Foreign Demand For Finnish University Places Rebounds

International students seem to be returning, despite having to pay new tuition fees.

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A drop in the number of international students applying to do master’s degree studies in Finland was short lived.

That’s the findings of a new investigation by Uutissuomalainen newspaper group.

Last year, tuition fees were introduced for non EU and non-EEA nationals and it prompted a sharp fall in the number of applicants to almost all English-language master’s programmes at Finnish universities.

But now Uutissuomalainen newspaper group finds the number of applications has rebounded again.

This year, more than 2900 applications were received by the University of Helsinki for its international master’s degree programme. That’s up from just over 1600 last year.

According to information from universities, most applicants from outside Europe come from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and India.