Be a Game Changer. Do you want to create something unique? Change the society, develop a new innovation – or a whole new industry? At Aalto University, we believe in curiosity and we encourage our students to explore the unknown and do things in a totally new way. We offer the highest level of education in business, art and design, architecture, and technology in Finland.

Top reasons to study here

  • Aalto spirit: passion, curiosity, and the courage to do something that hasn't been done before.
  • Innovation power: a unique profile, close collaboration with top business partners, world-class facilities, connections & resources to do research in our fields
  • Game Changer community: Aalto students are in much demand on the job market. A strong global alumni network connects you with true game changers, and new friend

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (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.


Aalto University offers the highest level of education in business, art and design, architecture, and technology in Finland. This combination of fields brings a whole new dimension to studying: in addition to the traditional degree options, you can tailor a unique study experience to meet your interests and career goals. Aalto University encourages its students to engage in multidisciplinary projects and practice-oriented learning. Based in both Helsinki and Espoo, Aalto University students are able to take advantage of what the cities offer as well as being integrated into the biggest technology hub in the Nordic countries.


The cornerstones of Aalto University research are four fundamental competence areas:

  • ICT and digitalisation
  • Materials and sustainable use of natural resources
  • Global business dynamics
  • Art and design.
In addition to these areas, the university invests in three integrative multidisciplinary themes that focus on solving challenges that are important globally and for the Finnish economy.
  • Advanced energy solutions
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Human-centred living environments.


As the work in itself – whether it is research, teaching or supporting those – that motivates the employees the most, the faculty of Aalto University focuses on university’s core tasks and academic work is supported by professional services. They offer career systems for professors (Tenure track, Professor of Practice), lecturers, for other academic employees and for staff working within services. Clear goal setting and target-oriented, long-term support for personal, academic and professional development are the core components of the career systems.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
137 -4
133 6
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
190 11
201 50
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
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
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

It has been decided that Aalto University will centralize its operations gradually to the Otaniemi campus area. The centralized campus supports boundary-breaking research and artistic activities by enabling versatile and active forms of interaction. The campus will be built gradually in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner. The aim is to create a vibrant and interactive research and studying environment where work, studying, recreational activities and everyday life will naturally be connected to each other.

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).