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This is Finland

Finland’s excellent reputation in education, combined with a wide range of courses offered in English, makes Finland and Aalto University an attractive study destination for international students. Boasting the largest technology hub of the Nordic countries, Finland is a world leader in information technology, business, design and many other academically centred fields.
Aalto University students in Otaniemi campus

Come as you are

Some think Finns are a little strange, in a good way. Yes, it's true. We host the world championships in swamp football, take a dip in icy water in the winter, are fanatics about saunas and have the most heavy metal bands per capita in the world. Finland is the home of the Moomins and Angry Birds. And Santa Claus, of course.

On the other hand, Finland is renowned for its sensibleness and practicality. We top international comparisons in education, equality, safety and quality of life. People can be trusted and everyone is taken care of.

You will see how important technology, design, creativity and startup culture are in Finland. We are known for our world-class engineers, tech gurus, architects, designers and artists.

Nature plays an essential role in the daily lives and identity of Finns – it’s never too far from your doorstep even in cities. Finns and visitors alike love the Baltic Sea, the archipelago, lakes and forests that offer the chance to hike, cross-country cycle, ski or run – and freely pick berries and mushrooms.

Helsinki city centre
Photo: Jussi Hellsten / Helsinki Marketing

Tale of two cities.

Want to be at the heart of where it’s all happening? Welcome to Aalto University, located in Espoo, just 10 minutes metro way from Helsinki, in Finland’s most dynamic but laid-back region, the metropolitan area of 1.1 million inhabitants along the shores of the Baltic Sea.

You can easily get around by walking, cycling or public transport. Finns speak good English, which is especially the case in universities and top-quality services. Many people from around the world have made Helsinki their home because of the ease of living and relaxed pace.

Aalto campuses are fine examples of the many-sided nature of Finland: surrounded by vibrant urban life and tranquil nature, large companies and cool startups, great opportunities for sports and culture. If you want to hang out with interesting people, take part in events and get to know surrounding areas, the opportunities are endless. If, on the other hand, you’re after some peace and quiet, you will easily find inspiring places to study, enjoy the outdoors and relax.

The multidisciplinary Aalto community is known for its open, international atmosphere and networks. The campuses offer versatile student life including events, clubs and recreation. Helsinki and Espoo provide endless things to do and see – often for free or at a student discount. Perhaps you’d like to take part in a foodie event or film festival, have a sauna and swim at the main market square, see some mesmerizing art or hang out at a café? On a side note – Finns drink coffee every chance they get: we are the biggest coffee guzzlers in the world!

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Two Aalto University students on campus cafe

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Audrey Poudrier Tremblay being interviewed for a video.
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‘Finding a job in Finland is not easy for foreigners’

Audrey Poudrier Tremblay is an Aalto alumna who shared her story of working in Finland as part of the Finland Works open online course.
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A new course on Product Management launching this autumn

The introductory course on product management will be piloting in the second period.
Student Verneri Hirvonen
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Student Verneri Hirvonen: ‘Studying at Aalto University is extremely flexible’

Verneri is the first student to graduate from the Digital Systems and Design major
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FITech Network University gained extra time for free ICT courses

By decision of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the courses open to all in the field of information and communication technology will be continued until the end of 2023.
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