"If an applicant is Russian and also speaks Finnish, they have a good chance of landing a job or internship in Kymenlaakso," said Heta Vilén of the Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences in south-eastern Finland.
At the start of summer, the polytechnic surveyed hundreds of local companies in Kotka, Hamina and Kouvola on their attitudes towards foreign students.
Only a small share of the companies said they couldn’t imagine employing a foreign student.
The survey showed that companies were most inclined to recruit foreign students from other European countries. Employers showed the least enthusiasm for applicants from African states.