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  • Locations: Mikkeli, Finland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Fields of Study: Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing
Housing Options: Independent Housing, Student Residence/ On Campus Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

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Aalto University School of Business

Ten Fun Facts about Finland
  • Finnish has the longest palindromic word in the world: “saippuakivikauppias,” which means “a soapstone merchant”
  • On “National Sleepy Head Day,” the last person in the house to wake up is thrown into water
  • Silence is considered a part of communication in Finland (The EdAbroad office has nothing to say regarding this assertion)
  • Over 70% of Finland is covered by forest – more than any other European country
  • Lonely Planet chose Finland as one of the top 10 travel destination in 2017
  • Finland was the first country in the world to give full political rights to women
  • Finns are the world’s biggest coffee drinkers (The EdAbroad office assumes this statement refers to the amount of coffee consumed)
  • There are 3 million saunas in Finland
  • Finland recycles 90% of its container waste
  • When you get a PhD diploma, you are given a top hat, and in some schools a sword

Program Snapshot

The main goal of the program is to produce graduates who are successful in international business. Most BScBA courses are taught in the form of intensive three-week modules by visiting professors from all around the world. All courses are taught in English.
As a student of the BScBA Program, you will gain:

  • Excellent analytical skills required for Master’s Programs
  • A strong foundation in international business
  • Outstanding problem solving skills and tools for scientific thinking
  • Professional development in your communication and languages skills
  • The flexibility to work in multicultural teams and good problem solving skills
  • The knowledge and skills needed to be a manager or entrepreneur
  • Knowledge of ethical issues in the business field


It is said that Finns tend to have a strong bond with nature. For those who experience such a bond, the Finnish Lake district is a fascinating and incredible area to explore. For those students who are less interested in a bonding experience with nature, the city of Mikkeli offers live music and dance clubs, bars, and plenty of coffee shops. Mikkeli is located by Lake Saimaa, which spreads across Eastern Finland in small crooked straits and open water areas. Check out the photographs in the “Visit Finland” link at the bottom of the page.
The city of Mikkeli is situated on the crossroads of five highways and is an important transport hub for eastern Lakeland.  It was the headquarters of the Finnish army during WWII and it was from here that CGE Mannerheim directed the Winter War campaign against the Soviets.  

Academic Program and Courses

Fall semester: Late August – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January – Mid-May
The Mikkeli BScBA degree program is one of our most prestigious business exchange opportunities. Aalto University School of Business is the first business school in the Nordic countries to have received all three labels of excellence from the world’s leading business school accreditation bodies: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. As of January 2018, this Triple Crown status is an honor held by only 86 business schools in the world. The School of Business is also a proud member of CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education) and PIM (Partnership in International Management).
The Bachelor’s Program in International Business (also called the BScBA Program) is only available at the Mikkeli campus. Western’s exchange agreement is exclusively with the Mikkeli program and not Aalto University as a whole. Please note: exchange students are not able to take courses at the Helsinki Campus.

The BScBA courses are taught in the form of intensive three-week modules that run throughout the calendar year. The first module usually begins in late August or early September and the last module ends mid-August. A typical three-week module, worth ECTS 6 credits (equivalent to 4-5 US quarter credits), meets for three hours a day, five days a week, for a total of 45 contact hours, which includes examinations. Subjects include International Business, Organization and Management, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Economics, Business Law, Mathematics, Information Systems Science, and various language classes.
*** Please note that Aalto has a summer program, but the EdAbroad office cannot send students on summer exchanges.


Accommodation is arranged through a local student housing company called MOAS Ltd. Students apply for accommodation through MOAS:
Students typically stay in shared apartments near the campus. In shared apartments, students will have their own bedroom and share the kitchen and bathroom with 1-2 students. There are also single apartments available. The rent varies from 290-340 euros for a shared apartment and approximately 420 euros for a single apartment (the rent includes electricity and internet connection).

Services on Campus

On the campus there is a library, a cafeteria, administrative support offices and student study rooms. IT services are provided in cooperation with Aalto IT, and the Mikkeli Campus is a part of the Aalto University network offering the same services as other campuses.
Other Resources on Campus

Aalto University Student Union (AYY)
The Student Union is a 15,000 member-strong student organization. Exchange students are entitled to join the Student Union and it is highly recommended that they do so. The membership is well worthwhile, as it entitles students to benefits and discounts in for example public transportation, student meals and health care services.

Probba is the official student organization of the School of Business BScBA Program at the Mikkeli Campus. The main responsibilities of the organization include promoting the general well-being of students, organizing events, being a link between the staff and the students and arranging orientation and tutors for incoming exchange students.
Program Cost

Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees.  For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.

 Cost Estimates
  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): ~$2,750 per quarter
  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): ~$3,940
  • Housing: €290 - €420
  • Meals: €200 - €400 per month
  • Books: ~€200 per semester
  • Airfare: $1,500 - $2,000
The program may allow for time, which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.

How to apply

Step 1: Nomination

You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to Aalto. Here is the process: 

  1. Create one EdAbroad application
  2. Complete the following four items:
    • Sign the Read & Sign forms
    • Pay the application fee
    • Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)
    • Submit a completed Recommendation.
  3. There are two other items in this section of the application (academic advising form and preliminary assessment of financial aid), but students can complete them later.
  4. Call the EdAbroad front desk to schedule an interview.
Deadline for Submitting Nomination material:
  • Fall Semester: February 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
  • Spring Semester: June 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Step 2: Accept the Nomination
The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed. Note that different host sites have different nomination and application deadlines. The timeline of the host site’s application process strongly influences the order in which the EdAbroad office processes student applications.  
The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
Students should initial and sign the nomination letter and return it to the EdAbroad office by the date requested in the letter. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.
Step 3: Submit your Nomination to Aalto
The EdAbroad office will submit your nomination to Aalto University. The required information is as follows:
  • Student’s full name (as it appears in their passport)
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Email Address
The deadlines for the EdAbroad office to submit your nomination to Aalto is:
  • Fall/Academic Year: May 18
  • Spring Semester: September 20
Step 4: Complete and Submit the Aalto Application

Aalto will send students a link to an Online Application Form for Incoming Exchange Students. The documents to be uploaded with the online application are:
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • ID Photo
  • Course Registration Form
The deadline for submitting material to Aalto is
  • Fall/Academic Year: June 1
  • Spring semester: October 1
Step 5: Acceptance

Once the application is completed and approved, the students will receive the official letter of acceptance. Click here for more information on the application process. Students will be able to apply for housing with MOAS at this point.
Step 6: Apply for your Student Visa
Foreign nationals need to have a residence permit to stay in Finland for 90 days or longer. This does not apply to nationals of the other Nordic countries and EU/EEA nationals. You can submit your application electronically or you can submit your application when you visit the Finnish Embassy. Using the e-services will speed up the application process, but you will still need to visit the Finnish Embassy to verify your identify and present the original copies of any supplements needed for the application.

Additional Information

Information for Exchange Students 
Aalto School of Business Study Guide 
Aalto University of Business - Mikkeli Video 
Visit Finland (The official travel guide of Finland – Be sure to watch the video “What are the Finns Like”)

*** A word of caution about the Aalto website – The Mikkeli program is one of several offered through Aalto University. The webpages for these programs look very similar to each other and it is easy to navigate onto the wrong webpage. Western students only have access to the Mikkeli program, so make sure you only look at pages for this program.


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This program is currently not accepting applications.