Application Information

Applying for exchange studies at Aalto ARTS

All exchanges to Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS) are based on agreements between universities. Student exchange takes place within the frameworks of Erasmus, Nord-plus, NordArk, different bilateral agreements, First-exchange with some Russian schools and Euroeast Mundus exchange. An existing agreement, in many cases with the department in concern is the precondition for the exchange. We do not offer any Free Mover options.

How to start?

You can check the partnerships or valid agreements from your own university's homepages or from the personnel working in the international office in your home institution. You should apply to the Aalto ARTS subject area with which your home university has an agreement.

Before filling in the online application form you will need a nomination from your institutional coordinator at your home university stating that you can transfer the credits into your degree studies, and that your English level is sufficient in order to follow the courses in Aalto ARTS. Your own school will have to select you for to be the nominee. They will send the nomination letter to us. Please note that you need to fill in the application yourself, the nomination from your home university is not enough to secure an exchange period in Aalto University!

ERASMUS code of Aalto University is SF ESPOO12

Application periods for Aalto ARTS
Application periodFor studies during
15 of March - 15 of April 2018Autumn term 2018 / whole Academic year 2018-19
15 of September - 15 of October 2018Spring term 2019



Aalto ARTS accepts applications only through the online application service. Please, note that the application system allows you to submit the application only if there is a valid agreement between the institutions. To complete an application you will need these documents attached in your electronic online application:

  1. Motivation letter (describe your educational goals and interests, tell us why you would like to study here and make specific references to the programme/courses you are applying to)
  2. Portfolio (preferably as a pdf file or a link)
  3. Transcript of Records
  4. CV
  5. A copy of your ID or passport
  6. Study plan (bilateral exchange students) or Learning Agreement (Erasmus+ exchange students). You can use the Aalto ARTS Study Guide for reference when compiling your study plan.

Please fill in the application form carefully, especially your motivation letter and portfolio as they are important criteria in the selection process.

Results of the selection process will be notified by email to the email address that you register in the application system, so please make sure that the email address you register is the one that you check regularly.


Art and Design students, see information about the portfolio: How to make your portfolio

Requirements for the portfolio in Architecture and Landscape Architecture

  • Samples of your design and planning works from the school works, courses and studios
  • The portfolio should be versatile and illuminate your capability and working methods
  • Please note that some studios/teachers will review your portfolio in advance (portfolio selection for studios)


We expect incoming exchange students to study full time while at Aalto and to pass the courses with good grades. Full workload at Aalto is 30 ECTS credits per semester and exchange students are encouraged to take courses accordingly.

A list of courses taught in English is available in pdf. More information about the courses can be found in Study Guides and WebOodi (you can search for the courses with the code or name).


Course options in Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Please, search for courses and studios taught in English. However, all the courses given in English will not be available each term. Final information about courses will be given at the Department of Architecture, during the Studio Information Sessions, which take place in the very beginning of each term. All courses and studios for the term are then introduced by the respective teachers. All exchange students should take part in these Studio Information Sessions.

Please note that the Department of Architecture does not supervise any diploma works or final thesis for international exchange students.


Aalto University offers also Cross School Courses  as well as University wide art studies open for all the exchange students.


Note! Some of the names of the programmes have changed: 
  • MA Programme in Visual Communication Design - formerly known as Graphic Design
  • MA Programme in Collaborative and Industrial Design - including former Industrial Design
  • MA Programme in Product and Spatial Design – including former Applied Arts and Design and Furniture and Spatial Design
  • MA Programme in Fashion and Collection Design – including former Textile Art and Fashion and Clothing Design
  • MA Programme in Design for Theatre Film and Television's major Design for the Performing Arts - formerly known as  Scenography
  • MA Programme in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art ViCCA - including former Environmental Art, Fine Arts and MA Programme in Visual Culture, PORI
    • NOTE: Open only for master level students


We are also offering a new minor called Digital Visual Design DiViDe (25 ECTS) for exchange students in the field of Scenography/Design for the Performing Arts. It will be organized in Spring 2018 in cooperation with the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy. More information about the courses.


If you have any questions concerning the application procedure, please email


Exchanges for Researchers/PhD students in Arts and Design

Please see Aalto ARTS' pages on International research.