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JOO studies for Aalto students

The Flexible Study Rights Agreement (JOO) is a national agreement between universities, which provides students of Finnish universities the opportunity to include courses from other universities into their degrees. Students completing either their graduate or postgraduate degree in a Finnish university can apply for a flexible study right.

A JOO application requires the approval of the home university, in this case Aalto University. When the home university endorses the application, it commits to being responsible for the costs of study. For the student JOO studies are free of charge.

Before applying, find out:

  • the courses offered by the host university: their web sites, study guides etc.
  • the application periods of the host university: either the applications are accepted any time, or there are two application periods per year
  • the endorsement criteria of Aalto university (see below).

If the host university adheres to the application periods, they are:

  • 1 - 30 April: for courses that are held during the next academic year (autumn, spring).
  • 1 - 31 October: for courses that are held next spring.

More information can be found on the Flexible Study Right website www.joopas.fi.

Approval criteria of Aalto and preparing your study plan

An application can be endorsed if the following requirements are met:

  • The studies are included in the student’s bachelor's or master's degree, and they are a part of the student's approved personal study plan (PSP, HOPS).
  • The student has demonstrated that his/her studies have progressed normally. A bachelor's student may not receive endorsement for studies that are planned for the first year of study.
  • Similar or corresponding courses are not offered in the student's home school. JOO studies are not intended to substitute for the teaching offered in the student's own school, and students cannot take courses at another university if they are available at the home school.
  • The studies are suited for the student's degree. They support the bachelor's or master's degree, and are part of the student's degree, for example minor studies or part of elective studies.
  • The studies are not Open University studies.
  • Applications by exchange students cannot be approved.

The studies cannot be endorsed without an approved personal study plan. The approved personal study plan and a transcript of records must be enclosed with the application. Information about the approval of the study plan is available on your school’s Into pages. For instructions and information about your study plan, please contact your degree programme. Please reserve enough time for the process of having the studies approved in your study plan, before the application period begins.

Requirements for minor studies for students of the School of Business

The studies the student applies for must form an entity at the host university. The extent of the minor the student applies for must correspond to the extent agreed upon in the student's personal study plan. If the minor at the receiving school is e.g. 25 ECTS, but the student needs 30 ECTS, he/she can choose an extra course that suits the minor. If the extent is e.g. 32 ECTS, this 32 ECTS can be endorsed. However, if the studies exceed the extent by too much, they cannot be endorsed.

Requirements for minor studies for students in the field of technology

The studies the student applies for must form an entity at the host university. In the student's degree in Aalto University, JOO studies form a minor or (part of) elective studies. Consequently, the extent of JOO studies depends on the minor or elective studies as defined in the student's degree programme or major.

Requirements for minor studies for students of the School of Art, Design and Architecture

The minor studies must be suited for the student's degree, e.g. as a minor or part of the elective studies. It should form an entity at the receiving school.

Other study possibilities for students of Aalto at another Finnish University

UniPID – Finnish University Partnership for International Development

UniPID – Finnish University Partnership for International Development – is a network of Finnish universities, supporting universities' global responsibility objectives. UniPID aims to strengthen and advance the interdisciplinary education, research and universities' societal impact on global development. UniPID’s main activities supporting education related to global development include virtual studies on sustainable development, supporting the training of Finnish doctoral students in development studies, and awarding a yearly master’s award in development studies. UniPID supports research cooperation and researchers' networking in Finland and with international partners. Through UniPID, the member universities also participate in the national and international research and development policy dialogues. UniPID aims to enhance the importance of higher education and research in development cooperation and impact the national and international research agenda and funding priorities on global challenges.

UniPID coordinates a multidisciplinary Virtual Studies programme in international sustainable development. The programme is comprised of a collection of online courses, each worth 5 ECTS, offered for free to all Member University students, and suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Students can also complete a Sustainability in Development minor of 25 ECTS. Courses are offered through an easy and accessible virtual platform. The virtual course catalogue and registration on UniPID website: www.unipid.fi.

University Network for Asian Studies

The Finnish University Network for Asian Studies was established in 1996 and it has provided e-learning courses on Asia since 1999.

The goal of the Network is to complement and strengthen teaching, doctoral education and expert activities on Asia in the Network’s member universities. In addition, it aims to  promote multidisciplinary cooperation and distribution of work among the universities in the Network. The Network also promotes international cooperation in particular with universities in the Asian region.

The Asia Network arranges online courses on Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level. In addition, it organises annually Asian Studies Days, which provide a national platform for discussions and networking in Asian studies. During the Asian Studies Days, the Network presents Asian Studies Master’s Award to the author of an outstanding Master’s thesis, and publishes the annually updated catalogue “Academic Research Projects on Asia in Finland”.

The Network actively disseminates information related to Asian studies and research for example via asianet-mailing list and social media. The Network also takes part in the discussions on science and education policy with regard to Asia. For more information, see: http://www.asianet.fi/