Study at Aalto

What studying at Aalto really looks like

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. 

Student James Roney cross-country skiing

Besides studying Building Technology, student James Roney plays pool at Aalto

Interest in living in Finland brought James Roney from USA to Aalto for his Master’s studies.

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Exchange student Andrea Moglianesi In Lofoten mountains

Experiencing the Helsinki winter has been magical for exchange student Andrea Moglianesi

Although pandemic restrictions have made studying harder, Andrea has managed to have a good study experience in Aalto.

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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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Vietnamista kotoisin oleva opiskelija on pukeutunut mustiin vaatteisiin ja nojaa kaiteeseen Tietotekniikan talolla. Taustalla näkyy valoa ja Aalto-yliopiston logo.

‘The atmosphere at Aalto is comfortable and you can do things at your own pace’

Thong Tran, the first graduate with a major in Data Science, shares his experiences on studying at Aalto University

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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.

No more plastic wrap? Students create novel biobased packaging for cucumbers

A dip in the biobased liquid gives cucumbers a protective film. Innovative idea will be presented in the international BioDesign Challenge competition.

cucumbers on a plate covered with biobased liquid

We can transform the fashion industry by renting

Marketing Master’s student Katariina Järvinen’s company Clozeta combines two megatrends: second-hand and sharing economy.

The picture shows Katariina Järvinen on Aalto University campus, holding fashionable pieces of clothes in her hands.

Aarni Kapanen illustrates Dudes & Feelings podcasts

Fighting toxic masculinity with a podcast and the help of Visual Communication Design.

Man in sunny winter cityscape

Irene Purasachit saw the floral industry’s waste problem firsthand – now she makes material for handbags from discarded blooms

Nearly half of cut flowers end up in the trash, never making their way to dinner tables or first dates

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Niina Arvila seisoo Tietotekniikan talon aulassa

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.

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Marium Durrani ompelemassa käsin vaatekappaletta, jossa on kukkakuosi.

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.

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Felicia Aminoff, Anna Eriksson ja Amanda Rejström, kuva: Iiro Immonen

A spark to change the world - Aalto alumnas' startup helps people make climate-positive choices

In the future, personal climate action will be as natural as personal finance is today.

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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.

Näytös21-voittaja Jenny Hytösen mallisto yhdistää kristalleilla kirjailtuja, läpinäkyviä verkkokankaita ja vahvasti niititettyä nahkaa.

Näytös21 fashion show made an impact also online

The main prize winner is Jenny Hytönen, also Sofia Ilmonen and Juha Vehmaanperä were awarded.

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Iloinen nainen ja tabletti. Kuva: Kalle Kataila

Students discovered potential new business models for S Group’s online grocery business

The suggested business models can be applied to the online grocery store operations, says Chief Digital Officer, Retail eCommerce, of SOK.

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PdP Gala poster

Products of the future presented at the PdP Gala

This year the PdP Gala was organised virtually on 21th of May with amazing prototypes from ten different student teams.

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Eturivissä opiskelijat Otto Simola, Verneri Hirvonen ja Julius Helander. Takarivissä professori Jussi Ryynänen ja vanhempi yliopistonlehtori Marko Kosunen. Kuva: Niina Norjamäki

Students coded an open-source microprocessor that companies can use as they wish

The new processor is suitable, for example, for 6G transceivers and encryption technology. The project encourages young people to study microelectronics; skills that are in high demand in Finland.

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Kuvataideopiskelijoiden ikkunainstallaatio oli esillä Amos Rex -museossa osana Egyptin varjo -opintoprojektia.

Study project draws out the background of Amos Rex's popular Egypt exhibition

Shadow of Egypt, a study project by students in art education ran alongside the Egypt of Glory exhibition.

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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.

Tiina Lindh-Knuutila

Language technology combines alumna Tiina Lindh-Knuutila's interests

According to Tiina Lindh-Knuutila, language technology and machine learning offer enormous opportunities for many kinds of people.

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A man in a soundproof studio waving an object to create sound

Creating sounds and raising the bar - an interview with Film Sound Designer Iivo Korhonen

Mundane sounds support the characters' personality and Iivo Korhonen is the one recording them. He encourages everyone to dream big, because sometimes that may become your reality.

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Le Thuy

School of Business Alumni Ambassador's story: Le Thuy

‘An internship is an effective way to find the career that makes you tick’, recommends Le Thuy, Information and Service Management alumna, who works as a strategy consultant at August Associates. As of this fall, she is also a School of Business Alumni Ambassador.

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Portrait of Mikko Koskinen

Alumnus Mikko Koskinen plans to build an internationally successful spirit brand

Mikko Koskinen is a co-founder of Kyrö Distillery Company. He studied his master’s Mechanical Engineering, where he specialized in Product Development.

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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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BScBA Program alumnus Patrick Lees on a ski trip to Koli

School of Business alumni story: Patrick Lees

The career of Patrick Lees, School of Business Mikkeli Campus alumnus, took an unexpected turn early on and led him to work with renewable energies. “Small details and timing can have a significant impact on your career, and I urge not to be too fixed with your career plan.”

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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.

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