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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Finland stops recruiting students from developing world

Several Finnish higher education institutions have decided to no longer stage entrance exams in developing nations. They say many students recruited from there face financial difficulties in Finland.
A quarter of Nepal's population lives below the poverty line, and this is why people like Sandip Ranjit leave for greener pastures. Today Ranjit studies property management at Laurea polytechnic in Espoo.
For years Finnish polyechnics have arranged entrance exams in the developing world to attract students. But exams are suspended this spring in Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria and Kenya.
Like many others, Ranjit's school, Laurea polytechnic, says it is no longer organising entrance exams in Nepal following a recommendation by Finnish officials. Finland's Immigration Service says students arriving from developing countries cannot afford to live in Finland.
The government requires that non-EU students show assets of 6,000 euros when moving to Finland as they are not eligible for state-sponsored financial aid. Officials say foreigners abuse the clause by circulating money into each other's bank accounts.
"If students don't have the money there's a risk they'll be abused working for their own countrymen," says Pentti Sorsa, a senior advisor at the Finnish Immigration Service.
Working students
Ranjit hands out free newspapers every morning at Helsinki's Vuosaari metro station. The work earns him 525 euros a month.
"Accommodation is quite expensive and so is food. What I earn goes toward my living," he says.
Though living in Helsinki is expensive, Shishir Mani Pant, a Nepalese biotechnology student at Helsinki University, says Finland has one big advantage over other countries' university systems.
"It's quite expensive, but I would say if I don't have to pay tuition fees then it's manageable."



  1. Is it all finnish polytechnics or some of them?My first choice Central Ostrobothnia Uas haven't indicated that they won't be sending entrance exams in Kenya,how true is this link?kindly advise before we lose money through registrations.

  2. It is not all Finnish polytechnics. Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences is still arranging the entrance examinations abroad. The University has invited students for entrance examinations being held on the 11th and 12th of April in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Please take into consideration that the news says "Several Finnish higher education institutions" NOT ALL. The examinations will be held in Bangladesh as the University has directly informed the applicants.

  3. i am applying for the 2013 spring intake ..that means in my country Nepal there wont be any entrance examination from now ..../ please help ....

  4. Hi, this is Tamim from Bangladesh. I had study gaps of 3 years. Can I apply ?? And when shall I start processing for 2013 Bachelor's intake ? Where will my exams take place? Please help !!!

  5. So there won't be entrance exams in Kenya!!

  6. Dear author,
    Somewhere I read about PhD students and that they receive 2000 euro per month as some kind of salary.
    Do you know how it is?
    And if that's true, does it include international PhD students as well?