Application Period for 18 International Master’s Programmes of University of Turku Opens on 4 January


During the joint application round on 4-18 January 2023, it is possible to apply to 16 international Master’s degree programmes of the University of Turku. At the same time, there will be a separate application procedure for two European joint degree programmes.

The University of Turku offers Master’s degree programmes in seven faculties during the joint application round. It is possible to apply to the programmes once a year, and for the studies that start in August 2023, the application is open for two weeks on 4-18 January. A majority of the programmes are part of the Finnish joint application procedure, in which the applicant can apply with a single application form to a maximum of six different study programmes offered by Finnish higher education institutions.

The language of tuition is English, and no Finnish language skills are required. Both international and domestic Finnish applicants are welcome to apply to the international programmes.

At the same time on 4-18 January, there is also a separate application procedure for two European joint degree programmes: Master’s programmes in European Languages, Cultures and Societies in Contact and Sustainable Cities and Communities. These programmes are part of the EC2U collaboration between several European universities. During the two-year long study time, students spend semesters in several universities and receive degrees from all of these universities upon graduation.

In 2023, there will be no application or intake in the English-taught Bachelor’s degree programmes.

The University wants more international students

The application period is short, and it is recommended that the applicants familiarise themselves with the document requirements already before the application process starts. A majority of the programmes also evaluate the applicants’ motivation through motivation letters or interviews.

“We hope that our applicants find programmes to match their personal interests and career goals. As the application numbers grow and the competition over study places increases, it is even more important to be able to show the reasons why the applicant wants to study in the particular programme. Show your motivation and the reasoning behind the study choice!” says Mari Kähkönen, Head of Admission Services at the University of Turku.

The number of applicants has multiplied in recent years: for example in 2022, the number of applications grew by 73%. In its International Programme published in 2021, the University of Turku has set a goal of doubling the number of international Master’s degree students by 2030. The University has started the work to sustainably increase the study places in the international programmes.

International students are supported and guided throughout their study path to help them find their place in the university community, and more generally in Turku and Finland. Popular activities have included a chat possibility with current students, Turku bus tours during orientation, the International Friendship Programme and different career development events, among others.

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Created 21.12.2022 | Updated 21.12.2022