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Finland: Helsinki - Aalto University, School of Business (Semester Exchange)
Helsinki, Finland (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Program Cost,
Spring
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Restrictions: USD applicants only
PROGRAM COST Program Cost
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/30/2015 ** Rolling Admission 01/04/2016 05/27/2016
NOTE: Please note the Start Date listed above is an estimate for the Aalto Exchange Student Orientation. Classes will begin January 4. Confirmed arrival dates will be announced shortly.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: 2.75
Disciplines offered: Business, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing Accomodations: Residence halls, Shared apartments off-campus
Class Standing: Must have completed 60 units Program Advisor: Ali Droster - adroster@sandiego.edu
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:
FINLAND: Helsinki

Aalto University, School of Business

Fall / Spring Semester Exchange Program

 

 

 

PROGRAM LOCATION 

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 nature and hundreds of thousands of lakes. Helsinki is the northernmost capital of the EU and together with its surrounding cities Espoo and Vantaa, a home to about 1 million people. In the capital region modern architecture and commercial districts are in harmony with parks and nature.

The Finnish climate is variable with its four distinct seasons: the fall foliage with infinite colors; snow and freezing temperatures in the winter; magnificent spring when nature awakes after the darkness and cold and of course, the never-ending days turning into white nights in the summer.


ACADEMIC INSTITUTION

Students will directly enroll at Aalto University, School of Business (formerly Helsinki School of Economics), the largest and leading business university in Finland. Aalto is currently listed at #29 on the 2014 European Business School Ranking. Check out Aalto's campus on YouTube!

This program is an exchange program, offering many classes in English in additional to the local language. Students will take class with local Finnish students as well as students from all over the world earning their full degree or studying abroad at Aalto. This is an academically rigorous program and also requires students to adjust to a new educational model. Courses typically include only a final exam / project on which the entire course grade is based. To learn more about Aalto as an exchange student, check out the
 Exchange Student HandbookAdditional information via the Aalto University FACT SHEET 2015-2016.pdf

 

COURSE INFORMATION 

Check out the 2015-2016 Academic Year Course Catalog

View the Finland: Aalto School of Business Pre-Approved Course Listing to learn how Aalto courses transfer to USD.

Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Ali Droster.

When selecting courses for a term abroad, please be sure to select from courses marked as BSc, the European designation for bachelor's level courses. Aalto University also uses a level indication for each course. Please only consider courses listed as Level A, Level C, or Level D.Students are advised to select five primary courses plus five alternatives. 

Fall and Spring semester course offerings are typically announced the June prior to the start of the academic year. Planning ahead? Great! Review the courses offered this academic year to gauge what may be offered during your term abroad.

Grades awarded during a semester at Aalto will transfer back to USD and applied to the student's overall GPA. Please reference the FINLAND_Grading_Equivalencies.pdf to understand how grades are converted. The grading system at Finland varies greatly from the United States, as does the method in which grades are awarded. European grades model the Bell Curve model much more closely than the U.S. educational system.


HOUSING 
 
Student apartments typically consist of 3-5 bedrooms, a shared living room, kitchen and bathroom(s). Rent varies between 190-510 euros per month, depending on the location and the number of tenants. Rent will be paid directly to the housing provider. Student apartments are situated around the Helsinki area. Students should budget approximately 400-800 euros per month for housing, transportation, food and other daily necessities.
 
The university provides students with the use of PCs, email, and printing and library services. Healthcare services are provided by the Student Health Service (medical and dental).


COST 

USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. Housing is not included in the fees assessed by USD and will be paid directly to the housing provider. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.


ENTRY REQUIREMENT

A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, students will need to apply for a Finnish visa. The study abroad advisor will review this process with all admitted students during the pre-departure orientation. The Finnish visa application is a lengthy process which requires that students be without their passports for quite some time. As such, students are highly discouraged from making any international travel plans within 90 days of the start date of their program.


PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
 
An orientation day is organized for all incoming international students at the beginning of each semester. Each exchange student is paired up with a local student, who will act as a personal tutor. The tutoring service is arranged in cooperation with the Student Union.

The student union organizes many leisure time activities from parties to field trips and sports and culture.