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Studies and Courses

In your Study Plan / Learning Agreement you are required to choose the courses you would like to take during your exchange. This is a preliminary plan, as the final registration to courses takes place after you have arrived, and therefore you might have to change your study plan once you will start your studies and get more information on the current course availability. Most of our courses lectured in English are on Master level. On Bachelor level the courses in English are very limited. They are mainly available in the Bachelor's Programme in Design. Please note that this programme is only available if it is included in the agreement with your home university.

You should primarily choose courses provived by the study programme you are applying for. In addition to these courses, there are some other options available (see below). When planning your studies, note that the academic periods I and II are in autumn term, and the academic periods III,IV and V in spring term. Full workload for an academic year is 60 ECTS.

The course information of every programme is available at Academic catalogues 2020-2022You can search for further information on courses at WebOodi where it is possible to browse the course descriptions without logging in. Please note you will need to be prepared to make changes to your preliminary study plan, as the courses are subject to available places, due to limited or prioritized admittance.

General Art Studies

Exchange students who have been accepted to a degree programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture may choose general art and theory courses offered by the Transdisclipinary Arts Studies (TAS). Please, note that these courses are very popular, and it might be that not everybody gets a place. There are a few spots reserved for exchange students in every TAS course.

Courses from other degree programmes

Exchange students should firstly consider courses of the programme they have been selected to, but taking courses from other degree programmes or departments is sometimes possible. However, this always needs to be discussed with the study coordinators of both programmes first and needs to be agreed by the teacher.

University Wide Studies

Exchange students may choose courses in the selection of University Wide Studies that provide a multidisciplinary perspective on a form of studying where engineering and art can meet business and management.

University Wide Art Studies (UWAS) offer all Aalto students and faculty an opportunity to explore art-based practices and processes beyond disciplinary boundaries. UWAS courses require no previous knowledge or skills in the arts to attend them. Check also University Wide Business Studies and University Wide Technology Studies

Language courses

Finnish courses for exchange students and other language courses are organized by the Language Centre.


Department specific information

Department of Architecture

Exchange students in the Department of Architecture will be informed in detail about all study options available during the Studio Info Sessions, where all available studio courses will be introduced, taking place in the beginning of each term at the department. Exchange students can participate 1 studio course / term.

Application for the studio course is possible after the studio presentations. In addition to this, students may select other courses in the field of Architecture. The Learning Agreement will be signed in the beginning of the term, when the course selection has been approved.