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Tampere University and Aalto University launch a digital pathway pilot for international students

Published on 30.3.2022
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Opiskelijoita läppäreiden kanssa ravintolan terassillaThe University Pathway Finland (Science & Technology) is designed to make Finnish higher education more accessible for international students with various backgrounds. Photo: Tampere University
Tampere University and Aalto University launch a pathway pilot for international students. The digital pathway programme gives international students an excellent opportunity to prepare for degree studies in Finland while studying from home.

By successfully completing the University Pathway Finland (Science & Technology) programme, students have the chance to study at one of the selected degree programmes at Aalto University or Tampere University, Finland's two largest universities of technology. 

Pathway students may progress to the following bachelor’s degree programmes: 

  • Computational Engineering (Aalto University) 
  • Digital Systems and Design (Aalto University) 
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Tampere University) 
  • Computing and Electrical Engineering (Tampere University) 

Pathway programmes are preparatory courses to help international students build the skills, knowledge, and qualifications needed to enter a degree programme at a university. 

"For the first time, we offer a digital pathway programme in science and technology to attract international students to apply to degree studies in Finland and prepare them for studying at a Finnish university. After the pilot, we will continue to develop the programme together with other Finnish universities of technology”, says Petri Suomala, Vice President for Education at Aalto University. 

"The pathway programme for international students is a natural continuation of the well-established FITech education collaboration in the field of technology," states Marja Sutela, Vice President for Education at Tampere University.

The University Pathway Finland (Science & Technology) is part of the Finnish government's Talent Boost programme. Talent Boost initiatives are designed to boost the immigration of senior specialists, employees, students and researchers. 

Studies in the University Pathway Finland (Science & Technology) programme will promote a smooth start of degree studies in Finland and integration into Finnish society. The pathway programme consists of courses in mathematics that are common to various engineering degree studies.

Additionally, pathway students learn about the Finnish language and culture and gain essential study skills for Finnish university studies. The courses are delivered with the same enthusiasm and rigour as on-campus courses, focusing on challenge-based learning and facilitated teamwork. 

The application period for the University Pathway Finland (Science & Technology) will start on 22 May 2022. The programme will run from September 2022 to April 2023. 

Read more about the University Pathway Finland (Science & Technology) at Aalto University website.

Further information

Terhi Kipinä
Senior Specialist, Tampere University

+358 50 301 5017
terhi.kipina [at] tuni.fi

Sanna Viitanen
project manager, Aalto University
+358 50 473 9711 

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