Master of Arts
The admissions to Master's programmes at Aalto University are organized once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2016 runs from 1 December 2015 to 15 January 2016. These instructions apply to the 2016 admissions in the field of Art and Design.
- Selection schedule
- Programmes offered and maximum intake
- Who can apply
- How to apply
- Required application documents
- Language requirements
17 Nov 2015 Programme-specific requirements and possible preliminary
assignments are published
1 Dec 2015 at 9am (GMT+2) Application period begins and online application system opens
15 Jan 2016 at 3pm (GMT+2) Application period ends and online application system closes
4 Mar 2016 Notifications of stage one results
11 Mar 2016 Second stage of the selection process at the latest
29 Mar 2016 Final admission results are published
31 May 2016 at 3pm (GMT+3) Deadline for accepting the offered study place
31 July 2016 Deadline for graduation for applicants applying on the basis of an
August-September 2016 Studies begin with orientation for new students
September-October 2016 Rejected applicants may pick up their portfolios from Admission
Degree reform at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture
The School of Arts, Design and Architecture has reformed its bachelor’s and master’s degrees. New programmes and majors have started on 1 August 2014. The goal of the reform is for the school to have topical programmes with clear profiles, which meet the needs of the society and give graduates the skills to find their place and have an influence in society.
Learn more about the programmes and their majors in the field of Art and Design from the Study options page. For futher details on the education content, see the study guide for the academic year of 2015.
Programmes offered and intake in 2016
Below you will find a list of Master's programmes and the Master level majors and the maximum intake of new students in the field of Art and Design. Note that intake is always announced as a maximum number of new students per target programme per calendar year. All available study places are not always filled. You may only apply to one Master's programme or major in the field of Art and Design each year.
If the language of instruction in any given programme is listed as "Finnish, English", this means that the programme can be completed entirely in English or entirely in Finnish. If a programme has two languages of instruction, applicants are only required to prove their proficiency in one of the languages.
In the list of target programmes you can find links to programme pages as well as quotas, languages of instruction and links to the application form. Please note that the application forms are open only during the application period (1 Dec 15, 9am - 15 Jan 16, 3pm). Please remember to read instructions on how to apply before you fill in the application form.
Department of Film, Television and Scenography
Cinematography: Max. intake 2, language of instruction: Finnish, English
Film Editing: Max. intake 2, language of instruction: Finnish
Film Sound Design: Max. intake 2, language of instruction: Finnish, English
Production Design: Max. intake 4, language of instruction: Finnish, English
Costume Design: Max. intake 4, language of instruction: Finnish, English
Department of Media
Visual Communication Design: Max. intake 20, language of instruction: English
Game Design and Production: Max. intake 10, language of instruction: English
New Media Design and Production: Max. intake 22, language of instruction: English
Photography: Max. intake 15, language of instruction: Finnish and English
Sound in New Media: Max. intake 10, language of instruction: English
Department of Design
Collaborative and Industrial Design: Max. intake 25, language of instruction: English
Creative Sustainability: Max. intake 14, language of instruction: English
Fashion and Collection Design: Max. intake 20, language of instruction: English
International Design Business Management: Max. intake 12, language of instruction: English
Product and Spatial Design: Max. intake 25, language of instruction: English
Department of Art
Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA) *: Max. intake 10, language of instruction: English
Kuvataidekasvatus, muuntokoulutus: Max. intake 12, language of instruction: Finnish
Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) *: Max. intake 12, language of instruction: English
Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA): Max. intake 35, language of instruction: English
* Programmes marked with an asterisk only have intake every other year.
NOTE: The following Master’s programmes will not accept new students in 2016:
To be eligible to apply to a Master’s programme or major in the field of Art and Design, you must have completed one of the following degrees:
- 1. Finnish Bachelor's degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences
- 2. Finnish Bachelor’s degree from a Finnish university
- 3. Finnish Master’s degree from a Finnish university
- 4. Foreign degree from a foreign university or institution, giving eligibility for Master’s level studies in that particular country
- 5. Other equivalent studies or skills and knowledge
- The application must include officially certified copies of school, work or course certificates which the applicant considers significant for the selection process and which show that the applicant has skills and knowledge in the relevant field equivalent to the above-mentioned degrees. If you apply on the basis of other equivalent studies, your eligibility will be determined by Admission Services in collaboration with the programme’s selection committee.
- Note: You cannot apply on this basis if you have completed a degree which grants you eligibility for master level studies.
