Getting started with your studies in Mikkeli
These intructions are for students starting their studies in 2016. Instructions for 2017 are updated in spring 2017.
Welcome to study at the Aalto University School of Business Mikkeli Campus!
Here you can find some useful information to help you in the beginning of your studies. The Orientation package materials will be made available at the end of this page during the summer.
On Into, you can find information on the degree requirements: degree regulations 2013.
You can find more information on our program from these Into pages for BScBA Students, School of Business, Mikkeli, from our website and from Facebook. Please note that Mikkeli Campus has somewhat different procedures and practices than other programs of Aalto University, and therefore some information is different for the Mikkeli students than for the other Aalto students.
Students accepted to the program will obtain a study right to the Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration, so that
- the student first completes the Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree at the Mikkeli Campus and
- after graduating from Mikkeli, the student has an automatic study right to continue their studies in one of the Master’s Programs at the Helsinki Campus.
Checklist for new students
- 1. Accept your offer of admission*
- 2. Enroll no later than on 15 August 2017
- 3. Apply for a residence permit or prepare for registering your residence
- 4. Apply for student housing
- 5. Apply for financial aid for students
- 6. Tuition fees and scholarships
- 7. Activate your Aalto IT account
- 8. Apply for a student card
- 9. Familiarize yourself with the orientation materials for new students
- 10. Get to know the contents of the studies and your school
Accept your offer of admission and enroll as an attending student as soon as possible after receiving notification of your admission. Once enrolled, you can submit an application for student housing and financial aid for students. Getting the process started as early as possible helps you avoid peak application times and long waits.
1. Accept your offer of admission*
The Finnish National Board of Education will send a results letter by email at the latest June 30, 2017 to all applicants who have applied in the joint application system of higher education and have given consent for communication regarding student admissions by email. If you have not given consent for that, a paper letter will be sent to you on June 30, 2017 and you will receive it on the week that begins on July 3, 2017.
The results letter contains information on your success in all the areas of specialisation (programs or majors) you applied for (whether you were accepted, put on a waiting list, or rejected) and instructions on accepting the offer of admission.
Please note that Aalto University does not send those accepted a separate acceptance letter by mail; all communication is done via e-mail. To stay informed, make sure to follow up on your My Studyinfo service and e-mail.
Applicants in admission groups I-II accepted from the waiting list after June 30, 2017 will be informed of this by e-mail. Please check your e-mail regularly during July 1 – August 14, 2017. The admission process ends when all the admission groups are full or at the latest by August 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT +3:00 hrs).
After receiving the admission offer, please accept it as soon as possible. If possible, primarily accept the study place electronically at the Studyinfo.fi –service (Opintopolku.fi in Finnish) by registering through the Log in –link at the top right hand corner of the front page. In order to log in to the service, you need Finnish internet banking codes, a mobile certificate or an identity card issued by the Finnish police provided with a chip and a reader. You can find instruction on how to accept a study place electronically at Studyinfo.fi.
If you do not have Finnish internet banking codes, a mobile certificate or an identity card issued by the Finnish police provided with a chip and a reader, confirm the study place electronically through the link in your e-mail notification or by sending a confirmation form by post to the Mikkeli study office. You can email a scanned copy of the acceptance form to us but you also need to send us the original form by mail.
Remember that you can accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland
According to the one study place per term provision (Universities Act 558/2009) students may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term. Higher education degrees include bachelor’s, master’s, licentiate and doctoral degrees awarded by universities as well as polytechnic degrees. The academic terms run from 1 August to 31 December and 1 January to 31 July. Even if the student postpones the commencement of studies, or interrupts his/her studies, the student cannot accept another study place for a degree program starting in the same academic term.
If you already have a right to study at Aalto University and you wish to accept a new offer of admission
The Aalto University students of business or technology may only have one right to study towards the same degree. Students who accept an offer of admission to education leading to the same degree (for instance, the Master of Science (Technology)), the old right to study will be replaced by the new one. This does not apply to the Aalto University field of art and design.
N.B! Aalto University School of Business, Mikkeli campus will ask you to present your original degree certificate and final transcript upon enrolment, so remember to take them with you when you start your studies. Check your Letter of Admission and the attached material for more information.
* For IB, EB and RP graduates of spring 2017, the total points will first be calculated based on their preliminary grades. Thus, the admission is conditional and will be confirmed once the final grades are published. After the final grades have been submitted to Aalto University, the final points will be calculated for the applicant. In case the final score is not enough for direct admission, the admission decision will be changed and the applicant will be placed on the waiting list. The applicant will be informed on this. However, the applicant can still be admitted to the program from the waiting list.
