Aalto University

Aalto University

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future.

Top reasons to study here

  • Our greatest strengths are the Aalto community and an open atmosphere that inspires everyone to break boundaries.
  • Our campus is very international, and so is our wide network of partner universities. This provides extensive exchange, internship and project opportunities.
  • All our activities are guided by integrity – honesty, equality, impartiality, and respect for others.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (42)
Computer Science & IT (28)
Medicine & Health (1)



The idea of a merger was first presented in autumn 2005 by the then rector of the University of Art and Design, Yrjö Sotamaa, in his opening speech for the academic year. A more concrete plan for the establishment of a new university was presented in February 2007, in the memorandum of the working group led by Secretary of State Raimo Sailas.


As a student you can tailor the content of your studies according to your interests, career goals and strengths and also combine studies in different fields. At Aalto students are encouraged to seek different forms of cross-disciplinary cooperation.

Teaching at Aalto is developed and implemented hand in hand with research. Aalto has a culture that encourages continuous learning and creativity and where teaching is pioneering and challenges the traditional boundaries.

Aalto University is interested in both how the studies mould the students as well as how the students can shape their own branch of education and science. Student-centred activities have contributed to a reform of teaching.


Aalto University is an internationally unique combination of fields where science and art meet business and technology. The university strengthens Finland's competence base and creates conditions for innovations, economic growth, employment and wellbeing, now and in the future.

Scientific research and artistic activities can be found on three campuses, six schools, 36 departments and several separate research units and institutes.


The mission of Aalto University Career Services is to facilitate our students in finding relevant employment by mediating appropriate vacancies, organizing career and recruitment events, offering internship support in Finland and grants for internships carried out abroad and enhancing our students' job hunting skills. We serve both students and employers, and also provide Aalto University with information and statistics on the placement of our graduates.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
127 7
134 6
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
201 -17
184 -3
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
264 -78
186 67
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
401 -100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.


Student services

  • Study guidance and counselling are given by Student Services, degree programmes and departments.
  • Each student on a master’s or bachelor’s degree programme is appointed a teacher tutor. The main goal of tutoring is to ensure that studies progress as planned. A tutor supervises and guides a student in carrying out and planning studies in a goal-oriented way. A tutor also monitors the progress of studies so that, should any problems arise, they can be addressed at an early stage.
  • Student tutors are older students who are involved in new students’ orientation to the university and to studies.

Housing services

Rental housing is mainly available on the private housing market. Available housing is advertised online (various rental apartment forums), in newspapers and through agents. Finding housing can be time-consuming as advertisements are often in Finnish.A minimum rental period is usually 12 months for a private market apartment. This means that you are not allowed to terminate the rental agreement during the first year.Degree students at Aalto University are, for the most part, responsible for arranging their own accommodation. In order to apply for student housing in the Helsinki region, fill in the application forms directly on the webpage of HOAS and/or AYY.

Library services

The Aalto University Library is a scientific library open to the public, housing extensive and diverse electronic and print collections in all the disciplines taught at the university. The Aalto University Library comprises three campus libraries: Arabia (arts and design), Otaniemi (technology) and Töölö (economics).

ICT services

Students have access to Aalto University email, calendar and various Wiki services, such as StudentWiki and blogs. StudentWiki is suited to collaboration, communications and other requirements of group work. Aalto University students can also publish their own blogs using the Aalto Blogs service. These and many other services can be accessed using your Aalto University username and password.

Medical services

Finnish Student Health Service, FSHSFinnish Student Health Service, FSHS, provides students with preventive health care, medical care, mental health care and dental health care. FSHS covers all university students in 16 Finnish cities and services are produced at 16 health centers.

Student Life

Campus life

The main campus in Espoo's Otaniemi supports Aalto University's vision for building an innovative society. All the university's core activities will be located in Otaniemi by 2021.

Otaniemi is a rapidly growing and developing area that unites the university's researchers, teachers and students. The new campus is developing into a unique centre of cooperation that attracts partners from all around the world. An open and experimental campus encourages the sharing of ideas.

The campus and its immediate vicinity is the site for many of Finland’s largest companies’ headquarters, not to mention home to a great number of smaller companies. Otaniemi is the home of over two thousand students.

Sports facilities

UniSport is the provider of the Aalto University sports services. Operating on six campuses in Helsinki and Espoo, UniSport is a sports centre for the whole university community.At the sports centres, you can find a wide range of sports to choose from and facilities for training on your own as well as in a group. The best training buddy for anyone wanting to stay fit is the UniSport Training Card, which students can purchase at an affordable student price.UniSport is a joint sports service for Aalto University and the University of Helsinki.

Student clubs

  • Student Union AYY
Aalto University Student Union is a service organisation that looks after the interests of its members, the number of which is approximately 15 000. All Aalto University students pursuing studies leading to a higher or lower university degree are members of the union. Doctoral students can also join the student union.
  • TOKYO ry

TOKYO, the Student Association of the School of Art and Design, was established on 12 December 2008.

  • Guild of Architecture

The Guild of Architecture is Aalto University's student association for students of architecture and landscape architecture, which operates under the Aalto University Student Union.


  • AACSB accreditation is granted to an entire institution and covers all education in economics and business administration provided by that institution.
  • The MBA and EMBA programmes of the School of Business have been quality accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
  • School of Business is accredited EQUIS (the European Quality Improvement System).

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I am normal student i have been studying harder and harder to achive my aim

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

i like the university environment very much. as my experienced i prefer my friends and little brother to study there.

Friends make studying bearable
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I've studied now three years in Aalto University on a Bachelor level. The best part of my study experience has obviously been other students, parties and events. It has been really awesome to see so much initiative from other students to organize events with such a variety of themes. This has really exceeded my expectations. I believe many fellow students can relate that...

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