The foreign university granting the foreign degree must be an official and recognized part of the national education system. The university has to be found on an official list or in an international handbook that is completed by some international organization (e.g. UNESCO).
The degree used as basis for eligibility can be incomplete at the time of applying, provided it will be completed by 31 July 2016. If the applicant is accepted to Aalto University, an officially certified copy of the degree certificate needs to be submitted to Admission Services by 5 August 2016 at 3pm (GMT+3). If the degree isn't completed or the degree certificate has not arrived at Aalto University by the appointed time, the study place will be forfeited and cannot be returned.
If you apply with an incomplete degree, please note that in some faculties/institutions it may not be possible to graduate during summer. The students must reserve enough time to complete all courses required for the degree and for the administrative processes at their home institution.
From an administrative standpoint, applicants can apply on the basis of any Bachelor's or Master's degree (or an equivalent foreign degree) regardless of the field. The applicability of the degree and the applicant’s suitability for the field will be determined by the selection committee during the academic evaluation. Note that applicants are expected to have such prior learning, education and/or work experience that is considered to correspond to a Bachelor's degree in the target programme to which the applicant is applying.
You can choose only one of the above-mentioned grounds for eligibility. If you have completed more than one of the aforementioned degrees, use the most applicable one as your eligibility option. However, if you have completed a Bachelor’s degree and are currently working on a Master’s degree that will be completed by 31 July 2016, you should apply on the basis of your finished Bachelor’s degree.
Selection for Master's programmes is done through a one- or two-stage selection process. In the two-stage process, some of the applicants are rejected after each stage. The talent and suitability for the field demonstrated in the admission process are decisive.
Each target programme has its own selection committee that evaluates applications. The committee consists of research and teaching personnel of the University. In the evaluation the portfolio, interview and study plan plus any additional work samples and entrance exam assignments are assessed as a single entity which is graded overall as pass/fail.
Note that if you are required to provide proof of your language skills in the form of a language test, you will need to register for a test as soon as possible. It takes a significant amount of time for test results to be available after you have taken the test. You need to plan ahead and should take the test well before the application period ends; it is recommended that you take the test before the application period begins.
Make sure that you register for the language test well in advance; there might not be test dates available or they may be fully booked. To find out more about the test dates and test centers, please visit the test organisers' websites. See Language requirements for more information.
Applicants to Finnish higher education institutions (polytechnics/universities of applied sciences (UAS) and universities) who are applying based on a degree completed outside the EU/EEA area or Switzerland will be required to pay an application fee of 100 €.
The application fee concerns applicants to Bachelor's and Master's level studies. Application fees will be collected for the first time when applying for studies beginning in autumn 2016.
The collection of the application fee is independent of the home country or nationality of the applicant. The fee will be collected according to the country where the applicant’s previous degree has been completed.
If you have completed the degree that you are applying with elsewhere than
- the EU/EEA countries: (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Gibraltar)
You are required to pay the fee of 100 € before sending the application. The application fee is valid for one application period, and it covers all the applications that you make for study programmes that begin in the same semester.
The application fee payment can only be made electronically through the Studyinfo.fi service. An applicant who is liable for payment must pay the application fee in order for the application to be processed.
The payment will not be returned even if the applicant is not accepted to any of the study programmes that he or she has applied to. The payment can be returned only if it has been faultily collected.
More information about the application fee is available in the Application fee FAQ leaflet (PDF) by the Finnish National Board of Education.
Filling out the application form
Read document 'Application steps' (pdf) as well as the information regarding eligibility to apply, application process as well as required documents carefully before filling out an application. You can start the application process either from the list of programmes on the field-specific admission site by choosing ‘Apply here’ or in studyinfo.fi by choosing ‘Fill in application’. The buttons are available and active only during the application period. You will be redirected to Studyinfo.fi to determine if you have to pay the application fee. Once you have paid the fee or if you do not need to pay the fee the service will direct you to the registration form of Aalto University’s application system (apply.aalto.fi.)
The application form is available only during the application period. The application forms are specified by field. Before filling out the application form or submitting any documents, please read the admission requirements and instructions as well as in the document 'Application steps' carefully.
Applicants use the application system to follow the status of their application and see the arrival of their documents. The application system is used throughout the whole application process. Also the final admission results are published via the application system.
Submitting the application and stage one of the selection process
In the first stage of the application process, the applicant submits the online application form and sends in the application with the appropriate attachments within the application period. The selection in the first stage is done based on the application documents.