2. Enroll no later than on 15 August 2017
After accepting an offer of admission, you have to enroll either as an attending or non-attending student each academic term. If you fail to do so within the enrolment period between 2 May and 15 September 2017 as instructed, you will forfeit your right to study. In such cases, contact the Mikkeli study office to apply for readmission. The re-registration fee charged for readmission is 35 euros.
Please note that applicants who are required to pay tuition fees cannot enroll for the academic term before the tuition fee has been paid.
Enrolment as an attending student
Once you have accepted an offer of admission, enroll as an attending student at Aalto University and pay the membership fee of the Aalto University student union (AYY) electronically in the national enrolment service OILI. The link to OILI will be activated when you have accepted the study place on Stydyinfo.fi (and paid the tuition fee, if that is requested from you). To ensure you do not miss any orientation sessions or tutor groups, you should enroll as soon as possible, but no later than on 15 August 2017.
More information on the AYY student membership fee is available here.
Enrolment as a non-attending student
You can enroll as a non-attending student in your first year of study only on grounds referred to in the Universities Act (Yliopistolaki 558/2009, Section 39), i.e. if you are:
- currently performing military service referred to in the Conscription Act (Asevelvollisuuslaki 1438/2007), the Non-Military Service Act (Siviilipalveluslaki 1446/2007) or the Act on Voluntary Military Service for Women (Laki naisten vapaaehtoisesta asepalveluksesta 194/1995). Please note that military service being performed in other countries than Finland is not an acceptable reason for enrolment as a non-attending student;
- on maternity, paternity or parental leave; or
- unable to start your studies due to personal illness or injury.
If your non-attendance for permissible reasons is scheduled between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018, you can enroll as a non-attending student for the whole academic year.
Please make sure to submit your application for enrolment as a non-attending student no later than on 15 August 2017 to the study office in Mikkeli. For detailed guidelines, see the application form (pdf).
Military service, non-military service or other long period of non-attendance
Students who have accepted an offer of admission in 2016 or earlier
Because you have already accepted your study place, the instructions on 1. Accept your offer of admission do not concern you. However, other instructions on this webpage are relevant to you.During the summer, Aalto University School of Business, Mikkeli Campus will send you information on starting your studies either by e-mail or mail. You can also contact the student services to find out about starting your studies: email@example.com.
Remember to read your Aalto e-mail address! If you have not activated your Aalto e-mail yet, do it now.
New students admitted in 2016
If you plan to enroll as a non-attending student in your first year of study, accept the offer of admission and submit a certificate for your reasons for the non-attendance to your school (see guidelines). Please note that non-attendance is only allowed for specific reasons defined in legislation.
- If you enroll as non-attending for the whole academic year, follow up on these pages in summer 2018 for up-to-date information on starting your studies in 2018–2019.
Please note that the best option for students who are unable to start their studies in the beginning of the academic year is to start their studies in the beginning of the next academic year. This recommendation is based on the normative order of studies as well as on the experience from previous years.
Changing the attendance status
Changing the attendance status from non-attending to attending student
If you wish to change your attendance status from non-attending to attending student, please contact the Mikkeli Study Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further instructions.
Changing the attendance status from attending student to non-attending student
Changing your attendance status from attending to non-attending student is only possible during the enrolment period. Please visit the Mikkeli Study Office during the enrolment period to register the change and to have the sticker on your student card replaced/removed. If you have any questions, please contact the Mikkeli Study Office (email@example.com).
As a non-attending student, you can apply for a refund of the AYY student union membership fee. Please fill in the relevant form found on the AYY website and submit it to AYY with the required attachments no later than on 30 September for the autumn term and no later than on 31 January for the spring term. AYY will pay the membership fees for the terms in question into your bank account in the month following the deadline.
Please note that the enrolment period may end before the deadline for applying for a refund of the AYY membership fee.
3. Apply for a residence permit or prepare for registering your residence
If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen and you are planning to stay longer than three months in Finland, you need to apply for a student residence permit in your country of origin before arriving in Finland. Read more on How to submit an application for the residence permit or visit the Finnish Immigration Service’s website at www.migri.fi/studying_in_finland.
If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country, you must register your residence at the Finnish Immigration Services. You should submit the application within three months of the date of entry into Finland. Further information is available at http://www.migri.fi/eu_registration
Both the student residency permit and the residency registration can be done at the Finnish Immigration Service’s EnterFinland online service.
4. Apply for student housing
Once you have enrolled as an attending student, you can start looking for an apartment. In Mikkeli, student housing is offered by the Mikkeli Student Housing Ltd, MOAS. Most student apartments are either single room apartments or shared apartments within easy walking distance to the campus. These shared apartments are cheaper and usually easier to get than private housing.
