What are exchange studies?
Planning the exchange
Start planning the exchange well in advance. This will give you time to consider your destination carefully and acquire the needed language skills and possible language certificates.
Things to consider: what university has the most interesting courses? Which language skills would advance your career? Would you prefer to immerse yourself in the culture of a faraway land, or strengthen your experience of Europe? And where are the best possibilities for networking or hobbies?
Choose a host university that has lots of suitable courses. In case you cannot access all the planned courses, you will have others to choose from.
Please ensure that you can integrate all the courses in your Aalto degree!
By careful planning, you will ensure smooth credit transfer after your return. In order to receive the exchange study grant, you should perform your studies as planned.
When applying for exchange, you need to prove you can follow the teaching at your host university. The studying language depends of the destination. In many host universities you can study in English. However, there are also universities that only provide education in the local language and universities that require elementary skills in the local language also when studying in English. Proving the language skills depends on the requirements of the host university. In case you intend to study in two languages, you will need to provide a certificate for each language.
For most universities, a language certificate provided by Aalto will suffice. Other universities demand an official language test, e.g. IELTS or TOEFL. You will need to take these tests by outside providers at your own expense. You should plan ahead for the language tests, as they are only available at certain times, and delivering the certificate might take time as well. If you have already done an official language test, you can use the certificate as long as it is still valid.