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These intructions are for students starting their studies in autumn 2017 or spring 2018.

Instructions for autumn 2018 and spring 2019 are updated in spring 2018.

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Find your school

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.

Check your Letter of Admission into which programme (and which major, if applicable) you are admitted to. In the list below you will find the schools that host the different programmes and majors.

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titleSchools and degree programmes (and majors, where applicable)
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Note that all programmes in the table below are Master's degree programmes. The only English Bachelor´s degree programme is International Business in Mikkeli.

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  • Architecture
  • Collaborative and Industrial Design
  • Creative Sustainability
  • Design for Theater - Film and Television; Costume Design
  • Design for Theater - Film and Television; Production Design
  • Design for Theater - Film and Television; Scenography
  • Fashion and Collection Design
  • Film and Television; Cinematography
  • Film and Television; Documentary Film
  • Film and Television; Film Directing
  • Film and Television; Film Sound Design
  • Film and Television; Film and Television Producing
  • Film and Television; Screenwriting
  • International Business Management
  • Maisema-arkkitehtuuri (Finnish)
  • New Media; Game Design and Production
  • New Media; New Media Design and Production
  • New Media; Sound in New Media
  • Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA)
  • Photography
  • Production and Spatial Design
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Visual Culture and Contemporary Art; Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA)
  • Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA)

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  • International Business, Mikkeli Campus (B.Sc.-programme)
  • Accounting
  • Corporate Communication 
  • Creative Sustainability
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
  • Finance
  • Information and Service Management
  • International Design Business Management
  • Management and Industrial Business
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Yritysjuridiikka (Finnish)

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  • Advanced Energy Solutions: Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability
  • Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering: Biomass refining, Biotechnology, Chemical and Process Engineering, Chemistry, Fibre and polymer engineering, Functional materials, Sustainable metals processing
  • European Mining, Minerals and Environmental Program (EMMEP)
  • Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT)
  • Life Science Technologies: Biosystems and Biomaterials Engineering
  • Polymer Technology (N5PolTech)

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  • Space Science and Technology (SpaceMaster)
  • Automation and Electrical Engineering 
  • Computer, Communication and Information Sciences; Communications Engineering, Acoustics and Audio Technology, Speech and Language Technology
  • Life Science Technologies; Biosensing and –electronics 
  • Nano and Radio Sciences

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  • Advanced Energy Solutions- Sustainable Energy in Buildings and Built Environment
  • Advanced Energy Solutions - Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes
  • Building Technology
  • Cold Climate Engineering
  • Creative Sustainability
  • Environmental Engineering  
  • Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT)
  • European Mining, Minerals and Environmental Program (EMMEP)
  • Geoengineering
  • Geoinformatics
  • Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • Maritime Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
  • Water and Environmental Engineering

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  • Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (EIT Raw Materials)
     
  • Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS): Computer Science, Game Design and Production, Security and Cloud Computing, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Software and Service Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • ICT Innovation (EIT Digital Master School)
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Information Networks
  • International Design Business Management
  • Life Science Technologies: Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering, Complex Systems, Human Neuroscience and Technology
  • Mathematics and Operations Research
  • Security and Mobile Computing (NordSecMob)  

Orientation

 Aalto University organises orientation for new students in the beginning of the autumn semester (for exchange students also in January).

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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.

Students of Aalto University are all invited to celebrate the opening of the academic year on Friday 8 September 2017

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For further details of the orientation, please visit the new students’ website of your own school:

>> School of Arts, Design and Architechture - For new students
>> School of Business, Helsinki - For new students
>> School of Business, Mikkeli - For new students
>> School of Chemical Technology - For new students
>> School of Electrical Engineering - For new students
>> School of Engineering - For new students
>> School of Science - For new students

 

Remember to read the Welcome Guide for new international students! Most of this information is available also there.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 your programme.

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

From See the study guides you can find all the relevant information for planning your studies. These include the curriculum of your programme, guide for your degree programme for information on the degree structure and content , of your degree and descriptions of the available choices and list of courses included in each major and minor.. 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.

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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

Into is the news and communication channel for students

Each School has it's own site in Into and it is highly recommnded to follow it. You can find it via "Bachelor and Master's students" in the upper menuMyCourses (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: Getting started with your studies or Getting started with your studies

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After admission to Bachelor's studies 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

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For study advice, please contact the student services of your school. 

Some other useful services of the university:

Well-being and health

More information about well-being and health services in the Welcome Guidesection for international students.

Student organisations  

More information on student organisations is available in the Welcome Guide.

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section for international students.

Campus

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.

More information about public transportation in the Welcome Guidesection for international students.

Aalto University has three campuses in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. You can find the campus maps here. There is also mobile map application Aalto Space available for Otaniemi Campusis active in the development of a sustainable campus area. You can also make an impact in your own environment by the choices you make. Welcome to sustainable Aalto! (pdf)
Read more about campus development.

Contact information

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 the study guide of your programme you'll find the contact information for your programmes staff.