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It is important to note, that you should plan and organize your final project or project work well beforehand. Doing project work or writing your final project during your exchange is not possible without an academic supervisor or instructor from Aalto University.
At the time of applying to become an exchange student at the School of Engineering, you will already have to have agreed about a project with a supervisor at Aalto University. Applications without a professor contact and with only a general title "Thesis or Project work" will be rejected. 

Exchange students have to do their final projects in the university. It is not possible to do the final project in a company during the exchange period.

Scope of the final project

At Aalto University School of Engineering incoming exchange students can make final projects between 10 - 30 ECTS. A 30 ECTS project is equivalent to Master's thesis requirements but for incoming exchange students it is registered with the name of final project. Please, note that doing the final project at Aalto University doesn't mean a degree from Aalto University. An incoming exchange student should reserve six months for completing the final project of 30 ECTS. The final project is demanding so prepare to do it full time, especially if staying only for one semester.

Plan your topic for project work and find a supervisor

Topics are agreed personally with a professor in the field of interest. There are no ready-made lists of topics. Applications with only a general title "Thesis or project work" will be rejected. Therefore, it is necessary to study the web pages of the potential host department and its different research groups in order to find out the areas of specialization. The first step is to determine the field of interest by browsing the Departments’ websites and the research at the Departments and look for "contact information" or "personnel". Please, introduce yourself and your educational background and research interest to a possible supervisor at Aalto University School of Engineering. Only in case the supervisor is found and the topic has been agreed upon by the time of the deadline of the applications, the final project can take place. 

Remember to make sure that your home university agrees on the topic and that you have a contact professor also at your home university. Due to the different educational systems and different final project requirements, the involvement of a professor from your home institution is important. This enables the professor at Aalto and the professor at your home institution to communicate during the process.

Aalto University School of Engineering has the right to reject the application if a student is applying for a Final project and he/she can not find a supervisor at Aalto and/or agree about the topic of the final project before the application deadline.

The Final project of 30 ECTS

In case the Final project is worth 30 ECTS, the Final project must fulfill the requirements for the Master's thesis at Aalto University School of Engineering. Also the process is similar to a Master's thesis process (please, see instructions and deadlines for Master's thesis):

  • the Final project topic, supervisor, instructor advisor and language are confirmed in the Degree Programme Committee (please, fill in the application form in the online application system eAge)
  • the student must hold a Final project presentation
  • a maturity essay must be written in connection with the master’s thesis
  • the Final project is evaluated and graded similarly to the Master’s thesis (apply evaluation and submit an electronic version of your Final project at the eAge system)
  • the Final project is accepted by the Degree Programme Committee
  • the ECTS credits awarded for the Final project will be taken to the study register after the Degree Programme Committee decision

Even if you are applying to only do a Final project, please remember to follow the application process and deadlines for incoming exchange students.

The exchange students who do their final thesis and have been accepted for only one semester should notice that the credits cannot be registered at Aalto University if the right to study has finished before the thesis work is ready. In this case the exchange period needs to be prolonged. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange this well before the new semester starts.