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  • Locations: Espoo, Finland
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Engineering
Academic College: College of Engineering Academic Department: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Language requirement:
No
Language of instruction:
English
Program Advisor:
Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz, Leslie Donaway
Housing: Apartment (alone), Apartment (shared), Dormitory, Hostel/Hotel
Open to non-majors:
No
Classification: Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
Aalto University, Finland
 
Aalto University was created in 2008 as an attempt to create a new university merging science and technology, design and art, and business and economics, when the Helsinki School of Economics, the Helsinki University of Technology, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki were merged.
 
The Aalto University School of Science and Technology, once known as the Helsinki University of Technology, is made up of the School of Chemical Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering, and the School of Science.


Location
 
Aalto University’s engineering schools campus is located in Otaniemi, a district of Espoo, Finland. Otaniemi is home to many of Finland’s science and engineering institutions, such as the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Finnish Innovation Center, and the Micronova Center of Micro and Nanotechnology. Major companies such as Tieto and Poyry are also located in Otaniemi, which has established itself as a place for a thriving science/technology community.
 
Espoo is the second-largest city/municipality in Finland, and has a population of 270,416. The Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA), featuring high-quality international exhibitions, is located a mere 8-minute drive from Aalto University. The Kaitalampi Lake is also located in Espoo, a great destination for adventurous visitors who love the outdoors. The Haltia Nature Center is also a popular destination for Espoo visitors, bringing all of Finland’s nature under one roof, and is located 30 minutes from Aalto University.


Eligibility Requirements 
  • This program is limited to students in the Dwight College of Engineering
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by the beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Obtain a student visa
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester (September to January; exams may be arranged to be taken in December for early departure)
  • Spring Semester (January to June)
Courses

Incoming engineering exchange students to Aalto University can search for courses using the WebOodi search engine to find courses and course descriptions from Aalto. When students are searching for courses, they should make sure they aware of the course’s language of instruction, the course prerequisites, as well as the dates of the course so that they fall within the time you will be in the country. Here is a list of courses in Aalto School of Engineering that are typically offered in English. Aalto University uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) when determining course credit, in which the scope of a course can be 1-15 credits depending on the content of the course, and the average number of hours demanded by one academic year of studies is 60 credits. Exchange students to Aalto University must have their courses approved by their home university prior to the start of their program.
 
The Aalto University academic calendar can be found at this link. Incoming exchange students to Aalto University are required to attend the incoming orientation, and dates for these orientations can be found at this link.
 

Housing

Information about housing for incoming exchange students to Aalto University can be found on the Aalto exchange students housing webpage. Aalto University does not have its own on-campus dormitories. However, there are student housing providers that will assist exchange students in finding affordable student housing near the university, such as HOAS and the Aalto University Student Union (AYY). HOAS and AYY unfortunately cannot guarantee housing for all exchange students. Therefore, students should apply for housing as early as possible and be prepared to seek private housing if necessary.

*Students should keep in mind that there is a possibility that there may be reduced housing prices for exchange students, and should inquire about this with Aalto University or the Study Abroad Programs Office. 


Costs

One of the benefits of participating in a Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program (REEP) is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.

 
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition & Fees $5,800
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
Accommodations $1,300
International Airfare $1,700
Meals $1,400
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $700
Personal Spending $2,000+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $13,200+
Texas A&M Semester Cost Comparison $13,726+
 

 
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.


Helpful Links

Aalto University Homepage
Aalto School of Chemical Engineering
Aalto School of Engineering
Aalto School of Electrical Engineering
Aalto School of Science
Aalto Incoming Exchange Students Page
WebOodi Course Search
Aalto Academic Calendar
Aalto Exchange Student Housing
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Currency Converter


Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
 
"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
 
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student
 

Contacts

For detailed information about the exchange program at the Technical University of Denmark, students should contact Leslie Donaway in the Dwight Look College of Engineering’s International Programs Office.
 
For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, contact Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz.