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 the fields of 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 as part of your university degree.
Aalto University Open University offers courses and study modules in technology, economics and business, arts and design, and languages and communication.The courses provided through the Open University are the same as the courses taught in the degree programmes. You may choose individual courses from the course selection to fit your current situation, or you may study a whole minor. Successful completion of technology or business studies through the Open University route may lead to securing a student place as a university degree student. Please note that the route studies through Open University are only in Finnish.
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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 list. The courses suited to upper secondary (high school) students are indicated in the menu. They are mostly introductory courses and do not require previous university studies.
Open University course listWe recommend reading the course description carefully before registering to a course. Every Open University course has a course description with details about the course. To see the course description, just click on the name of the course from the course menu. The description shows the teaching schedule, location and 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.
Open University offers courses organized by Open University itself or by Aalto University degree programmes. All available courses are listed in the Open University course list:
Open University course listPlease check the teaching schedule from the course description before registering. Most of the Open University courses are taught on a daytime on weekdays and some courses are taught on evenings or on Saturdays.
The Open University courses with contact teaching are given on the Otaniemi campus in Espoo. The campus is conveniently located on the metro line. Online courses are given on electronic learning platforms and require no presence on campus.
Additional information on studying at the Open University
For more information on studying in general or specific courses at the Open University, please contact [email protected]
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