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Studies in the School of Chemical Engineering for exchange students

Studies in the School of Chemical Engineering for exchange students

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In the School of Chemical Engineering master programmes offered are Master’s programme in Chemistry and Materials Science, Master’s programme in Bioproducts Engineering, Master’s programme in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering and Master’s programme in Biotechnology. Exchange students do not need to follow the curriculum of one programme only but are allowed to choose courses from the whole variety of the course offering of the school (provided that prerequisites are met). 

;ost 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 2024-2025

Aalto University has two year curricula. Please note that there will be a lot of changes in course offering for 2024-2025 as the School of Chemical Engineering is renewing its master level programmes. A new preliminary course has now been published and you can prepare your Study Plan/Learning Agreement. 

Some changes in the course offering are possible even after the course list has been published and exchange students should be prepared to make changes in the course choises in the beginning of their exchange semester. We cannot give any guarantees on individual courses at the time of applying.

List includes names and links to the course descriptions in Sisu. From Sisu you can also check the course timetables closer to the start of the semester.  

Course list for the academic year 2023-2024

Updated course list for AY2023/24 has been published on 6 June 2023. 

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 course - compulsory for all

All new students of the School of Chemical Engineering are required to complete an online Laboratory safety course. We recommend you to complete 1 credit course (CHEM-A1030 Laboratory and chemical safety). However, if for some reason you do not wish to earn 1 credit, you can choose to complete a version of 0 credit (CHEM-E0111 Laboratory safety practices at CHEM). In any case it is compulsory to complete one of these.

Both of the courses are completed fully online. More information will follow before the exchange semester starts and also during the orientation. 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 building. 

Orientation course

The School of Chemical Engineering earlier offered an orientation course (CHEM-E0150, 1 credit) for exchange students. From 2024-25 this course is no longer available as exchange students have the possibility to earn 1 credit from the Laboratory and Chemical Safety (CHEM-A1030).

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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