Internationalisation opportunities

As an Aalto University student, you have excellent opportunities to become more internationally orientated and globally competent during your studies.
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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:

study abroad in an exchange programme

complete your degree in an international jointly organised master's programme

find an internship placement abroad

find other international study opportunities in our university networks

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 Partner Map

Our partner universities on map (external link)

Aalto University has a wide range of partner universities around the globe. Have a quick look at our mobility partners!

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Aalto University's international networks

Aalto University belongs to a wide range of international partnerships, networks and alliances with a university-wide scope. Each of the international partnerships, networks and alliances have a specific focus that supports Aalto University’s strategy, especially regarding shared research and education.

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Erasmus programme

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.

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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.

Check out AYY's international associations


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.

  1. 25 % professors
  2. 21 % research & teaching personnel
  3. 25 % master's degree students
  4. 37 % doctoral candidates
  5. 67 % post doctoral candidates

More about internationalisation and international communities

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Internationalisation of teaching and learning

Promoting international teaching and studying is a central element in Aalto University strategy.

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Startuplifers (external link)

An internship program that provides students a unique chance to work in startups in Silicon Valley and Asia.

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Design Factory (external link)

Educating the world’s best product designers

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Aalto Ventures Program

The best way to predict the future is to build it. We teach students to build like an entrepreneur.


Aalto Startup Center (external link)

Aalto Startup Center is a hybrid accelerator participating and leading international incubator and accelerator programs.

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Aalto Global Impact (AGI) (external link)

AGI promotes and facilitates Aalto University´s research and educational programmes for societal impact globally.

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