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Studies in the School of Chemical Engineering for exchange students

Studies in the School of Chemical Engineering for exchange students

In the School of Chemical Engineering most courses taught in English are on the Master's level, but available for both Master and Bachelor level students provided that the prerequisites are met.  Exchange students can choose courses offered in English at the School of Chemical Engineering freely as long as they have the required prerequisites, knowledge and skills to attend the course. However, when choosing courses from many different majors it may cause some overlaps in course timetables. 

In some cases, there may be restrictions in participation for certain courses (e.g. course availability restricted only for students of certain major or priority given to the degree students of the school), but applicant will be informed of these once their learning agreement/study plan has been checked.

Below you can find a list of courses offered in English at Aalto CHEM. Use the list as a starting point for making your Learning Agreement/study plan, but please note that it is subject to change. Thus, you need to be prepared to make changes upon arrival due to overlaps in schedule or course cancellations. 

Course list for the academic year 2022-2023

Please note that the Curriculum is to be renewed for 2022-23. The new course list will be publised in early June 2022. However, at the time of applying to Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering new exchange students should prepare the preliminary learning agreements/study plans based on the course list for 2021-22. Changes in the course offering are possible and exchange students should be prepared to make changes in the course choises in the beginning of the autumn semester in September 2022. We cannot give any guarantees on individual courses at the time of applying.

Note! The course list AY2022/23 has been published on 1 June 2022, updated version on 7 June 2022. List includes names and links to the course descriptions in Sisu. 

See also: List of removed courses from 2021-22 and possible new substitutive courses

Instructions for Learning Agreement/Study Plan

At least 2/3 of the courses selected must be from the School of Chemical Engineering in order to be admitted to this school. 1/3 of the courses can be selected from the other three Aalto University engineering schools (School of Science, School of Engineering and the School of Electrical Engineering) or from the Language Centre or from the interdisciplinary course offering (e.g. UWS-courses).

Courses from the Aalto University School of Business and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture can not be selected, apart from the Aalto cross-school courses, UWS and interdisciplinary courses.

A full study load is approximately 1600 hours per academic year which equals to 60 ECTS (= 60 cr). We expect incoming exchange students to study full time while at Aalto and to pass the courses with good grades. Full workload at Aalto is 30 ECTS credits for one semester.

Laboratory Safety and Orientation course

All new students of the School of Chemical Engineering are required to complete a short Laboratory safety entity (0 ECTS admitted, compulsory for everyone studying at AaltoCHEM). In addition, it is possible to complete a course CHEM-E0150 Orientation for exchange students in the School of Chemical Engineering (1 ECTS), Laboratory Safety being part of the course in this case.

Laboratory safety

The laboratory safety entity will be completed fully online in the beginning of the exchange semester. The contents concern basic safety matters that might already be familiar to you. All the students in the School of Chemical Engineering are required to pass Laboratory Safety in order to be eligible to attend the courses and to have access to the school facilities. Laboratory Safety will be recorded in Aalto University transcript of records without ECTS credits.

Orientation course

Starting from autumn term 2017 we offer a course for exchange students titled “CHEM-E0150 Orientation for exchange students in the School of Chemical Engineering” (1 ECTS). It includes participation in orientation sessions, above mentioned Laboratory Safety and independent work (e.g. writing a short essay reflecting your arrival at Aalto University). This course is voluntary, so you are not required to complete this course. However, you are still required to complete the Laboratory Safety and attend the obligatory parts of the orientation.

Final Projects in the School of Chemical Engineering

Whether a student from a partner university can complete a final project during exchange studies at the Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering (AaltoCHEM) depends on the resources of the department/research group the student is interested in. Placement is not guaranteed even if the exchange period required thesis work. Priority in thesis placements is given to the degree students of our school. AaltoCHEM has the right to reject an application if the placement for thesis work cannot be arranged.

Studies for incoming exchange students
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