU and EEA. The University had most applicants from Pakistan (249), Bangladesh (125), India (110), Nigeria (109), Ghana (73), China (63), Iran (61) and Nepal (52). Most applications from within the EU and EEA countries came from Finland (307).

This year, there were 15 degree programmes open for application, which is two more than last year. The most popular programmes were Global Innovation Management, Information and Communication Technology, and Biomedical Sciences which received 848 applications.  The same programmes have been among the most popular ones for the last three years.

An exception to the application round are the Information and Communication Technology Bachelor’s degree programme organised together with the Fudan University in China and the Software Engineering Master’s degree programme in Namibia, in which the application is open until mid-May. The applicants to these programmes are not included in the numbers mentioned above.

According to the Head of Admission Services Mari Kähkönen, this year’s application round was significantly shorter than previously when the application lasted for two months. This year, however, the application was open only for two weeks due to changes in the national application system.

“We noticed already earlier that most applications are left during the first and last few days of the application period. Now during the shorter round, there were no “quiet” days and we still received more applicants,” she added.