Aalto University Summer School

Aalto University Summer School

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A warm virtual wave! 👋

The world has changed a lot since a year ago when we were planning the Aalto University Summer School curriculum for 2020. Although many of our plans changed, we were able to offer our students meaningful online experiences during this summer.

Some of the highlights were high school students from all over the world participating in an inspirational 5G summer course streamed live from the Harald Herlin Learning Centre, 60 students from Vancouver to Auckland working on company projects in the Digital Business Master Class, more than 80 Aalto University degree students studying in a hybrid program throughout the summer and students solving pandemic related challenges through sustainable design solutions.

In these uncertain times we are working very hard to build an academically inspirational curriculum for summer 2021. We will be offering both on-campus and online options for our students. On-campus courses and programs will have fair cancellation policies and we will update you regularly about the status of the course. We will continue to follow Finnish national regulations to avoid any Covid-19 related risks.

That being said, we are very excited about the new opportunities online learning brings and hope to offer opportunities for many students to study at Aalto University in the summer 2021!

Kind regards,

Laura Sivula

Head of Summer School

Aalto University

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The best way to spend a summer

Aalto University Summer School offers high-quality academic courses and programs for the summer teaching period. The courses and programs are organised at Aalto University's Otaniemi campus, located within a 10-minute metro ride from Helsinki. Aalto University Summer School and the Otaniemi campus have something for everyone.

The application period for Aalto University Summer School 2020 is now closed. We are excited to share our curriculum for 2021 with you soon. In the meantime, you may browse through our course selection for 2020. Most of the courses were held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Custom programs

Aalto University Summer School helps you build custom programs for your students visiting Aalto University. Together we can design courses and programs that best fit your students' needs. Aalto University has a lot to offer during the summer semester.

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Meet the team

The Aalto Summer School team is here to help both students and faculty in building memorable academic experiences on Otaniemi campus.

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Email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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