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Aalto University

Location

Otakaari primary campus, Espoo Finland

Ranking

# 113QS World University Rankings

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8Undergraduate programs

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92Postgraduate programs

About Aalto University

At Aalto University, you can study technology, arts, and business. Our students have the freedom to choose courses in all three fields or specialise in one area of study.  Aalto University’s purpose is to shape a sustainable future. We do high-quality research, excelling and making breakthroughs in and across science, art, technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building a sustainable future. We are Finland’s #1 university in the fields of arts and design, technology and engineering, and business and economics. 

International community 

With a unique combination of technology, arts and business programmes, of which more than 100 offered in English, Aalto University is an excellent study choice for international students. Currently, around 25% of our 13 000 degree students are international students, making us one of the most international universities in Europe. In our truly global environment, you have excellent opportunities to become more internationally oriented during your studies. 

Great career prospects

Hands-on and participatory learning allows you to boost creativity and develop problem-solving skills. With your specialised know-how, these make an excellent foundation for your  future working life. At Aalto, you can also tailor your study path flexibly to fit your career dreams. To foster a culture of innovation and change-making, we want to inspire our students to think and learn like entrepreneur. We aim to provide all students with chances to develop their entrepreneurial mindset during their studies. 

Learn more about your great career prospects at Aalto

Reasons to study at Aalto 

  • Field combination. Aalto offers multidisciplinary studies in arts, technology and business. You can take courses from each field!  
  • Top-notch education. Aalto has a high academic standing in international university rankings. We have several high-ranking fields of study! 
  • Internationality. Aalto ranks high for international outlook, so you have great opportunities to become more globally competent. 
  • Well-organised and safe country. Finland scores high in international comparisons in education, safety and quality of life. Finns value equality, and our society has a low hierarchy. 
  • Vivid campus. Aalto University Campus in the Helsinki Capital area offers excellent services, affordable housing for students, versatile learning facilities, and it is closely connected with nature. 
  • Unique student culture. The Finnish student culture is full of exciting traditions. There is a plethora of different student clubs operating within the Aalto University Student Union, so you can surely find fun ways to spend your free time.


Aalto University was born in the merger of three esteemed Finnish universities in 2010 – bringing science, technology, art and business together to produce innovations. Despite its young age, Aalto’s history goes back to 1849 and the foundation of the Helsinki University of Technology. 

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About Aalto University

At Aalto University, you can study technology, arts, and business. Our students have the freedom to choose courses in all three fields or specialise in one area of study.  Aalto University’s purpose is to shape a sustainable future. We do high-quality research, excelling and making breakthroughs in and across science, art, technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building a sustainable future. We are Finland’s #1 university in the fields of arts and design, technology and engineering, and business and economics. 

International community 

With a unique combination of technology, arts and business programmes, of which more than 100 offered in English, Aalto University is an excellent study choice for international students. Currently, around 25% of our 13 000 degree students are international students, making us one of the most international universities in Europe. In our truly global environment, you have excellent opportunities to become more internationally oriented during your studies. 

Great career prospects

Hands-on and participatory learning allows you to boost creativity and develop problem-solving skills. With your specialised know-how, these make an excellent foundation for your  future working life. At Aalto, you can also tailor your study path flexibly to fit your career dreams. To foster a culture of innovation and change-making, we want to inspire our students to think and learn like entrepreneur. We aim to provide all students with chances to develop their entrepreneurial mindset during their studies. 

Learn more about your great career prospects at Aalto

Reasons to study at Aalto 

  • Field combination. Aalto offers multidisciplinary studies in arts, technology and business. You can take courses from each field!  
  • Top-notch education. Aalto has a high academic standing in international university rankings. We have several high-ranking fields of study! 
  • Internationality. Aalto ranks high for international outlook, so you have great opportunities to become more globally competent. 
  • Well-organised and safe country. Finland scores high in international comparisons in education, safety and quality of life. Finns value equality, and our society has a low hierarchy. 
  • Vivid campus. Aalto University Campus in the Helsinki Capital area offers excellent services, affordable housing for students, versatile learning facilities, and it is closely connected with nature. 
  • Unique student culture. The Finnish student culture is full of exciting traditions. There is a plethora of different student clubs operating within the Aalto University Student Union, so you can surely find fun ways to spend your free time.


Aalto University was born in the merger of three esteemed Finnish universities in 2010 – bringing science, technology, art and business together to produce innovations. Despite its young age, Aalto’s history goes back to 1849 and the foundation of the Helsinki University of Technology. 

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Available programs

Aalto University offers eight English-taught bachelor’s programmes: 5 programmes in the field on science and technology, 2 in the field of business, and one in the field of arts.

After graduating from one of Aalto’s bachelor's programme, you will automatically have the right to continue studies in selected master's programmes.

