Aalto University


Accessibility and diversity are the guiding principles of equality at Aalto University. Accessibility of tuition and services with digital accessibility support the Aalto community in making sure that everyone has the opportunity to access the university’s knowledge, ideas, and resources.
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Diversity of Aalto people and partners

Accessibility and a barrier-free campus

Diversity and accessibility are the guiding principles of equality at Aalto University. This article provides an overview of the background and policy principles related to the Accessible Aalto. In addition, other additional details and resources are included as links on this page.

Barrier-free campus of the Aalto University in Otaniemi

All the services in the metropolitan area within your reach in English, Swedish and Finnish.

Servicemap (external link)

All the services in the metropolitan area within your reach. Search for services, units or addresses, including Aalto University premises at Otaniemi

Aalto University schools and units on Servicemap

Otaniemi campus to develop into a lively neighbourhood

The university's campus is in Otaniemi, home of the lively community that supports innovations. The goal of the campus development is to mix valuable history and new ways of planning.

Dipoli / Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo

Accessibility in AYY rental facilities (external link)

AYY has paid more attention to the accessibility and reachability of rental facilities. Some of the facilities are nearly accessible, and we also now provide more information on accessible facilities in advance.

Tillgänglig AUS Sievo Sauna lokalen

Barrier-free environment (external link)

Barrier-free environment takes into account the diversity of people in designing and implementation (in Finnish).

Pyörätuolilla liikkuva matkustaja siirtymässä metroon

In need of inspiration for accessibility and diversity work? Check out our checklist for museums (external link)

Accessibility and diversity checklist for exhibitions in English. Translated in cooperation with The Finnish National Committee of ICOM.

Kulttuuria kaikille - Kultur för alla - Culture for All
Barrier-Free Finland prize awarded to Aalto University Undergraduate Centre
Aalto-University mapped the quality of induction loops to provide better services to people with hearing loss

Assistive technology - an important part of enabling environment

Accessibility and students

At Aalto University, all students can focus on their studies with the highest degree of equality possible. For individual reasons, students can receive an extension to an examination period or use aids in their studies, for example. Such individual solutions are agreed upon, during a confidential meeting, with the school’s student affairs planning officer or course teacher. Advice on accessibility matters can also be requested from the university’s accessibility specialist, study psychologist, or tutor.

Accessibility and accessibility of studies are laid down in Section 24 of the Aalto University General Regulations on Teaching and Studying:

Section 24 Accessibility of studies

  • Should the student, due to an impairment restricting his/her ability to study or other health condition, be unable to complete courses as provided in the curriculum or on the course, the school is obligated to take reasonable measures to organise an alternative mode of completing the study attainment. Such students are required to demonstrate the same level of knowledge and skills as the other students.

Further provisions on the accessibility of studies shall be given by the Aalto University Academic Affairs Committee.

Support for studying

Support services for students

Study at Aalto, admission services and academic policies and regulations

The university curricula are designed and implemented in accordance with the university strategy, and various academic guidelines, rules and regulations.

Student Guide

Study guide for all Aalto University students

Student guide illustration, front page

Support for Studying

Support for Studying

Student guide illustration, support for studying

Study at Aalto

Do you want to study in the Nordics in Finland? At Aalto University science and art meet technology and business. We believe in the power of curiosity and encourage our students to explore the unknown as well as to learn and do things in a whole new way.

Four Aalto University students sitting outside on rocks and talking

Admission Services

Aalto University organises several admissions. On this page you can find instructions for applying to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programmes.

Instructions on how to apply


Aalto University has six schools with nearly 12 000 students and 4 200 employees, including 400 professors. Get to know our experts in research, art, technology and business.

Aalto University community member

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto University

Aalto University is committed to promoting diversity, equality and non-discrimination in all its activities.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Aalto

We aim to be a diverse and inclusive community where all students, faculty, staff and stakeholders feel a sense of belonging and can fulfill their professional, educational and social aspirations fully.

Kuvassa eri-ikäisiä ja erimaalaisia ihmisiä työskentelemässä yhdessä. Kuva: Aleksi Poutanen

Individual study arrangements

Each Aalto student has a right to reasonable individual study arrangements due to an impairment restricting his/her ability to study or other health condition.

Aallon uudet opiskelijat luennolla

Aalto University's management: We call everyone to take action against racism and discrimination

There's no place for racism in the scientific community says the management of Aalto University in its statement. As a university, Aalto is working hard to develop an open and diverse community.

Aalto University flags. Photo: Aino Huovio

Code of Conduct - Values into practice

The Aalto University Code of Conduct is one way of putting our values and way of working — the foundation of our community culture — into practice

Kaksi henkilöä kampuksella.

Digital accessibility of research, tuition and service

Learn how to promote accessibility of Aalto University digital environment

Digital Accessibility

Digital accessibility guidance for Aalto web sites, e-services, mobile applications and documents to implement the national Act on the Provision of Digital Services (306/2019).

Student at laptop. Photo by Aalto University / Aino Huovio

IT Help

You can find up-to-date news, contact information, chat and instructions of frequently used IT services at IT-help hub: accounts, passwords, email, MFA, vpn, printing, teams, zoom, VDI and guidelines how to procure workstations and phones.

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Digital accessibility is a shared community practice

Web accessibility enables everyone to perceive, understand, navigate and interact with our web content and services regardless of individual differences. Making Aalto websites and apps more accessible results in an overall better user experience for everyone, not only for users with disabilities. Virtual learning (E-learning) accessibility involves both the content and the platform to be accessible, in order to be effective in the long run.

  • Technical standards for accessibility stands for issues like an option to use our university websites easily with assistive technology.
  • Accessible content stands for comprehensible, adoptable and usable web pages and other information.

Aalto University Accessibility Coordination Group

Diversity and accessibility are the guiding principles of equality at Aalto University. Accessibility of teaching and other academic activities, campus, and services both physically and digitally support the Aalto community in making sure that everyone has the opportunity to access the university’s knowledge, ideas, and resources.
Aalto University’s Accessibility coordination group is formed to improve coordination across domains.

Aalto University Accessibility Coordination Group members from May 1st, 2021

 Sari Dhima

Sari Dhima

Head of workplace development
 Ida Salin

Ida Salin

HR Specialist, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

AccANet - Accessible Aalto Network for collaboration

Accessible Aalto Network (AccANet) is for collaboration and knowledge building to improve our main processes and quality at Aalto University. AccANet members are volunteers who have agreed with their directors to promote accessibility in schools and units. Network members serve as human nodes for different kinds of accessibility issues met in our daily activities. In addition, AccaNet updates the tri-annual Aalto University Accessibility Implementation Plan with the help of their peers. 

Anne Sunikka

Anne Sunikka

Palvelupäällikkö, Avoin tiede ja ACRIS

Katja Rönkkö

Senior Communications Specialist
U908 Communications Services

Ilpo Korhonen


Peter Simontschuk


Janne Lummaa

Anne Petroff

Anne Petroff

Henkilöstöasiantuntija, HRD

Anni Tuomela

Data Protection Officer and Legal Counsel

Accessible Aalto

Recognising and removing barriers is an on-going process requiring everyone’s input.

A happy student slides downhill a snowbank

Accessible Aalto

Aalto University strives towards being an accessible, safe and healthy university where research, teaching and services are accessible for all.

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