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Language requirements in Master's admissions

The language of instruction at Aalto University is Finnish, Swedish or English.

To be eligible to apply, applicants are required to be proficient in the language of instruction of the study option, and demonstrate their proficiency by passing a language test, when necessary. The language test scores must meet the minimum requirements set by Aalto University.

On this page, you can find the language requirements in English and Finnish/Swedish and the instructions for submitting the proof of language proficiency.
Aalto University students, photo by Unto Rautio

Proof of English proficiency

If you apply to a Master's programme instructed in English, you must demonstrate your proficiency in English with an accepted proof of language proficiency.

The majority of Aalto University’s master’s programmes are taught in English.
Check the language of instruction for your study option on the study option's web page.

If your study option has several languages of instruction, you need to demonstrate language proficiency in only one of the languages. Particularly the study options in the field of art, design and architecture may have several languages ​​of instruction.

See the accepted methods of proving your language proficiency in English below.
The list includes first

  1. language tests, and then
  2. other methods of demonstrating language skills.

No other methods of demonstrating English language skills than those listed below are accepted.

Applications without the required proof of language proficiency will be rejected.

Proof of Finnish or Swedish proficiency

Applicants are required to be proficient in the language of instruction of the study option.

As the majority of Aalto University’s master’s programmes are taught in English, applicants to English-taught programmes do not need to demonstrate Finnish or Swedish skills.

Check the language of instruction for your study option on the study option's web page.

If a study option has several languages of instruction, you need to demonstrate language proficiency in only one of the languages. Particularly the study options in the field of art, design and architecture may have several languages ​​of instruction.

More information on applying to master's programmes

Aalto University students in front of the main building. Photo: Aalto University / Aino Huovio.

Applying to master’s programmes

The admissions to the two-year master’s programmes at Aalto University are organised once a year.
The application period for studies beginning in the autumn of 2023 runs from 1 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.

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