Published: 17 April 2019

Education leading to a higher university of applied sciences degree increased further

Corrected on 28 October 2019. The corrections are indicated in red.

According to Statistics Finland's Education Statistics, around 128,500 students attended education leading to a university of applied sciences degree and almost 13,500 students education leading to a higher university of applied sciences degree in 2018. The number of students attending education leading to a higher university of applied sciences degree continued its around 10 per cent annual growth and the number of degrees grew by nearly 14 per cent from the previous year. The number of students in education leading to a university of applied sciences degree remained more or less the same, but the number of degrees grew by over five per cent from the year before. In all, 24,800 university of applied sciences degrees were completed, which is over one thousand more than in the previous year.

Students and degrees of higher university of applied sciences degree in 2002 to 2018

Students and degrees of higher university of applied sciences degree in 2002 to 2018

Over one-half of students in the field of health and welfare or engineering, manufacturing and construction

It has been possible to study for a university of applied sciences degree in education arranged as daytime or multiform studies from 2015 onwards. A total of 103,400 students studied in daytime programmes and 25,100 in multiform programmes in 2018.

Women made up slightly over one-half, 51 per cent, of students attending education leading to a university of applied sciences degree. Around two out of three students in education leading to a higher university of applied sciences degree were women. Fifty-five per cent of new students in education leading to a university of applied sciences degree and 65 per cent of new students in education leading to a higher university of applied sciences degree were women.

At 29 per cent of all students, there were most students in education leading to a university of applied sciences degree in the field of health and welfare. More than four out of five of them were women, 83 per cent. The field of engineering, manufacturing and construction was the second biggest, where slightly under 24 per cent of students were studying. Of them, 83 per cent were men. The third biggest field of education was business, administration and law, where around one-fifth of university of applied sciences students were studying. In total, around three-quarters of all students in education leading to a university of applied sciences degree were in these three fields.

In education leading to a higher university of applied sciences degree the number of students was also highest in the field of health and welfare, around one-third of all students. Slightly more than every fourth student in education leading to a higher university of applied sciences degree was studying in the field of business, administration and law and slightly under every fifth in engineering, manufacturing and construction.

The number of students was highest at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, 16,400. The numbers of students were next highest at the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and the Turku University of Applied Sciences, both with over 10,100 students. The smallest universities of applied sciences by number of students were Åland University of Applied Sciences, which had a little over 500 students, and the Police University College with good 1,000 students.

More new foreign students than in the previous year

The number of new foreign university of applied sciences students grew in 2018 by 7 per cent after the drop in the year before, but it did not, however, reach the level of 2016. Of foreign students, around 2,400 students started education leading to a university of applied sciences degree and 325 students education leading to a higher university of applied sciences degree.

Of all new students, the share of foreigners was about seven per cent, having been slightly under seven per cent in the previous year. In the 2010s, the share has mostly been between seven and eight per cent. The share of foreigners was also around seven per cent among all university of applied sciences students. There was no growth from the previous year and the amount remained almost unchanged.

New foreign students of universities of applied sciences in 2009 to 2018

New foreign students of universities of applied sciences in 2009 to 2018

More detailed time series data on university of applied sciences students and degrees according to education, sex and university of applied sciences, for example, are available in the database tables . More detailed data can be found on foreign students in the database tables of the statistics on Students and qualifications of educational institutions.


Source: Education. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Jukka Jalolahti 029 551 3588, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 17.4.2019

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): University of applied sciences education [e-publication].
ISSN=2489-3196. 2018. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.11.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/akop/2018/akop_2018_2019-04-17_tie_001_en.html