Aalto University

Aalto University

Top reasons to study here

  • Aalto University has improved markedly in rankings specific to science, art, technology and business.
  • Aalto University’s purpose is to shape a sustainable future.
  • We create world-class clusters of excellence and bring complementary talent together.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (43)
Computer Science & IT (29)
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.


  • The School of Engineering teaches and researches fields that encompass all aspects of our built-up environment. 
  • The School of Business is Finland's leading business school and one of the top business schools in Europe. 
  • Important areas of research conducted at the School of Chemical Engineering include environmentally friendly and energy-efficient processes, diverse utilisation of wood and other biomaterials, new materials and their application, new motor fuels.
  • At the School of Electrical Engineering electrical engineering, the natural sciences and information technology intertwine to form smart systems and innovations that save energy and increase well-being. 


At Aalto University, we create the conditions needed for innovation, economic growth, employment and wellbeing. Our research focuses on seven key areas combining four core competences in the fields of ICT, materials, arts, design and business together with three grand challenges related to energy, living environment, and health.


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 2021

GSSA 2021

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
112 15
127 7
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
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
301 100
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.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
264 -78
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.


Housing services

Degree students at Aalto University are, for the most part, responsible for arranging their own accommodation. Aalto University offers support and useful tips for students who are looking for housing.

Similar to the other European metropolises, the housing situation in the Helsinki region is challenging. Rental level is relatively high, and finding affordable accommodation can be difficult, especially in the beginning of the autumn term (August/September). The spring term is easier when it comes of finding accommodation. Therefore it is highly recommended that exchange students favour the spring term, if at all possible.

Library services

The Learning Centre offer you excellent library services, expert services and study and workspaces. Learning Centre supports students by providing help in information searching and accessing books and other information sources in printed or electronic form. In addition, there are other services functionin in our premises that support studying.

ICT services

IT Service Desk provides help with questions concerning IT services, and gives end users instructions on how to use the services. Help is provided online via the service portal, and in the physical world at all the campuses of Aalto University

Student Life

Campus life

The university's campus is in Otaniemi, home of the lively community that supports innovations. The goal of the campus development is to mix valuable history and new ways of planning.

A parkland-style campus established in the 1950s forms the core of Otaniemi. The overall vision of the campus was that of Alvar Aalto, and its individual buildings were designed by Aalto and other celebrated Finnish architects such as Reima and Raili Pietilä and Heikki and Kaija Sirén.

Sports facilities

UniSport offers sporty meeting spots for members of the academic community at the two universities’ six campuses. At UniSport you can try out and engage in both traditional and novel activities: examples of our wide range of options include gym training, group exercise, ball sports, combat sports and dance. The main objective is to gain new experiences rather than try to excel. UniSport caters to both the body and mind.

Student Reviews

Arise and shine
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It was a very good experience and I learnt a lot during the journey.I gained exposure much through interaction with other people from different facets of life.

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