Our purpose is to spark our students to become the game changers of tomorrow. We focus on student experience and quality of studies by future-led learning. Sustainability and multidisciplinarity are integrated to studies at Aalto in every programme, and we constantly develop our learning environments.

Aalto University offers more than 90 master’s programmes that are taught in English in the fields of engineering, arts, and business. 

We focus on student experience and quality of studies by future-led learning. Studies with hands-on learning and corporate collaboration make a perfect foundation for developing problem-solving skills in a realistic setting. As a student, you get to solve real-life business challenges and present your solutions to company representatives. Depending on the field and programme, students can also put their learnings into practice in workshops or laboratories. On Aalto campus, students have access to various self-study and co-working spaces, studios, and workshops.

At Aalto University, our purpose is to spark our students to become the game changers of tomorrow. We want to educate professionals with the capabilities to build a sustainable society and increase wellbeing. Sustainability, multidisciplinarity are integrated to studies at Aalto in every programme, and we constantly develop our learning environments.

After graduation, Aalto graduates work in different companies, non-profit organisations, associations and as entrepreneurs in Finland and abroad. The studies also give excellent foundations for those who want to continue their academic career in doctoral level.

University information

Master's and bachelor's degree programmes
Aalto University has an extensive selection of different bachelor's and master's programmes and multiple student selections. Application periods for studies starting in the autumn of 2025 will be announced soon.

Before applying, read the admissions requirements carefully and prepare for your application well ahead of time! Find the admission instructions and guidelines on our website:


International joint degree programmes (double degree)

International joint degree programmes are two-year English-language master's programmes in which students study at two or more universities. Please note that the application periods and selection procedures differ from the rest of Aalto's master programmes. The application period of each programme can be found on the programme's webpage. Learn more about international join master's programmes.


Doctoral programmes

Admission to doctoral programmes varies according to the programme. Some have continuous admission throughout the academic year whereas others admit doctoral students 1-4 times a year. The details of the programmes and the admission periods can be found on each programme's webpage. Read more about how to apply for doctoral studies.

Being a student in Aalto's main campus in Espoo is a holistic experience since it’s possible to live, study, work and spend your free time all in the same treasure trove – a unique ecosystem dedicated to students, academic life, recreation, and startup businesses.

At Aalto, theory meets practice. The variety of our workshop and lab environments enables experiments with materials, methods and processes to be part of learning, research and artistic activity. There are also numerous group work facilities, studios and workshops that students can use freely outside classes. Among the students' favourite spaces is the Learning Centre, which offers library services, silent study areas, group work facilities, studios, a VR hub, a café and a stationery shop, to name a few.

Experience Aalto's campus by taking a virtual campus tour!

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Tuition fee and scholarships

One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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Rankings & ratings

Aalto University is one of the top public universities in Espoo, Finland. It is ranked #113 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #222
  • 2014
    #=196
  • 2015
    #=187
  • 2016
    #=139
  • 2017
    #=133
  • 2018
    #=137
  • 2019
    #140
  • 2020
    #134
  • 2021
    #127
  • 2022
    #=112
  • 2023
    #=116
  • 2024
    #109
  • 2025
    #113

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FAQs

  1. See Aalto’s study options and decide which programmes interest you the most: aalto.fi/programmes
  2. Read the admissions requirements carefully on our website and prepare for your application well ahead of time.
  3. Book and take a standardised language test, if required in the admissions requirements.
  4. Check if you are required to submit other specific application documents for your programmes, such as standardised test results (SAT, ACT, GMAT or GRE), official translations, references or portfolios.
  5. Apply during the application period and submit all application documents.
  6. Check the Admissions results.
See the detailed information on how to apply to master's programmes
See the detailed information on how to apply to bachelor's programmes
Yes, our graduate programmes require academic level English and you will need to demonstrate your English proficiency, when you apply to master’s programmes at Aalto University. You can do this by completing an English proficiency test, or in some cases, with a previously acquired degree completed in English. For detailed information on our language requirements, please visit our websites.

The tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens in bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English is: 12 000 euros per academic year for bachelor’s degree programmes and 15 000 euros per academic year for master’s degree programmes. Citizens of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland are not required to pay tuition fees for degree studies.


Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for Aalto University Scholarship. Aalto University scholarships cover either 50 % or 100 % of the tuition fee. Aalto University scholarships are awarded as tuition fee waivers. The scholarships are merit-based and are granted on a competitive basis. At the moment, Aalto University does not offer any university-wide scholarships to cover living costs in Finland.


For detailed information on scholarships and tuition fees, please visit our website.

Yes, we arrange online and offline events and webinars, and participate in student fairs abroad and in Finland. We, for example, organise a week-long Aalto Open Days event for all prospective students. The event usually takes place in September/October. The hybrid Open Days event includes webinars on student experiences, applying and different services for students as well as live campus tours!


Visit our website to find out more about events for prospective students!

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