Technology and Engineering, Master's Degree

The admissions to master’s programmes at Aalto University are organized once a year. The next application period for studies starting in 2017 will be held in December 2016 - January 2017. The exact dates and the updated admission criteria will be published on this webpage in the autumn 2016.

Selection schedule

Admissions to the 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.

Selection schedule 2016

1 December 2015 at 9:00 
(9 am, GMT +2:00)

Application period begins, application system opens.

15 January 2016 at 15:00 
(3 pm, GMT +2:00)

Application period ends, application system closes. Deadline by which the required application documents (including language test results) must be received by the Admission Services.

February - March 2016

Applicants who are not eligible to apply or who have delivered incomplete applications are informed about the rejection of their application.

February - March 2016

Academic assessment:  eligible applications are evaluated by the programme staff.

29 March 2016

Results are published.

31 May 2016 at 15:00 
(3 pm, GMT +3:00)

Deadline for accepting the offered study place.

31 July 2016

Deadline for graduation for those applicants applying with an incomplete degree. An attested copy of the degree certificate (and its authorised translation) must be received by the Admission Services by 5 August 2016 at 15:00  (3 pm, GMT +3:00).

5 August 2016 at 15:00 
(3 pm, GMT +3:00)

Deadline for submitting the result of the National Certificate of Language Proficiency ("yleinen kielitutkinto") in Finnish language.

August - September 2016

Term starts with orientation to studies.

Programmes offered

Below you can find a table including the master's programmes and their major subjects available in English and their intake quotas in the field of Science and Technology at Aalto University. You can apply to a maximum of two target programmes. The language of instruction in the master’s programmes is English and the estimated study time is two years. The programmes are not obligated to fill up all the available study places.

Please note that the international joint degree programmes have their own separate intakes, application and admission procedures and application periods.

List of target programmes 2016

In the list of target programmes you can find links to programme pages as well as quotas 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.

 

Master's programme - major subject Quota
Architecture 16
Automation and Electrical Engineering 45
Building Technology 20
Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biomass refining 10
Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Biotechnology 10
Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Chemical Engineering 10
Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Chemistry 10
Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Fiber and polymer engineering 10
Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Sustainable metals processing 10
Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Functional materials 10
Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology 10
Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Communications Engineering 60
Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Computer Science 30
Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Game Design and Production 10
Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Machine Learning and Data Mining 15
Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Mobile Computing, Services and Security 15
Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Software and Service Engineering 15
Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Signals, Speech and Language Processing 20
Creative Sustainability (Architecture) 5
Creative Sustainability (Technology) 7
Engineering Physics 20
Energy Technology 15
Geoengineering 15
Geoinformatics 15
Information Networks 10
Industrial Engineering and Management 12
Industrial Engineering and Management - Strategy 12
International Design Business Management (Technology) 15
Life Science Technologies - Bioinformatics 5
Life Science Technologies - Biomedical Engineering 8
Life Science Technologies - Biosensing and -electronics 5
Life Science Technologies - Biosystems and Materials 10
Life Science Technologies - Complex Systems 5
Life Science Technologies - Human Neuroscience and -technology 5
Mathematics and Operations Research 20
Mechanical Engineering 30
Nano and Radio Sciences 35
Real Estate Economics 20
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering 15
Water and Environmental Engineering 15
TOTAL 625

 

Who can apply

Applicants with an appropriate degree from a university or university of applied sciences may apply directly to a master’s programme in the field of science and technology at Aalto University. Admissions are organized once a year and applications are accepted only during the application period.

 

The following credentials grant eligibility for applying to master's programmes

  The university must fulfill the following criteria:

  • a bachelor's degree from a Finnish university or a university of applied sciences / polytechnic (AMK)
  • a bachelor's degree from a foreign university which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education
  • a master's degree from a university or a polytechnic master's degree (the bachelor’s degree grant eligibility
    but aptitude is assessed also on the basis of the master’s degree)
  • The university 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)

Admitted students may be required to take complementary studies to gain the knowledge
and skills required for the studies.

In the field of technology at Aalto University, a student may only have one valid study right in a degree programme at any given time. If a student accepts a new study place in a degree programme of the same level (e.g. Master of Science in Technology) the old study right is forfeited.

Applying with an incomplete degree

Students in their final year of a degree programme are eligible to apply, provided they will graduate by 31 July 2016. 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 +2:00). 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.

