School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Congratulations! You have just been admitted to an international joint Master’s programme NoVA at Aalto University.

Cover letter for admitted students in Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Punaisia kuvioita vaakasuorasti

Your application made an impression on us and we would like to warmly welcome you as a member of the Aalto community. You will be in excellent company as Aalto is ranked 9th in the world in the QS ranking of universities under 50 years. We will ensure you get the best possible learning experience with personal academic advising, extensive student wellbeing services and an active student community. We very much look forward to seeing you on next autumn. 

At Aalto, we believe in the power of curiosity. We encourage our students to explore the unknown and learn and do things in a whole new way – together, breaking boundaries. We’ll do our best to make sure you have all the information you need and answer all your questions about starting your studies here. Our contact information can be found at the end of this letter.

New Aalto Student checklist

Please, take a good look to go over the following steps. You find detailed information on each in the guide for New Students in international joint Master's programmes.

  1. Accept your admission offer

    You will receive an e-mail with personal link to portal soon after receiving your Letter of Admission. Click the link and follow the instructions to accept the admission offer.

    Please accept your admission offer by the corresponding deadline to your programme:

    - by 25 April 2024 (3:00 pm, GMT +3) if you have been admitted to the Nordic Master programme in Visual Studies and Art Education. If you have been admitted off the waiting list, check the deadline from the admission letter!

  2. Submit hard copies of your application documents

    The acceptance to the university is conditional until certified (attested) hard copy documents have been delivered to the Student Services of School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The conditionally granted right to study will be cancelled if the certified documents, or documents according to the country-specific document requirements, are not received in the required manner by the deadline.

    The deadline for the officially certified study certificates is 16 May 2024 (at 15.00, GMT +3) for admitted applicants. This deadline concerns applicants who have been admitted to Nordic Master programme in Visual Studies and Art Education when the results have been published and who have, by then, already completed their degree.

    For applicants admitted off the waiting list (in April, May or June), the deadline is 15 August 2024 (at 15.00, GMT +3).

    For applicants with an incomplete degree, the graduation date must be by 31 July 2024. The deadline for submitting the certified documents is 15 August 2024 (at 15:00, GMT +3). 

    The deadlines cannot be extended. In case the required documents are not received by the deadline, or if you are not able to graduate by the deadline, the conditionally granted study right will be cancelled.

    Please send the hard copies of these documents to Student Services of School of Arts, Design and Architecture (contact information below) by mail or courier service. Read carefully and follow the instructions for certified hard copy documents .

  3. Pay the participation / programme / tuition fee of your programme (if applicable)
  4. Apply for Residence Permit (non-EU/non-EEA Citizens) or register your residence (EU/EEA Citizens)
  5. Enrol for the academic year 2024-2025 at Aalto University 

      To ensure that your student status is valid from the beginning of academic year (1 August) you should enrol no later than 31 July 2024 or sooner, if possible. Enrolling as attending is also a precondition for using any Aalto services, getting a student number, and registering for courses. The final deadline to enroll is 30 August 2024.

    All students actively studying towards a degree should by law be members of a student union, which is why this is considered a condition for enrolment at the university. Read more about the student union membership and its benefits on AYY website.

    Students liable for tuition fees in Nordic Master programmes

    Due to additional regulations concerning tuition fees, students with a tuition fee liability must first pay their tuition fee before enrolling in My Studyinfo. 

    Conditionally admitted students

    If your admission offer is conditional, you can only enrol at the university after the condition has been fulfilled and the admission is not conditional anymore. Please refer to your Letter of Admission to check if you have been admitted conditionally. Read the guide for New Students in international joint Master's programmes to learn how to fulfill this condition.

  6. Apply for accommodation
  7. Organize your travel to Finland
  8. Activate your Aalto IT account

    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.

  9. Sign electrically Agreement Concerning Access Right to the Student’s Assignments and Thesis no later than 1 September 2024 (will be send to you later, access requires activation of your Aalto user account).
  10. Complete Aalto Pre-Orientation 2024-2025 online (the link to the material will be provided later; access requires activation of your Aalto user account).
  11. Prepare to start your studies with orientation on week 35 (the week beginning on 26 August).

Communication before the orientation in the autumn

Follow your email! We will send you newsletters during the spring and the summer to remind you of important matters and to provide you with more information about the orientation programme and the start of studies. You will be assigned a peer-student tutor, who will contact you during the summer. Please remember to notify us if you change your email address. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

You can find the contact information below. Note that July is holiday season in Finland, please contact [email protected] if you have urgent questions during that time.

Presidents's greetings to new master's students

Our Contact Information

Aalto University
School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Student Services

PO Box 31000
FI-00076 AALTO

Visiting address / for courier services:
Otaniementie 14,
FI-02150 ESPOO, Finland

Email: [email protected]
Programmes' contact information

Welcome to Aalto University. See you in autumn!


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