After you have submitted your application package to the Admission Services, it will be checked for general eligibility. If necessary, you may also be sent an email asking you to complete an incomplete application. If you are found non-eligible, your application will be rejected. If you are eligible to apply, your application will be forwarded to the degree programme where it will be academically evaluated. Based on the academic evaluation, some of the applicants will be invited to the second stage of the selection process. If a target programme's selection process only has one stage (it will be mentioned on the programme’s description page when the application period begins) the final admission decision is made during the academic evaluation.
Applicants are responsible for following the arrival of their documents and status of their application in the online application system. Due to the large amount of applicants it can take a month before your application is processed. Please do not send email enquiries about the status of your application; it will be processed as soon as possible and you can follow the status of your application from the application system.
After filling in and submitting the online application, applicants must print it out and send a signed copy to Admission Services with all the required application documents. The application can be processed only if the paper application and all the necessary enclosures are received by the university by the deadline; incomplete or late applications will not be processed. Simply submitting the online application form is not enough. More information about submitting the application package can be found from section Required application documents.
Notification of stage one results
Applicants will receive notification of how they did in the first stage of the selection process by 4 March 2016. All applicants are informed by email of their rejection or selection to the second stage.
If a target programme's selection process only has one stage, it will be mentioned on the programme’s description page when the application period begins. In this case, the results will be published with the final admission results. See Selection schedule for more information.
The Admission Services process all the applications and check their general eligibility, i.e. check the authenticity of the documents, make sure that the application contains all the requisite documents and that the applicant fullfils the admission requirements. Only the eligible applications are sent on to the programme staff for academic assessment. Incomplete or ineligible applications will be rejected at this stage. Applicants should check the Monitoring page in the application system to see the status of their application, i.e. whether their application has been received by the Admission Services and if there are documents missing from it. Unfortunately we are unable to answer any enquiries about the arrival of application documents.
Stage two of the selection process
In the second stage of the process, applicants are interviewed. If necessary, additional work samples may also be requested. Applicants may also have to complete entrance exam assignments set by the selection committee. Applicants will be informed of any additional work, assignments and exam dates in the email notifying them of their selection for stage two of the process. Information on practical arrangements will also be included.
For information on when the second stage will take place, see Selection schedule. The exact date(s) of the second stage vary depending on the target programme; the invitation email will include specific details of the time and place. Interviews may be carried out by telephone or Skype for applicants who are not in Finland at the time of the interview.
Final admission results
Final results will be published at the earliest on 29 March 2016. When the results are published, all applicants will receive an email directing them to the online application system to check their final admission decision. Once the results have been published, a list of the accepted applicants will be published on this site. Note that the list will only contain the names of those applicants who have given the permission to publish their admission decision on the website. If the applicant is accepted to Aalto University, a formal letter of acceptance will be sent by mail.
Appealing against the admission decision and receiving feedback
The right of appeal means that the applicant has the possibility to request for rectification if she/he believes that there has been an error in the decision-making process. The appeal should be submitted to the Registry of the University within 14 days after the publication of the decisions. In the appeal the applicants should specify the reasons for it. The right of appeal is not intended as means for receiving feedback or asking for further information about the application process.
Appeal instructios (pdf)
Applicants will be informed of the possible times and dates for receiving feedback either directly from the programme or through the online application system when the final admission results are published. Note that programmes are not required to give feedback to applicants, and due to a large number of applications, some programmes are unable to do so.
Accepting the offered study place and start of studies
Successful applicants must inform the university about accepting the offered study place with a confirmation form which is mailed to accepted students along with the official letter of acceptance. The signed confirmation form must be received by the Student Services no later than 31 May 2016. The acceptance of the offered study place is binding. Instructions are mailed to accepted students along with the letter of acceptance. More information about accepting the offered study place and start of studies is available at the School of Arts, Design, and Architecture and from studentservices [at] aalto [dot] fi
- A printed and signed application form and cover letter
- An officially certified copy of degree certificate (or diploma) used as basis for eligibility
- An official and original transcript of study records (or an officially certified copy)
- Language certificate (if applicable). For information on who needs to submit a language certificate, see Language requirements.
- Note: New Media Design and Production, Game Design and Production, Sound in New Media, and Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education do not accept portfolios.
- Except for the above-mentioned programmes, all Master's programmes and majors in the field of Art and Design require a portfolio. If you do not submit a portfolio with your application, the application will be rejected.
- A CV
- A copy of a study plan (or a letter of motivation)
- Possible programme-specific documents
- Some target programmes require further documentation in addition to the general compulsory documents. For more information, please refer to the Programme-specific requirements section.
