International collaboration

Here you will find information on our internationalisation measures, international partnerships and networks as well as international services at Aalto University.
International students at Aalto University

Internationalisation is an integral part of all activities and services at Aalto University and it is also one of its operating principles.

Internationalisation plays a significant role in enabling the university to rise towards world-class, and broadens the possibilities to contribute towards the betterment of the world and the development of Finland’s competitiveness. 

Internationalisation enables developing the global competence of Aalto University's staff and students as well as enriching the diversity of science community.

We support and promote:

  • Internationalisation of research 
  • Internationalisation of teaching and learning
  • International mobility of students and staff
  • Development and coordination of strategic international academic partnerships
  • Internationalisation and integration of staff and, 
  • Aalto’s visibility in relevant international contexts

Contact information

Aalto Partner Map

Our partner universities

Aalto University has a wide range of partner universities around the globe. Have a quick look at our mobility partners by searching through the link:

Aalto University partner map

Our international networks

Aalto University belongs to various international networks that support its strategy especially regarding shared research and/or education agenda. Some of those networks are university-wide and some are school/field specific.

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Aalto School of Business

Internationalisation of teaching and learning

Promoting international teaching and studying is a central element in Aalto University strategy.

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Internationalisation in numbers

Since 2010, the number of our international faculty, staff and students have constantly increased. The share of international professors has risen from 9% in 2010 to 25% in 2020. 

  • 25% international professors
  • 21% research & teaching personnel
  • 24.7% master's degree students
  • 37% doctoral candidates
  • 67% post doctoral candidates

Top 5 countries of origin for

  • International degree students: China, Vietnam, India, Russia and Iran
  • Incoming exchange: Germany, France, Italy, Spain and China
  • Outgoing exchange: Sweden, Singapore, Germany, Italy and France

Aalto entities of international interests

We have a number of internationally oriented entities that offer collaboration possibilities for diverse partners in multidisciplinary education, research, entrepreneurship, sustainability and innovation.

Aalto Design Factory

Aalto Design FactoryAn interdisciplinary product design and learning hub uniting students, teachers, researchers, and industry.

Aalto Global Impact (AGI)

Aalto Global Impact promotes and facilitates Aalto University's research and educational programmes for societal impact globally.

Aalto Global Impact (AGI)

Aalto Ventures Programme (AVP)

Aalto Ventures Programme provides students with inspiration, capability and network necessary to build new scalable businesses as startups or in established organisations.

Aalto Ventures Programme (AVP)

Aalto Start Up Center

Aalto Startup Center is a hybrid accelerator, which offers both incubation services and accelerating program for startups.

Aalto Startup Center

Highlights about partnerships

People in Harald Herlin.

Unite's new Mission Statement 2030 leads the way forward for the university alliance

Unite! wants to pave the way for the excellence in research, innovation and education that is essential to meet the challenges of our time.

Rectors from three universities

KU Leuven, Aalto University and University of Helsinki join forces to boost research collaboration

New seed funding will be awarded jointly to fund up to five exploratory research projects


FCAI - IIT Madras Conference on Deployable AI

The Finnish Centre for AI (FCAI) and the Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and AI (RBC-DSAI), IIT Madras are organizing a joint conference on Deployable AI during 7.3.22-10.3.22.

EU-lippuja ison rakennuksen edessä.

UNITE! network's first dialogue event at Aalto starts to pilot joint activities

The European university alliance explores new avenues for joint actions for mobility, support services and learning.

Sustainable Space Making Across Scales.

Food for thought – rethinking Singapore’s Hawker Centres

Singapore’s traditional open-air cooked food centres or hawker centres presented a perfect case to be explored jointly by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Aalto University.

Starting Up Pic: Aalto University

Aalto University launches free-for-all online entrepreneurship course 'to make sure no great idea goes unpursued'

Starting Up is co-created by students and the European startup community and is a new contribution to open education by the country that brought Elements of AI to the world

Nordic AI Network

Nordic Five Tech establishes new network for artificial intelligence

The Nordic AI Network aims to make the Nordic region a global hub in AI research, education and innovation

Summer School

Aalto University and Parsons The New School pilot Fashion Studies Summer School

Summer School pilot “Fashion – Places & Spaces” held during 3-14 June 2019 in Aalto as an outcome of the developing collaboration between Aalto and Parsons School of Design.

Aalto University

Aalto University and Singapore University of Technology and Design enter broad collaboration agreement

The collaboration will increase student exchanges, boost staff and faculty mobility, and advance innovation and entrepreneurship


Key contacts at Global Aalto

We provide various services relevant for the internationalisation of Aalto from diverse units in the university. Please find the contacts that best suit your needs from the list below.

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