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Read and watch stories from Aalto students and alumni on student life in Finland, interesting school projects, making an impact through studies and finding unique career paths.

A community for students from all over the world

Finnish universities are known for their vibrant student life and strong sense of community. Aalto University is no exception. Take a look at some of our international students' stories about studying at Aalto and finding their place in Finland. 

aalto university master's programme in electronics and nanotechnology photonics student Chen lingyi

Student Lingyi Chen: ‘At Aalto University, you can turn new ideas into reality'

Collaboration between different disciplines helps discovering new aspects of things, says photonics and nanotechnology major student Lingyi Chen from the Master’s Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology.

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Aalto University / man sitting on a motorcycle / Muhammad Ziaur Rehman

Alumnus Muhammad Ziaur Rehman: ‘No matter what you’re dreaming about, Aalto is a great place to start’

Muhammad Ziaur Rehman graduated from the Master’s Programme in Automation and Electrical Engineering.

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Student Ekaterina Shmeleva from School of Science standing at Otaniemi campus / photo Aalto University, Matti Ahlgren

‘I’m happy I didn’t go anywhere else’ – HAIC scholars very satisfied with their studies at Aalto

As top applicants, Rina Shmeleva and Parinaz Avaznejad received scholarships for their master’s studies and now they share their study experiences

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Aalto University / A girl sitting on sand with sunglasses on / Laura McLeod

Alumnus Laura McLeod: In Aalto, you have the freedom to explore and learn new skills

Acoustics and Audio Technology major gave Laura McLeod the opportunity to combine her two fields of passion: music and physics

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Nikolai Denissov at Otaniemi campus photo Matti Ahlgren Aalto University

By studying software and service engineering, you will learn truly useful skills

Nikolai Denissov jumped out of his comfort zone, moved to Finland to study software engineering, and now he wants to stay for good

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A chance to make an impact

Are you driven by the thought of making a positive impact on societal issues? If so, Aalto is the right place for you. Students at Aalto are determined to make the world a better place with design, technology and business and Aalto provides the opportunity.

An 'info student' can teach crowdfunding to entrepreneurs in slums and coding to secondary pupils

In her diploma work, Niina Arvila studied how awareness of crowdfunding and the skills it requires could be spread among entrepreneurs of small communities in poor countries. Alongside her studies, Arvila has arranged a coding club to adolescents and works as a UX Designer at technology event Slush.

Niina Arvila seisoo Tietotekniikan talon aulassa

Theses: Threading the needle – together!

Taking care of your clothes is an environmental act, says Marium Durrani. Communal clothing repair workshops are popular around the world and have now landed also in Finland to push against unsustainable fast fashion practices.

Marium Durrani ompelemassa käsin vaatekappaletta, jossa on kukkakuosi.

Student team utilises participatory framework to develop sustainable renewal in cities

The City of Espoo was a partner in Aalto Thesis project. A team of two Master's students solved a challenge of a changing city in Espoo through their Master's theses.

Riia-Leena Wallin sitting on a chair and laughing while being filmed on camera.
Ali Salloum walking at Laajalahti Nature Reserve in summer, surrounded by green bushes, trees and grass

'Researchers should compete with Netflix, Spotify and YouTube'

According to master's student Ali Salloum, researchers have an obligation to get young people excited about science.

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Close-up photo of Katja Toropainen standing at a bay.

School of Business Student Story: Katja Toropainen

Katja Toropainen, the founder of Inklusiiv, talks about her studies in Information and Service Management (ISM) and her entrepreneurial career.

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ELEC vuoden alumni kirsi karlamaa, traficom kuva: Annamari Tolonen

Alumna of the Year Kirsi Karlamaa: ‘If you want to change society, study electrical engineering’

The School of Electrical Engineering Alumna of the Year 2019 is Kirsi Karlamaa, Director-General of Traficom.

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Interesting projects

'Cross-disciplinary' and 'innovation-driven' are words often spoken about Aalto but what does that actually look like? Take a look at some inspiring projects that Aalto students have been a part of during their studies.

Kevään 2018 Sähköpajakurssin lopputyö, kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen

Solutions for everyday needs

The innovative projects made by Aalto University students participating in the awarded and loved Electrical Engineering Workshop course were presented to the audience in the final exhibition on 23 May.

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Matilda Palmu's Exhibition poster

The story of a fabric

Matilda Palmu, who will graduate from the Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design master's programme in autumn 2020, describes her artistic process.

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Kuva: Mikko Raskinen

Architecture students designed a wooden pavilion in front of the Design Museum

The pavilion is a Finnish-British modern interpretation of a tea house.

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mekatroniikan sirkus 2019 robottikäsi asmo kaasinen ja olli malmi

From nanopaper to pancakes, student-built devices at Mechatronic Circus put on a variety show

Mechatronics course culminates in an event featuring student projects and circus antics.

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Aalto University / Olli Paloviita lähettää auton kisaan / photo: Linda Koskinen

Fast but controlled: racing car built during Protocamp course is equipped with artificial intelligence

The Speed Demon project team was commissioned to build a small self-driving AI racing car.

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Two lab-coated women in a laboratory looking at pipes.

Chemistry and business students developed plant-based products with Valio

A team of two Master’s students collaborated with Valio in a 6-month Aalto Thesis project.

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Unique career opportunities

Have you ever wondered what career paths Aalto opens up to its students? Whether you start your own business or offer your knowledge to someone else, being a student at Aalto is a guarantee for exciting job opportunities. Read and watch stories on building a career as an Aalto student below.

Aalto-yliopisto / Maria Hieta / photo: Maria Hieta

A student satellite project launched alumna Maria Hieta’s career in the space industry

Alumna Maria Hieta majored in Space Science and Technology.

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Anna Cichonska by the sea photo Matti Ahlgren Aalto University

Anna Cichonska uses data science to develop better healthcare

Dr. Cichonska has received two awards for her dissertation and now she helps develop preventive medicine using data science

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Bhavya Omkarappa / Aalto University / School of Electrical Engineering / Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Communications Engineering

Communications Engineering student Bhavya Omkarappa found her dream job at Ericsson

Bhavya Omkarappa thinks courses in Aalto University are very effective in simulating real working life scenarios

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Lumi Maunuvaara, HAVU Cosmetics

Lumi Maunuvaara: Becoming an entrepreneur with the drive of a 20-year-old

Lumi Maunuvaara, who founded HAVU Cosmetics during her second year of studies, learned quickly that being a start-up entrepreneur requires courage, even foolhardiness, but also humility. High interest in ones own field and the company ensures continued motivation even in difficult moments.

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Eleonora Nazander standing on a grass field in front of an old building.

Alumna Eleonora Nazander: 'Analytical methods can help us find solutions to almost any problem'

ISM alumna Eleonora Nazander talks about her career and gives tips for planning studies and seeking employment in Finland.

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Kuvassa näkyy Sari Nevanpää.

To an international career through business studies in Tampere and Aalto

Sari Nevanpää, recipient of the Dean's List award, was immediately snatched into Lidl's interesting fast career track programme.

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Kaksi mies- ja yksi naisopiskelija seisoo Väre-rakennuksen edessä. Miehillä on polkupyörät.

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