Aalto University: School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS)

The Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture is a Nordic leader in higher education for design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and art.

Studying at Aalto ARTS is a challenging and exciting opportunity to enrich your academic knowledge and professional skills. Aalto University welcomes nearly 1,000 exchange students each year.


Global Exchange School
  • Helsinki, Finland

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

January — June

Fall Semester

August — December

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Apparel Design
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Film/Animation/Video
  • Furniture Design
  • Glass
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Photography
  • Textiles

Fact Sheet
University Website
University Exchange Website
Course Catalog

Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • Finnish
  • English

Some English instruction

About Aalto ARTS

Studies at Aalto at a Bachelor's level are in Finnish, but Master's level studies are in English and advanced RISD undergraduate students may apply for exchange in Master's coursework at Aalto.

Applications to the following departments will be accepted:

  • Master's Program in Architecture
  • Master's Program in Collaborative and Industrial Design
  • Master's Program in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design
  • Master's Program in Landscape Architecture
  • Master's Program in New Media
  • Master's Program in Visual Communication Design
  • Master’s Program in Interior Design
  • Master’s Program in Urban Studies and Planning

Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

The entire application process will be completed using an online application portal. Apply the semester before you plan to attend.

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1:1 Advising Session

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session. We can give you more information about your study options, help you figure out which program makes sense for you, and assist you with the application process.

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