How to apply

Applying to Aalto University’s master’s programmes is done via Aalto University's application system. Admissions are organized once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2016 will be organized 1 December 2015 at 9am (GMT +2:00) - 15 January 2016 at 3pm (GMT +2:00). The application documents are returned to the Admission Services of the university.

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Admission is primarily based on the student’s previous academic record. There are no entrance examinations or tests for applicants. The evaluation of the applications is done by the programme staff. The applicant has a right to apply for a maximum of two target programmes.

1. Before applying

Read the instructions for applying carefully and find out about programme-specific evaluation criteria and documents on programmes’ web pages.

Book a language test well in advance so that your test scores will arrive at the university on time. More information about language tests and requirements can be found in Language Requirements.

2. Application fee

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 payment is collected by the National Board of Education (Opetushallitus, OPH).

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)
  • Switzerland

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. The application and the payment have to be made by the same person. 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 at https://studyinfo.fi/wp2/en/higher-education/application-fee/

 

3. Choice of target programmes

Applicants can choose their target programmes from master's programmes or their major subjects. You may apply for two (2) options in the field of science and technology. Only one application per applicant can be processed. Please note that you have to list the programmes in order of preference. Changes to the target programmes and to their order on the application form can be made only during the application period.

In addition to the reqular master’s programmes in the field of science and technology, applicants may apply to the Erasmus Mundus, Nordic Master and other international double degree programmes. These programmes have their own application periods and procedures. Please follow the instructions on their own websites. If the student is accepted to both some of the international double degree programmes and a regular master’s programme, he/she can accept only one study place (one place per term provision).

There are separate application procedures and separate application forms for the master’s programmes in the fields of art and design and business and economics. One applicant can apply to all three fields but only one application per applicant per admissions is processed.

More information about Aalto University's master's programmes can be found from the Study options section.

4. 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’ on the Programme description site. 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.

5. Gathering the required documents and submitting the application

After filling out and submitting the application, you should print out the provided cover letter, sign it and send it to Aalto University Admission Services with all the requisite application documents. The application can be processed only if the printed cover letter and all the necessary enclosures are received by the university by the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be processed.

One set of application documents is sufficient even if you apply for two (2) options. It should also be noted that only one application from each applicant will be processed. If you send more applications than one, only the most recent one will be processed. More information about required documents can be found under Required documents.

All required documents must be received by the Admission Services no later than 15 January 2016 at 3 pm local time (GMT +2:00).

6. Application processing - General Eligibility

Once your documents have been received by the Admission Services at Aalto University, you will receive an e-mail notification. 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 fulfils the admission requirements.

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. Only the eligible applications are sent on to the programme staff for academic assessment. Incomplete or ineligible applications will be rejected at this stage.

7. Academic Assessment

The final admission decision is made based on the academic assessment made by the programme staff. The application will be evaluated at each programme stated in the application. Admission is granted on a competitive basis - the applicants are assessed on the basis of their previous academic record and compared to each other. Only the best applicants will gain admission. The number of seats is restricted. This means that some applicants might not be admitted even if they are eligible for the programme. The programmes are not obligated to fill up all the available study places. Please see the programme web pages for programme-specific evaluation criteria. Unfortunately we cannot comment the status of applications during the academic assessment.

8. Results of admission

The admission decisions are published on 29 March 2016. Once the results are available all eligible applicants whose application has been processed will receive an e-mail and they can see their admission decision on the Monitoring page of their application in the application system. Successful applicants will also receive a formal letter of acceptance which will be mailed to the address specified in the application system. The applicants are themselves responsible for keeping their contact information updated during the whole application procedure. The instructions on how to update the contact information is available in the document 'Application steps'.

There is no waiting list system in the admissions for Master's programmes. This means that if someone does not accept the offer of admission, the study place will not be offered to an applicant who has not been accepted. You can gain admission only to one of the programmes you have applied to and you cannot change the order of preference after the application deadline.

9. Appealing against the admission decision

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. Instructions (pdf).

