At the School of Science, most of the courses offered in English are on Master's level. However, Bachelor’s degree students on the final stage of their degree can take master level courses provided that they fulfill the prerequisite skills and knowledge required for the courses.
The School of Science offers courses for exchange students in the following fields of study:
Industrial Engineering and Management
Mathematics and Operations Research
Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience
Special Minor Programmes:
In some cases, there may be restrictions in participation for certain courses (e.g. the amount of students can be restricted or priority given to the degree students of the school).
In the online application form, under “Studies”, you are asked to select the “Stay opportunity”. Some or all of the following options may be included in the list of possible study programmes. For the School of Science some of the programme abbreviations are in Finnish, which may be a little confusing, so here are the explanations:
SCI (LIFE): School of Science (Life Science Technologies / Bioengineering)
SCI (TIK): School of Science (Computer Science)
SCI (TUO): School of Science (Industrial Engineering and Management)
Phy/Math - SCI (TFM): Physics / Mathematics, accordingly
In some special cases it might be possible to complete a Final project during the exchange period. A Final project is a written work that corresponds to the Master’s thesis of Aalto University. In order to be able to do a final project, please contact a suitable professor at Aalto University School of Science, introduce yourself as a future potential exchange student at the School of Science, tell about your research interests and ask the professor if he could be your supervisor in the Final project.
If you want to work on your thesis or participate in Final project during your exchange, you should mention it in your exchange student application form for Aalto University and your Learning Agreement / Study Plan. Please include the following information: 1) final project + preliminary topic (it is okay if the topic changes during your exchange, 2) number of estimated credits (30 ECTS credits equals to a final project, less than 30 credits is called a special assignment), 3) the name of your supervising professor at the School of Science. You should specify the area of interest of the thesis or project work as there are no ready-made lists of topics.
In case you have not found a supervising professor by the application deadline, please prepare an alternative study plan as well including 30 ECTS credits courses for one semester or 60 ECTS credits for academic year. If you do not have a supervising professor or an alternative study plan including adequate amount of courses, you can not be accepted for exchange to Aalto University School of Science.
Please note: The realisation of the Final project depends on various aspects as well as the resources of the departments and it cannot be guaranteed to all exchange students. The acceptance procedures might take long and it is possible that the application is rejected.
Please note that it is generally NOT possible to complete a Bachelor's thesis/project during your exchange!
Final project instructions
The Final project must be supervised by the Faculty at Aalto, and the credits are taken to the Aalto transcript of records. The credit amount received for the Final project depend on the requirements of the student’s home university. A Final project can be completed in two different ways: 1.) as Special Assignment course(s), or 2.) as a project equal to an Aalto Master’s thesis.
We recommend that an exchange student wishing to complete a Final project stays here for the whole academic year. The exchange students who do their Final project and have been accepted for only one semester should notice that the credits cannot be registered at the 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.
How to proceed?
If you are interested in completing a Final project during your exchange period, please follow these steps:
Remember to start early! In order to avoid disappointments, you should find a supervisor before you begin your exchange. This means that you should also know the scope of the final project (ECTS) and the preliminary thesis topic. You will have time to discuss the details with your supervisor once you have arrived at Aalto, but it’s good to secure the crucial elements earlier.
Completing a final project requires a very high level of English language skills, especially in academic writing. The preferable level of English language skills is C1 on the CEFR scale (or IELTS 6.5, TOEFL ibt 92). Students applying for a final project must submit a certificate stating the level of their English language skills.
The practical procedure
The procedure of completing a Final project at the School of Science follows the general School of Science policy on Master's thesis. Please make sure to follow all the required steps below:
Please note that unlike degree students at Aalto, you will not need to take a maturity test, nor do you need to submit a bound copy of the work (thesis book).
If you have questions related to the practical arrangements of the Final project, please contact the study affairs secretary of your degree programme / department.
Final project as a guest student
In some cases, the professors may welcome trainees to work on their Master’s (or in rare cases even Bachelor’s thesis) at Aalto University. This means that the thesis/final project is not evaluated by Aalto University, and Aalto University doesn’t award credits (30 ECTS, corresponding to Master’s thesis) for it. The trainees may come from other than partner universities, and are usually self-funded or receive an Erasmus internship support or similar. These students are not required to follow the practical procedure mentioned above.