Studying at the Open University

The Open University of Aalto University provides education in the fields of economics and business administration, art and design, and technology. Also language studies are offered.

At the Open University you may pursue studies that meet your goals and interests. Usually it is possible to study separate courses in English. However it is possible to study minor studies in candidate level in Quantitative Methods. Please read more here.

The quality and contents of the teaching at the Open University corresponds to those of the degree education of Aalto University.

Students are admitted to the courses in the order of registration. Some courses require prior knowledge of the topic; the possible prerequisites are mentioned in the course description.

Studying at the Open University is governed by the Aalto University rules of studies and studying. The Aalto University Open University reserves the right to make changes to the curriculum announced.

For practical information and tips on studying, you should also look at the Aalto University website on general studying skills.

Right to study at the Open University

You are granted a right to study when you register for a course, pay the course fee and receive the registration confirmation. The right to study is course-specific and is only valid for a fixed period.

Study in the autumn, spring, and summer

At the Open University, you can study throughout the year. You can find our course selection on the Courses page, which presents our courses for all the three terms of the academic year.

Through the Open University, you may take either courses organised by the Open University or courses organised by the degree programmes. The courses organised by the Open University are usually given on weeknights between 16.15 and 20.00. and sometimes on Saturdays. Courses organised by degree programmes are usually given between 8 and 16 from Monday to Friday.

Since studying at the Open University is not considered full-time, our students are not eligible for the financial aid for students granted by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kela. Studying solely at the Open University does not give you permission for Student Visa.


Open University courses are being offered on several campuses. The courses are offered at Arabia Campus, at Otaniemi Campus or at Töölö Campus. It is possible to study at Mikkeli campus too.

Open University students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. Finnish student housing organizations services are only for degree and exchange students. Here you can find some tips about housing though.

Assessment methods

The assessment method varies by course and is explained in the course description.


An Open University study attainment is evaluated against the same criteria as those of degree-granting education.

Study attainments are graded on a scale of 0–5 or Pass/Fail.

If you are unsatisfied with the grading: Instructions on how to do Academic appeals

Transferring credit for Open University study attainments

Credits for Open University studies may be transferred to a university degree at a later time. The decision regarding credit transfer rests with the degree-granting unit. 

Studying at the Open University gives you an opportunity to:

  • learn more about studying at university level and about the fields of study available
  • enhance your professional skills and general skills needed in the workplace
  • gain a scientific perspective on current phenomena
  • aim for a degree by taking courses which may be counted toward a university degree later
  • become a degree student through the Open University ‘pathway’ (väylä)
  • expand your degree with a minor

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