Searching private housing from the open market requires more work but it is also possible. A local newspaper, Länsi-Savo, is a good place to look for available apartments or to place your own ad on the paper.
5. Apply for financial aid for students
The right of non-Finnish citizens to receive student financial aid from the State is decided on a case-by-case basis. A description of the right to receive student financial aid is available on the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA) website.
The majority of Finnish students finance their studies with the state-funded financial aid for students distributed by Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland. For details, see the Kela website. For assistance in matters concerning financial aid at Aalto, contact the Aalto University Student Financial Aid Board. To avoid peak application times in the autumn, it is best to apply for financial aid as soon as you have accepted an offer of admission at the university. The easiest way to apply for funding is via the Kela e-services.
Adult Education Allowance is an allowance granted by the Education Fund on certain conditions to students who have already been employed before starting their studies. In some cases, adult students may also finance their studies with their unemployment benefit; for additional information, see the website of TE services (employment services).
6. Tuition fees and scholarships
Applicants will receive information in their acceptance letter on whether or not they need to pay tuition fees. Possible scholarship decisions will be informed on at the same time.
More information on the tuition fee and scholarship process can be found on Aalto University’s webpage.
7. Activate your Aalto IT account
The Aalto IT account credentials are used to login to all Aalto services. Once you have activated your IT account, you will have access to, e.g. the Aalto e-mail, which is the primary information channel used by the university and which you are expected to read. Activate your account as soon as possible.
You can activate your account at password.aalto.fi with your internet bank identifiers or with an electronic ID (HST) card. If electronic activation is not possible, you will be given the Aalto IT account credentials during the orientation week.
You can activate the Aalto University IT account once you have enrolled as an attending student for the academic year 2017–2018. The table below shows the timetable for activation.
Enrolment completed no later than on
Account activation possible no sooner than
July 30, 2017
August 2, 2017
August 7, 2017
August 9, 2017
August 14, 2017
August 16, 2017
August 21, 2017
August 23, 2017
If you have accepted an offer of admission in 2016 or earlier, you can activate your IT account right away.
8. Apply for a student card
The student card is proof of your student status, and it is the simplest way to get student discounts, for example at the university restaurants and public transportation as well as student health care services. The sticker on the card verifies that you have paid the student union membership fee and are entitled to student benefits in the academic year indicated on the sticker.
For additional information on how to apply for a student card, please go to the AYY site.
Before you have been issued a student card, a stamped certificate of attendance, which will be given to you during the orientation week, serves as a temporary student card.
9. Familiarize yourself with the orientation materials for new students
Orientation week will take place from August 28 – September 3, 2017, with the opening ceremonies being held on August 29, 2017. Please note that participation to the orientation week is mandatory during August 28 – September 1, 2017. In addition the student organization Probba organizes activities during the weekend September 2-3, 2017. Part of the o-week program is required for the Orientation to University Studies course (1 cr). In case you cannot arrive in Mikkeli on time for the orientation week, please contact us by email to negotiate about the issue: firstname.lastname@example.org. The first business course Global Business Environment will begin on Monday, September 4, 2017 with mandatory attendance.
As a part of your orientation, you will be assigned a student tutor, who will help you with practical matters. You can contact your tutor with any questions you might have.
10. Get to know the contents of the studies and your school
To get off to a swift start with your studies, you should familiarize yourself with the contents of your studies and other practicalities during the summer. During your studies, the university provides you with services that support you both in your studies and life management. You will find information regarding studying in Mikkeli and student services on Into.
In addition, the student organization of the BScBA students Probba organizes events throughout the academic year.
The Mikkeli Campus is located in the center of Mikkeli on Lönnrotinkatu 5 (see map below). The travel time to Helsinki is approximately 2.5 hours by car. You can look for public transportations options on the websites of VR (train tickets) and Matkahuolto (long-distance bus tickets).
The duration of your studies is limited to seven academic years as an attending student if you are pursuing both a bachelor’s and master’s degree or to four academic years as an attending student if you are pursuing only a bachelor’s degree at Aalto University. You can also enroll as a non-attending student for some terms without them being counted towards the duration of your studies. For additional information, please refer to Into.
Aalto University School of Business
Mikkeli Campus / Study Office
tel.: +358 50 438 9837 (Monday – Friday, during 8.00 – 16.00, GMT +3:00 hrs)
Information on the beginning of studies in Mikkeli
Information on studies, the BScBA program and other useful links can be found from the Welcome letter.
Materials from the Mikkeli student organization Probba
Information for foreign degree students