Exchange students do not need to pay the tuition fees in the host universities, but other expenses are covered by the student. If the study abroad is organized independently as a free mover, the student has to pay the tuition fees. Aalto University awards a scholarship for all the students accepted for exchange by their School. The scholarships are paid if the necessary requirements are fulfilled.
Aalto University scholarships
Payment of scholarships
The scholarships are paid in two instalments:
In case the student fails to get his/her studies approved and the required amount of credits is not accomplished, the student is responsible for the possible financial consequences (returning the first part of the scholarship or losing the second part of it). In case student fails to complete the required amount of studies regardless of his/her efforts (e.g. cancellation of a course) the student is to provide written evidence (e.g. a note from a professor). The scholarship can be paid in slightly different ways depending on the exchange program.
In the Academic Year 2018–2019 the first part of the scholarship for Bilateral destinations is paid 80% before the exchange and 20% after the exchange. The second installment of the scholarship will take place after the student has returned all of the required documents and the required number of credits has been transferred to the degree.
For Erasmus+ exchange students the scholarship is partially funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. Aalto University supplements the Erasmus+ scholarship in case it does not amount up to the sum of the Aalto University scholarship.
As an exchange student you do not need to apply separately for the scholarship. Your coordinator will inform you about technicalities.
The Erasmus+ Programme also offers extra scholarships for students with underage children and for students with special needs or disabilities. Please contact your coordinator for more information.
Other exchange programmes with external funding
Externally funded programmes (for example, Erasmus, Nordplus and FIRST) may award scholarships that differ in amount from those awarded by Aalto University, but students who have submitted an application will be instructed about the scholarship best suited for their needs. No additional application is required.
You can receive accessibility support if your special needs create additional expenses to your exchange studies and you cannot get similar support from elsewhere. However, you cannot get this support for expenses you also have in Finland.
The Finnish National Agency for Education gives accessibility support for students, teachers and staff participating in the following programs Erasmus+ -, FIRST-, Nordplus-, north2north- and North–South–South.
Free mover scholarships
The schools of Aalto University can award a discretionary scholarship to students who search for their exchange placement independently. The application instructions for this scholarship vary depending on the field of study. For more information, see Application instructions.
Summer and Intensive Courses Abroad
You can independently arrange to complete a university level summer course or study at a summer school abroad during the Aalto University summer break/other time during the year. Depending on the available resources, your School may award travel grants for studies in certain summer schools.