Master of Arts (2 yrs)

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 15 December 2016 - 25 January 2017.

Selection schedule

Admissions to the master's programmes at Aalto University are organized once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2017 runs from 15 December 2016 to 25 January 2017.

Selection schedule

1 Dec 2016                        Programme-specific requirements and possible preliminary
                                           assignments are published

15 Dec 2016 at 9:00          Application period begins and online application system opens
(9 am GMT+2)

25 Jan 2017 at 3:00          Application period ends and online application system                           (3 pm GMT+2)                  closes.Deadline by which the required application documents                                                          (including language test results) must be received by the Admission                                                Services.

16 Mar 2017                       Notifications of stage one results (at the latest)

23 Mar 2017                       Second stage of the selection process at the latest

5 Apr 2017                         Final admission results are published

31 May 2016 at 3:00         Deadline for accepting the offered study place
(3 pm GMT+3)

31 July 2017                     Deadline for graduation for applicants applying on the basis of  an
                                          incomplete degree

7 Aug 2017 at 3:00           Deadline for submitting the result of the National Certificate of               (3 pm GMT +3)                 Language Proficiency ("yleinen kielitutkinto") in Finnish language.

August-                             Studies begin with orientation for new students
September 2017               

October 2017                    Rejected applicants may pick up their portfolios from Admission
                                           Services

Programmes offered

Programmes offered and intake in 2017

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 and languages of instruction. Please note that the application form is open only during the application period (15 Dec 16, 9am - 25 Jan 17, 3pm). Please remember to read instructions on how to apply before you fill in the application form.

* ) Intakes will be updated during autumn 2016

Programme Language Maximum intake*
Collaborative and Industrial Design English  
Costume Design Finnish, English  
Creative Sustainability English  
Design for the Performing Arts Finnish, English  
Documentary Film Finnish, English  
Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design English  
Film and Television Producing Finnish, English  
Film Directing Finnish, English  
Film Editing (Only in Finnish) Finnish  
Film Sound Design Finnish, English  
Game Design and Production English  
International Design Business Management English  
Kuvataidekasvatus, muuntokoulutus (Only in Finnish) Finnish  
New Media Design and Production English  
Photography Finnish, English  
Product and Spatial Design English  
Production Design Finnish, English  
Screenwriting Finnish, English  
Sound in New Media English  
Visual Communication Design English  
Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) English  

NOTE: The following Master’s programmes will not accept new students in 2017:

* Programmes marked with an asterisk only have intake every other year.

Who can apply

Eligibility for applying

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

or

  • 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 2017.  If the applicant is accepted to Aalto University, an officially certified copy of the degree certificate needs to be submitted to Admission Services by 7 August 2017 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 2017, you should apply on the basis of your finished Bachelor’s degree.

Tuition fees and scholarships

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 fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that.The tuition fee is €15 000 per academic year for degree programmes leading to a master’s degree.

With the introduction of tuition fees, a scholarship programme will be introduced to support students who participate in a fee-charging degree programme. At Aalto University, the scholarships will be granted in the form of a tuition fee waiver. The decisions on the scholarships are made on the basis of the academic merits of the students selected to study the programmes. 

More information about who need to pay the tuition fees and scholarships can be found on Fees and Scholarships.

How to apply

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.

Before applying

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.

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. Instructions will published later.

The application form is available only during the application period. You can only apply to one programme in the field of art and design. If you wish to change information in your application after you have submitted it, please contact admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi.

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 cover letter 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 out a cover letter and send a signed copy to Admission Services with all the required application documents. The application can be processed only if the paper cover letter 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 16 March 2017. All applicants are informed by email of their rejection or selection to the second stage. Applicants can also see if they have been selected to the second phase bychecking the Monitoring page in the application system.

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.

General eligibility

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 5 April 2017. 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 2017. 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

Required application documents

Compulsory documents

  • A printed and signed 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.
  • Portfolio
    • 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 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.

See Programme-specific documentation requirements.

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.

See Country-specific documentation requirements.

Translations

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.

Copies

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.

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.

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.

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 2017. 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 7 August 2017 at 3pm (GMT+3). 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 2017. 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. Unofficial copies will not be accepted under any circumstances.
     
  • 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.

Delivery instructions

Application packages with all the required application documents must arrive at Admission Services on 25 January 2017 by 3.00pm (GMT +2). Late applications will not be processed. Please note that the postmark of 15 January 2017 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 must be provided in an envelope or package of max. A3 in size, which protects the application package properly. Do not send huge boxes or rolls, only use regular postal envelopes or bags.

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:

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

If you are using courier services, make sure you use the street address:

Aalto University
Admission Services
Otakaari 1 (1st floor, Y-wing)
02150 Espoo
FINLAND
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'.

 

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How to get the portfolio back

If the target programme requires that the portfolio needs to be delivered in physical form, the portfolio will be returned to the applicant if he/she wishes. Electronic portfolios will not be returned. 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 October. Exact dates will be available 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. 

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.

Language requirements

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 8 April 2017 at the latest. The deadline for signing up for the test is 28 February 2017.

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 15 December 2014. CAE and CPE certificates are valid indefinitely.

More information about English language certificates see list below.

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.

If the degree includes studies from some other institution, the studies must also have been taken in English in a country and institution where the completed studies exempted the student from taking an English language test. However, this does not apply to degree studies completed during a student exchange.

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 25 January 2017 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 7 August 2017. 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 8 April 2017 at the latest. The deadline for signing up for the test is 28 February 2017.

Contact information

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

  • 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

 

Where can 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.

How do I start the application process?

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 25 January 2017).

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.

I study at a university in my home country. Can I transfer 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 art and design.

Are there any distance/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 need to pay tuition fees?

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 fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that.The tuition fee is €15 000 per academic year for degree programmes leading to a master’s degree. More information about can be found on Fees and Scholarships.

I need to pay the tuition fee. Can I get a scholarship?

With the introduction of tuition fees, a scholarship programme will be introduced to support students who participate in a fee-charging degree programme. At Aalto University, the scholarships will be granted in the form of a tuition fee waiver. The decisions on the scholarships are made on the basis of the academic merits of the students selected to study the programmes. More information about can be found on Fees and Scholarships.

When can I apply to the master's programmes?

Admissions to the master's programmes at Aalto University are organized once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2017 runs from 15 December 2016 to 25 January 2017. The application form is only available during the application period. It is possible to apply only to one programme in the field of art and design.

How many programmes can I apply for?

In the field of art and design you can apply only for one programme. 

There separate application procedures and separate application forms for the master’s programmes in the fields of science and technology and business and economics. If you fulfill the criteria it is possible for you to apply for each field. 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. However if you are accepted you can only accept one study place.

My previous degree is not from the field of art and design. Can I still apply?

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. Aalto University cannot comment on the eligibility of the degree before applying.

Do I need 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.

All tuition in my university was in English. Can I be exempt from the language test?

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. No other excemptions to the requirements can be made.

There are no language tests available before the application deadline. Can I wait for the admission results and send the language test result 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 applied last year and I was not accepted. Can you use the documents I sent last year 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.

Can I get more instructions on how to compile my portfolio?

The programmes have given the instructions on the portfolio in the programme-specific requirements. Due to equal treatment of applicants Aalto University Admission Services or the programmes cannot give any further instructions or information. It is up to the applicant to interpret the instructions.

What is an 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.

Where do I send my application documents?

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

How can I know if I have been invited to an interview / second stage of the application process?

All eligible applicants are informed by email whether they have been invited to an interview or second stage. This can also be seen from the Monitoring page of the application system.

When will the results be published?

Final results will be published at the earliest on 5 April 2017. 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.

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