Aalto University Summer School

Design thinking and product development - Unite!

Experience the product development process, in theory and practical applications in this Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Program by Aalto University Summer School, Design Factory, and the Unite! network.
Product development prototyping
Product development prototyping

Teaching period:


Application period:

1.3.2023 – 30.5.2023

Course format:



3 weeks full-time

Course level:


Field of study:

Technology and Engineering





Tuition fees:

While this course has no tuition fees, students will be responsible for their own traveling and accommodation costs during the week in Finland. Optional social activities may carry a small fee.

NOTICE: Since the registration deadline has been extended, students applying from abroad will get their confirmation by 7th June 2023.

Aalto Students can register for this course on Sisu.

Design Thinking and Product Development (MEC-EV10) is a hands-on bachelor's level course where students learn about innovation and how it is used to solve real-life problems.  This course will teach you how modern technology is used in user-centered prototyping processes. In multidisciplinary teams, the students are expected to create solutions while learning about electronics, laser-cutting, and additive manufacturing. The course includes the theory and practice of design thinking and its application in different contexts. 

During the course, students are encouraged to engage in international networking, peer-learning and to develop their transversal skills. The course also encourages learning about the local culture through social events as part of the program. Read more in the brochure below.

The course is for 2nd and 3rd-year bachelor's students from the 9 Unite! network universities:

In addition, this course is accepting students from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

The Design Thinking and Product Development course is an initiative in collaboration with Aalto University Summer School, Aalto Design Factory, and Unite! network.

The course is aimed mainly at design and engineering students, but other disciplines may be accepted if there is space in the course.

Unite! University Alliance

Aalto University is a member of Unite! alliance together with eight other European universities.

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Summer at Aalto University
Summer at Aalto University

Summer at Aalto University

Participating in the course Design Thinking and prototyping in the summer gives students an excellent opportunity to enjoy Finland at its best. Visitors can enjoy the surrounding nature in full bloom, take advantage of the countless hours of daylight and experience the vibrant Helsinki city life. 

3D printer at Aalto Design Factory
Aalto Design Factory

About Aalto Design Factory

Aalto Design Factory (ADF) is an interdisciplinary product design and learning hub uniting students, teachers, researchers, and industry. ADF aims to build a new kind of passion-based learning culture for Aalto University.

Contact us for more information

Marcela Acosta-Garcia

Program Manager

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About Unite!

Unite! - University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering is a European University alliance with nine partner universities strengthening mobility of students and staff, and fostering the quality, inclusiveness and competitiveness of European higher education.

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Unite! University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering (external link)

Unite! is the alliance of the nine technological universities created to contribute to the European Universities Initiatives proposed by the European Commission.

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