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Congratulations on your admission to Aalto University!

From this moment on, the Learning Services of your school in Aalto University take the responsibility for your guidance. Contact information is available in the instruction letter attached in your admission e-mail. 

On this page we have listed the steps to take after admission and before the start of your studies. Read the information carefully and take needed action in due time to ensure a smooth start for your studies.

 Effects of Covid-19 at Aalto

As a part of the corona virus prevention measures, Aalto University has closed its on campus operations until further notice. Teaching continues remotely in digital platforms. All student service points are currently closed but reachable by e-mail and phone during regular office hours. Aalto is making every effort to ensure students’ safety, support and progress of studies in the current exceptional situation.

 Chat sessions for new students

In chat sessions you can ask questions about for example studies and student life in Aalto, residence permit, scholarships, accommodation, Finnish bank account, travel card, etc. Aalto Squad (our student ambassadors) and Admission service staff members are happy to answer your question during those chats.

You can join for chat sessions by clicking this link:

Chats in 2020

1 April 4 pm (GMT +3)

8 April 4 pm (GMT +3)

15 April 4 pm (GMT +3)

22 April 4 pm (GMT +3)

Each chat takes 1 hour.

Get to know our Squad members! They tell their experiences at Aalto University and in Finland in their website. You can reach students through all throughout the spring and summer 2020.

 Newsletters for new students

Newsletters will be sent through the summer. The letters will be added here.

1. Accept Your Admission Offer by 28 April 2020 (3:00 pm, GMT +3)

The applicants will receive an email notification once the results are published and the admission result can be viewed in The Aalto University schools send an official electronic admission letter by email to those who have gained admission to the university. Accept your admission offer as soon as possible after receiving the notification of your admission. The deadline for accepting the admission offer is 28 April 2020 (3:00 pm, GMT +3). If you have problems with accepting the offer online, please contact the student services of your programme immediately.

Once you have accepted the offer, the acceptance cannot be cancelled. If you fail to accept the admission offer by the deadline, the admission offer will be cancelled.

Students with Finnish personal identity code and online banking ID:

Accept the study place in the portal by logging into My Studyinfo service. Please follow the instructions in the Studyinfo portal on how to accept the admission offer.

Students without Finnish personal identity code and online banking ID:

You will receive an email from the Studyinfo portal with instructions on how to accept the study place. The email includes a personal link to a web page where you can accept the study place.

 Applicants on a waiting list

Applicants placed on a waiting list are informed of their waiting list number when the results are published. Applicants who decline or do not accept the offer of admission by the deadline can be replaced by the applicant highest on the study option’s waiting list, provided that the study option in question has placed applicants on a waiting list. The deadline for admitting applicants off the waiting list is 10 June 2020.

The deadline to accept the admission offer received from the waiting list is by 28 April 2020 or within 10 days of the admission notification. Please check your personal acceptance deadline from your admission letter and then follow the above instructions for accepting the offer.

I applied to two study options and was admitted to my second priority study option. I’m on the waiting list to my first priority study option and want to wait and see if I can be admitted off the waiting list. What should I do?

You can accept the offer of admission to your second study option conditionally and choose to remain on a waiting list for your first study option. The confirmation of accepting the study place will become binding, if you are not admitted off the waiting list to your first study option. If you are admitted off the waiting list to your first study option, the acceptance of the study place will transfer to your first study option automatically and become binding.

If you have been admitted to your second study option and have chosen to remain on the waiting list for your first study option, you can change the conditional acceptance of the admission offer to your second study option as binding (if it has not changed already) and stop being on the waiting list. This change cannot be withdrawn. It is not possible to enrol to the university before the conditional acceptance of the study place has become binding.

Please note that a conditional acceptance of the admission offer cannot be changed to cancellation of accepting the admission offer. In that sense, also a conditional acceptance is binding.

More information on waiting list procedures in

Note that scholarships are study-option-specific. If you have been granted a scholarship, it does not transfer to another study option. You lose the scholarship, if you choose to remain on a waiting list and are admitted off the waiting list to your first study option.

 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 programme starting in the same academic term.

If you have more than one admission offer, please consider carefully which one you wish to accept. Read more in portal

 Do you already have a right to study at Aalto University but wish to accept a new admission offer?

If you already have a study right at a Master’s programme in Aalto University, please note that you can have only one valid study right towards the same degree. This restriction does not apply in the field of Art and Design. If a student accepts a new study place in a Master’s programme (for instance, leading to the degree of Master of Science in Technology) the old Master of Science in Technology study right is forfeited.

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2. Return the Aalto Scholarship Terms document and/or pay the tuition fee if applicable

Degree students who are citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland are generally required to pay tuition fees. The amount of the tuition fee as well as information of possibly awarded scholarship is in the admission letter.

