Orientation and the Opening of the academic year
Aalto University organises orientation for new students in the beginning of the autumn semester (for exchange students also in January).
Complete Aalto Pre-orientation in MyCourses before your arrival to campus, after you have activated your IT credentials. Self-study material guides you through our tools and services and helps you prepare for your studies. If you are unable to complete the Pre-orientation before orientation week, you will have time to complete it later. Orientation continues with on-campus orientation in the beginning of the semester.
All new students are strongly advised to fully participate in the Pre-orientation and Orientation week. The orientation includes important information on studies and practical matters, as well as useful information on living in Finland for international students. It is a good opportunity to get to know the relevant people and places, meet other students and learn about the student services available to you. You will also meet your tutors and have a chance to discuss any issues you may have about starting your studies at Aalto.
Your programme’s orientation schedule and information about where to report on orientation week 36 (the week of 31 August 2020), can be found at the "Starting your studies" and "Key dates" page for.
It is recommended that if you have any prior studies or learning demonstrated in some other manner, you should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, preferably during the orientation week or even before that. Further information about credit transfer
Take the key data systems for students in use
Study guides explain your study options
See for information on the structure and content of your degree and descriptions of the study modules and the courses they include. In the study guide you'll find instructions for taking care of your study affairs and also the contact information for your programme.
In the International students section you'll find specific information about arrival and settling in, studying at Aalto and Living in Finland. Please find also information about Tuition fees and scholarships.
Oodi is the record of your studies
WebOodi (oodi.aalto.fi) is the student information system, where you can view your personal details, make a personal study plan (HOPS), register for courses and examinations and order a transcript of records. WebOodi also includes important course information, such as the content, timetable and teaching location for each course. The university uses the contact details you have provided in WebOodi for all communication, and therefore it is important that you keep them up to date at all times.
MyCourses collects the online workspaces of the courses
MyCourses (mycourses.aalto.fi) is a system, where you can find work spaces and home page of each course. You can also browse the courses is MyCourses.
Register for your Aalto email
WebMail (mail.aalto.fi) is the Aalto email service. You can access your Aalto mail when you have activated the Aalto IT account in August. For further information, please visit the following page: or After admission to Master's studies
Your Aalto email is the first point of contact between you and the university, so it is crucial to read it regularly. You can, however, forward the emails sent to your Aalto e-mail to another mailbox if you wish.
Support for day-to-day activities and help in difficult situations
While a student at Aalto, the university provides a wide range of services that support your studies and day-to-day activities. The relevant links to student support services are listed below.
For study advice, please contact the student services of your school.
Some other useful services of the university:
- Read more about Aalto University IT services for students
- You can access the course books, an extensive selection of e-books and other library services via Aalto University Learning Centre
- The compulsory and elective language studies included in the degree are organised by the Aalto University Language Centre
- The Psychology Service offers help and support in terms of your mental welfare, time management and study skills
The university is committed to providing accessible studies and services and equal working and study environment for everyone.
Specific workshops are organized for study skills and related issues
Aalto University Career Services offers you information and training in job hunting, recruitment events, jobs and internships and much more.
Well-being and health
- The Starting Point of Wellbeing offers students advice and guidance on services related to wellbeing
Aalto University's main campus Otaniemi is located in the city of Espoo. Information on and maps of the campus are available here. There is also Aalto Space mobile application available for Otaniemi Campus. It helps you navigate the campus and allows you to book facilities for studying and group work.
Aalto is active in the development of a sustainable campus area. You can also make an impact in your own environment by the choices you make. (pdf)
Read more about campus development.
The school in which you are admitted as a student will guide and advice you in your studies. It is best to deal with all matters relating to your studies with the student services of your own school (or the coordinator of your programme), but of course you may ask general advice from any student service of any school. Please note, however, that the school practices will vary on a wide range of issues and that therefore you should always use the forms and procedures of your own school unless otherwise specified.
In theyou'll find the contact information for your programmes staff.