Aalto University Summer School

Personal Growth and Renewal

The Personal Growth and Renewal course connects personal growth and serving your community in the best possible manner. During this course, you will learn how to deal with uncertainty, influence others, develop creative thinking skills and create value.
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1.2.2024 – 2.5.2024

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2 weeks part-time

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The Personal Growth and Renewal course is full

We only accept new students if there are cancellations. All new applications are waitlisted for cancellation spots. The application period for other summer school courses continues until May 31st or until full.

As an alternative, we recommend our undergraduate courses Self-Leadership (July 29th -August 9th) and Circular Economy (which runs at the same time as Personal Growth and Renewal).

Fill in the application form for the waiting list Browse and apply to other undergraduate courses

Throughout the years, people have passed through important processes, changing from one state to another and learning new things about themselves. These events have been called rites of passage. In a modern world, entering a new role can be a similar change that requires jumping into the unknown. Whether your next role is a new job, a career as an entrepreneur, or a promotion, we invite you to take a journey with us and get to know yourself better.
During this two-week summer course, you will go through a series of practical exercises encouraging you to look at yourself and the world you operate in from a different perspective. The course takes you to the real world and tunes you to recognize people's needs in an unstructured environment. It also creates opportunities to start interacting with the world in a new role. You will learn to understand yourself better, deal with uncertainty, interact with and influence others, develop creative thinking skills and create value.

The exercises help to see the different layers in human behaviour, markets and culture. During the course, students learn how to adjust to a new situation and place it in a larger context.

*The name of this course has changed in April 2024. The previous name was Leading Transformation. 

Summer School alum story: Leading Transformation course revealed the interplay between design, adaptability, and visionary leadership

Julia Zambrzycki shares how the Leading Transformation course can help us become visionary leaders in constantly changing times.

Learn more about the student experience as told by Julia
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Course instructor Anna Dementyeva

Teacher Information

Anna Dementyeva is working as an Incubation Specialist at Aalto Ventures Program. Her task is to coach and mentor students who want to turn their ideas into reality. In her coaching, Anna puts a lot of emphasis on a person’s well-being and self-awareness skills. Anna has degrees in pedagogy and business and has 15 years of experience teaching and working with entrepreneurs.

Course instructor Johannes Kaira

Johannes Kaira works as a teacher at Aalto University. For the past six years he has worked as coach Aalto Ventures Program, specialising in problem solving and design. Johannes holds a master's degree in Architecture from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. 

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Summer School team

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Undergraduate summer courses

We offer multidisciplinary academic summer courses for undergraduate students.

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Undergraduate Summer School application form (external link)

Use this form to apply to Aalto University Summer School undergraduate courses

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Extracurricular programme and social events

Get to know your coursemates and Finland through engaging extracurricular activities and social events organised by the Summer School team.

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