Studying at the Open University
The Open University of Aalto University provides education in the fields of economics and business administration, art and design, and technology. In addition, language studies are offered.
At the Open University, you may pursue studies that meet your goals and interests. Usually it is possible to study separate courses in English. However, it is possible to study minor studies in Quantitative Methods, Information and Service Management and Management and International Business. Please read more about minor studies.
The quality and contents of the teaching at the Open University corresponds to those of the degree education of Aalto University.
Students are admitted to the courses in the order of registration. Some courses require prior knowledge of the topic; the possible prerequisites are mentioned in the course description.
Studying at the Open University is governed by the Aalto University rules of studies and studying. The Aalto University Open University reserves the right to make changes to the curriculum announced.
For practical information and tips on studying, you should also look at the Aalto University website on general studying skills.
Right to study at the Open University
You are granted a right to study when you register for a course, pay the course fee and receive the registration confirmation. The right to study is course-specific and is only valid for a fixed period.
Study in the autumn, spring, and summer
At the Open University, you can study throughout the year. You can find our course selection on the Courses page, which presents our courses for all the three terms of the academic year.
Through the Open University, you may take either courses organized by the Open University or courses organized by the degree programmes. The courses organized by the Open University are usually given on weeknights between 16.30 and 20.00 and sometimes on Saturdays. Courses organized by degree programmes are usually given between 8 and 16 from Monday to Friday.
Since studying at the Open University is not considered full-time, our students are not eligible for the financial aid for students granted by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kela. Studying solely at the Open University does not give you permission for Student Visa.
Open University courses are being offered at Aalto University Otaniemi Campus in Espoo. It is possible to study at Mikkeli campus too.
Open University students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. Finnish student housing organizations services are only for degree and exchange students.
The assessment method varies by course and is explained in the course description.
An Open University study attainment is evaluated against the same criteria as those of degree-granting education.
Study attainments are graded on a scale of 0–5 or Pass/Fail.
If you are unsatisfied with the grading, please, contact first the teacher of the course. If you are not satisfied with the decision of the teacher you can make an appel to Aalto University Academic Appeals Board : Instructions on how to do Academic appeals
Transferring credit for Open University study attainments
Credits for Open University studies may be transferred to a university degree at a later time. The decision regarding credit transfer rests with the degree-granting unit.
Studying at the Open University gives you an opportunity to:
- learn more about studying at university level and about the fields of study available
- enhance your professional skills and general skills needed in the workplace
- gain a scientific perspective on current phenomena
- aim for a degree by taking courses which may be counted toward a university degree later
- become a degree student through the Open University ‘pathway’ (väylä)
- expand your degree with a minor