If you are liable to pay tuition and have been awarded an Aalto University scholarship to partly or fully cover your fee, please return the signed document “Aalto University Scholarship Terms Of Acceptance” by 28 April 2020. The document is sent in the admission e-mail with other admission documents.

Detailed instructions for the payment will be in the invoice, which is issued after you have accepted your admission offer. The invoice is sent by email and payment is due before the start of the academic year. If you are awarded an Aalto University scholarship, the amount awarded will be deducted from your invoice, i.e. if you are awarded a 50 % scholarship, your invoice will concern half of the tuition fee due for that academic year. If you are awarded a 100 % scholarship no invoice will be sent. Tuition fee needs to be paid before enrolling as attending (see section 4).

More information on tuition fee and scholarships.

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3. Submit a copy of your degree certificate by 7 August 2020 (3:00 pm, GMT +3)

If you applied with an incomplete degree, the degree must be completed by 31 July 2020. Please submit a copy of the degree certificate / diploma (and its authorised translation, if the document is not in English, Finnish or Swedish) as soon as possible, but at the latest by 7 August 2020 (3:00 pm, GMT +3). The document is submitted by email to the Admissions Services:

If you are not able to graduate or the required documents are not received by the deadline, the conditionally granted study place will be cancelled.

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4. Enrol as an attending student by 29 July 2020

In addition to accepting the admission offer, all students must enrol for the academic year.

Enrol as attending within 4 May—29 July 2020 or latest upon your arrival during the orientation week. By enrolling before 29 July 2020 you can activate your Aalto user account immediately at the beginning of August and have access to the online environments for students (see section 8). The enrolment process includes the payment of a compulsory Aalto University Student Union (AYY) memberhip fee.

Students lose their study right if they have not enrolled by the end of the official enrolment period on 4 September 2020.

 Enrolment as an attending student

Students with Finnish personal identity code and online banking ID (online enrolment):

Enrol and pay the AYY membership fee online at Online enrolment is possible until 29 July 2020. After that follow the below instructions.

If you are unable to enrol as an attending student in the OILI service, please contact your school or send an e-mail to

Students without Finnish personal identity code and online banking ID (manual enrolment):

  • Pay the AYY membership fee by using the tertiary enrolment method (payment using a general bank reference number). A receipt of the paid fee has to include your name as the payer or in the information field and the filing code of the payment. Receipts without the student’s name or filing code are not accepted. If you pay the fee from abroad, you need to take into account the international bank transfer costs of both the sending and the receiving banks to make sure that you pay the exactly right sum to AYY.
  • Submit the receipt of the paid membership fee to the student service desk of your school.

If you are unable or wish not to undertake the international bank transfer, you can enrol upon your arrival on campus (no later than 4 September 2020). In that case, first visit the AYY office to pay the membership fee and after that visit a student service desk to enroll.

Students liable to tuition fee:

Due to additional regulations attached to tuition fees, students liable to tuition fees must enrol manually with the student services. Please follow the manual enrolment process above. Where applicable, your tuition fees will need to be fully received by the university before enrolment is possible. Contact your school’s student service desk or for enrolment.

 Enrolment as non-attending student

In your first year of studies you can enrol as a non-attending student only for reasons referred to in the Universities Act (Yliopistolaki 558/2009, Section 39), that is, if you are:

  • in active service referred to in accordance with the Conscription Act (1438/2007), the Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or the Act on Voluntary Military Service for Women (194/1995);
  • on maternity, paternity or parental leave; or
  • unable to start your studies due to a medical condition.

Please note that the possibility to enrol as non-attending in the first year of studies for reasons of active service is valid only for service performed in Finland.

Submit your application for non-attending status to the student service desk of your own school. Submit the application and attachment(s) no later than 29 July 2020, or sooner if possible, in order to allow enough time to process them by the end of the enrolment period. For detailed guidelines, see the application form (pdf).

Duration of non-attendance

If you have reasons specified in the law for enrolling as non-attending during your first year of studies and they are in effect between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021, you may enrol as non-attending for the entire academic year. Please note, however, that non-attending status may affect the amount of time you have remaining to complete a degree. For further details, please see additional information on the effect of periods of absence on the permissible duration of studies.

