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titleSchool of Arts, Design and Architecture

Application instructions

All exchanges to Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS) are based on agreements between institutions. An existing agreement, in many cases with the department in concern, is the precondition for the exchange. You can check the partnerships or valid agreements from your own university's homepages or from the personnel working in the international office in your home institution. You should apply to the Aalto ARTS programme with which your home university has an agreement.

Unfortunately we do not offer any Free Mover options.

Application process

To begin with the application process, your own school will have to select you as their nominee. The international office of your home institution will send us the nomination. We expect that the nominated students can transfer the credits into their degree studies, and that their English level is sufficient in order to follow the courses in Aalto ARTS.

When starting to fill in your application for the first time you will have to register to the online system with your name and email address and create a password. Once registered, you can fill in the online application form and submit it by the deadline with all the required documents attached. After the closing date the departments will evaluate the applications.

The results of the selection process will be notified by email to the email address that you register in the application system, so please make sure the email address you register is the one you check regularly.

Please note! We ask your mobile phone number in application form. Phone numbers are needed for Aalto IT account activation, so you will need to give your phone number in international format (+ or 00 and country code).
So please check carefully the right international format for your mobile phone number.

Required documents

Once you start filling out the application please have the following documents ready, as they should be uploaded (PDF) to the online application:

  • Motivation letter (describe your educational goals and interests, tell us why you would like to study here and make specific references to the programme/courses you are applying to)
  • Portfolio (as a pdf. file or an online link)
  • Transcript of Records
  • CV
  • A copy of your ID or passport
  • Study plan (bilateral exchange students) or Learning Agreement (Erasmus+ exchange students). Please refer to the Academic Catalogues 2018-20


Read carefully the instructions of How to make your portfolio.

Special requirements for the portfolio in Architecture and Landscape Architecture

  • Samples of your design and planning works from the school works, courses and studios
  • The portfolio should be versatile and illuminate your capability and working methods
  • Please note that some studios/teachers will review your portfolio in advance (portfolio selection for studios)

Application periods for Aalto ARTS

  • 15 March - 15 April (for autumn semester and full academic year)
  • 15 September - 15 October (for spring semester)

If you have any questions concerning the application procedure, please email