Over 70 Percent Growth in Applications to International Degree Programmes at the University of Turku


The international Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes of the University of Turku attracted a record number of 3,378 applications during the joint application round on 5–19 January 2022. The number of applications grew by 73 percent when compared to 2021. The most popular programmes were Master’s degree programmes in Information and Communication Technology and Global Innovation Management. 

The application period to the international degree programmes was open from 5 to 19 January 2022. The University of Turku had a total of 16 degree programmes open for applications: 14 Master’s degree programmes and two Bachelor’s degree programmes. The applicants could apply to altogether three of the University’s degree programmes.  

The number of applications broke the records of the University of Turku both in total and in proportion to the number of programmes. A total of 3,378 applications were received from 2,825 applicants. The number of applications grew by 73 percent when compared to 2021. In the 2021 application round, the University had 13 programmes open for applications and received 1,951 applications from 1,744 applicants.  

Growth in All English-taught Programmes 

All of the degree programmes taught in English received more applications than before. In two programmes, the number of applications at least doubled compared to the previous application round: the Bachelor’s degree programme in Early Childhood Teacher Education received 175 applications (71 in 2020) and the Master’s degree programme in Food Development received 147 applications (71).  

The top 3 of the most popular programmes continued to be 

  • Information and Communication Technology, 522 (300) 
  • Global Innovation Management, 514 (381) 
  • Biomedical Sciences, 301 (221). 

The new Master’s programmes in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering attracted an excellent number of applications in their first call for applications: both programmes received over 200 applications.  

Applicants from All Over the World 

This year, the applicants represented 124 nationalities. Most of the applicants, over 80 percent, were from outside the EU/EEA. Most applications were submitted by Asian (58 %) and African (21 %) applicants. Most applications were received from Pakistan (434), Nigeria (346), Finland (334), Bangladesh (323), Iran (272), India (196), Sri Lanka (173) and China (149). The Finnish applicants submitted most of the applications from within the EU/EEA. 

Head of Admission Services Mari Kähkönen was very pleased with the application numbers.  

– I was particularly happy to note that applicants found our new Master's degree programmes in engineering: more than 200 applications were submitted for both programmes. There are 10 study places for each, so the competition will be tough. We can also conclude that our long-term marketing work is bearing fruit and that the University of Turku is gaining more visibility each year, attracting new international talents.  

The admission result letters will be sent to the applicants on 31 March 2022, and the studies start in autumn 2022. 

Created 20.01.2022 | Updated 20.01.2022