Master's Programme in ICT Innovation

Planning your studies

How to plan your studies and create a personal study plan

In a double degree programme, moving between two different universities creates a special need to carefully plan your studies and schedule the courses. By planning your studies, you can ensure the smooth progress of your studies. 

Study information system Sisu's tools, especially the personal study plan (also known as HOPS), timeline and study calendar help you visualize not only your study year at Aalto, but also the number of credits for the courses you will and need to take at the partner university. The study plan is made in the beginning of the studies and can be updated according to the choices made during the academic year. 

Once your personal study plan has been approved, you will know that the courses you have chosen meet the degree requirements. You will need to add courses to your study plan in order to register for them. Furthermore, you cannot graduate from Aalto University without an approved personal study plan.

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Quick guide on how to create a personal study plan on Sisu

How to create a personal study plan (HOPS) on Sisu

Applications, instructions and guidelines
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The front page of Sisu instructions for students

Applications, instructions and guidelines

Credit transfer between universities

The credits are transferred between the two universities by the administrative staff. We will translate each individual course grade of the partner university into Aalto grades, according to the scaling table agreed in EIT Digital Master School cooperation agreements. In some universities it is possible to include failed courses in the degree. Failed courses are registered to Aalto's register with grade 1 (lowest passing grade).

Note also that the Summer School should be part of your entry year credits, according to the Master School structure, i.e. you should get 60 ECTS including the Summer School (registered in the beginning of the autumn semester) at your entry university. The summer school grades are registered by all entry universities, which then send the transcripts to exit universities. This means that we will translate the grade that your entry university has given.

ECTS Finland France Germany Hungary Italy Netherlands Spain Sweden
A, best 10% 5 16 - 20 1, 1.3 5 28 - 30 9 - 10 9 - 10 A
B, next 25% 4 14 - 15.9 1.7, 2, 2.3 5 26 - 27 8 - 8.9 8 - 8.9 B
C, next 30% 3 12 - 13.9 2.7, 3, 3.3 4 23 - 25 7 - 7.9 7 - 7.9 C
D, next 25% 2 11 - 11.9 3.7 3 20 - 22 6 - 6.9 6 - 6.9 D
E, next 10% 1 10 - 10.9 4 2 18 - 19 5.5 - 5.9 5 - 5.9 E
F, fail 0, fail 0 - 0.9 5 1 <18 <5.5 <5 F

UPM grade translation

For translation of UPM grades, we use the ECTS grade on UPM transcript. This applies to both thesis (entry students 2018 and 2019) and course grades as of 15 March 2021.

Extra credits

We will transfer all the credits that count towards your degree at the partner university, strictly following the transcript provided by the partner university administration. Aalto University cannot decide on behalf of the partner university which credits are included or excluded, if a policy like this is even available at the partner university.

However, at least 50% of the scope of the degree must be completed at Aalto, meaning at least 60 ECTS. If you take extra courses and receive more than 60 ECTS from the partner university, be aware that you cannot use them to take less credits at Aalto. You will still need to complete 60 ECTS in order to graduate here, and the scope of your degree will simply be more than 120 ECTS.

Before leaving to partner university for exit year

Things to remember before leaving Aalto University for your exit year destination. 

Support for study planning and wellbeing

Challenges encountered during studies are not uncommon, and Aalto University has many different support services at your disposal. The Starting Point of Wellbeing offers students easy access to counselling and advice on matters of well-being and study ability.

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Where to get guidance and support?

Guidance and support for study planning, study wellbeing, and career reflections for Aalto students.

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Starting Point of Wellbeing

The Starting Point of Wellbeing offers students easy access to counselling and advice on matters of well-being and study ability. The services available to you include drop-in (no reservation) advising/counselling sessions, peer support groups, and online materials. You can also make an appointment to receive individual counselling.

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Support for career planning

At Aalto University, the dedicated Career Services and working life experts support you in not only career planning, but also in preparing for job search and finding employment in Finland.

Career Design for Students

Career Design for Students

Career design is an experimental approach for creating a meaningful career path in the constantly changing world of work.

Career Design Lab
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Aalto JobTeaser (external link)

Aalto JobTeaser portal for job ads, career events and guidance

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Scuuppi is a newsletter for students of School of Science. Scuuppi comes out at the end of each teaching period.

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