Congratulations on your admission to Aalto University!
On this page we have listed steps to take after your admission and before the start of your studies. Read the information carefully and take needed action in due time to ensure a smooth start for your studies.
In the spring joint application for study programmes offered in English, the results can be published at different times, but no later than by 2 June 2023. As you do not need to set your study options in order of preference in the spring joint application for study programmes offered in English, you can be accepted to several study programmes in the same application. You may receive the results for some study programmes before the results of other study programmes have been published.
You will receive an email with a link to the admission results letter when all the results have been published. The letter includes the admission results of all the study programmes you have applied to in the joint application. In the results letter you will also find your points for each study programme and the lowest score for gaining admission. If you have access to the My Studyinfo -service (Finnish social security number and online banking codes with e-identification enabled, mobile certificate or an electronic ID-card needed), you can also access your results letter there. Please note that Aalto University does not send those accepted a separate acceptance letter by mail; all communication is done via e-mail. To stay informed, make sure to follow up on your My Studyinfo service and e-mail.
Instructions for accepting your offer of admission can be found at My Studyinfo service.
Accept your study place offer at Studyinfo by the 14th of July 2023, 3pm (EEST). The acceptance link has been sent by email from studyinfo.fi. If you are accepted from the reserve list, you will have 7 days to accept the study place.
Students with Finnish personal identity code and online banking ID:
Accept the study place in the studyinfo.fi portal by logging into My Studyinfo service. Please follow the instructions in the Studyinfo portal on how to accept the admission offer.
Students without Finnish personal identity code and online banking ID:
You will receive an email from the Studyinfo portal with instructions on how to accept the study place. The email includes a personal link to a web page where you can accept the study place.
You can only accept one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland
According to the one study place per term provision (Universities Act 558/2009) students may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term. Higher education degrees include bachelor’s, master’s, licentiate and doctoral degrees awarded by universities as well as polytechnic degrees. The academic terms run from 1 August to 31 December and 1 January to 31 July. Even if the student postpones the commencement of studies, or interrupts his/her studies, the student cannot accept another study place for a degree programme starting in the same academic term.
If you already have a right to study at Aalto University and you wish to accept a new offer of admission
Aalto University students may only have one right to study towards the same degree. If you accept an offer of admission to education leading to the same degree (for instance, Master of Science (Technology), the old right to study will be replaced by the new one.
Tuition fees and waivers
nformation about requirement to pay tuition fee and possible waiver are found in the letter of admission. Please read the instructions carefully.
Degree students who are citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland are generally required to pay tuition fees. The amount of the tuition fee as well as information of possibly awarded scholarship is in the letter of admission.
If you are liable to pay tuition and have been awarded an Aalto University scholarship to partly or fully cover your fee, please return the signed document “Aalto University's Scholarship Terms of Acceptance” by the given deadline. The document is sent with the letter of acceptance.
Detailed instructions for the payment will be in the invoice, which is issued after you have accepted your study place. The invoice is sent by email and payment is due before the start of the academic year. If you are awarded an Aalto University scholarship, the amount awarded will be deducted from your invoice, e.g. if you are awarded a 50 % scholarship, your invoice will concern half of the tuition fee due for that academic year. If you are awarded a 100 % scholarship no invoice will be sent. The tuition fee needs to be paid before enrolling at the university.
After accepting an offer of admission, you have to enrol each academic year as either an attending or a non-attending student.We strongly recommend new students to enrol by 31 July 2023 to ensure a smooth start to their studies.
All degree students must enrol as either attending or non-attending each academic year. If you do not enrol as either attending or non-attending by the end of the enrolment period (no later than 1 September 2023), you will forfeit your right to study.
Enrolment as an attending student
- Students without a Finnish personal identity code and Finnish e-identification service (by an online bank or other Finnish service): You have to login to My Studyinfo by using the personal link from the email from the My Studyinfo portal with which you accepted your study place (email will be sent 29 March onwards and has the subject "Offer of admission in Studyinfo"). The email includes a personal link to My Studyinfo (please see further information in Studyinfo). If you have deleted the email, please contact student services (at [email protected]), the email cannot be sent again and you have to complete your enrolment following instructions from the student services.
