Tourism studies at University of Eastern Finland: application criteria and scholarships in 2018

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Juho Pesonen

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Online tourism business expert, speaker, researcher and lecturer. Director of International Master's Degree Programme in Tourism Marketing and Management at University of Eastern Finland Business School.
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How to apply to tourism studies at the master’s degree programme in Tourism Marketing and Management? We have now published application criteria and process for the 2019 intake!

The application process in a nutshell

  1. The application period for September 2019 intake begins on 1 November 2018 and lasts until 31 January 2019.
  2. During this time period, you can apply for the programme using an online form which will be available at https://studyinfo.fi/app/#!/korkeakoulu/1.2.246.562.17.69806079054
  3. When you apply for the programme you can also apply for a scholarship should you need one. We provide scholarships to 80 % of to top students coming from outside EU. A half of the scholarships cover the full tuition fee for two years and a half covers 80 % of tuition fees. The scholarships are only for tuition fees, there are unfortunately no living cost scholarships available for our programme. There are no tuition fees for EU/ETA students.
  4. In March 2019 you will be informed if you have been accepted for the programme and if you get a scholarship. After this, you must decide if you want to come to study in our programme in Joensuu. If you accept the position then we will help you with payments and scholarship.
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Eligibility criteria for tourism studies

Applicants with the following degrees are eligible for the studies:  

Bachelor’s degree (at least a 3-year) in an appropriate field from a recognized university or a recognized university of applied sciences/polytechnic. A minimum of 60 ECTS in business studies is required. Language, communication, and research method studies and internships are not included in the above-mentioned studies. However, one course in economics, one course in logistics and one course in mathematics may be included in the above-mentioned studies.

If you have not completed your Bachelor’s degree by the application deadline you are eligible to apply. In this case, you can be admitted to the Master’s degree programme on the condition that you graduate and send an officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University no later than 9 August 2019 at 15.00 (GMT+2). If you do not submit the degree certificate to the University in time, this conditional admission will expire.

Applicants holding a provisional degree certificate may also apply for the programme. That is, the degree must be verifiably completed and the required documents of the completion of this degree must be submitted.

Applicants with a Finnish or foreign higher university degree in business administration [Master of Science (in the field of Economics and Business Administration)] are not eligible.

Applicants selected to pursue the Master´s degree may be required to take supplementary studies.

Proficiency in English

The applicants are to prove their language skills in English as follows:

1. English language test:

  • TOEFL Internet-based: Total Score min. 92
  • IELTS (Academic): Overall Score min. 6.5
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English), min. 62 points
  • CAE: at least C
  • CPE: at least Level C1

Please note! Online studies or studies completed on offshore campuses outside the accepted countries cannot be used to indicate language skills, even if the degree-awarding institution is located in one of the accepted countries.
2.  Or, if the applicant fulfills at least one of the following requirements, a separate language test is not required but the applicant is to prove his/her English proficiency with the applicable degree certificate and the transcript of his/her academic record:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree conducted in English language in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden)
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree conducted in English language in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree conducted in English language in an EU/EEA country
  • Secondary education conducted in English language in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden)
  • Secondary education conducted in English language in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States
  • Secondary education conducted in English language in an EU/EEA country
  • English as the A1 language as part of an International Baccalaureate examination (minimum grade 2)
  • Secondary education conducted in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden)

Online applications are to be submitted through Studyinfo portal (www.studyinfo.fi). Once you have filled out the online application, required enclosures must be uploaded electronically to the application (recommended file types pdf and jpeg, max. file size 10 MB) until 14 February 2019 at 15.00 (GMT+2).

All available study programmes in Finland can be found on the Studyinfo portal where applicants can search for suitable programmes and start the application. The online application is only open during the application period.

Country-specific requirements will be announced at http://www.uef.fi/en/web/admissions/country-specific-requirements

Applicants are required to prioritize one program over the others, if they apply for more than one program from the UEF’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. If applicants are admitted to all the programs of their choice, a study place will only be offered for the prioritized program, cancelling the study place from the other programs.

Supporting documents to be enclosed along with the application

  • Degree certificate, and if necessary, an English translation provided by an authorized translator. If you are applying with one degree and indicating you’re your language skills with another, you are required to submit educational documents regarding both degrees.
  • English language test certificate (if needed)
  • Original (or officially certified copy of) transcript of academic record, and if necessary, an English translation provided by an authorised translator. The transcript must include the number of credits, grading, and date of each study unit, and also the scale of grading used by the university, otherwise the application will not be considered.
  • Letter of motivation
  • ECTS conversion. If the studies completed have not been registered through the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), applicants are required to submit a study credit conversion table in which their completed study credits, or study hours, are shown in equivalence to the ECTS credit scale (1 ECTS credit equals to 27 hours), otherwise the application will not be considered.
  • GMAT score (if needed)
  • A passport copy/other document of identification (not required from Finnish applicants)

Tuition Fees and Tuition Waivers (Scholarships)

Starting from 2017 onward, an annual tuition fee in the Master’s Degree Programme Tourism Marketing and Management for non-EU/EEA students of 8.000 euros will be applied. The tuition fee will remain the same for students throughout the entire time of completing their degrees.