10. 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 at 3 pm (GMT +3:00). 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 in question and from studentservices [at] aalto [dot] fi

An application consists of the application form which needs to be filled out and submitted online, as well as the printed and signed cover letter, a set of compulsory documents listed here, and additional documents if they are required by the programmes you are applying to. You can fill out the application form in the application system during the application period (1 December 2015 - 15 January 2016 3 pm). You can print the cover letter once you have filled out, saved and sent the application form in the  application system. Please read the instructions for applying and the programme-specific evaluation criteria very carefully before filling out the application form or submitting any documents.

Application documents are not returned to applicants.

Compulsory documents

1.

An officially attested copy of an official Bachelor's degree certificate

or a certificate of equivalent studies (the studies must be completed by 31 July 2016)

2.

Authorised translation of the degree

if applicable

3.

Official transcript of records

listing your completed university studies, or an officially attested copy of it

4.

Authorised translation of the transcript

if applicable

5.

Curriculum vitae

 

6.

Copy of passport or ID-card

 

7.

Language test scores 

For detailed information about the language requirements, please see the section Language Requirements

8.

Portfolio

for those applying for the Department of Architecture

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.

Country-specific documentation requirements

There are 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, please see Country-specific documentation requirements.

Translations

All required documents must be available either in Finnish, Swedish or English. If the original study certificates are not issued in Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant must provide official, precise, word-for-word translations of them. A translation is regarded official if it is made by an authorised translator or by the university that has granted the degree. Translations must be either originals or certified copies of the original translations. All translations must be accompanied with a certified copy of the original document.

Copies

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.

Additional documents

In addition to the compulsory application materials, some programmes may require Additional Documents to be able to better evaluate your application, such as high school leaving certificate, GRE or GMAT results, recommendations or work certificates. While these documents are not compulsory, they are strongly recommended, because they provide further information about your background and thus may add value to your application. Additional documents do not need to be officially attested, regular copies suffice, unless mentioned otherwise. Please contact the programme in question for further information on additional documents.

More information about GRE and GMAT tests is available on the testing authorities' websites. The GRE reporting code for Aalto University is 7364.

Applying with an incomplete degree

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. 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. 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.

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. All applicants are evaluated based on their academic record. Applicants with an incomplete degree are evaluated based on their academic record at the time of applying. Updated transcripts or any studies completed after the application period cannot be taken into consideration in the evaluation process.

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

  • Motivation letter is part of the online application and as such a compulsory part of the application. You can prepare it advance and copy-paste it on the application form. Please note that if you do not deliver your motivation letter as part of the application form but in some other manner, the Admission Services cannot guarantee that it will be taken into consideration in the academic assessment.

  • If you are pursuing or have completed more than one higher education degree (bachelor's degree, master's degree), please provide official documentation of your full educational history (official transcript of records, official degree certificates). Only studies which have been officially documented can be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the application. All copies of study certificates must be delivered as instructed.

  • One set of application documents is sufficient even if you apply for two (2) options. It should also be noted that only one application from each applicant will be processed. If you send more applications than one, only the most recent one will be processed.

  • Do not staple the documents. Please also refrain from using interleaves, files, folders or binders. Simply arrange your application documents in order. If you are required to deliver a portfolio of your work (applications for architecture) you can use a separate binder or folder for the portfolio.

  • The Admission Services does not answer inquiries about the arrival of applications or individual documents. Once your application documents have been received, you will be notified by e-mail. Applicants can follow the arrival of their documents and status of their application in the application system. The arrival of individual documents such as the language test scores or transcripts sent by your institution can be updated to the system once the whole application has been received by the Admission Services, i.e. once you have delivered the printed cover letter and the required documents.

  • Please allow the Admission Services time to process the documents. During the application period and especially at the end of each application period we receive a lot of mail. The mail will be processed in the order of arrival. You will be notified by e-mail once we have received your documents. There is no need to make additional inquiries about the arrival of your documents.

  • 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 which purpose the documents are intended.

  • 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. Applicants will not be requested to supplement additional documents.

  • The use of false application documents will lead to the rejection of the application and will be reported to relevant authorities.

Delivering the application documents to Aalto University

Applications should be sent to the mailing address:

Aalto University
Admission Services
P.O.Box 11110
FI-00076 AALTO
Finland

If you use courier services, please give the following address:

Aalto University
Admission Services
Otakaari 1
FI-02150 ESPOO
Finland
tel. +358 2944 29290

Please mark "Master's admissions - technology" to the envelope. All required documents must be received by the Admission Services no later than 15 January 2016 at 15:00 (3 pm, GMT +2:00).

