Aalto University

Helsinki, Finland

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Aalto University is a highly ranked business university in Europe. Established in 1911, Aalto is the largest and leading business university in Finland, offering the most comprehensive range of degree programs in the field of economics and business administration. At Aalto highly qualified scientific research merges with corporate connections, providing the students with a combination of extensive theoretical studies and real business life experiences. The University has actively adopted modern teaching methods and increased student involvement in the teaching and learning process. Presentation, teamwork, and communication skills are emphasized in teaching. Every year about 400 international students participate in Aalto's programs, totaling about 10% of the student body. Courses are offered in Management, Marketing, Economics, Accounting, Finance, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, and Languages.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The City

Helsinki was founded in 1550 and became the capital of Finland in 1812. It is located in the southern part of Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland by the Baltic Sea. It is the northernmost capital of the EU, and together with its surrounding cities of Espoo and Vantaa, is home to about 1 million people. In the capital region modern architecture and commercial districts are in harmony with parks and nature. Helsinki's green parks and waterways, fresh sea winds, and numerous open-air cafés make Helsinki a lovely place to live. Local transportation includes trams and a subway system. Finland is the sixth largest country in Europe, but with 5.3 million people the population density is low. There are still large areas of untouched land and hundreds of thousands of lakes: 10% of Finland is covered by water and 70% by forests. Finland is also a high-tech country and best known for the world's leading mobile phone company, Nokia. Students who select Aalto University can also choose to study at the Mikkeli campus.

Student Life

The Aalto Helsinki campus is located in the central area of Helsinki. The three main buildings, where classes are held, are all within walking distance. The Office of Study and Registrar, International Relations Office, IT HelpDesk, copy machines, a small bookstore, student cafeterias, self-study facilities, computer labs, language studios, gym and other sports facilities are all located in the three campus buildings.

For a small fee, all Aalto students are entitled to join the Student Union (KY). The membership is well worth the benefits and reductions in certain fees:

  • Discount in transportation such as local transportation (HKL), national train (VR), and busses (Matkahuolto).
  • Discounted student-price meals (about 2-2.5 euros) in student cafeterias.
  • Student healthcare services by the Student Health Service (YTHS), which provides preventative healthcare, medical healthcare and dental healthcare.
  • KY is the check-point for leisure time activities from parties to field trips, from sports to cultures. It also offers bookstore services and student apartments.

Aalto library is the national resource center in economics and business sciences in Finland and is one of the largest libraries in the Nordic countries. All the textbooks required by Aalto courses can be borrowed from the library. Aalto provides students with the use of PCs, Aalto emails and a personal home directory for saving data at school. There are more than 300 workstations available for students. Personal computers can also be used at Aalto campus via the wireless network. Aalto students can print up to 250 pages per month free of charge. Learn more about living and studying in Finland.

Term Dates

Fall Semester: Early September to mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January to late May

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in English. Finnish language courses are available for credit.

Courses Available

Aalto University offers a wide variety of business courses for students to choose from.

Use our course equivalency database to see which courses offered at Aalto would apply to your UF degree. You can also request additional equivalencies and/or take specialized courses in your academic discipline. Other business courses may be submitted for UF equivalency. Please see an academic advisor for information pertaining to requesting additional equivalencies. Find Aalto Courses in English.

Grade Conversion
grade description
5 Excellent A
4 Very Good B+
3 Good B
2 Satisfactory C+
1 Sufficient C
0 Fail E
Credit Conversion
Aalto credit UF credit
1.5 ECTS credits
(1 point)
1 UF credit
(1.5 X .6 = .9)
4.5 ECTS credits
(3 points)
3 UF credits
(4.5 X .6 = 2.7)
6 ECTS credits
(4 points)
4 UF credits
(6 X .6 = 3.6)
(12 points)
11 UF credits
(18 X .6 = 10.8)

Credit conversion is on a course-by-course basis - NOT the sum of credits earned.

Estimated Expenses
Rough Expense Comparison Semester at UF Semester at Aalto
UF Tuition $3,155 $3,155
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $300
International Health Insurance --- $160
Airfare --- $1,400
Housing/Utilities $2,710 $3,000
Internet/cable $630 $300
Food $2,115 $2,000
Books $650 $300
Transportation $550 $200
Visa --- $595
Total $9,810 $11,410


Student housing in Finland is organized through two large student housing organizations. Student apartments typically consist of 3-5 bedrooms, a shared living room, kitchen, and bathroom(s). The rent varies between 190-520 euros per month, depending on the location and the number of tenants. Student apartments are situated around the Helsinki area. Other housing resources are available to students as well.


Travel Opportunities

Helsiki itself offers many opportunities for tourism and leisure. For those who appreciate great architecture, Helsinki's three main churches are sure to please. The Russian Orthodox Cathedral, with its gilded cupolas, hovers over the harbor and Market Square. The Lutheran Cathedral is neoclassical design at its best, with a prominent green dome and pristine interior. The Church of the Rock, blasted out of solid rock, is capped by a copper dome, and filled with music. Suomenlinna Island, in the Gulf of Finland, is perfect for day trips and picnics and is linked to Helsinki by a bridge and ferry. From Helsinki you can take the ferry to Latvia, Estonia, and Stockholm. Helsinki is approximately 5 hours from St. Petersburg. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is 12 miles from the city center, with direct flights around Europe and the world.


To arrange an appointment with a Heavener Study Abroad Advisor, please call 352.273.0151 or visit 301 Heavener Hall.

Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160

You may also contact an International Programs Student Ambassador to learn more about study abroad from experienced peers.

Contacts Abroad

Saila Kurtbay
Deputy Director, International Relations
Aalto University School of Economics
PL 21210, Runeberginkatu 14-16
FI-00076 Aalto, Finland
Phone: 358-40-3538170
Fax: 358-9-47038708
Time zone: GMT+2

Ms. Minna Pekkanen
Coordinator, Incoming Exchange
Aalto University School of Economics
PL 21210, Runeberginkatu 14-16
FI-00076 Aalto, Finland
Email (minna.pekkanen at aalto.fi)