FSD2474 Degree Programmes in English in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences 2009shortcuts: data collection | citation | publications
Niemelä, Anna (Student Research Foundation (Otus))
Nokso-Koivisto, Aleksis (Student Research Foundation (Otus))
The survey focused on the experiences of Finnish and foreign students studying on degree programmes in English in universities of applied sciences in Finland. The data contain the responses of both participant groups. Some questions were only asked from the foreign students.
Topics covered included the reasons for applying for a degree programme in English, the quality of teaching in the programme, possible study difficulties, student exchange periods abroad, practical placement periods in Finland and abroad, contacts between the university and employers, availability and use of career and recruiting services, study counselling and guidance, student community, provision of skills needed in working life in general and for working internationally, whether the respondent aimed to work in Finland or abroad after graduation, and what aspects of work were important for them.
The questions asked only from the foreign students included the primary reasons for moving to Finland, to what extent certain factors influenced their decision to take a degree abroad, best ways of preventing study difficulties, and satisfaction with the language and cultural studies in the programme.
Background variables included the respondent's year of birth, gender, nationality, highest level of education before commencing on a degree programme in English, university of applied sciences attended, field of study, year when commenced study on a degree programme in English, whether had changed the field of study or the institution during the study, and how long had lived in Finland (foreign students only).
educational certificates; internationalism; quality of education; student organizations; students (college); teaching methods; transition from school to work; vocational education institutions
educational research (FSD Topics Classification)
Education (CESSDA Topics Classification)
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Niemelä, Anna (Student Research Foundation)
Student Research Foundation
17.4.2009 - 15.5.2009
Finnish and foreign students who had commenced studies on degree programmes in English in Finnish universities of applied science during 2005-2008
Systematic random sampling. The e-mails of the target population were drawn from student registers of Finnish universities of applied science in the spring of 2009. Only those who had commenced their studies between the years 2005 and 2008 and were enrolled as "present" in the spring term 2009 were included in the target population. Every 3rd student was selected to the sample. The aim was to obtain a sample of students who were actively studying and had already done so for at least one full term. Altogether, 687 students responded, of whom 38% were Finnish and 62% foreign students.
Data: SPSS portable file. Data available also in other file formats.
See downloadable files at the top of the page
Questionnaire: pdf file in Finnish and English
Data Appraisal and Notes
The SPSS file contains the responses of both the Finnish and foreign students. Some questions were only asked from the foreign students and are marked with 'kv' (e.g. kv1, kv2, kv3) in the codebook. The questions that have been asked from all respondents have a 'q' marking (e.g. q3, q4 etc).
The source must be acknowledged in any publication based wholly or in part on the data. The bibliographic citation may be in the form required by the publication, or in the form suggested by the archive.
Niemelä, Anna: Degree Programmes in English in Finnish Universities of Applied Science 2009 [computer file]. FSD2474, version 1.1 (2013-04-09). Tampere: Finnish Social Science Data Archive [distributor], 2013.
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Niemelä, Anna (2009). Ammattikorkeakoulujen englanninkieliset koulutusohjelmat opiskelijoiden näkökulmasta. Suomalaisten ja kansainvälisten tutkinto-opiskelijoiden kokemuksia. Helsinki: Opiskelijajärjestöjen tutkimussäätiö Otus rs 33/2009