WWU Exchange in Finland:
Aalto University School of Business
- The Mikkeli BScBA degree program 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 – known as the Triple Crown
- 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
- All courses are taught in English
10 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 does not know if this statement refers to the size of the coffee drinkers or 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
The city of Mikkeli is the capital of the Province of Eastern Finland and it is situated by the Lake Saimaa. Mikkeli is a lively town with the most beautiful lake scenery. It takes only two hours to drive by car from the market place in Mikkeli to Helsinki city center. 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 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.
Accommodation is arranged through a local student housing company called MOAS Ltd. Students apply for accommodation through MOAS: www.moas.fi/en/
Normally students 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 ofthe Aalto University network offering the same services as other campuses.
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.
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. Check the budget sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses. Students participating in a single semester exchange will pay a semester rate for tuition (based on in-state tuition rates)
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.
Aalto estimates that a monthly budget for exchange students would be approximately 500-800 euros per month (including accommodation, living expenses, course materials and personal expenses).
Students must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before they can apply for admission to the Mikkeli program. In order to be nominated, students must create an EdAbroad application and come in for an interview. There are four items in the EdAbroad application students must complete prior to the interview. Those items are:
- Sign the Read & Sign forms
- Pay the application fee
- Answer the Questionnaire
- Submit a completed Recommendation.
Nomination decisions will be made as soon as possible after all potential candidates have been interviewed. Students will be notified by email about the nomination decision. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination. Students will be provided with information on when and how to complete their host site applications once they have been nominated.
- Deadline to submit EdAbroad application material: February 1st
- Deadline for completing the Graz application: June 1st
- Deadline to submit EdAbroad application material: June 1st
- Deadline for completing the Graz application: October 1st
After being nominated by the EdAbroad office, students will receive a link to an Online Application Form for Incoming Exchange Students. The documents to be uploaded with the online application are:
- Official Transcript(s)
- Curriculim Vitae
- ID Photo
- Course Registration Form
Once the application is completed and approved, the students will receive the official letter of acceptance. More information on the application process: https://into.aalto.fi/display/enbscba/Incoming+Exchange+Students
Information for Exchange Students
Aalto School of Business Study Guide
Aalto University of Business - Mikkeli Video
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