At the end of the first teaching period, all first-year Bachelor’s students at the University of Helsinki have something in common: knowing what it’s like to study in the new degree programmes. The number of application options in last spring’s joint application procedure went down to 63 from the previous year’s 102. For example, the four Bachelor’s programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences contain a total of 11 disciplines. Creating such extensive combinations has been challenging for the teaching staff, but Benjamin Pitkänen, a student of the Bachelor’s Programme in Society and Change feels that their work has been successful. “So far the different topics have been well balanced. It’s also nice that the range and perspectives of the topics are broader than just one discipline could offer,” he says.