Non-degree studies, Exchange Studies, Studies under the flexible study right agreement (JOO)
Non-degree studies enable studies at Aalto University without a right to complete a degree. Persons living in Finland may apply for non-degree studies at Aalto University. The purpose of non-degree studies is to improve one's professional skills by taking courses in one's own field.
Please check the school-specific instructions below, and find out about the courses in the information system Sisu (https://sisu.aalto.fi) or learning environment MyCourses (https://mycourses.aalto.fi/?lang=en)
The fee for non-degree studies is 15 euros/ECTS.
The non-degree study right is course-specific, i.e. the courses applied for are listed on the application. If the study right is granted, the applicant can complete only the courses he/she has applied for. Please send a separate application to courses organized by different schools of Aalto.
It is also possible to take Finnish language courses as non-degree studies, for instance, if you work at Aalto University or in one of the partnering research institutions, such as VTT. These applications must be sent to Aalto University Language Centre: [email protected].
Please note! Application form (pdf) for non-degree studies is at the end of this page.
Remember also to explore what open University has to offer: http://avoin.aalto.fi/en/
Aalto ARTS accepts non-degree students if there is room in the course and if the applicants have sufficient prerequisites. The Department of Architecture doesn’t accept any non-degree students. After looking at the courses you need to be in contact with the degree programme offering the studies you are interested in to ask about your possibilities and possible attachments to the application (e.g. portfolio, degree certificates).
Application period for courses in autumn term and whole academic year is 15 April - 15 May, and for courses in the spring term is 15 October - 15 November. Applications that are submitted outside the application periods will not be approved. More information and applications: [email protected].
If you are interested in business studies, please contact Aalto University Open University.
You can apply for non-degree studies at the School of Business if you fulfil the prerequisites and if there is room on the courses. You can send applications and questions concerning the non-degree studies to [email protected]. Applications have to be submitted well before the courses start, 3 weeks before starting day of a course at the latest.
If you are interested in gaining an additional accountant qualification in either Finnish or Swedish, please find more information here.
Also CHEM takes non-degree students if he/she has sufficient prerequisites and there is room in the course. If the course is limited to CHEM students or students of a specific major, non-degree students will not be admitted to the course. More information and applications: [email protected]. Application has to be submitted 3 weeks before starting day of a course at the latest.
CHEM-E0140 ( 0 cr) Laboratory Safety Course is compulsory for all students taking courses at Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering.
You can apply for non-degree studies at the School of Electrical Engineering if you fulfil the prerequisites and if there is room on the courses. You can send questions concerning the non-degree studies to [email protected].
The applications must be send as confidencial email to [email protected]. Please also attach your latest transcript of study records and degree certificate in the email. Applications have to be submitted well before the courses start, 3 weeks before starting day of a course at the latest.
You can apply for all courses of School of Engineering, but your application might get rejected if you don’t have adequate prerequisites or if the course is targeted primarily to degree students.
You can apply for non-degree studies at the School of Engineering all year round, but please send your application as early as possible before the course starts (min. three weeks earlier).
Please enclose with the application form:
• official transcript of records
• degree certificate and a statement from your employer, if the reason for your application is improving your professional skills
• admission letter to a doctoral programme if applicable
You can apply for all courses of School of Science. The application may be rejected if, for example, the organizing department does not have the resources to admit non-degree students, the applicant lacks the previous knowledge or skills required for the course, or the course is suitable only for major students. You can return an application anytime, but it is advisable to apply in good time, about three weeks, before the course begins.
Please enclose with the application form copies of:
- official transcripts of records of all previous degrees
- all degree certificates.
The applications are sent to Student Services, Aalto University School of Science: [email protected] (further information also tel. 050 408 4540).
We are also very pleased to welcome students from our partner universities to study as exchange students at Aalto. Aalto University is an internationally recognised university. Its research and students have had, and continue to have, a positive global impact. This means, for instance, that international mobility is considered a natural part of life for all members of Aalto.
Aalto has an internationally rich and diverse student body of approximately 2700 international students representing over 100 countries. However, we always strive to develop into a community which is even more international and multi-cultural. If you would like to become an exchange student at Aalto, please first contact your home university’s international office, and discover the possibilities. Once your home institution has approved your participation, you will need to apply directly to the Aalto School with whom your home university has an agreement.
Upon receipt of your application the Aalto School coordinator will process your application and contact you with a decision. It is important that you receive this decision before committing to attend the School.
For further information about the application procedure and the exchange possibilities at Aalto, please see the Incoming Exchange Students page. More information and contact persons can be found on the school specific pages.
More information on the school's pages
The School of Chemical Engineering offers teaching in the following fields: Biomass Refining, Biotechnology, Chemical and Process Engineering, Chemistry, Fibre and Polymer Engineering, Functional Materials, Sustainable Metals Processing.
Contact: [email protected]
Outgoing exchange students
As an Aalto University student, you have excellent opportunities become more internationally orientated and globally competent during your studies. You can study or find a work placement abroad, take part in teaching provided in English or work actively in multicultural partnerships and projects. This allows you to gain knowledge and skills that will benefit you into the future.
As you gain international experience, you gain expertise that is beneficial for both your personal and professional life. You can learn foreign languages and get to know other cultures; enhance your employability with skills gained by working in an international environment and discover alternative ways of studying, working, thinking and living in general. In addition, the friends and contacts you make abroad will contribute to your life being wonderfully rich and diverse.
The university provides you with easy access to an exchange abroad. The Schools manage exchange agreements with top universities of their field. You are guided and instructed in choosing a suitable destination, and your exchange is also supported by scholarships awarded for exchanges abroad.
Studies under the flexible study right agreement (JOO)
Based on a national agreement on flexible study rights (JOO), a student who has a right to complete a degree at a Finnish university (home university) may apply for a fixed-term right to pursue studies at another Finnish university (target university). The flexible studies must be included in the student's degree at the home university. Students may apply for a JOO study right for an individual course or module (e.g. a minor). The agreement covers both graduate and post-graduate students.
Aalto University has two application periods for JOO studies.
- 1–30 April: for courses that are held during the next academic year (autumn, spring).
- 1–31 October: for courses that are held next spring.
Doctoral students can apply at any time, but it is advisable to apply within the application periods, preferably during the term before the course begins. At the latest, apply four weeks before the course registration begins.
Schoof of Engineering, Schoof of Chemical Engineering, Schoof of Electrical Engineering, Schoof of Science: you may apply for all courses, provided you fulfil the prerequisites. Prerequisites of courses can be seen in the Sisu information system.
School of Business and School of Arts, Design and Architecture: please see attachments at the bottom of the page.
How to apply
- The student fills in the electronic application form, also in 2023: https://openregistration.aalto.fi/?ff/en/JOO_2022
- Please note! The obligatory appendices to the application are the transcript of records (either link to My Studyinfo transcript: https://opintopolku.fi/oma-opintopolku/ or transcript of records as a PDF attachment), and the endorsement of the home university, e.g. an e-mail approval from the planning officer or coordinator of student's study programme.
- The studies applied for should be specified course by course.
- Aalto University's learning services will notify the student of the decision.
- If the decision is positive, the Learning Services will register the right to study and send instructions for starting studies.
Aalto University as home university
Students of Aalto University, who wish to apply for studies in another Finnish university, can find the relevant instructions under Other studies > Studies at other Aalto schools or in Finnish universities.
Language and Communication studies
The Language Centre is a university-level service unit responsible for providing education in languages and communication for both students and staff. The goal of the Language Centre is to provide all university students with such language and communication skills that give a strong foundation for success in both studies and in the world of work.