We strongly advise international applicants to use a courier company or other service where it is possible to track the delivery.

The 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.

Since the study certificates must be officially attested, we cannot accept applications delivered by e-mail or fax.

Language requirements

Successful applicants must have an excellent command of Finnish, Swedish or English. Please note that some degree programmes may require knowledge of Finnish.

Accepted language tests

All international students applying for master's studies offered in English must demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants are required to attach an official language test report to their application. The recognized language tests and their minimum score requirements are listed below.

  • IELTS (Academic IELTS only)
    • Overall Band Score: 6.5
    • Writing Band Score: 5.5
  • TOEFL (IBT = Internet Based Test, PBT = Paper Based Test)
    • Total score: 92 (IBT), 580 (PBT)
    • Writing score: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT)
  • CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
    • Grades accepted: A, B, C
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic only)
    • Total score: 59
    • Writing score: 50

The minimum requirements are very strict. If your score does not fulfill the minimum requirements, you are not eligible to apply and your application cannot be processed. Only the above-mentioned language tests are accepted.

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE results are valid for two years starting from the test date. Thus the oldest acceptable test date during the 2016 application period is 1 December 2013. The CAE and CPE results do not have an expiration date.

Exemptions from the language test requirement

The following groups are exempted from the above mentioned language test requirement:

1. Applicants who have completed a higher education degree and the requisite studies

  • at a university or a university of applied sciences in Finland in Finnish, Swedish or English;
  • at a university or polytechnic in an EU/EEA country in English. The language of the degree must be stated in the degree certificate or its appendix, the transcript of records or other official document, such as diploma supplement, issued by the higher education institution in question.
  • in an English-medium programme requiring physical on-site presence at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States.

2. Applicants who

  • have attended Aalto University as an exchange student in the field of technology (an Aalto University transcript of records or certificate of student status required);
  • are EU/EEA citizens from partner universities of Aalto University's schools of technology (Erasmus partners, Cluster, NordTek, Nordic5Tech or other official partner in student exchange). Applicants whose official transcript of records does not contain language studies in English shall provide certificates of sufficient language proficiency provided by their home universities.
  • are applying to non-degree programmes subject to charge.

Only the above-mentioned groups are exempted from the language test requirement. For all other applicants the official language test result is a compulsory application document and applications without the test result will not be processed. There are no exceptions to the above-mentioned requirements.

Studies in Finnish?

The only master's programme offered only in Finnish/Swedish in the field of technology is currently the Master's Programme in Landscape Architecture (maisema-arkkitehtuuri, landskapsarkitektur). All other master's programmes in the field of technology are available in English.

Applicants who have been educated in Finnish, Swedish or Sami or have earned a higher education degree in either Finnish or Swedish or who have taken either the matriculation examination test in either Finnish as a second language or Swedish as a second language with the grade of magna cum laude or higher do not need to provide a language certificate when applying to Finnish-language or Swedish-language degree programmes.

International applicants who wish to study in Finnish, but have not completed a school or a university degree in Finnish or in Swedish, must provide a certificate of their Finnish proficiency. Sufficient proficiency can be proven only by passing the intermediate-level 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. Applicants who fail to submit their test score by 5 August 2016 will not be admitted. You can check the test schedules for the Finnish test on the web pages of the Finnish National Board of Education Opetushallitus, which coordinates the tests. Please note that there are only a few test dates available every year and especially in the Helsinki metropolitan area they fill out quickly so it is very important that you check the test dates well in advance.

Aalto University does not organize language tests or courses to applicants.

Submitting the language test scores

The language test results must be received by the Admission Services by 15 January 2016, at 3 pm (GMT +2hrs).

Applicants who take the IELTS need to enclose a copy of the score report with the application documents. Because IELTS certificates can be electronically verified by Aalto University, applicants may send plain copies of their IELTS certificates. If you receive your IELTS score after submitting your application to Aalto University, you can send a scanned copy of your result by e-mail (admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi). Please mention the programme to which you are applying as well as your full name and application ID number in the email.