Due to additional regulations concerning tuition fees, students with a tuition fee liability must first pay their tuition fee before enrolling in My Studyinfo. Your tuition fee must be received in full by the university before enrolment is possible. You will receive a receipt of the payment from the university when the payment has been processed. After you receive the receipt, enrolment in My Studyinfo can be enabled by student services. You can contact the student services (at [email protected]) to ensure that your enrolment has been enabled.
To ensure that your student status is valid from the beginning of academic year (1 August) you should enrol no later than 31 July 2023 and sooner if possible. Enrolling as attending is also a precondition for using any Aalto services, getting a student number, and registering for courses.
Enrolment as a non-attending student (i.e. deferring the start of studies)
In your first year of studies you can enrol as a non-attending student i.e. defer the start of your studies) only for reasons referred to in the Universities Act (Yliopistolaki 558/2009, Section 39), that is, if you are:
- In active service referred to in accordance with the Conscription Act (1438/2007), the Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or the Act on Voluntary Military Service for Women (194/1995), please note that the possibility to enrol as non-attending in the first year of studies for reasons of active service is valid only for service performed in Finland;
- on leave to take care of your child after birth or adoption;
- unable to start your studies due to a medical condition or injury
Enrol as non-attending in the My Studyinfo. You must have one of the reasons mentioned above to enrol as non-attending and you must send a certificate verifying the reason to the university when you enrol as non-attending.
- Students without Finnish personal identity code and online banking ID: You have to use the personal link from the email you have received from the Studyinfo portal for accepting the study place. The email includes a personal link to My Studyinfo, please see further information in Studyinfo. If you have already deleted the email, please contact student services (at [email protected]) and they can send the email again.
If your reason is the performance of military or non-military service, send the documents verifying the reason to the student services (at [email protected]). State clearly in the subject of the email: "New student enrolment as non-attending, certificate / [your name], [your study option/programme]".
If you refer to a medical condition, parental leave, or your documents includes other sensitive information, send the documents as a secure message via https://securemail.aalto.fi to school-specific Student Service's e-mails. State clearly in the subject of the email: "New student enrolment as non-attending, certificate / [your name], [your study option/programme]".
School-specific Student Service's e-mails when sending a secure message:
- School of Arts, Design and Architecture: [email protected]
- School of Business: [email protected]
- School of Chemical Engineering: [email protected]
- School of Electrical Engineering: [email protected]
- School of Engineering: [email protected]
- School of Science: [email protected]
Please follow the instructions for sending secure messages.
The certificates must be either in English, in Finnish or in Swedish. If the original certificate has been translated from other language, the original document must be included.
We strongly recommend you to enrol and submit the document(s) by 31 July 2023, or sooner if possible, in order to allow enough time to process them by the end of the enrolment period. If you do not have valid reasons to enrol as a non-attending student, you will receive notice of the matter and instructions on how to enrol as an attending student.
Students who have accepted an offer of admission in 2022
During the summer, your school will send you information on starting your studies by e-mail. Because you have already accepted your study place, the instructions on how to accept the offer of admission do not concern you. However, other instructions on this webpage are relevant to you, except that you should enrol at the OILI service in Studyinfo. To do this, you need to have an Aalto IT account (see the activation instructions below).
Remember to read your Aalto e-mail address! If you have not activated your Aalto IT account yet, do it now.
New students admitted in 2023 and the duration of non-attendance
If you have reasons specified in the law for enrolling as non-attending during your first year of studies and they are in effect between 1 August 2023 and 31 July 2024, you may enrol as non-attending for the entire academic year. Please note, however, that non-attending status may affect the amount of time you have remaining to complete a degree. For further details, please see additional information on the effect of periods of absence on the permissible duration of studies.
- If you enrolled as non-attending for the whole academic year but you want to have non-attending status for the autumn term only, you must change your spring term 2024 enrolment status to attending. You can enrol as attending in OILI during the enrolment period for the Spring term (27.11.2023 – 5.1.2024). You will need to pay the Aalto University Student Union (AYY) membership fee for the spring term, payment can be made in OILI.
- If you enrolled as attending for the whole academic year, but you want to be non-attending for spring term 2024 only, you must change your spring term 2024 enrolment status. To do this, submit document(s) verifying the reason for the non-attending to the student services during the enrolment period for Spring term (27.11.2023 – 5.1.2024). You may apply for a refund of your student union membership fee for Spring term after the enrolment has been completed.
