Study and internship opportunities abroad
Aalto supports its students to grow globally. During your studies you have plenty of opportunities to study and work abroad as well as work actively in multicultural partnerships and projects. You can choose to:
Gain knowledge and skills that are highly valued by employers
As you gain international experience, you gain expertise that is beneficial for both your personal and professional life. You can learn foreign languages and get to know other cultures; enhance your employability with skills gained by working in an international environment and discover alternative ways of studying, working, thinking and living in general. In addition, the friends and contacts you make abroad will contribute to your life being wonderfully rich and diverse.
The university provides you with an easy access to an exchange or internship period abroad. There are plenty of exchange agreements with top universities of their field which allow you to spend a term or two abroad while advancing and complementing your degree studies for Aalto. You are guided and instructed in choosing a suitable destination, and your exchange and/or internship abroad is also supported by scholarships by Aalto.
You also have a possibility to apply to international joint masters programmes that include a mobility period in a foreign university. Aalto University also offers support to take part in virtual courses offered by our partner universities. There are different types of short-term mobilities and courses with international components in Aalto University.
Wide international network
Internationalisation is at the core of all activities at Aalto. It is a key factor in enabling the university to become world-class and broadens the possibilities to contribute to the betterment of the world. Strong international network supports Aalto’s strategy in shared research and education, and facilitates developing Aalto’s staff and students’ global competence.
Aalto University belongs to various international networks that support its strategy especially regarding shared research and/or education agenda. Some of those networks are university-wide and some are school/field specific.
Promoting international teaching and studying is a central element in Aalto University strategy. Through Erasmus you can go on student or teacher exchange. It also enables staff mobility for training and for teaching.
Internationalisation in student life
Aalto University Student Union (AYY) offers opportunities to meet people from all over the world, whether you're an exchange student, an international degree student or Finnish all the way.
Our international community in numbers
Over the past decade, the number our international staff and students has been steadily growing. For example the share of our international professors has increased from 9 % (2010) up to 25 % in 2020.
- 25 % professors
- 21 % research & teaching personnel
- 25 % master's degree students
- 37 % doctoral candidates
- 67 % post doctoral candidates