Applicants who take the TOEFL test need to ask for the official score report to be sent directly to Aalto University as soon as the score is available. Please make sure to use Aalto University's institutional reporting code 7364. Only the official score report submitted by ETS is accepted. If the TOEFL IBT score delivery request has been made before the application has been submitted, the applicants are asked to give their TOEFL Registration ID number (16 digits, e.g. 00000000xxxxxxxx). The Admission Services have the possibility to verify scores which have been reported with Aalto University's institutional code 7364 in an online verification system provided by the testing authorities. The scores can be accessed in approximately 1-2 weeks after the delivery order has been made.

Applicants who take the PTE A test can deliver their score to Aalto University once they have signed in to the PTE account on the test organizer's website. The scores can be sent to an unlimited number of institutions free of charge. The test organizer will send an email to confirm that the scores have been sent. Note that according to PTE, it takes up to 48 hours for scores to be sent to institutions. For more information on how to deliver PTE results, please see the test organizer's website.

If the CAE or CPE exam was taken in 2005 or later, the results can be verified electronically. For the verification, the candidate's ID number (e.g. ABC123456) and secret number (e.g. 1234) are required. You must include these two codes with a copy of your language certificate in your application package. Older test results cannot be verified electronically. If the CAE or CPE test was taken before 2005, you will need to include an officially certified copy of the certificate with your application.

If you take your language test and receive the score after the submission of your application to Aalto University, please notify us by e-mail (admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi).

Please 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 centres, please visit the test organizers' websites.

Language testing in Finland

In Finland, the TOEFL  iBT test centers are:

  • 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

For more information about the TOEFL and GRE testing in Finland, please see the website of the Fulbright Center.

The IELTS test and the Cambridge language certificate exams (Certificate in Advanced English CAE, Certificate of Proficiency in English CPE) are offered by the Finnish British Society FINNBRIT.

List of places where you can take the PTE Academic test can be found from the following document

 

Contact information

The best way to contact the staff of Aalto University Admission Services is by sending an email or giving us a call.

Otaniemi Campus

  • E-mail address: admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi
  • Telephone, General inquiries: +358 2944 29290
  • Visiting address: Otakaari 1, room Y198, FI-02150 Espoo
  • Mailing address: Aalto University Admission Services, P.O. Box 11110,
    FI-00076 Aalto

The Admission Services at the Otaniemi campus are open on Tuesday 9.30-11am and Wednesday to Thursday  12-2pm or by appointment. The service point in Otaniemi is closed on Fridays. During the application period we have extended opening hours. Please see Contact Information for exceptions in the opening hours.

Frequently asked questions

General questions

Where do I find information?

Please visit the University website for detailed information on the application procedure in general. For more information on the programme contents and courses, please see the programmes' websites.

You should carefully read through the list of available programmes to find out which of them meet your interests and abilities. It is important that you read the programme requirements carefully in order to make sure you meet them. For instance, certain skills or courses may be prerequisites for the degree you wish to apply for.

How do I start the application procedure

After you have found a programme you wish to apply for, read the instructions on how to apply and the admission requirements very carefully. Make sure you have all the requisite documents available. Make an appointment to take the requisite language test. This must be done in good time in order for the test score to be received by the university by the deadline (i.e. no later than 15 January 2016).

Once you are ready to fill out the application form, read the instructions on how to use the application system. Please note that the application forms are available only during the application period. Before the application period begins you can start preparing the motivation letter, which is a compulsory part of the application form, take the language test and gather the necessary documents. Applicants for the field of architecture can prepare their portfolio which is also compulsory.

Do I have to learn Finnish?

Most master's programmes are taught in English. International students are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English language. Learning Finnish before the start of the studies is not required. Students who are enroled at the university can take language courses at the Language centre.

I study at a university in my home country. Can I transfer my studies to Aalto University?

Unfortunately it is not possible to transfer your current university studies to Aalto University. If you wish to pursue a degree at our university, you should apply as a new student. If you get accepted, it can be discussed with the degree programme in question whether or not some of your previous credits can be accepted as a part of your degree at Aalto University. Please note that the university does not offer bachelor's programmes in English in the field of technology and engineering.

Are there any distance learning / online programmes available?

No, we do not have any distance learning or online programmes. All studies require attendance at the university, in Finland.

Do international students have to pay tuition fee?

For the intake of 2016 no tuition fees will be charged. Students selected in the application round 2016 will not be charged tuition fees.

