Open University studies for upper secondary students
Have you ever wondered about what it would be like to study at Aalto University or in a certain field represented at Aalto? The Open University gives upper secondary school (high school) students the chance to try out university studies in business, arts and technology. The courses offer a great opportunity to get an inside look at your field of interest and help you plan your future academic course of studies. Open University studies are usually best suited to students in their third year of upper secondary school. Together with your school advisor, you can look into the possibility of having your school sponsor your Open University studies and include them as part of your upper secondary degree.And if you apply and are admitted to Aalto as a degree student, you may transfer your Open University studies for credit in your university degree.
On offer are courses and study modules in technology, economics and business, arts and design, and languages and communication.The teaching provided through the Open University is the same as that of the degree programmes.You may choose individual courses from the course selection to fit your current situation, or you may resolve to undertake a whole study module.Successful completion of technology or business studies through the Open University route may lead to securing a student place as a university degree student.
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The wide variety of fields and courses on offer at the Open University gives you a chance to find your area of interest. Course offerings especially suited to upper secondary students are available from the Open University’s course menu. The courses suited to upper secondary (high school) students are indicated. They are mostly introductory courses and do not require previous university studies.
We recommend reading the course description carefully before registering. Every Open University course has a course description with details about the course. To see a course description, just click on the name of a course from the course menu. The description shows the scope of the course in credits (cr), indicating the amount of work required.One credit is equal to about 27 hours of study. This is good to take into account when planning your studies. Some courses have prerequisites, that is, a starting level of knowledge needed in order to take the course. Beginner courses in languages are suitable for all and have no prerequisites. You may also take language courses at a higher level if you already have good proficiency.The proficiency level for every language course is indicated in its course description.
In addition to the Open University’s own courses, you can participate in courses that count towards a degree if they have places reserved for Open University students. Open University courses are taught primarily on weeknights and sometimes on Saturdays, whilecourses taught by degree programmes are taught primarily between 8 and 16 on weekdays.The Open University courses with contact teaching are given on the Otaniemi campus in Espoo. The campus is conveniently located and on the metro line. Online courses are given on electronic learning platforms and require no presence on campus.
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