  • If you enrolled as non-attending for the whole academic year but you want to have non-attending status for the autumn term only, you must change your spring term 2021 enrolment status to attending at your school’s student service desk starting 30 November 2020 and no later than 8 January 2021. For this purpose you will need a receipt of your payment of the Aalto student union (AYY) membership fee (with a general reference number appearing on the receipt).
  • If you enrolled as attending for the whole academic year, but you want to be non-attending for spring term 2021 only, you must change your spring term 2021 enrolment status to non-attending starting 30 November 2020 and no later than 8 January 2021. To do this, submit a non-attending status form with attachment(s) to your school’s student service desk. You may apply for a refund of your student union membership fee for spring term.
 Military service, non-military service or other long period of non-attendance

Students who have accepted an offer of admission in 2019 or earlier

Because you have already accepted your study place, the instructions on how to accept the offer of admission do not concern you. However, other instructions on this webpage are relevant to you, except that you should enrol via WebOodi instead of the OILI service in Studyinfo. To do this, you need to have an Aalto IT account (see the activation instructions below).

Remember to read your Aalto e-mail address! If you have not activated your Aalto IT account yet, do it now.

For more information about starting your studies, you can contact the student services of your school.

New students admitted in 2020

If you plan to enrol 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 instructions in section Enrolment as a non-attending student).

  • If you enrol as a non-attending student only for the autumn term, contact your school no later than in November to ensure a swift start to your studies in January. Please see also the page Getting started with your studies in January
  • If you enrol as non-attending for the whole academic year, follow up on these pages in summer 2021 for up-to-date information on starting your studies in 2021–2022.
  • If you are a non-attending student for the spring term, contact your school no later than in November to ensure a swift return to studies in the academic year 2021–2022.
 Duration of studies

The right to study is valid for only a definite period of time. This means that you can only enrol as a non-attending student for a certain amount of terms without it having an effect on the time you have left to complete your degree. The maximum duration of studies is defined in different ways depending on the reason for absence. For further details, please see additional information on permissible duration of studies.

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5. Apply for residence permit (non-EU/EEA Citizens) or register your residence (EU/EEA Citizens)

Non-EU/EEA citizens

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, you are required to have a student residence permit in Finland. Read information about the residence permit application and start the application process as soon as possible.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the reception of residence permit applications has been suspended as of 19 March 2020 until further notice. More information on the above link.

EU/EEA citizens

EU/EEA citizens do not need a residence permit but upon arrival in Finland, you must register your right of residence upon arrival. Information about the registration of residence

Citizens of Nordic countries register at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency upon arrival.

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6. Apply for student accommodation

You should apply for housing as soon as you have accepted the admission offer. Student housing is provided by the Aalto University Student Union (AYY) or the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (HOAS). University does not own student apartments and students are responsible for seeking housing themselves.

Please read carefully further instructions for seeking accommodation under housing.

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7. Plan and organize your travel to Finland

Studies in Aalto University start with an orientation during late-August – early–September. Check on your programme page (section "starting your studies") the exact start date of the orientation programme and plan your arrival schedule accordingly. Consider reserving a couple of days for settling in before the orientation programme. The courses start on 7 September 2020.

More information about how to continue your journey from the airport and how to use public transportation in Helsinki region is found in the section arrival and settling in.

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8. Activate your Aalto user account

You can activate the Aalto University user account as of 1 August 2020, provided that you have already enrolled as an attending student for the academic year 2020-2021.

If you have accepted an offer of admission in 2019 or earlier, you can activate your IT account right away.

Students with Finnish online banking ID or a Finnish electronic ID (HST) card:

Students without Finnish online banking ID or a Finnish electronic ID (HST) card:

  • You will receive and activation e-mail at the beginning of August. Once you have received the e-mail, follow the instructions available at
  • If you don’t receive the activation e-mail, contact the student services. In some cases the local operator policies in different countries may prohibit the activation process to be completed.

If previous options are not possible:

  • Visit an IT Service desk on campus upon your arrival (you must be enrolled as attending). Bring an official photographic ID with you (such as passport).

The Aalto username and password are used to login to all Aalto online services including your Aalto e-mail. Don’t worry if you are not able to activate your Aalto ID before arrival, you will be able to catch all relevant information during the orientation week. After the activation of the Aalto user account, you will also have access to your Aalto student number in the Weboodi service.

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9. Acquire a student card

The student card is proof of your student status, and it is the simplest way to get student discounts in, for instance, the university restaurants. For additional information on the student card go to the AYY site.

After you have enrolled as attending, you can:

The Finnish personal ID code is asked in the Frank app application. However, if you don’t have the code by the time you submit the application, you can skip the question.

Note that the right to student discounts begins when the study right begins, i.e. August 1st.

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10. Apply for governmental financial aid for students with permanent residence in Finland

Non-Finnish students with permanent residence (type A or P) in Finland may qualify for the governmental financial aid. A description of the right to receive student financial aid is available on the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA) website.

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 TE services (employment services) website.

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11. Next step: Getting started with your studies

Besides taking care of the above-listed items, we recommend you to also familiarize yourself with your new study environment. For that purpose we have collected some items under Getting started with your studies.

If you are entering Finland for the first time, have a look at instructions for arrival and settling in.

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