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A record number of    applicants for Åbo Akademi University’s international master’s programmes

The number of applicants to Åbo Akademi University’s International Master’s Programmes increased for the sixth year in a row. Compared to last year, the number of applicants increased by 105 percent.

The application period for the international master’s programmes at ÅAU ended on Wednesday, 18 January. This year, according to the preliminary figures, a total of 1979 people applied to the twelve programmes. Last year, the number of applicants was 966.

The number of applications increased for all programmes, but the information technology programmes were particularly attractive, with over 800 applications in total. The biggest increase was in Information Technology: Computer Science, which rose by 198 percent, with a total of 357 applicants. The new Information Technology: Computer Engineering programme, which started up in Vaasa this spring, received 208 applications.

Applicants according to programme (last year’s figures in brackets):


  • Advanced Practice Nursing, Master of Health Sciences, 128 (102)
  • Governance of Digitalization, Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration) 279 (120)
  • Biomedical Imaging, Master of Science 126 (51)
  • Information Technology, Master of Science (Technology): Computer Engineering (Turku) 325 (126)
  • Information Technology, Master of Science (Technology): Computer Science 357 (120)
  • Information Technology, Master of Science (Technology): Computer Engineering (Vaasa) 208
  • International Law and Human Rights, Master of International and Comparative Law 226 (141)
  • Social Exclusion, Master of Arts 122 (63)
  • Social Exclusion, Master of Theology 56 (27)
  • Sustainable Chemical and Process Engineering, Master of Science (Technology) 174 (111)
  • Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, Master of Social Sciences 216 (156)
  • Teaching and Learning, Master of Arts 209 (144)


Gurli-Maria Gardberg, Section Head at ÅAU’s Educational Services, is very pleased with the large number of applicants, although she points out that the figures are preliminary and may still be subject to some adjustments.

“This year is the first time we have had over 1000 individual applicants. We are also very happy to be able to report an increase of applicants for all programmes, with increases of between 25 and 198 percent,” says Gardberg.

The number of applicants to the international master’s programmes has increased not only at Åbo Akademi but also nationally, which Gardberg believes may be due to covid-related reasons.

“Hopefully we will be seeing the end of the pandemic soon, which also means that many more young people are considering studying abroad an option once more.”

Gunilla Widén, Vice-rector of Education at Åbo Akademi University is also pleased with the large number of applicants.

“This is exactly what we need, given the news about the declining level of education and the growing need for university-educated experts in Finland. I am also pleased with the programmes and all those who have worked hard to develop them.”


Read more about Åbo Akademi University’s international master’s programmes here.


For more information, please contact:

Gunilla Widén, Vice-rector of Education, Åbo Akademi University
+358 50 405 3255


Gurli-Maria Gardberg, Section Head,  Educational Services, Åbo Akademi University
+358 46 921 5965