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Aalto University

Aalto University has spearheaded the reform of the Finnish university system. The idea for a new university was announced in February 2007 and preparation work on turning it into reality began the same spring. Established in 2010, Aalto University is strongly future-oriented while at the same time building on the combined 300-year-history of three highly-regarded universities. It was created by a merger of the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Aalto University’s mission is to build a better a world and a stronger Finland. Here science and arts meet technology and business. There are a wide variety of Bachelor and Masters level degrees awarded at Aalto University. We also offer doctoral programmes in all the fields of study. Aalto University is all about cross-disciplinary projects and learning in practice. Students are encouraged and supported to excel both in their studies and their future careers. Many of them have a vast work experience already when they graduate. Aalto University offers you the freedom to succeed in your academic career. We inspire students to take part in reaching the common goal of building a better world. (Source: the university’s website)

Degree Courses Taught in English: Yes
Online/Distance courses offered: No
Bachelors Course Duration: Semesters (6) Years (3)
Masters Course Duration: Semesters (4) Years (2)

None required.

TOEFL (IBT = Internet Based Test, PBT = Paper Based Test) Total score: 92 (IBT), 580 (PBT) Writing score: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT) required.

IELTS (Academic IELTS only) Overall Band Score: 6.5, Writing Band Score: 5.5 required.

The main principle of Aalto University is that degree students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. The Aalto University Housing Services website helps you with your questions about when, where and how to look for accommodation and housing in the Helsinki region. You will also find practical information about living in Finland and other useful links.

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To obtain the residence permit, foreign students have to make a bank deposit of at least €6000 for each year of studying to cover living costs in Finland. ۬Obtaining part-time job can be difficult and not normally recommended during the studies.

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For information on student jobs and internships, please visit the university’s Career Service pages:

The annual membership fee of the Student Union ranges between €35 – €100 entitles to several student discounts.

EMJD SELECT+ – Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Services course: 60 credits.

Erasmus Mundus Minerals and Environmental  course is subject to fee.

European Mineral Engineering course is subject to fee.

The annual membership fee of the Student Union ranges between €35-100 entitles to several student discounts.

The Finnish higher education system consists of two complementary sectors: Universities and Polytechnics. The mission of universities is to conduct scientific research and provide undergraduate and postgraduate education based on it.

Universities must promote free research and scientific and artistic education, provide higher education based on research, and educate students to serve their country and humanity. In carrying out this mission, universities must interact with the surrounding society and strengthen the impact of research findings and artistic activities on society.

Under the new Universities Act, which was passed by Parliament in June 2009, Finnish universities are independent corporations under public law or foundations under private law (Foundations Act). The universities operate in their new form from 1 January 2010 onwards. Their operations are built on the freedom of education and research and university autonomy.

Universities confer Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and postgraduate licentiate and doctoral degrees.
Universities work in cooperation with the surrounding society and promote the social impact of research findings. The higher education system, is being developed as an internationally competitive entity capable of responding flexibly to national and regional needs.

(Source: Finland Ministry of Education & Culture)