In Aalto University an orientation is also organized in January and courses have been organized in a manner that allows studies to be started also in January. However, the schools recommend starting studies in August/September, if possible.
If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, you are normally required to have a residence permit in Finland. Read more under arrival and settling in, and go through the Finnish Immigration Service information about the residence permit application and their instructions for degree students with tuition fees.
The application process takes time, so please apply for the residence permit immediately, and start making the arrangements for the compulsory visit to a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). You need to have a valid residence permit before arriving in Finland and starting your studies.
EU/EEA citizens do not need a residence permit, but upon arrival in Finland, must register their right of residence. The application for the EU registration must be submitted within three months of the day of arrival, please see Migri’s information on registering an EU citizen's right of residence.
The application can be submitted online, but the registration process requires a personal visit at the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) service point. It is advisable to book an appointment for registration beforehand (already in the summer), as waiting times can be long and in September there may not be time slots available anymore.
Citizens of Nordic countries
Nordic citizens don't need a residence permit, but upon arrival in Finland, must register their personal data in the Finnish Population Information system. In connection with the registration, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code. More detailed information about the registration process on Digital and Population Data Services Agency’s (DVV) pages. Please note that you must personally visit DVV for the registration.
You should apply for housing as soon as you have accepted the admission offer or as soon as possible with the respective housing provider. The university does not own student apartments and students are responsible for seeking housing themselves.
Please read carefully further instructions for seeking accommodation under housing.
Non-Finnish students with permanent residence (type A or P) in Finland may qualify for the governmental financial aid. A description of the right to receive student financial aid is available on the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA) website.
Adult Education Allowance is an allowance granted by the Education Fund on certain conditions to students who have already been employed before starting their studies. In some cases, adult students may also finance their studies with their unemployment benefit; for additional information, see the TE services (employment services) website.
Plan and organize your travel to Finland
Studies in Aalto University start with an orientation during late-August – early–September. Check your programme page (section "starting your studies") for the exact start date of the orientation programme and plan your arrival schedule accordingly. Consider reserving a couple of days for settling in before the orientation programme.
More information about how to continue your journey from the airport and how to use public transportation in Helsinki region is found in the section arrival and settling in.
You can activate your Aalto user account in July at the earliest after you have enrolled for the academic year and received an activation email for your Aalto user account.
Note: Student benefits are active starting August 1st (eg. YTHS and HSL) after you have enrolled as attending for the academic year.
The Aalto IT username and password are used to login to all Aalto online services. Once you have activated your IT account, you have access to many electronic services, including your Aalto email. The university uses email as the primary means of communication, so it is essential that you keep on top of your Aalto email at all times. You can activate your Aalto user account in July at the earliest after you have enrolled for the academic year and received an activation email for your Aalto user account. If you have accepted an offer of admission in 2022 or earlier, you can activate your Aalto IT account right away.
You will receive an email when the activation of Aalto IT account is possible. The email will be sent to the email address you have used when you applied to the university. Please follow the instructions of IT services and activate your account as soon as possible.
- You can activate your account at salasana.aalto.fi with your Finnish online banking details, Finnish mobile certificate or with a Finnish electronic ID (HST) card.
- If you don't have strong identification, you'll receive activation email, please follow instructions at aalto.fi. The activation uses the email and the phone number you used when you applied.
- If self-activation is not possible, you must visit the IT service desk to activate your Aalto IT account. Please remember to bring official, photographic ID with you (such as a passport).
Apply for a student card
The student card is a proof of your student status and it is the simplest way to get student discounts in, for instance, the university restaurants and public transport. For information on the student card, see the AYY website.
You can download an electronic student card for mobile devices after you have enrolled as an attending student. The electronic card is accepted in the university restaurants and public transport as proof of student status. The app will ask for your Finnish ID number but you can leave this field blank if you do not have one yet.
The right to student discounts begins when the right to study begins, i.e. 1 August onwards. The activation of electronic student card is not possible before 1 August.
If you wish to get the student card and discounts at the beginning of the semester (1 August 2023), enrol as attending at the latest by 30 July 2023.
Orientation and the opening of the university
Studies at the university start with an orientation during the months of August and September (or in January). The orientation will serve as an introduction to university studies as a whole, and to topics such as the planning of your studies, services for students and functions to give the student a smooth start to their studies. Information about the orientation of your own major/programme can be found on the page ''Getting started with your studies'' on your programme's page.
