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21.9.2016

Barometer: Tuition fees will not affect the course selection directly

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Tuition fees will be introduced for non-EU/EEA students. Some of the Schools in the University of Tampere are prepared to increase the amount of teaching given in English. In others, the course selection will remain the same. Can Finnish universities still retain their attraction or will the number of students plunge?

Nikke Kinnunen, text
Translation by Jenna Pikkarainen

On the rise:

Out of the nine Schools in the University of Tampere, several have increased the amount of teaching given in English or are planning to do so. Most of the teaching given in English is given in Master’s Programmes aimed at international students. The Master’s Programmes are being developed in the future as well. The targets for development include not only the Master’s Programmes offered at the University of Tampere but also the education export programmes.

The School of Management (JKK) has invested in teaching given in English already well before the decision on tuition fees was made. According to Dean Antti Lönn­qvist, tuition fees can nevertheless be “seen as a new incentive to develop the teaching given in English.” However, Lönn­qvist remarks that the upcoming fees are not “a significant matter to the School as a whole.”

Like the School of Management, the School of Communication, Media and Theatre (CMT), the School of Education (EDU) and the School of Health Sciences (HES) are also planning to increase the number of courses taught in English. The Schools’ Deans state nonetheless that increasing the amount of course selection is not due to tuition fees but would have happened regardless.

Biomeditech (BMT) Vice Dean Anne Kallioniemi tells on her part that in the future, tuition fees will affect the School’s teaching directly.

”Beginning from the academic year 2017–2018, the School’s international Master’s Programme will be included in the Degree Programme for Biotechnology. Through the inclusion, the amount on teaching given in English will increase even more and the studying opportunities for international students improve.”

The School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies (LTL), the School of Information Sciences (SIS) and the School of Medicine (MED) inform that the tuition fees will not affect their course selection.

A major part of the teaching in the degree programmes of languages is already given in the target language. The current teaching schedule of the School of Information Sciences will remain in effect at least until the end of August 2018. The School is offering four Master’s Programmes where the teaching is given in English. There are no non-EU/EEA students in the School of Medicine.

 

Decreasing:

Student organizations are worried that tuition fees will cause a decrease in the number of applicants.

The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) gave a comment in June 2014 stating that “in Sweden the number of applicants dropped over 90 per cent during the first year. In Denmark, the number of non-EU/EEA applicants is still not on same the level it used to be before tuition fees, even after seven years.”

Student organizations are worried that tuition fees will cause a decrease in the number of applicants.

Tampere is also bracing itself for the same.

”We assume that the number of applicants will drop significantly because the majority of our degree programme students come outside the EEA”, says Juha Teperi, Dean of the School of Health Sciences.

CMT Dean Heikki Hellman estimates that approximately half of the 50–60 degree programme students come outside the EU or EEA. Antti Lönnqvist from JKK supposes that the number of non-EU/EEA students will be “quite small, at least in the beginning.”

Dean Mika Grundström from SIS states that “it seems that the proportion of Finnish students among the new degree programme students increases every year” in the Master’s Programmes taught in English.

 

 

Background: fees between EUR 8,000–12,000

Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students will come into effect in autumn term 2017. At the same time, the University will launch a scholarship system.

The fees will not concern students who have begun their studies before 1 August 2017.

The tuition fees will be approximately EUR 8,000 to 12,000 per academic year.

The admittance numbers for degree programme students vary depending on the School and year. Some international degree programmes do not have an application round every year.

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