Frequently Asked Questions
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We are currently planning the second edition of the Summer School which should take place in Espoo in the second week of August 2023.
The summer school is organised for students within our existing partner universities: Aalto University, Delft University of Technology and Design, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Politecnico di Milano, Parsons School of Design, Tecnologico de Monterrey and Singapore University of Technology and Design.
The existing partner universities have their own selection method which varies accordingly, so please get in touch with your school’s faculty or responsible person.
As the summer school has different themes each year the activities vary accordingly. During the 2022 edition, under the theme ‘Circular economy and co-design’, the students visited a recycling centre, Woodio, spent the weekend in Nuuksio National Park near the city of Helsinki and had guided tours of the campus, Aalto House and Kuusijärvi.
Unfortunately, at the moment there is no available spots for students outside the participating universities.
As the project has received funding from Jane & Aatos Erkko Foundation there is no enrolment fee or accommodation costs for the summer school participants. Students are, however, expected to pay for their flights, the program fee (200€) and for their own meals. When on campus, the students will be entitled to student discounts (meals for about 3€).
No, students of all ages can participate
Most of the activities take place in accessible locations. Please describe any special needs (e.g. regarding logistics, accommodation, etc.) you may have in your application form or directly to your course coordinator as early as possible. They will do their best to meet your needs.
In an agreement between the participating Universities it was decided that ideally only master's students.
Online course material is open access for anyone.
No, unfortunately you won’t get a certificate from finishing the online course.
Classes follow the summer school schedule, but you can watch them in the order you want.
The final essay won’t be graded.
You will get an official Aalto University certificate and/or a transcript of records at the end of the course, or in case that is not possible, a hard copy will be mailed to you after the course.
Once you have been accepted to a course and you have paid the course fee (if the course is fee based), the course coordinator will send you an invitation along with the letter of acceptance.
Aalto University Summer School courses are held on Aalto University Otaniemi campus in Espoo, unless otherwise indicated in the course information. The campus is connected to Helsinki by metro (10 min) and to the airport by metro+train or bus (45-60 min).
The accommodation is arranged in Unihome Töölö Towers. It's located in Töölö near Helsinki city centre. Metro takes you from Töölö to Otaniemi campus in Espoo in about 15 min.