Press release

Over 20 000 applicants to higher education institutions’ English-taught study programmes and studies in the University of the Arts

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Record number of applicants participated in the joint application of spring 2020: the number is approx. 8000 more than the number of applicants in the corresponding joint application of spring 2019. In the joint application, one could apply to English-taught study programmes as well as studies offered by the University of the Arts.
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The joint application of spring 2020 to higher education ended on Wednesday 22th of January. There were approx. 4700 study places available within approx. 260 programmes, which is much higher compared to last year where there were approx. 2300 study places within approx. 170 programmes. Two thirds of the study places available were offered by universities of applied sciences and the remaining third by universities. 

The number of applicants to the University of the Arts were approx. 3700 and the number of applicants to English-taught study programmes were approx. 17000. Approximately 12000 applicants were of non-Finnish nationality.

Huge differences in competition between fields 

The most popular fields were business, administration and law, arts and culture, and information and communication technologies.

The toughest competition for study places in higher education was in the fields of arts and culture (15,4 applicants / study place), social studies (8 applicants / study place) as well as health and welfare (5,8 applicants / study place). 

The fields with the lowest number of applicants per available study place were humanities (2,8) and education (3). 

Admission results published in the beginning of June

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 February. All results will be published latest on the 5th of June. 

You can follow the admission situation on the My Studyinfo-service. Accepted applicants will be automatically informed via e-mail. 

Additional information

  • Planning specialist  Risto Hanhinen, risto.hanhinen[at], tel.  +358 29 533 1615
  • Special advisor  Merja Väistö, merja.vaisto[at],tel. +358 29 533 1386