The University of Eastern Finland will have a substantial number of waivers available for students who are required to pay tuition fees in Master’s degree programmes offered in English. The waivers will be available for the most talented fee-paying students. The waiver can cover the tuition fee either in full (100%) or partially (80%). The due date for the first installment is 14 June 2019.

Further information on tuition fees and waivers:
http://www.uef.fi/en/web/admissions/tuition-fees-and-scholarships 

Application results

Applicants will be selected to pursue Master’s degree studies on the basis of their applications. Results will be announced on 5 April 2019, at the latest. The process could be finalized well before the set deadline.

When the selection decision has been made, the results will be sent immediately to applicants by e-mail. Those applicants who have been accepted will receive a Notification of Admission, a Confirmation Form and information package (including information about accommodation, student insurance programme, student union etc.) by email. These accepted applicants are required to formally accept their study place no later than 8 July 2019. Non-EU/EEA applicants are required to formally accept their study place no later than 15 May 2019. This is an absolute deadline and will be treated as such. The autumn semester courses will begin on 2 September 2019.

NOTE! According to One study place per term provision, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term. This rule applies to all higher education. For more information please see studyinfo.fi.

Student ranking criteria

Applications that satisfy the eligibility criteria will be put through a subsequent evaluation process in order to determine which applicants are selected for admission to the programme. The applicants that fulfill the above requirement of previous studies and English language skills are ranked according to the criteria below. The applicant may obtain a maximum of 30 admission points. The eligible applicants will be evaluated according to the following principles:

1. Letter of motivation in English according to the following criteria:

Max. 1000 words as a whole

  • A short introduction of the applicant (degrees and studies, current professional activity, special academic and professional merits) (0-1 point)
  • Reasons for applying to the programme (0-2 points)
  • Career plans after graduation (0-2 points)
  • International experience and interests (0-2 points)
  • What kind of topic or topics would you be interested in studying in your master’s thesis? (max. 250 words of 1000) (0-3 points)

2. Previous studies according to the following criteria:

Suitability of the earlier studies for the Master’s programme

Relevant previous studies in the fields of Tourism Management, Tourism Marketing and/or Tourism Business as well as topics connected to hospitality business (including bachelor’s thesis or equivalent)

  • 60 ECTS or more: 10 points
  • 40-59 ECTS: 5 points
  • Less than40 ECTS: 0 points

3. Average of the suitable previous studies (including bachelor’s thesis or equivalent):

  • 4,0 or more: 5 points
  • 3,0-3,99: 3 points
  • 2,99 or less: 0 points

A separate list of the relevant previous studies with a calculation of the average of the above- mentioned studies must be provided on the online application form. If the calculation does not follow the ECTS grading system, it will be converted accordingly. If the grading is other than 1-5, it will be converted to 1-5.

 4. The better of the following criteria is considered (a or b):

a. Bachelor’s thesis (or equivalent) grade:

  • 4,0 or more: 5 points
  • 3,0-3,99: 3 points
  • 2,99 or less: 0 points

In case there is no final thesis grade included in the degree or if your admission is conditional:

Grade point average (GPA) as follows:

  • 4,0 or more: 5 points
  • 3,0-3,99: 3 points
  • 2,99 or less: 0 points

The grade point average must either be given in the degree certificate or a separate, certified calculation must be enclosed, otherwise the applicant receives 0 points. If the applicant’s GPA does not follow the ECTS grading system, it will be converted accordingly.

b. Applicants can obtain points from a Graduate Management Admission Test () based on their GMAT score:

  • score 600 or more = 5 points
  • score 501 – 599 = 3 points
  • score 500 or less = 0 points

Please note that it takes 20 calendar days for you to receive a GMAT score after completing the test.
In order to be considered for admission, the applicant must receive a minimum of 15 points.

Apply to study tourism marketing and management

So there you have it. The application period for September 2019 intake begins on 1 November 2018 and lasts until 31 January 2019. During this time period, you can apply for the programme using an online form which will be available at https://studyinfo.fi/app/#!/korkeakoulu/1.2.246.562.17.69806079054 

We look forward to receiving your applications for our tourism studies! If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at mdp-tmm@uef.fi or at WhatsApp +358 40 184 2698.

Author: Juho Pesonen

Online tourism business expert, speaker, researcher and lecturer. Director of International Master's Degree Programme in Tourism Marketing and Management at University of Eastern Finland Business School.