The Aalto University Summer School application period opens for summer 2024

Aalto University Summer School launched its most extensive course offering yet for the upcoming summer.
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Aalto University Summer School opens the application period on 1 February 2024 for various summer courses with topics ranging from virtual reality and circular economy to data visualization and Nordic product design. The course themes aim to cater to the continuous change in working life and critical and current topics of today, such as sustainability, artificial intelligence and climate change.

Aalto University is a leading research university bringing together talent across science, art, technology and business while emphasizing internationalization. Aalto placed 47th in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of the most international universities in the world, placing third among Nordic universities. Last year, Summer School received applications from students from 67 different countries and 75 different nationalities, which adds an incredible internationally diverse richness to the courses and programs.

Future-led learning methods tightly tied to working life

The summer courses combine solutions for sustainability, radical creativity, and entrepreneurial mindset uniquely for Aalto University. Participating in a summer course at Aalto is an excellent opportunity to get a taste of learning where multidisciplinarity, challenge-based learning and interactive lectures are an everyday part of the course experience. Many of the courses also strive to create a direct bridge to working life by allowing the students to solve real cases for partnering companies and organizations.

Laura Kitinoja

Last summer, most of our courses sold out before the application deadline, which is why we have added many more courses to the curriculum this year.

Laura Kitinoja, Program Director, Aalto University Summer School

“The Aalto University Summer School has grown tremendously during the past years, and after the pandemic, we have seen a huge growth in applications year by year. Last summer, most of our courses sold out before the application deadline, which is why we have added many more courses to the curriculum this year. We look forward to yet again welcoming eager learners from different nationalities and study or industry fields.”, comments Program Director at Aalto University Summer School Laura Kitinoja.

Karelia Dagnaud is a doctoral researcher at Aalto University and taught the summer course Circular Economy in the summer of 2023. Due to its popularity, the course will be held again this summer. 

“Highlights from last year include designing a circular solution in a multidisciplinary, multicultural team, and company visits to see how circularity is brought to life. There is no need for prior knowledge about the Circular Economy – come with your perspectives, curiosity, and creativity to think through real-world challenges with a circular lens.”, says Karelia.

New friends and Finnish culture as a part of the experience

Aalto University Summer School aims to foster a supportive academic atmosphere while also offering extracurricular activities to encourage meaningful connections between participants and introduce them to Finnish culture. Sharing the summer school experience with other participants and getting insights into other students' cultures, backgrounds and education is a valuable part of spending your summer at Aalto University.

The Aalto University Summer School application period is open from 1.2. - 31.5.2024. 

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