Estonian Business School has 70 new students in Finland
”My mother saw an advertisement for the Estonian Business School (EBS) in a newspaper”, Viivi Ahlqvist says, explaining how she got the idea in the first place to apply for a student place at the private Estonian university, on hearing on Tuesday that she had been admitted.
A total of 70 students were chosen to study in the EBS’s Helsinki campus from among almost 200 applicants on the basis of certificates and interviews.
A sufficient proof of Ahlqvist’s proficiency in English was the grade laudatur in her matriculation examination certificate from 2004.
A grade any lower than magna cum laude approbatur would have obliged the applicant to take a language test.
Ahlqvist already has completed apprenticeship training to become an animal carer, but she would like to have a university degree and business knowledge in order to get an opportunity to be promoted in her job.
Ahlqvist had already secured a student place in Great Britain, but for family reasons she decided to stay in Finland.
”In a way, the EBS is comparable, as all tuition there is in English”, she estimates.
She is also prepared for the annual tuition fee of EUR 5,000, as it would not have been possible to study even in the UK free of charge.
However, Ahlqvist is a little worried whether the Estonian degree will be equal to Finnish higher education degrees.
In the private sector, it is up to the employer to assess the degree of the applicant.
However, when it comes to the public sector, the applicant has to ask for a decision on the recognition of a foreign degree from the Finnish National Board of Education (see link).
The studies are to be launched at a get-together in Tallinn, where the EBS has its main campus.
After the meeting, tuition will be given mainly in the form of intensive periods in Helsinki at weekends. In addition, the programme includes online studies with a personal tutor.
According to the Estonian university, a total of 170 Finnish students have thus far completed their studies on the Tallinn campus.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Estonian Business School opens a branch in Helsinki (17.6.2011)
Finnish National Board of Education