On 15 December 2015 the Finnish Parliament has decided to impose tuition fees for non-EU/EEA citizens who are studying towards Bachelor's or Master's degree in languages other than Finnish or Swedish. The collection of tuition fees will begin in August 2017 so students who start their studies in autumn 2017 or after will be charged tuition fees. At the moment we do not have any further information about the amount of fees or availability of scholarships. More information concerning the tuition fees will be posted on Aalto University’s website when available. News regarding the issue can be found on Studyinfinland portal (studyinfinland.fi).

Are there any scholarships available?

Aalto University does not offer any scholarships or any other type of funding to students. All students must take care of their living expenses from their own financial resources. More information about living expenses can be found under the section Studying at Aalto. Currently no tuition fees will be charged.

Can I apply through University Admissions Finland (UAF) portal?

Aalto University uses its own application system (Apply) and is not part of the University Admissions Finland (UAF) portal. It is not possible to apply to Aalto University via UAF.  All information about applying to Aalto University is published on this website. All documents for the admissions at Aalto University must be submitted to Aalto University.

Should I use an educational agent?

The use of educational agents is not necessary in the application process and applicants are advised not to use any fee-charging services for applying. All information regarding admissions is available to everyone on the University’s website. Applicants should always fill in the application themselves and use their own contact details. This ensures that the applicant receives all important information directly from the University. Any third party involvement may hinder the application processing and admission procedure.

General eligibility

I do not have a bachelor’s degree. Can I still apply?

Bachelor's programmes in the field of technology are not available in English. Only students who have completed a bachelor's degree at a university are welcome to apply for admission to pursue a master's degree (Master of Science in Technology or in Architecture) at our university, in the same field than their previous degree.

For information about study possibilities in Finland, please see the web page of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility) (studyinfinland.fi).

I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree but will receive my final degree diploma after the application deadline. Am I eligible to apply? What documents should I send?

Students in their final year of the bachelor's degree are eligible to apply, provided they complete their bachelor's degree by 31 July 2016. In such cases, a copy of the degree certificate must arrive at the university no later than on 5 August 2016. When sending your application documents to the university, please enclose all other requested documents except for the degree certificate. Please remember to send in a transcript of records which shows all the credits you have earned so far. You can also attach an enrolment certificate or a statement of the anticipated graduation date to your application.

How many programmes can I apply for?

You can apply to two programmes in the field of technology and engineering. There are separate application procedures and separate application forms for the master’s programmes in the fields of art and design and business and economics. One applicant can apply to all three fields but only one application per applicant per admissions is processed. Each field requires an individual application and a full set of documents for their admissions. Only the language test scores need to be delivered once to the university. In addition to the regular master's programmes, you can also apply to the international double degree programmes. If the student is accepted to both an international double degree programme and a regular master’s programme in the field of science and technology, he/she can accept only one study place leading to the same degree (M.Sc. in Techology or M.Sc.in Architecture).

Which degree should I state on the application form?

On the application form, please give the bachelor's or master's degree you wish to apply with and which makes you eligible to apply for admission. In most cases, the relevant degree is a bachelor’s degree. If you have completed or will complete several higher education degrees, please give first the degree you wish to apply with. Please note that if you apply based on an incomplete degree, whether bachelor's or master's, the degree must be completed by 31 July 2016.

If you are pursuing or have completed more than one higher education degree (bachelor's degree, master's degree), please provide official documentation of your full educational history (official transcript of records, official degree certificates). Only studies which have been officially documented can be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the application. All copies of study certificates must be delivered as instructed.

Which institution should I state on the application form?

On the application form, please specify the name of the institution that has granted your degree: the name of the institution is written on your degree certificate. In most cases, the certificate is granted by a university, not by the college in charge of the instruction or courses, as it is the university that is the administrative body. If you don't find the name of your institution from the drop-down menu on the application form, you can write the name on the provided space. Do not use any other than Latin letters (for example do not use русский or 汉字).

Documents

Which documents are needed?

A signed cover letter which can be printed once the application form has been submitted in the application system. The application form has to be filled in using the application service which is available only during the application period each year.

