SAMK’s international degree programmes attracted widespread interest

The separate admission procedure for SAMK's international degree programmes closed last week. The average number of applications per place was approximately 28.

The degree programmes applied for will start in the autumn of 2024. The picture shows tourism students at Pori campus.
SAMK:n opiskelijoita Porin kampuksella 6.11.2023. Kuva: Tomi Glad / Glad Media Oy

SAMK received nearly 9,500 applications in total. There were more than 5,500 individual applicants. The degrees also attracted widespread interest internationally. There were applications from 82 different nationalities. 98.5% of the applicants were from abroad. At the moment, there are more than 1,000 foreign degree students from over 80 different countries studying at SAMK.

– International student recruitment has been systematically developed in selected target countries, particularly in Asia. Vietnam, Indonesia and India have been selected as the key recruitment areas. There is a large population of young people of higher education age, many of whom want to study abroad in a higher education institution. The focus on student recruitment has increased the number of applicants, says Janne Santala, Head of Student Services.

This year, SAMK introduced a compulsory English language test. Applicants are required to have a valid and adequate English test score in addition to the normal application eligibility requirements.

SAMK had seven Bachelor’s degree programmes and one Master’s degree programme open for applications. The highest number of applicants, more than 2,600, was for the International Business degree programme. The second largest number of applicants, over 2,000, was for the International Tourism Management degree programme.

The degree programmes which were now applied for start next autumn. The application period for the second joint application for higher education institutions in spring 2024 will take place from 13 to 27 March, when the Finnish-language degree programmes starting in the autumn open for application.

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