Master of Arts (2 yrs)

The admissions to Master's programmes at Aalto University are organised once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2018 runs from 15 December 2017 to 24 January 2018.

Selection schedule

Admissions to the master's programmes at Aalto University are organised once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2018 runs from 15 December 2017 to 24 January 2018.

Selection schedule 2018

15 Dec 2017
at 9:00 (9 am
GMT+2)

Application period begins and online application system opens

24 Jan 2018 at 15:00
(3 pm GMT+2)

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

15 Mar 2018

Notifications of stage one results

6 Apr 2018

Final admission results are published

31 May 2018 15:00 (3 pm GMT+3)

Deadline for accepting the offered study place.

31 July 2018

Deadline for graduation for applicants applying on the basis of  an incomplete degree. An attested copy of the degree certificate (and its authorised translation) must be recived by the Admission Services by 7 August 2018 at 15:00 (3 pm, GMT +3).

7 Aug 2018 3:00 (3 pm
GMT+3)

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

August-September 2018

Studies begin with orientation for new students

Who can apply

Eligibility for applying

Applicants are eligible to apply for a master-level studies in the field of art and design if they have completed:

  • Finnish Bachelor's degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences,
  • Finnish Bachelor’s degree from a university or the equivalent education,
  • Foreign degree from a foreign university or institution, giving eligibility for Master’s level studies in that particular country

or

  • Person who has 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.

A first cycle higher education degree (a bachelor’s degree from a university or a polytechnic) grants eligibility to apply to a master’s programme. It is not possible to apply to a master’s programme on the basis of a master’s degree. The only exception are one-tier degree programmes where the first cycle degree is not compulsory or the so called long cycle degrees.

If you have completed or are currently pursuing some other degree in addition to the bachelor’s degree, you can list one additional degree on the application form. A licentiate or doctoral degree (third cycle degrees) do not grant eligibility to apply to master-level studies and they are not to be listed on the application form.

The foreign university granting the foreign degree must be an official and recognised 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 organisation (e.g. UNESCO).

From an administrative standpoint, applicants can apply on the basis of any Bachelor's 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 study option to which the applicant is applying.

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 2018. If the applicant is accepted to the university, he/she must deliver a certified copy of the degree certificate giving eligibility to apply (and its authorised translation, if applicable) to the university by 7 August 2018 at 3 pm (GMT +3:00). 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 2018. 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.

Programmes offered

A list of all the study options in English in Master's programmes and the Master level majors and the maximum intake of new students in the field of Art and Design can be found below. Note that intake is always announced as a maximum number of new students per study option per intake. All available study places are not always filled. You may only apply to one study option in the field of Art and Design each year.

If the language of instruction in any given study option is listed as "Finnish, English", this means that the study option can be completed entirely in English or entirely in Finnish. 

Please note that the application form is open only during the application period. Please remember to read instructions on how to apply before you fill in the application form.

Study options 2018

Study options

Language

Maxium intake

Application form

Cinematography

English, Finnish

2

To be announced

Collaborative and Industrial Design

English

25

To be announced

Contemporary Design

English

14

To be announced

Costume Design

English, Finnish

2

To be announced

Creative Sustainability, Master of Arts

English

16

To be announced

Documentary Film

English, Finnish

2

To be announced

Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design

English

15

To be announced

Film Directing

English, Finnish

2

To be announced

Film Editing

English, Finnish

2

To be announced

Film Sound Design

English, Finnish

2

To be announced

Game Design and Production

English

8

To be announced

Interior Architecture

English

14

To be announced

International Design Business Management

English

12

To be announced

Kuvataidekasvatus

Finnish, Swedish

14

To be announced

New Media Design and Production

English

18

To be announced

Nordic Visual Studies and Art education, NoVA

English

12

To be announced

Photography

English, Finnish

15

To be announced

Production Design

English, Finnish

2

To be announced

Sound in New Media

English

10

To be announced

Visual Communication Design

English

18

To be announced

Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art

English

28

To be announced

 

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 study option 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 motivation letter plus any additional work samples and entrance exam assignments are assessed as a single entity.

1. Before applying

Read the instructions for applying carefully and find out about programme-specific evaluation criteria and documents.

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. 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.

2. Choice of study option

Applicants can choose their study option from master's programmes or their major subjects. You may apply for only one study option in the field of art and design in Aalto University. Only one application per applicant can be processed. Changes to the study option can be made only during the application period.