- Photocopy of the applicant’s passport or some other government-issued identity card (with photo) including information on nationality
Please also note the country-specific documentation requirements for degrees awarded in Australia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, United Kingdom and USA.
Applicants who are exempted from paying the application processing fee based on a qualification from an institution in the EU/EEA area or Switzerland but who apply to a Master’s programme with a different qualification must submit officially attested copies of the degree certificate and transcript of records and their authorized translations (if applicable) of both qualifications.
Applicants with an incomplete degree deliver official transcripts and their authorized translations (if applicable) of their studies. Please also note the country-specific documentation requirements.
The exemption is not legitimate without officially attested documents. If the applicant does not deliver the required documents or if they are not delivered as requested, the applicant will be required to pay the application fee. This will delay the processing of the application. The applicant will not be granted extension to the application deadline on these grounds.
Programme-specific documentation requirements
Some target programmes also require programme-specific compulsory documents. Programme-specific requirements will also include instructions regarding the portfolio, CV and study plan.
Country-specific documentation requirements
Aalto University has country-specific documentation requirements for degrees awarded in Australia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, United Kingdom and USA.
If your degree was awarded in one of the aforementioned countries, make sure you follow the country-specific documentation requirements pertaining to the country in question instead of the general instructions.
All documents must be in Finnish, Swedish or English. If the original certificate is in a different language, it must be officially translated to one of the aforementioned languages by an authorised translator. Copies of academic documents and their translations must be certified as authentic by a notary or a university official from your university. The translated documents you send to us should be the original official translations or their officially certified copies.
Note that you will need to submit both officially certified copies of the original documents in their original language as well as the official translations.
Degree awarded by a higher education institution in Finland
The copies of study certificates must be certified either by the issuing institution or by two unbiased signatories. The copies must be made of the original, official documents. Copies of copies will not be accepted. If the certificate has several pages, each page must be certified from the right side of the page. Each page of the copy must carry the signature, name of the signatory/signatories and date. The signatories must see the original document and the copy of it side by side. By signing they certify that the copy is an unaltered copy of the original document.
Degree awarded by a higher education institution outside Finland
The copies of study certificates must be certified by the issuing institution or by a notary public. The copies must be made of the original, official documents. Copies of copies will not be accepted. If the certificate has several pages, each page must be certified from the right side of the page. Each page must be certified separately and indicate clearly the date and the original signature, printed name and stamp of the certifying officer. The mere mention of the official copy (eg. stamp "True copy") is not enough. Please also see the country-specific requirements.
The copy of your passport does not need to be officially attested.
Aalto University Admission Services does not take copies of application documents or attest them.
Who is an unbiased signatory?
An unbiased signatory is at least 15 years old, is not closely related to you, and is not your current or previous spouse, fiancée or your adopted parent or child.
Students in their final year of a bachelor's degree are eligible to apply provided they complete their bachelor's degree by 31 July 2016. Applicants with an incomplete degree can attach a certificate of student status or a statement by the home university about the estimated time of graduation to their application documents. If the applicant is accepted to the university, he/she must deliver a certified copy of the degree certificate (and its authorised translation, if applicable) to the university by 5 August 2016 at 3pm (GMT+2). If the student is not able to graduate or fails to deliver a degree certificate by the given deadline, the offered study place will be cancelled.
If you apply with an incomplete degree, please note that you will have to be able graduate by 31 July 2016. In some faculties/institutions it may not be possible to graduate during summer. The students must reserve enough time to complete all courses required for the degree and for the administrative processes at their home institution.
Provisional degree certificates
In some countries students are awarded a provisional certificate upon graduation while waiting for the issuance of a final degree certificate. Provisional degree certificates cannot be more than five years old. If the provisional degree certificate has been issued more than five years prior to beginning of the application period, the applicant must deliver an attested copy of the final degree certificate.
Additional information about the required documents
- The transcript of records you send us must be an official copy (with your institutions stamp) or an officially certified copy. If you decide to send us a certified copy please make sure that all the pages are certified as instructed. Please note also the country-specific requirements.
- Admission Services does not answer inquiries about the arrival of applications or individual documents. Once your printed application has been received, you will be notified by email. Applicants are responsible for following the arrival of their documents and status of their application in the online application system.
- If you deliver supporting or missing documents after you have sent your application, please make sure that it is stated clearly in the delivery for what purpose the documents are.
