Press release

Admission offered for over 5000 students to higher education institutions’ English-taught study programmes and studies in the University of the Arts

Current issues Higher education Student selection
Over 20000 applicants applied to degree programmes offered in the spring’s joint application, with 5043 (25 %) receiving an offer of admission. The selection in the joint application consisted of programmes offered in English as well as programmes offered by the University of the Arts. The number of study places offered to these programs doubled from last year, while the rate of acceptance remained unchanged.
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The most contested fields of study were arts and culture, with only 9 % of applicants being accepted, as well as agriculture and forestry, with an acceptance rate of 12 %. With 29 % of applicants accepted, the easiest field to gain admission to was education. 40 % of all the applicants admitted were accepted to a master’s degree level programme in universities and UASs. 

The acceptance rate to universities of applied sciences (UASs) was 60 % and 40 % when applying to universities. Most of the total applicants as well as the accepted population were Finnish residents. The next two most prominent nationalities within the accepted applicants were Vietnamese and Russian. About half of both the total number of applicants and the accepted applicants were from outside the EU/EEA-area.

The applicants were informed of the results of the joint application during the first week of June. The offer of admission must be accepted before the 17th of July, 15.00 EEST. Applicants can be admitted from waiting list until the 31st of July.

Higher education institutes can organize additional applications in order to fill study places left vacant in the joint application. Higher education institutes independently decide if they organize additional applications, and the programmes and instructions on how and when to apply can be seen from Studyinfo and the institutions’ own websites once the decisions have been made. These programmes can be applied to via Studyinfo.

Starting from 2020, the joint application to higher education has been divided into two separate joint applications. In the first joint application, one can apply to degree programmes offered in English as well as programmes offered by the University of the Arts starting in the autumn semester.  In the second joint application, one can apply to degree programmes offered in Finnish and Swedish.

Additional information:

Planning Specialist Risto Hanhinen, risto.hanhinen [at] oph.fi, ph. +358 29 533 1615