There are separate application procedures and separate application forms for the master’s programmes in the fields of science and technology and business and economics. One applicant can apply to all three fields but only one application per applicant per field is processed. In addition to the master’s programmes in the field of science and technology, applicants may apply to the field of  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 both to an international double degree programme and a regular master's programme, he/she can accept only one study place (one place per term provision).

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

3. Filling out the application form

Read document Application Guide (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 study options on this page 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. 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. You can only apply to one study option 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. It is possible to change the study option you are applying for 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 Guide' carefully.

The application system is used throughout the whole application process. Applicants use the application system to follow the status of their application and see the arrival of their documents. Also the final admission results are published via the application system.

4. Gathering the required documents, submitting the application and stage one of the selection process

Filling in and submitting the application, delivering the required documents and possible premliminary assigments are the first stage of the entrance examination.

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 documents can be found from section Required application documents.  It should also be noted that only one application from each applicant will be processed. If you send more than one application, only the most recent one will be processed.

You will be notified by email once your application docuemnts have been received by Aalto University Admission Services.

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.

All required documents must be received by the Admission Services no later than 24 January 2018 at 3 pm (GMT +2:00).

5. Application processing - General eligibility

Admission Services process all the applications and check the general eligibility, i.e. check the authenticity of the documents, make sure that the application contains all the requisite documents and that the applicant fulfills the admission requirements. Only the eligible applications are sent on to the programme staff for academic assessment. Incomplete or ineligible applications will be rejected. 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.

If you are found non-eligible, your application will be rejected. If necessary, you may also be sent an email asking you to supplement an incomplete application. If you are eligible to apply, your application will be forwarded to the study option where it will be academically evaluated.

6. Academic evaluation and stage two of the selection process

Based on the academic evaluation, some of the applicants will be invited to the second stage of the selection process. If a study option's selection process only has one stage (it will be mentioned on the study option’s description page when the application period begins) the final admission decision is made during the academic evaluation. Applicants will receive notification of how they did in the first stage of the selection process by 15 March 2018. 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 by checking the Monitoring page in the application system.

If a study option's selection process only has one stage, it will be mentioned on the study option’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.

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.

Admission is granted on a competitive basis - in the second stage the applicants are assessed 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 study options are not obligated to fill up all the available study places. 

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 study option; 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.

7. Final admission results

Final results will be published at the earliest on 6 April 2018. 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 the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

8. 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 instructions (pdf)

Applicants will be informed of the possible times and dates for receiving feedback either directly from the study option or through the online application system when the final admission results are published. 

9. Accepting the offered study place and start of studies

Successful applicants must inform the university about accepting the offered study place by 31 May 2018 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 of Arts, Design, and Architecture and from studentservices [at] aalto [dot] fi

Required application documents

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 documents required by the study options you are applying for. You can fill in the application form in the application system during the application period. You can print the cover letter once you have filled in, saved and submitted the application form in the  application system. Please read the instructions for applying and the programme-specific evaluation criteria very carefully before filling in the application form or submitting any documents.

Make sure to deliver all the documents you wish to be taken into consideration in the application process within the application period. Documents delivered after the given deadline cannot be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the application. 

Application documents are not returned to applicants.

Compulsory documents

1. A printed and signed cover letter from the online application system. (Cover letter pdf is provided in the system after submitting your online application form.)

2. An officially attested copy ofan official Bachelor's degree certificate/diploma

3. An official transcript of records (or an officially attested copy of it)

4. An authorised translation of the degree certificate/diploma and an authorised translation of the official transcript of records if the degree certificate and transcript of records are not in Finnish, Swedish or English (if applicable)

5. Language certificate (if applicable). For information on who needs to submit a language certificate, see Language requirements.

6. Portfolio

  • Some Master's study options 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.
  • If your study option requires a portfolio, the file name should be in format Portfolio_Lastname_ApplicationID.pdf, e.g Portfolio_Smith_123456.pdf.

7. A CV (The file name should be in format CV_Lastname_ApplicationID.pdf, eg. CV_Smith_123456.pdf. )

8. Possible programme-specific documents

  • Some study options require further documentation in addition to the general compulsory documents. For more information, please refer to the Programme-specific requirements section.

9. Photocopy of the applicant’s passport or some other government-issued identity card (with photo) including information on nationality

Applicants with an incomplete degree deliver official transcripts and their authorised translations (if applicable) of their studies. An attested copy of the degree certificate must be deliver as soon as it is available. Read more information about applying with an incomplete degree. Please also note the country-specific documentation requirements.