- Make sure you deliver all documents and information that you wish to be taken into consideration in the admission process within the application period. Documents delivered after the deadline cannot be taken into consideration, and applicants will not be requested to supplement programme-specific documents.
- Application documents apart from the portfolio will not be returned to applicants. See How to get the portfolio back.
Submitting the application
Make sure you have all the required application documents and compile them in a envelope or package of max. A3 in size.
- do not include your CV, study plan, or degree certificate and transcript in your portfolio unless it has been requested
Application packages with all the required application documents must arrive at Admission Services on 15 January 2016 by 3.00pm (GMT +2). Late applications will not be processed. Please note that the postmark of 15 January 2016 is not enough; the application must arrive at Admission Services by the given deadline. All attachments must also reach Admission Services by the end of the application period.
Admission Services does not reply to inquiries about the arrival of applications or individual documents. Once your application package has been received, you will be notified by email. Applicants are responsible for following the arrival of their documents and status of their application in the online application system.
Application documents and the portfolio must be provided in an envelope or package of max. A3 in size, which protects the portfolio properly. Do not send huge boxes or rolls, only use regular postal envelopes or bags closest to the size of your portfolio.
Make sure you read all the instructions on how to submit language certificates.
Application packages should be delivered to the following address only after submitting the electronic application form in the online application system:
If you are using courier services, make sure you use the street address:
Otakaari 1 (1st floor, Y-wing)
tel. +358 2944 29290
Note: Even if you deliver your application package to Admission Services in person, the application must still be submitted in an envelope max. A3 in size with all the necessary markings mentioned in the instructions.
Note: Aalto University accepts no responsibility for any possible expenses related to the delivery of the application, such as courier service fees or customs duties. The sender is responsible for all shipping costs. If you are using courier services please mark the shipments value as 0.
Write the following information on the envelope:
Write “Entrance Examination” in the lower left-hand corner. In the top left-hand corner write your last name, all first names, full address, name of the target programme to which you are applying, and 'Master of Arts'.
Read the following instructions carefully and make sure you send a suitable return envelope with sufficient return postage with your application package if you want to get your portfolio back.
Rejected applicants may collect their portfolios in person from Admission Services (Otakaari 1, Espoo) in September-October 2016 (the exact date will be notified later).
Note! Accepted applicants beginning their studies in the field of Art and Design will get their portfolios back from the departments.
Portfolios are only handed over to the applicants themselves or to a person with proper written authorisation against proof of identification. Letters of authorisation can be sent via email to admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi. The authorisation must include the applicant’s name and programme as well as the authorised person’s full name and date of birth. Authorisations must arrive at Admission Services by September 2016 (the exact date will be notified later).
Alternatively, portfolios can be returned by mail to applicants who have included sufficient return postage and a suitable self-addressed envelope with their application. Applicants from overseas must include international reply coupons. Aalto University accepts no responsibility for items broken or lost in the mail.
If international reply coupons are not available in your country of residence, you can order Finnish stamps from the online store of the Finnish postal service (posti.fi). You can have the stamps delivered directly to Admission Services. If you have the stamps delivered to Admission Services, make sure your name is clearly mentioned (e.g. mark the recipient as Your Name, c/o Aalto University...). For the complete postal address, see Contact information. Note that you will also need to send a suitable return envelope.
All portfolios that are not returned by mail or picked up will be destroyed after the last return day. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure he/she picks up the portfolio on the given return day, or that a return envelope arrives at Admission Services before that day.
Also take careful notice of the following things:
- Application documents will not be returned to applicants. By including a return envelope and sufficient return postage with your application, you will only get your portfolio back.
- Original envelopes used to submit the application package will not be used again to return the portfolio to the applicant. If you only send international reply coupons without a separate return envelope, your portfolio will not be returned to you by mail.
Successful applicants must have an excellent command of the language the programme they are applying to has stated as the language of instruction. If need be it can be proved by a language proficiency test. If a programme has two languages of instruction, applicants are only required to prove their proficiency in one of the languages.
Demonstrating proficiency in Finnish or Swedish
You do not need a language certificate if you have obtained your basic education (peruskoulu and/or toinen aste) in Finland taught in Finnish, Swedish or Sami, you have completed a university degree (giving eligibility to Master's level studies) in Finland taught in Finnish or Swedish or you have completed your basic education with Finnish or Swedish as a secondary language with a grade of magna cum laude.
If needed, the language of instruction must be proven by submitting a certified copy of the school-leaving certificate from primary or secondary school, or a certified copy of the upper secondary school diploma and school-leaving certificate (päättötodistus, slutbetyget).
