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8 reasons to join Aalto University Summer School this year

Do you need a direction this summer? Aalto University Summer School gives you the perfect mix of student life, inspiring course topics and authentic Finnish experiences.
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We’re back on campus!

We have more or less learned to live with the virus in our communities, and this spring, Aalto University lifted all coronavirus related restrictions on campus. The campus is back to its old self again, with students, on-site events, classrooms, and cafeterias buzzing with life.  

Use that extra sunlight to meet some new people and do something different

Aalto University Summer School is all about expanding your networks. Besides delivering a top-notch learning experience, we aim to bring an internationally diverse group of students together to get as many cultural, geographical and professional perspectives as possible.

Explore the most critical multidisciplinary topics right now

Aalto University’s main mission is to develop solutions for a sustainable future. We are renowned for our sense of community and culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. The Summer School course topics for 2022 align with some of the most crucial issues of our time and include entrepreneurship, digital business, carbon-neutral construction, climate change, and sustainable material development. Our course Climate, Health and Architecture focuses on climate change and its relationship to human activities, built environment and health.

Get to know why Finland is the happiest country in the world

Us Finns tend to be reasonably humble about our country, and we often see ourselves as the underdog in the world. But being ranked as the world’s happiest country five years in a row is something we should be proud of. It is well-worth showing the world how well functioning our public school system and healthcare are, not to forget our free higher degree education. 

Group pucture taken at the stairs in Väre of happy Digital Business students, smiling and waving to the camera.
Happy faces on the presentation day of Digital Business Master Class in March 2022.

Summer makes Finland live up – explore endless nights, sauna and city swimming

Aalto University Summer School is not only about studying but also a social experience. We believe that enjoying the Finnish summer is the best way to get the most out of intense academic experiences and challenging coursework. Explore Finnish world-class design, take a ferry to the archipelago (did you know that you can access tens of islands by ferry with your public transportation card?), enjoy the nature in Nuuksio National Park or go bar-hopping in the laid-back, bohemian area of Kallio, Helsinki.

Challenge-based learning

We aim to increase students’ employability with real-life challenges and teaching and learning practices aligned with work-life environments. Challenge-based learning allows students to collaborate with local and global partners and shortens the gap between classroom and work-life. Relevant projects provide authentic learning experiences and enable students to explore, discuss, and construct concepts and relationships meaningfully.

Intensive and effective learning during a short-term exchange

Do you appreciate efficiency as much as we do? An intensive course can be an excellent and flexible option for learners in life situations where going abroad for several months isn’t an option. Most of our courses are two-week intensive courses where students deep-dive into the most relevant course topics. The courses include pre-and post-assignments that are not tied to a specific time or place (besides the deadlines).

Last but not least – meet students like Margo, Mirkka, Chisako and Kevin!

Margo Camus in long brown hair and a black blazer sitting in front of a computer screen and smiling towards the camera.

“The Scandinavian way of teaching and learning appeals to me – it’s all about collective well-being”

Aalto University Summer School alumna and Global Brand Communications Lead at adidas Margo Camus combined her passion for sustainability and fashion and created the career she always wanted.

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Chisako Ogiwara Digital Business Master Class alumna from Aalto University Summer School standing outside a restaurant at a street with some lush and green mountains in the background. She is wearing a short-sleeved white blouse and is smiling towards the camera.

'The Digital Business Master Class helped my business to take the leap into digital'

Chisako Ogiwara from Tokyo attended the Digital Business Master Class by Aalto University Summer School this summer.

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Digital Business Master Class alumnus Kevin Campbell: ‘The perfect bridge between my MBA and my career’

One of the graduates of Digital Business Master Class Spring 2021 is Kevin Campbell

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Arkkitehti Mirkka Rekola sai kesäkurssilta työhönsä uutta näkökulmaa ilmastonmuutoksen vaikutuksista

Sustainable construction bolstered by Aalto University Summer School learnings

Architect Mirkka Rekola got new perspective for her work from the summer course.

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Find a course you like and apply this summer

Aalto University Summer School offers high-quality multidisciplinary academic courses and programs for the summer teaching period. We focus on challenge-based learning and want our students to experience the Finnish summer and gain international networks while studying topics such as digital business, sustainability, entrepreneurship, leadership or biomaterial science. 

Nordic Biomaterials artwork by Aron Sajavaara

Nordic Biomaterials

The use of materials today is not sustainable for the environment. Learn how to create new concepts for sustainable material development by combining design, technology and natural materials science

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