The Aalto Day One Opening Ceremony will be held on the 5.9.2023, to which all students are invited.
To ensure a smooth start to your studies, aqcuaint yourself with the structure of your programme and with practical matters as well. Once you've activated your Aalto user ID, perform a 3-4 hour Pre-orientation on the MyCourses platform. Activation of Aalto IDs is possible starting from July.
Tutors and ISO-persons
During the orientation week, you will be assigned an older student. This older student will function as a tutor and will help you with practical matters. Throughout the orientation week, student organizations will host events in the evening and this will serve as an opportunity for you to acquaint yourself with both your new study enviroment as well as your fellow students.
Sisu & MyCourses
Sisu is a digital learning platform, from which you can view your own information and request a transcript of your records. In Sisu, you also register to courses and exams. You can find course descriptions and their timetables on the platform. In Sisu, you structure your study plan. MyCourses is a platform, from which you can find the homepages of courses and their respective digital workspaces. You can also browse for courses on the platform.
More information about studying and the different platforms related to it can be found here.
The Aalto E-mail
WebMail (outlook.office.com) is the e-mail service provider that is used by Aalto. Once you've activated your Aalto user ID, you can also start using your Aalto e-mail. We will contact you by e-mail, so it is important to check your inbox at regular intervals. E-mails sent to your Aalto inbox can be redirected to another e-mail address. Read more here.
Aalto university's support services for studying
The university has a lot of support services related to studying. You can find information about study guidance and councelling, student wellbeing, IT services, housing and sports and exercise services here.
Pay the health care fee for students in higher education by 30 September
University students who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) have been required since January 2021 to pay a student healthcare fee to Kela for each academic term.
All students who are registered as attending for the current term and are studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree are entitled to FSHS services. However, you do not have to pay the healthcare fee if you have social security coverage from another EU/EEA country or from Switzerland or the United Kingdom. Even if you do not have to pay the fee, you can still use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service. Read more on KELA's website.
If you are entitled to FSHS services, you must pay the student healthcare fee. You cannot get an exemption for example for using occupational health services instead of FSHS, or for not receiving any financial aid for students.
You are not billed for the student healthcare fee but must make sure to pay it in OmaKela for each academic term. How to pay the student healthcare fee.
The due date for paying the student healthcare fee is determined based on the date on which you register as attending (below, the bolded due dates are the most common ones for new Aalto students):
|Term||Enrolment date||Due date|
|Autumn: most common situation for new students at Aalto (enrolment period ends at the beginning of September)||30 September or before||30 September|
|Autumn: only for exceptional situation (e.g. re-enrolment)||1 October or later||31 December|
|Spring: normal, most common situation at Aalto (enrolment period ends at the beginning of January)||31 January or before||31 January|
|Spring: only for exceptional situation (e.g. re-enrolment)||1 February or later||31 July|
The student's campus
Information about how to find your way on campus, opening hours for different campus buildings and to where you have access can be found here.
Aalto is actively developing a more sustainable campus. You can also make a difference through your actions.
The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority, HSL. You will be able to purchase tickets with a student discount once your travel card has a student status. You can update your student status at an HSL service point or purchase it via the mobile application. More information regarding student discounts can be found on the HSL page. The trip planning tool Journey Planner is useful for finding your way in the metropolitan area.
VR and Matkahuolto. Students get discounts from both VR and Matkahuolto tickets. Be advised, once you've received a student card from AYY, you will not need any separate student card for either VR or Matkahuolto.
|The service points of the schools for students
Learning services | Aalto-universitetet
|At the service points you can receive counselling about registrations and you can also ask for a transcript of your study records as well as ask for proof of your presence at the university|
|Starting point||A service point that is meant for students of all six schools|
|Coordinator/planning officer||The coordinator/designer of your school and of your programme, can best answer questions regarding specific matters concerning your programme|
|Support for the student | Aalto-yliopisto
||Support for studies and a page from where you will be directed to other useful resources|
Connect with other newly admitted students on Goin’!
Aalto University has partnered with Goin’ Connect to provide a social networking platform for newly admitted students. On Aalto’s Goin’ platform you can chat with students coming to the same programme, find people from different countries, and get to know people who share your interests.