All other applicants must prove their proficiency in either Finnish or Swedish by producing a language certificate. Sufficient proficiency can be proven only by passing the National Certificate of Language Proficiency ("yleinen kielitutkinto") with the minimum grade of 4/6. At least two subtests must be completed with the grade 4, one of which must be Writing. In order to be able to deliver the Finnish language certificate by the deadline, the applicant has to take the test on 2 April 2016 at the latest. The deadline for signing up for the test is 29 February 2016.
More information about the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in Finnish (oph.fi)
Demonstrating proficiency in English
All international students applying for master's studies offered in English must demonstrate their proficiency in English.
The recognized language tests and their minimum score requirements are listed below.
- TOEFL (IBT = Internet Based Test, PBT = Paper Based Test)
- Total score: 92 (IBT), 580 (PBT)
- Writing score: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT)
- IELTS (Academic)
- Overall Band Score: 6.5
- Writing Band Score: 5.5
- Cambridge CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- Grades accepted: A, B, C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic)
- Total Score: 59
- Writing Score: 50
IELTS, TOEFL and PTE test results are valid for two years from the test date. The oldest acceptable test date for TOEFL, IELTS and PTE certificates is 1 December 2013. CAE and CPE certificates are valid indefinitely.
More information about English language certificates see list below.
- IELTS (ielts.org)
- ETS (ets.org)
- CPE (cambridgeesol.org)
- CAE (cambridgeesol.org)
- PTE Academic (pearsonpte.com)
More information about the test centers in Finland
- TOEFL tests are organised in the following test centers:
- Real Training Solutions - Helsinki - Premeria (STN11457A), Arabiankatu 12, 4. Floor, 00560 Helsinki
- Prometric, Regus Hämeentie Business Centre (APCU-8070),
Hämeentie 15A, 3. Floor, 00500 Helsinki
- Fulbright Center (fulbright.fi)
More information about TOEFL and GRE tests
- The Finnish British Society FINNBRIT (finnbrit.fi)
incl. IELTS, CPE and CAE tests
- List of PTE Academic test centers (pdf)
Exemptions to the language requirements
You do not need a English language certificate if
- You have completed a university or a university of applied sciences degree (giving eligibility to Master's level studies) in Finland taught in Finnish, Swedish or English.
- You have completed a foreign university degree (giving eligibility to Master's level studies) taught in English in an EU or EEA country. The official language of instruction must be mentioned on the degree certificate, in the diploma supplement, in the transcript of study records, or some other official document issued by the institution in question.
- You have completed a foreign university degree (giving eligibility to Master’s level studies) taught in English in a university physically located in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
Note: Bachelor’s degrees completed in English in the above-mentioned countries must be at least three years in duration according to curriculum in order to be used as proof of proficiency in English. Master’s degrees must be at least one year in duration according to curriculum.
Submitting language certificates
English language certificate must arrive at Admission Services on 15 January 2016 by 3.00pm (GMT +2). An official score report is accepted as a proof of language proficiency.
Because IELTS certificates can be electronically verified by Aalto University, you should submit a plain copy of your IELTS certificate.
Applicants who take the TOEFL test need to ask for the official score report to be sent directly to Aalto University, reporting code 7364, as soon as possible. Only official score reports submitted by ETS are accepted. If the request for the official score report to be sent to Aalto University has been made before the application has been filled out please let us know your Registration ID (e.g. 00000000xxxxxxxx) so we can verify your test results from the ETS database.
If the CAE or CPE exam was taken since 2005, the results can be verified electronically. For the verification, we need the candidate's ID number (e.g. ABC123456) and candidate's secret number (e.g. 1234). These numbers should be written down to the plain copy of your CAE or CPE certificate you send with your application. Older test results cannot be verified electronically. If your CAE or CPE language test was taken before 2005, you will need to include an officially certified copy of the certificate with your application.
You can submit your PTE score to Aalto University once you have signed in to your PTE account on the test organiser's website. You can send your scores to unlimited number of institutions free of charge. The test organiser will send you an email to confirm that your scores have been sent.
Applicants who have taken the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in Finnish must send a copy of the certificate to Aalto University by 5 August 2016. If the certificate has not arrived at Aalto University by the appointed time, the study place will be forfeited and cannot be returned. In order to be able to deliver the Finnish language certificate by the deadline, the applicant has to take the test on 2 April 2016 at the latest. The deadline for signing up for the test is 29 February 2016.