Students choose 25–35 ECTS of elective studies. As elective studies, students can complete a minor and/or take individual courses at Aalto University or other Finnish universities. Students can also participate in an international student exchange programme or include 1–5 ECTS of work experience completed in Finland or abroad in elective studies.

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Language studies

In Aalto School of Science, students have compulsory language studies as a part of the bachelor’s degree. If these language studies have not been completed before entering the master’s programme, they must be included in the master’s degree as explained in the following:

A student whose language of school education is Finnish or Swedish must take 2 credits in the other national language. In addition, all students must demonstrate both oral (o) and written (w) proficiency in one foreign language (3 credits).

Students with excellent command of English (e.g. English as a first language) may apply for the exemption from the compulsory foreign language requirement and take 3 ECTS of Finnish courses instead. In this case, according to the Degree Regulations, the student has not demonstrated the requisite written and oral language requirement in a foreign language, which is reflected in the appendix of the degree certificate. Students may apply for an exemption in the beginning of each term (deadlines 15 September and 15 January) with an application form available in Into at

The language studies are included in the elective studies.