Incoming exchange students

"I would definitely recommend Aalto, mainly because of the excellent/fantastic/gorgeous campus facilities, great academic opportunities, open-minded professors and other university staff, innovative teaching methods, excellent study/life balance, honest people, lots of courses about soft skills and entrepreneurship, and a huge number of great study organizations!!!"
(Exchange student, autumn term 2014)

Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering is truly international with approximately 100 exchange students admitted annually and some 250 students from around the world attending the master's programmes. The School is committed to providing high quality education in English.

Who can apply?

You can apply for an exchange at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering if you are a student at one of our partner universities and your home university has an agreement for student exchange with us

Students from Nordic countries can also apply if their home universities are part of the Nordtek cooperation network.

To apply for an exchange, you should first contact your home university's international office for information on the internal selection process of your home univesity. Your home university will nominate the candidates for exchange at Aalto, but the final decision about the acceptance of exchange students will be made by Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering.

If your home university does not have an exchange agreement with the Aalto University school of Electrical Engineering, but you wish to study here for a short period of time, please contact incoming-elec@aalto.fi to find out about your chances.

Language requirements

 Language requirements for incoming exchange students

To be able to pursue exchange studies at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, you must have very good language skills in either English or Finnish. The School offers a wide range of courses in English, almost all of which are taught at master level. You are required to attach a certificate of your English language skills to the exchange application.

The following applies to students coming from our partner universities who are applying for exchange studies: You must submit either an official test certificate (CEFR B2, IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 92 or equivalent) or a statement by an English language teacher or other professor of your home university stating that you have the required level of English skills (equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR scale) to study in your subject area. In this way your home university guarantees that you will be able to study successfully in English. If your level is B1 or lower it will be considered insufficient and result in rejection of the application.

Description of B2 (independent user) language proficiency:
"Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options."

For students who wish to complete a final project while on exchange at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, the English language requirements are more strict. The student must be able to write the project in good academic English and to communicate with his/her project advisor fluently. See final projects for more details.