If you are exempted from tuition fees based on your residence permit: copy of a continuous  or permanent residence permit card in Finland (type A or P permit), a long-term resident’s EU residence permit for third-country nationals in Finland (type P-EU), EU family member’s residence card in Finland, or an EU blue card in Finland.

Please note:

Make sure you deliver all documents within the application period. Documents delivered after the deadline cannot be taken into consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications or application documents are not accepted by email. Do not use staples, paper clips or interleaves; simply arrange your application documents in order. Application documents will not be returned to applicants. See also Country-specific documentation requirements if your degree was awarded abroad.

Programme-specific documentation requirements

Some study options also require programme-specific compulsory documents. Programme-specific requirements will also include instructions regarding the portfolio, CV and motivation letter.

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. 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

Degrees 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.

Degrees awarded by a higher education institution outside Finland

The copies of study certificates must be certified by the issuing institution or by a notary public. The copies must be made of the original, official documents. Copies of copies will not be accepted. If the certificate has several pages, each page must be certified from the right side of the page. Each page must be certified separately and indicate clearly the date and the original signature, printed name and stamp of the certifying officer. The mere mention of the official copy (eg. stamp "True copy") is not enough. Please also see the country-specific requirements.

The copy of your passport does not need to be officially attested.

Aalto University Admission Services does not take copies of application documents or attest them.

Who is an unbiased signatory?

An unbiased signatory is at least 15 years old, is not closely related to you, and is not your current or previous spouse, fiancée or your adopted parent or child.

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 2018. 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 2018 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. It is not possible to deliver the documents by email.

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 you apply with an incomplete degree, please note that you will have to be able graduate by 31 July 2018. 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.

Delivery of official transcript of records for Aalto University students

Aalto University students can deliver the official transcript of records electronically. Please follow the instructions in Into to order the electronic transcript, https://into.aalto.fi/display/enaalto/Official+electronic+transcripts. Send the electronic transcript to admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi with the subject “Aalto University transcript of records, Last name”. Please give your application ID as well as your study option on your e-mail. If you do not deliver an electronic transcript of records you are required to deliver an official transcript of records in paper format, signed and stamped by a university official.

Additional information about the required documents

  • Motivation letter is part of the online application formand as such a compulsory part of the application. You can prepare it advance and copy-paste it on the application form. 
  • The transcript of records you send us must be an official copy (with your institutions stamp) or an officially attested copy. If you decide to send us an attested 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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, and applicants will not be requested to supplement programme-specific documents.  
  • Only one application from each applicant will be processed. If you send more than one application, only the most recent one will be processed.
  • Application documents will not be returned to applicants.
  • Admission Services does not take copies or attest 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

The cover letter and all required documents are sent to the mailing address:

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

Please write "Master's admissions - field of art and design" and 'entrance examination' on the envelope.

If you use courier services, please give the following street address and phone number:

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

You can also bring the documents in person to Otakaari 1, 02150 Espoo, 1st floor, room Y199 and leave them to the staff during office hours (please check our office hours from our contact information page) or in the white mailbox next to the office.

All application documents must be received by Aalto University Admission Services by 24 January 2018 at 15.00 (3 pm, GMT +2:00). Applications received after the application deadline will be automatically rejected. The applicant is responsible for meeting the application deadline also in case the application documents are delivered by a third party, e.g. postal service. 

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

Please read also the instructions on how to deliver the language test results (if applicable).

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. If you use a courier, please mark 0 as the value of the shipment.

As the copies of study certificates must be officially attested, we cannot accept applications delivered by email or fax.

Programme-specific documentation requirements

Some study options also require programme-specific compulsory documents. Programme-specific requirements will also include instructions regarding the portfolio, CV and motivation letter.

Motivation letter is part of the online application form and as such a compulsory part of the application. You can prepare it advance and copy-paste it on the application form. The maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters.

You must submit your portfolio by the application deadline. If the study option requires a portfolio, it must be uploaded to the application system before submitting the application. The file name should be in format Portfolio_Lastname_ApplicationID.pdf, e.g Portfolio_Smith_123456.pdf. 

Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before submitting the application. The file name should be in format CV_Lastname_ApplicationID.pdf, eg. CV_Smith_123456.pdf. 

The programme-specific documentation requirements will be published soon.

Language requirements

Successful applicants must have an excellent command of the language the study option they are applying to has stated as the language of instruction. If need be it can be proved by a language proficiency test.

