Taking elective courses at another Aalto school

Some of the courses at Aalto are open for all Aalto students

So called Aalto cross-school courses and University Wide Art Studies -courses are open for all Aalto students. They are specially suited for students from all backgrounds. You do not need to separately apply for a study right for these courses.

Degree students at other Aalto Schools do not need to separately apply for a study right in order to complete courses at the School of Chemical Technology, School of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering or School of Science.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture and School of Business offer places on some of their courses for students from other Aalto Schools

Places are limited, and study right must be applied for. Study right can only be applied for courses that are listed as part of the offerings for students from other Aalto Schools. Doctoral students can apply for a study right for any of the courses.

When to apply?

Individual courses are open for application (with some exceptions) four times a year as follows:

  • May 15 - May 31 for courses in periods I–V (next academic year)
  • Sep 15 - Sep 30 for courses in periods II-V
  • Nov 15 - Nov 30 for courses in periods III-V
  • Feb 1 - Feb 15 for courses in periods IV and V.

How to apply?

1. Familiarise yourself with the studies offered

Course selection in the academic year 2016–2017

2. Familiarise yourself with preliminary requirements

The applicant must fulfill the possible preliminary requirements or other conditions for successful accomplishment set for a specific course. The applicant may simultaneously apply for a study right for the course granting the preliminary requirements and for the following course, and after gaining the study right, will take the courses in the required order.

3. Get the studies approved as part of your Personal Study Plan (PSP)

In your application, you must also include your personal study plan (PSP) indicating that studies applied for have been approved as part of your study plan.

Granting a study right at the receiving School does not mean that the student can automatically include the studies as part of his/her degree. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that the studies can be included as part of of his/her degree by approving them in his/her Personal Study Plan (PSP) before applying for the study right.

Get the studies approved as part of your Personal Study Plan (PSP) well in advance before applying!

4. Fill in the application

  1. Go to the application form: for the spring 2017 application period, see guide for the academic year 2017-18
  2. Log in by using your Aalto username and password.
  3. Fill in the application. Please check particularly carefully that the details of the course applied for are correct.
  4. Remember to include your personal study plan (PSP) and any other appendices required (on a separate tab).
  5. Save the application.
  6. Remember to send the application.
  7. With one application, it is only possible to apply for one course. If you want to apply for a study right for numerous courses during the same application period, you have to submit a separate application for each course.

Decisions on study rights

You will receive the decision on your study right within about a month from the application deadline. If there are a lot of applications this might sometimes take longer. You can see the decision by logging in to eAge-system and opening the decision. If you were not granted a study right you can apply again during the application periods if the course/minor is offered.

Possible restrictions on attending the courses

The granted study right does not guarantee the access for a specific course, in case the course is defined with e.g. a pre-exam, a quota for participants, or a priority order.

Principles of granting the study right

In case the course has more applicants than the quota, the study right will be granted according to the following principles: the progress of the students studies at the home School (in general the student that are farther along in their studies are given priority), how the applicants fulfill the possible prerequisites. If it is not possible in any way to make the distinction between applicants, the student/s who will receive the study right will be drawn out of the hat.

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