Exchange Studies, Studies under the flexible study right agreement (JOO), internal mobility and Non-degree studies
- Exchange studies
- Studies under the flexible study right agreement (JOO) and internal mobility
- Non-degree studies
We are also very pleased to welcome students from our partner universities to study as exchange students at Aalto. Aalto University is an internationally recognised university. Its research and students have had, and continue to have, a positive global impact. This means, for instance, that international mobility is considered a natural part of life for all members of Aalto.
Incoming exchange students
Aalto has an internationally rich and diverse student body of approximately 2700 international students representing over 100 countries. However, we always strive to develop into a community which is even more international and multi-cultural. If you would like to become an exchange student at Aalto, please first contact your home university’s international office, and discover the possibilities. Once your home institution has approved your participation, you will need to apply directly to the Aalto School with whom your home university has an agreement.
Upon receipt of your application the Aalto School coordinator will process your application and contact you with a decision. It is important that you receive this decision before committing to attend the School.
For further queries about the application procedure and the exchange programs at Aalto, please contact the Aalto Schools directly. More information and contact persons can be found on the school specific pages.
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Contact: in-exchange-arts [at] aalto [dot] fi
School of Business
Contact: : incoming-econ [at] aalto [dot] fi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
School of Business - Mikkeli Campus
More information on the school´s Into-pages (into.aalto.fi)
Bachelor's Degree Program in International Business - also called the BScBA Degree Program - located at the Mikkeli campus of the School of Economics
Annamari Vahvaselkä, annamari.vahvaselka [at] aalto [dot] fi
School of Chemical Technology
Contact: international-chem [at] aalto [dot] fi
Bilateral student exchange agreements open to all fields of science and engineering are coordinated at the School of Chemical Technology.
School of Engineering
Contact: exchanges-eng [at] aalto [dot] fi
School of Electrical Engineering
Contact: incoming-elec [at] aalto [dot] fi
School of Science
Contact: exchanges-sci [at] aalto [dot] fi
Outgoing exchange students
As an Aalto University student, you have excellent opportunities become more internationally orientated and globally competent during your studies. You can study or find a work placement abroad, take part in teaching provided in English or work actively in multicultural partnerships and projects. This allows you to gain knowledge and skills that will benefit you into the future.
As you gain international experience, you gain expertise that is beneficial for both your personal and professional life. You can learn foreign languages and get to know other cultures; enhance your employability with skills gained by working in an international environment and discover alternative ways of studying, working, thinking and living in general. In addition, the friends and contacts you make abroad will contribute to your life being wonderfully rich and diverse.
The university provides you with easy access to an exchange abroad. The Schools manage exchange agreements with top universities of their field. You are guided and instructed in choosing a suitable destination, and your exchange is also supported by scholarships awarded for exchanges abroad.
Based on a national agreement on flexible study rights (JOO), a student who has a right to complete a degree at a Finnish university (home university) may apply for a fixed-term right to pursue studies that are part of his or her degree at another Finnish university (target university).
Students may apply for a JOO study right for an individual course or module (e.g. a minor subject module). The agreement covers students with study rights for both a graduate and post-graduate degree.
In order for the student to apply for a flexible study right at the target university, he or she must have the application approved by his/her home university. When the student’s home university approves the application, it undertakes to pay the compensation specified in the flexible study right agreement for the study right and studies completed to the target university. For the students, flexible study right studies are free.
Students living in Finland may apply for non-graduate studies at Aalto University. The purpose of non-graduate studies is to enable graduates to advance their professional skills by taking courses in their own field.
Non-graduate study right is course-specific, i.e. students apply to take certain courses and if the study right is granted, the applicant can complete only the courses he/she has applied for.
It is also possible to take Finnish language courses as non-graduate studies, for instance if you work at Aalto University or in one of the partnering research institutions, such as VTT. These applications must be directed to Aalto University Language Centre.
More information on non-graduate studies from the Schools
- School of Arts, Design and Architecture (into.aalto.fi)
- School of Business, Helsinki (into.aalto.fi)
- School of Business, Mikkeli (into.aalto.fi)
- School of Chemical Technology (into.aalto.fi)
- School of Electrical Engineering (into.aalto.fi)
- School of Engineering (into.aalto.fi)
- School of Science (into.aalto.fi)
The Language Centre is a university-level service unit responsible for providing education in languages and communication for both students and staff. The goal of the Language Centre is to provide all university students with such language and communication skills that give a strong foundation for success in both studies and in the world of work.
More information about language and communication studies (into.aalto.fi)