Information for Summer School Applicants
The application process
- Choose a course and review the application requirements
You will find a link to the Aalto University Summer School application form on each course page (see list of Aalto University Summer School courses). The course-specific application information, such as specific requirements, eligibility, and application dates, is listed on the course pages.
- Apply for the course
Before applying, please check that you fulfill the eligibility criteria and possible prerequisites specified in the course description. Pay attention to the application deadlines, which can vary between courses. Fill in your application form carefully and make sure to provide all the requested information.
- After applying
After submitting your application, it will be reviewed by the Summer School staff and course teachers. If we need more information from you, you will receive an email request within 7 days. You will receive the final admittance decision within three weeks of sending your application. Accepted students need to confirm their participation to secure their place in the course. After confirming your participation, you can prepare for your visit with our practical tips.
See the specific instructions and tuition fees for each group of applicants.
Aalto University Summer School courses are a great way to update your knowledge and be inspired by new experiences. Professionals and other lifelong learners can apply to courses through our application form. Tuition fees apply.
Students from Aalto University's partner universities are eligible for a reduced tuition fee on most courses. See the course pages for more information.
Students from Aalto’s partner universities can apply to courses as tuition-fee waivers if they are officially nominated for exchange. Please note that there is a limited quota of exchange places on Summer School courses. You can read the data protection statement for incoming exchange students here.
Aalto University Summer School courses have a quota for Aalto degree students. Therefore, Aalto degree students apply to Summer School courses through the same application form as other students. You should only register for a course in Sisu after being admitted to a course. Tuition fees do not apply.
If you are an incoming Aalto University student for autumn 2023, you may attend courses that begin in August without a tuition fee.
Students from schools and universities that Aalto does not have a partnership with are welcome to apply to Aalto University Summer School courses to discover new topics in an international atmosphere. Tuition fees apply.
Students from other Finnish universities are eligible for partner school discounts.
Language skill requirements
Aalto University Summer School does not require an official test record of English proficiency. However, we expect the students to have a strong command of English, both in writing and in communicating in the classroom, to be able to fulfil the course learning objectives. Language skills may be used as criteria in the application approval process.
Tuition fees are calculated based on the level of the course (e.g. undergraduate/graduate) and credits (ECTS). Please see information about course-specific tuition fees on each course page.
Note that in addition to the tuition fee, some Summer School courses carry a programme fee that covers extracurricular activities, special materials or additional services, such as portfolio photos. The information about a possible programme fee can be found on the course page.
Applicants will receive payment instructions via email after being accepted to a course. Applicants confirm their course participation by paying the tuition fee. The tuition fees are paid with a credit card or through Finnish online banks. International students are encouraged to check that they have allowed international payments from their credit card.
In the case of cancellation:
- Cancelling up to 60 days before the beginning of the course: 85% refund of tuition fee and program fee (Aalto University will deduct 15% of each course fee as a service and bank cost fee)
- Cancelling up to 30 days before the beginning of the course: 50% refund of tuition fee and program fee
- Cancelling less than 30 days before the beginning of the course: no refund of tuition fee or program fee
- If Aalto University cancels the course or program: 100% refund of tuition fee and program fee
Select a course and find more information
Do you have other questions related to applying to Aalto University Summer School? See if they have been answered in our frequently asked questions or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.