On this page, you will find information on our admission requirements and selection criteria for the 2020 student intake.
You will first need to fulfil our general eligibility requirements. Eligible applications then proceed to the academic evaluation where the student selection criteria is applied.
To be considered eligible for SECCLO, you will need to fulfil these general eligibility requirements:
If there is a problem in any of these general eligiblity requirements, your application will not be eligible and will not proceed to the academic evaluation. Please see further details below.
Successful applicants should hold a Bachelor degree from a university/higher education institution fulfilling the following requirements:
Applicants are eligible to apply if they have completed a 3–4 year Bachelor’s degree awarded by a university or a Bachelor’s degree by university of applied sciences (/polytechnic degree) or equivalent studies. The degree must entitle the graduate to apply for Master’s degree at university in the awarding country.
Applicants in their final year of study are eligible to apply provided that they will graduate by 31 July 2020. If the applicant is accepted to SECCLO, they must deliver a certified copy of the degree certificate to Aalto University by the date specified in the admission letter. If the student is not able to graduate or fails to deliver a degree certificate by the given deadline, the offered study place will be cancelled.
Our language of instruction is English. The applicants are expected to have an excellent command of English. The recognized language tests and their minimum score requirements are listed below.
|Minimum total score
||Minimum writing score|
|TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test)
|TOEFL PDT (Paper-delivered Test)
||Reading 22, Listening 22||24|
|C1 Advanced (former Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CAE)
||A, B, or C||–|
|C2 Proficiency (former Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, CPE)
||A, B, C or C1||–|
|Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)
The minimum requirements are very strict. If your scores do not fulfil the minimum score requirements, your application will not be processed further. Only the above-mentioned language tests are accepted.
IELTS, TOEFL and PTE results are valid for two years starting from the test date. Thus, the oldest acceptable test during the 2020 2nd application period is taken on 5 March 2018. C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency results do not have an expiration date, however, only tests that can be verified online, i.e. tests taken after 2005, are accepted.
For further information on language test result deadlines and submitting the test scores, see How to apply -> Step 5.
The language test requirement is waived for the following groups:
All other applicants are expected to present a valid English language test result, without exceptions.
Selection criteria to the SECCLO programme is a high quality Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent studies encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits in Engineering (Computer Science or Information Technology) i.e. a degree consisting of at least three years of full-time studies.
Required background consists of sufficient studies in:
Knowledge of the following areas is considered an advantage:
The student selection decisions are made based on the following evaluation criteria:
During the evaluation of applications, contents of the previous degree(s) and study success are evaluated first. Only applicants, who pass this preliminary evaluation will be evaluated against the full set of criteria.
Admission to the programme is granted on a competitive basis. Applicants are assessed based on their previous academic record and application documents submitted during the application period.
All six consortium universities participate in the evaluation of applications and in the joint selection meeting. The allocation of scholarships is determined on a competitive basis and is based on academic merit. The scholarship decisions are given together with the selection decisions.
The right of appeal means that the applicant has the possibility to request for rectification if they believe that there has been an error in the decision-making process. The appeal should be submitted to the SECCLO Consortium within 14 days after the publication of the selection results. All appeals against the selection decisions are processed by Aalto University. Applicants cannot appeal on the scholarship decision.