Demonstrating proficiency in English

Applicants applying for a right to study towards a degree in an English-taught programme at Aalto University are required to provide an official certificate of their English proficiency. The recognised 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)
    • PDT reading section 22, listening section 22 and writing section 24
  • 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. Thus the oldest acceptable test date for TOEFL, IELTS and PTE certificates during the 2018 application period is 15 December 2015. CAE and CPE certificates are valid indefinitely.

More information about English language certificates see list below.

Exemptions from the language test requirements

A language proficiency test is not required from the following applicants:

Applicants whose higher education degree and the requisite studies have been taken at

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

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.

Demonstrating proficiency in Finnish or Swedish

Applicants who have obtained their basic education (peruskoulu and/or toinen aste) in Finland taught in Finnish, Swedish or Sami or who have completed a university degree (giving eligibility to Master's level studies) in Finland taught in Finnish or Swedish or who have completed their basic education with Finnish or Swedish as a secondary language with a grade of magna cum laude do not need a language certificate when applying to programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish.

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 19 May 2018 at the latest. The deadline for signing up for the test is 30 April 2018.

More information about the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in Finnish (oph.fi)

Submitting the language test scores

The language test results must be received by the Admission Services by 24 January 2018, at 3 pm (GMT +2:00).

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 organiser's website. The scores can be sent to an unlimited number of institutions free of charge. The test organiser 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 organiser'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 organisers' 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

 

Tuition fees

There is a tuition fee in the English-taught programmes leading either to a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. Tuition fees will not be charged from citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland.

Who will need to pay fees?

Citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland are not required to pay tuition fees while studying towards a degree at Aalto University. Most non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fees. The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who:

  •     have a continuous or permanent residence permit card in Finland (type A or P permit)
  •     have an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (type P-EU permit)
  •     have an EU family member's residence card in Finland
  •     have an EU blue card in Finland

If you are exempted from tuition fees based on your residence permit in Finland, you need to enclose a copy of your residence permit card in Finland to your application documents. A copy of your valid passport or national ID card where your citizenship is indicated is required as well. Please note that the residence permit is not an official identification.

More information about determining one’s liability to pay and exemptions from tuition fees can be found on Studyinfo (studyinfo.fi).

Fees and scholarships

At Aalto University the tuition fee for master's programmes is €15 000 per academic year.

Aalto University has a scholarship prgramme to support non-EU/EEA citizens who study in a fee-charging degree programme. At Aalto University, the scholarships are granted in the form of a tuition fee waiver. The scholarship covers either 100 % or 50 % of the tuition fee. The number of scholarships is limited.

The scholarships do not cover living costs. Students are expected to cover living expenses (app. EUR 800 per month) and other study related costs from their own financial resources.

Non-EU/EEA citizens who are liable to pay tuition fees can apply for the Aalto University scholarship. The applicants can apply for the Aalto University scholarship at the same time at the same time they apply for a master's programme with the same application form. It is not possible to apply for the scholarship after the application period has ended. The scholarship decisions are made on the basis of academic evaluation of the applicants selected to the study programmes. The scholarship decision is given together with the admission decision.

More information about tuition fees and scholarships is available at the Scholarships and Fees section.

Contact information

Contact details

Best ways to contact Aalto University Admission Services staff is by email or by phone.

Please see contact details for further information Aalto University Admission Services Contact details.

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 study options to find out which of them meet your interests and abilities.

How do I start the application process?

After you have found a study option 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 24 January 2018).

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 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 art and design.

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 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.

Are there any scholarships available?

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 organised once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2018 runs from 15 December 2017 to 24 January 2018 3.00 pm (GMT+2). The application form is only available during the application period. It is possible to apply only to one study option 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 study option. 

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 study option 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 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 study options have given the instructions on the portfolio in the programme-specific requirements. Due to equal treatment of applicants Aalto University Admission Services or the study options 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.

What is the difference between a cover letter and a motivation letter?

The cover letter is a document generated by the online application system. You need to print and sign the cover letter and deliver it to the Admission Services with your other application documents. You will only be able to open the pdf-file and print the cover letter after you have submitted your application in the online application system.

A motivation letter is part of the application and it is written on the online application form. You can also write it in advance (max. 4000 characters with spaces) and copy-paste it to the space on the application form. You can find more specific information on programmes' requirements for the content of the motivation letter from the programme-specific 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 6 April 2018. 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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