Few students move beyond hometown to study

A vast majority of students at Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences are reluctant to move far from their home towns, suggests a review of the places of domicile of students who started higher education studies last year, reports Helsinki Times.

Anna Loukkola of Statistics Finland is surprised by the figures. “The phenomenon is observable even if you examine the figures from different years or only include undergraduate students,” she points out. The figures also incorporate students in masters degree programmes, most of whom have completed their undergraduate degrees in the same municipality.

In particular, residents of the Uusimaa region appear to be reluctant to move elsewhere for higher education studies. For example, as many as 92.8% of students enrolled in bachelor degree programmes at the University of Helsinki in 2013 were from the Uusimaa region.
Full report on the Helsinki Times site