You can apply for two options chosen among our master’s programmes or their majors. You should list your choices in order of preference, while keeping in mind that the order is binding. Fill in the application form and submit it. After submission, print the cover letter, sign it and post it to the university with the requisite documents

The following documents are compulsory for all applicants:

• Certified copy of the degree or studies that you have completed and an authorised translation of it, if the degree certificate is not in Finnish, Swedish or English. You may also submit a temporary degree certificate, if you graduate during spring or summer. However, you must complete your degree by 31 July 2016, and a certified copy of the final degree certificate must be received by the university by 5 August 2016. 
• Official transcript of records listing your completed university courses and an authorized translation of it, if the transcript is not available in Finnish, Swedish or English. 
• A curriculum vitae, CV
• Copy of your passport or other identity card with your photograph. Also, a translation is needed if the document is not available in Finnish, Swedish or English. The copy does not need to be certified. 
• Language test score report
• Portfolio for the applicants to degree programmes of Architecture

In addition to the compulsory application documents, some programmes may require additional documents to be able to better evaluate your application. While these documents are not compulsory, they are strongly recommended as they give more information about your background and add value to your application. A list of these required documents can be found under Programmes offered.

Should you wish to send any additional materials after the submission of your application, please state your application ID number clearly on the envelope or in the cover letter.

What is a officially attested document / certified copy?

A certified copy is a document that carries a stamp or a seal of an authority that has the power to confirm that the photocopy is identical to the original document from which it is made. The authority responsible for certification varies from country to country, but in Finland it is the Notary Public in a local register office. University documents are regarded as official if they have been certified by the university in question.

Please also see the webpage Country-specific Documentation Requirements.

Who is an unbiased person?

An unbiased person is at least 15 years old, not one's immediate family, current/former spouse, fiancé/e or adoptive parent/child.

Should I send a motivation letter with my documents?

A motivation letter is a part of the application, not a supplement, and compulsory to all applicants. When you fill in the application form, you will be asked to write a motivation letter. You can write it in advance (max. 4000 characters with spaces) and copy-paste it to the space on the online form. When you print out the form, the motivation letter will be printed along all the other information.

Please note that if you apply to two target programmes, you need to write two motivation letters, one for each programme.

I applied to the university last year but did not get accepted. Can the same documents be used for my application this year?

The application documents will not be returned to applicants. The documents from previous years cannot be re-used. Applicants must submit a full set of documents for each admission. Only the language test scores do not need to be submitted again, provided they have been submitted as required, the result fulfills the minimum requirements and the results are still valid.

I'm applying for a master's programme in the field of business and another programme in the field of science and technology. Do I need to send two copies of my language test score?

No, you do not have to send us your language test score twice. One test report is enough even if you apply to several programmes. All language test scores that have been delivered as requested will be saved in the university's language test score database.

Where do I send my application?

Please send your application to:

Aalto University
Admission Services
P.O.Box 11110
FI-00076 AALTO
Finland

If you use courier services, please give them the street address:

Aalto University
Admission Services
Otakaari 1
FI-02150 Espoo
FINLAND
tel. +358 2944 29290

Language Requirements

Who needs to take a language test?

In general, all international applicants must prove good proficiency of the language they are going to use in their studies. There are only a few exceptions to this rule, and they are explained on the Language Requirements section.

How are language test results reported to the university?

When you take the TOEFL test you need to order an official test report to be sent directly to Aalto University, reporting code 7364 as soon as the score is available. Only the official score report submitted by ETS is accepted.

When you take the IELTS or the Cambridge Certificate (CAE, CPE) test, please ask the testing centre to mail an official score report to Aalto University:

Aalto University
Admission Services
P.O.Box 11110
FI-00076 AALTO
Finland

If you use courier services, please give them the street address:

Aalto University
Admission Services
Otakaari 1
FI-02150 Espoo
FINLAND
tel. +358 2944 29290

In the case of the IELTS test, you can also enclose a regular copy of your score report with your application. The IELTS score can be verified officially by Aalto University through a service offered by the testing authorities.

If you take your language test and get the language test report after the submission of your application to Aalto University, please notify us by e-mail or fax. Of course, with TOEFL test, the official test report needs to be ordered from ETS (Aalto University institutional reporting code 7364).

All tuition in my university is in English. Do I need to deliver a language test score?

According to the language requirements, all applicants are requested to submit a valid, official language test report. There are only a few exceptions to this rule and they are listed in the Language Requirements section.

My language test score is below the minimum requirement. Can I still apply?

