Some minors require an application, while others are open for all.

See the presentation of each minor for information on the target group and the application procedure.

Application periods

The general application procedure for minors at Aalto University is organised twice a year

  • from 15 to 31 May and
  • 15 to 30 September.

Please notice, that some of the minors only accept applications during one of the application periods of the academic year: only in autumn or in spring. See the presentation of each minor for information on the application procedure.

A granted study right will be valid at the beginning of the next semester. 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.

Some of the minors at Aalto University do not follow the application periods mentioned above; always check the description of the minor!

With these minors also the time when the granted study right will be valid might vary.


1. Familiarise yourself with the minor selection

Minor selection in the academic year 2017–2018

2. Get the minor approved as part of your Personal Study Plan

In your application, you must include your approved personal study plan (PSP) indicating that the minor applied for has been approved as part of your study plan. Without an approved PSP, the application will be rejected at the receiving School. PSP under the status of "primary" or "being approved" is not considered an approved PSP.

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 minor can be included as part of of his/her degree by approving it in his/her Personal Study Plan (PSP) before applying for the study right.

Get the minor approved as part of your Personal Study Plan well in advance before applying!

If you’re applying for a study right for numerous minors during the same application period, please update all of these minors in your Personal Study Plan in one way or another. For example, you can mark in the additional information of your minor: “or alternatively minor X, minor X, minor X or minor X”.

3. Fill in the application

  1. Go to the application form
  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/minor applied for are correct.
  4. Remember to include your personal study plan (HOPS) 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 to one minor. If you want to apply a study right for numerous minors, you have to submit a separate application for each minor.

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 following application periods if the course/minor is offered.

Principles of granting the study right

In case the minor 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. Students who have already started completing the minor (by completing courses that form a part of the requirements of the minor) will be prioritized when granting study rights for the minor in question. 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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