University of Oulu, 2016

International degree programmes attracted an increasing number of applicants at the University of Oulu 

Altogether 2961 applicants submitted their applications to the international degree programmes during the first joint application period, which ended 20 January, 2021. The number increased by about 28 percent from the previous year (2020: 2314). University of Oulu received applications from over a 100 countries around the world.

Applicants were able to choose from 21 two-year master’s programmes and two five-year programmes starting from bachelor level. Two-year master’s programmes received 2405 applications. The new five-year programme Digitalisation, Computing and Electronics received 386 applications and Intercultural Teacher Education received 170 applications.

Applicants could apply for up to six programmes. Altogether 593 study places are available in international programmes starting in autumn 2021.

Digitalisation, Computing and Electronics (386 applications), International Business Management (383 applications), and Computer Science and Engineering (337 applications) received most applications. The four completely new English taught master’s programmes at the University of Oulu attracted applicants around the world: Business Analytics (275 applications); Epidemiology and Biomedical Data Science (185 applications); Electronics (131 applications) and Chemistry of Sustainable Processes and Materials (66 applications).

”We are delighted, that the applicants were intrigued by our well focused degree programmes. The new multidisciplinary programmes build the skills needed in various industries and occupations. The graduates are expected to have a high demand both in the industry, public sector, and academia internationally and locally. I wish to thank all applicants for their applications during these exceptional times”, says Vice Rector for Education at the University of Oulu, Tapio Koivu

The majority of applications was received from Finland, followed by Pakistan and Bangladesh. More detailed numbers will be available at later date.

Most of the student selections for the international programmes will be published in the beginning of March.


Last updated: 28.1.2021