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Paper: Drop in foreign student enrolment in Finland just temporary

The decrease in the number of foreign students enrolling in Finnish universities — caused by the introduction of tuition fees for foreigners — was only temporary, according to the news site Uutissuomalainen.

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Last year Finland began charging tuition fees to students from countries outside the EU and the EEC.

The implementation of the fees caused a decrease in the number of applications for nearly all of the English-language master's programmes at Finnish universities.

Finnish news outlet Uutisuomalainen reports that enrolment numbers of foreign students had already returned to pre-tuition fee levels at several universities.

According to the paper, Helsinki University received some 2,900 applications for its international master's programmes this year, compared to 1,600 applications last year.

Not counting students from European countries, foreign students applying to Finnish universities most often come from countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and India.

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