Finland’s excellent reputation in education, combined with a wide range of courses offered in English, makes Finland 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.
The values of Aalto University are passion, freedom, courage, sense of responsibility and integrity.
We emphasise the freedom to think independently and to take the initiative. Freedom is the cornerstone of academic thinking. Freedom means the permission, or even responsibility, to ask and question things – but also the willingness to respond and take a stand.
Courage means that at Aalto, we do not like to think of anything as categorically impossible, even though not everything is possible. Trial and error and their repetition even in the face of failing have led to many scientific breakthroughs.
Degree students at Aalto University are, for the most part, responsible for arranging their own accommodation. Aalto University offers support and useful tips for students who are looking for housing.
Aalto University's campus is the home of an innovative community. By 2021, all of the university's core functions will be in Otaniemi.
Student union and other student organisations
Aalto University Student Union (AYY) is a 15 000 members strong student organisation. AYY is a self-governing community subject to public law and its status is defined in the Finnish student union act.
All Aalto University students pursuing studies leading to a higher or lower university degree at Aalto University are members of the union. Doctoral students and exchange students may also join the student union should they wish to do so.
Numerous student organisations and communities, such as subject associations, sections, guilds and recreational clubs, operate within AYY.
Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) provides general, mental and dental health care to university students.
Aalto University students are entitled to use the FSHS services after paying the Student Union membership fee which includes the health care fee. All general and mental health appointments, including appointments with specialists and physiotherapists as well as group activities, are free of charge for students. Appointments with a dental hygienist are also free but students are charged a fee for dentists’ appointments, with the exception of the first dental examination by a dentist.
Student sports services
UniSport is the provider of the Aalto University sports services. Operating on six campuses in Helsinki and Espoo, UniSport is a sports centre for the whole university community.
At the sports centres, you can find a wide range of sports to choose from and facilities for training on your own as well as in a group. The best training buddy for anyone wanting to stay fit is the UniSport Training Card, which students can purchase at an affordable student price.