A few days ago I called the registry office of Espoo to ask about international students’ right to vote. The conversation went something like this (translation from Finnish)...



The tuition fee system generates more costs than income. Aalto only receives the students who got scholarships. Were there no tuition fees, the scholarships would not exist either. Of course it would be possible to cut costs by abolishing the scholarship system, but it would make the number of international students decline. This would be completely against Aalto’s goals, after all the aim is to become an international top university.


The Greens should increase communication
in English and other languages

Finland is internationalizing rapidly, and the amount of different language minorities is huge. It is understandable that the party cannot afford to have its communications translated into every language for which there might be a demand. However, for example in Helsinki there are already a large number of residents who use English as their daily language, no matter what their mother tongue is.





AYY Board Member in charge of international affairs Jarno Lappalainen and Secretary for International Affairs Hanna Sauli consider it particularly odd that the fees have to be collected to improve teaching – it would be more logical if students paid for the education which is already of a high quality.





"There is a major disproportion between how many students report their willingness to stay and work in Finland and who eventually find employment in Finland", says Aalto University Student Union's International Affairs Specialist Hanna Sauli.






The tuition fee experiment has been the subject of intense political debate. The student movement has been, and still is, very sceptical about the tuition fee experiment as it poses many serious threats. An attitude towards the experiment also divides political parties.

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