The language requirements are very strict. If you fail to meet the minimum requirement you are not eligible to apply and your application cannot be processed.

There are no language tests available before the application deadline. Can I wait for the admission results and send the language test score only if I get accepted?

The language test score must arrive at the university by the given deadline without any exceptions. The required language certificate is a requisite application material; without it the application is incomplete and cannot be processed. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they take the language test in time for the result to be received by the university by the given deadline.

I have taken a language test in 2010. Can I use the result in my application?

Please note that the IELTS and TOEFL test results are valid for two years, starting from the test date. We are only able to verify valid test scores, so the result should be valid during the application period.

Deadlines

When does the application period start?

In the 2016 admissions the application period begins on 1 December 2015 at 9am local time (GMT +2:00).

Can I send my application before the application period?

It is not possible to send an application before the application period begins. The application system opens at the same time the application period starts and the application form has to be filled in before it can be printed out and sent to the university. Admissions are organized only once a year and applications are accepted only during the application period.

When does application period end?

In 2016, the application system will be closed on 15 January 2016, at 3 pm (GMT +2:00).

When the application period ends, the application must be completed, saved and submitted. After the deadline has passed, the applicants can only print out the submitted application, not modify the application.

The submitted application along with a printed cover page and requisite documents are regarded as the official application. If your documents are not received by the university by the time the application period ends, the application will not be processed. Please note that all the required documents, including the language test report, must be received by the university by the deadline.

Some programmes, like Erasmus Mundus programmes, may have a different application schedule; please check the programmes' web pages for further information.

I missed the application deadline. Can my application still be considered?

The university will only consider complete applications submitted by the deadline. A complete application is one that includes both the submitted application, the printed cover letter and all the requisite application materials. The deadlines are very strict. Late applications will not be processed and it is not possible to apply to the university outside the application period. Applicants, whose applications are incomplete and will thus not be processed, will receive a notification of it by e-mail in March.

Evaluation

What happens to my application after I have submitted it?

Only complete applications that are received by the university by the application deadline will be processed further. All applications undergo an initial review by the Admissions Office to make sure that

• they contain all the required documents
• the documents are delivered as requested, and
• the previous university and the degree meet the requirements in general

When this has been done, the eligible applications are sent to the programme in question for their evaluation and assessment. The assessment will serve as a basis for the final admission decisions.

Which elements are being evaluated by the programme staff?

Study success, contents of previous studies and the suitability of the studies to the programme applied for, motivation, your possible relevant work experience and language skills. For more detailed information, please see the web pages of the programme.

How can I check the status of my application?

When you register into the application system, you get your personal account and profile for checking your application status. You can check, for instance, if your application or your language test score report have been received, or find out which materials are missing from your application. Please note that we cannot comment on individual applications or their status before the final decisions have been made.

Results

When are the admission results being published?

Final results will be published on 29 March 2016. It is not possible to have the result prior to that date.

When and how are admitted applicants informed?

You can see your admission decision on your personal account in the application system. Admitted applicants will receive an official acceptance letter by first class air-mail. The names of accepted students will be published on the university web pages but only if the applicant has given permission to this on the application form.

When and how are unsuccesful applicants informed?

You can check your admission decision from your personal account in the application system. The system also shows you the reason for not being admitted. Unsuccesful applicants will not be notified by a letter of their admission decisions.

I did not get accepted. Is there a waiting list if someone does not accept the study place offered?

Unfortunately we do not have a waiting list system. The number of accepted students is defined so that there will be no extra seats available even if someone declines the offered study place.

What do I do after I have received the acceptance letter?

Along with the acceptance letter, you will receive a package of important information about your studies, the University and living in Finland, and also instructions on how to proceed in order to accept the offered study place. Please read all the information carefully, as it provides you with key facts you will need in the near future and guidance on how to proceed. The letter has been posted by the Student Services of the school that has accepted you as a student. If you have any inquiries, please contact the Student Services at studentservices [at] aalto [dot] fi.

Please return the confirmation form by 31 May 2016, at 3 pm (GMT +3:00) to confirm your acceptance of the admission offer. Please note that if you do not return the confirmation form by the deadline, you will lose the offered place of study. In case you finish your bachelor's studies after the closure of the application deadline, you must submit your bachelor's degree certificate by 5 August 2016.

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