30 Jan 2017

Despite tuition fees, the number of applicants to JAMK remains almost the same

The application period to JAMK’s English-language degree programmes ended today. The English-language Bachelor’s degrees open for application were in Nursing, International Logistics and International Business.

JAMK was the primary choice in 543 applications, 160 of which were from Finnish applicants. For the most part, the rest of the applicants were from outside the EU: from Nepal, Nigeria and Ghana. The total number of applicants last year was 701, of whom 183 were Finnish.

The training that attracted the most applicants was the Degree Programme in International Business, which is taught as full-time studies. The total number of primary applicants was 260, while the number of study places is 60. A total of 212 applicants applied for the 40 study places open in the Degree Programme in Nursing. The 30 study places open in the Degree Programme in International Logistics were applied for by 71 applicants.  

 ‘The drop wasn’t as great as we assumed. As expected, the number of applicants to all degree programmes decreased slightly, though there was no significant change in the number of Finnish applicants,’ states Student Services Manager Kristiina Korhonen.

It was feared that the number of applicants would decrease, as the new legislation concerning tuition fees in Finland came into effect one year ago. It obligates universities and institutions of higher education to charge tuition fees from students that are not citizens of a member nation of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) and who will start their degree studies after 1 August 2017. The tuition fees of JAMK University of Applied Sciences are €8,000/academic year for Bachelor’s degrees and €9,000/academic year for Master's degrees. 

The scope of the aforementioned degrees that will start in the autumn ranges from 210 to 240 ECTS credits, and the studies will take around 3.5–4 years on average to complete. The invitations to the entrance examinations will be sent around mid-March, and the entrance examinations will be held in Jyväskylä in April. Abroad, they will be held by the Finnips network.

The next stage of the joint application process will start on 15 March 2017.

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