FAQ

From this page you can find replies to the following frequently asked questions

Eligibility and admission requirements

Does my current qualification / degree meet the requirements for admission? I am missing some subject areas in the required prerequisite knowledge. Can I still apply to the programme?

During our admission process, all applicants will need to fulfil the general eligibility requirements first. Eligible applications then proceed to the academic evaluation, where we evaluate your suitability for SECCLO in more detail.

If you fulfil our general eligibility requirements, study our student selection criteria carefully, and compare your previous studies to the key subject areas listed under required background and additional knowledge. If your previous studies meet our requirements and you have good grades, you should definitely apply. If you do not have all of the required subjects or your grades are not that good, you can still apply, but your chances of being selected are not as good.

  • For the background check-up, you can also use the course description template (part of the online application form available during the application period). Many blank fields on the course descriptions form may indicate insufficient background knowledge.
  • Concerning the grades achieved, SECCLO expects very good previous study success (grades and GPA, if used) from the selected students. What this means depends on the country, grading system in use, and also the university the degree was completed in.

The academic staff (professors and senior academic staff) of all six consortium universities evaluate the eligible SECCLO applications and make the final selection decisions. They will evaluate the contents of your previous degree and its grades, and determine whether they are sufficient for selection. Because of this joint evaluation process, we cannot comment on individual applicants or their chances of being selected before or during the selection process.

Please note also that our selection process is competitive. In other words, your chances of being selected will also somewhat depend on the number and quality of other applicants. This is another reason why individual applicant’s chances of being selected cannot be estimated before the complete and comprehensive evaluation of all applications.

I have a degree in mechanical engineering/economics/X, but I want to complete my Master’s degree in computer science and I have some relevant work experience / I have taken MOOCs. Am I eligible to apply?

In SECCLO, applicants are eligible to apply if they fulfil our general eligibility requirements. Eligible applications then proceed to the academic evaluation, where the applicant’s suitability for SECCLO is evaluated in more detail.

According to our student selection criteria, during the academic evaluation of applications the applicant’s previous study success and contents of the previous degree(s) are checked first. Contents of the previous degree will be evaluated on the basis of the official transcript of records and the course descriptions submitted. Relevant work experience, professional certificates and/or online courses are judged case-by-case, but they do not, in general, compensate for the university level studies that include also the theoretical foundations of the required subjects.

I am in my final year of study. Can I apply to SECCLO if I will obtain my Bachelor’s degree in the spring/summer after the application deadline?

You can apply to SECCLO if you are expected to graduate by 31 July. In this case, if selected, your selection will be conditional, and you are expected to submit your degree certificate to SECCLO Admissions Office at Aalto University by the given deadline (early August date given in the letter of admission).

In your application documents, instead of the Bachelor’s degree certificate, you can include an optional statement by your home university confirming your graduation date and that you are a final year student. You can also include a list of courses to be completed during the final semester and/or a short description of your thesis/final project work, if they are missing from your transcript of records at the time of applying.

The language of instruction during my education has been English. Do I need to provide TOEFL or IELTS? What if my mother tongue is English?

The language test requirement is waived only for those applicants whose higher education degree has been taken at an English-medium programme requiring physical on-site presence at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, an EU/EEA country or Switzerland. A minimum of one half of the degree must be completed in a country and higher education institution that meets the requirements for exempting the applicant from taking an English test.

The language test requirement is also waived for the degree and exchange students of SECCLO consortium universities (Aalto University, KTH, NTNU, DTU, University of Tartu, and EURECOM).

All other SECCLO applicants must submit a valid English language test result as instructed without exceptions. Applicants without a valid test result by our language test deadline will not be eligible and will not be processed further. See further information on the accepted language tests and our minimum score requirements.

 

Application documents and deadlines

What is the deadline for my language test result?

The language test result must be verifiable by the SECCLO Admissions Office at Aalto University by the new, extended deadline of 29 May 2020 at 3 pm (GMT +3) at the latest.

When you submit your SECCLO application online, we will check it, and if your language test result is missing, you will be given until our language test deadline to complement it.

I cannot get my language test result before the deadline. Can you make an exception?

Unfortunately, no. Our admission and document requirements have been available on our website several months before the application deadline. To ensure a fair and equal treatment of all applicants, we cannot make exceptions to our eligibility requirements (incl. English language proficiency) and cannot further extend the language test deadline, despite the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus.

All applicants are strongly advised to check all possible language test options to make sure no other test provider could deliver your language test result sooner. For accepted tests and their minimum scores, please see our Admission requirements. It falls under the responsibility of the applicant to start preparing for the admission period early enough to reserve time for national holidays, mail delivery problems, strikes or other exceptional circumstances. In case no language test result can be obtained before the given deadline, we recommend applying in our next application round.

My university does not have a website available in English where the course descriptions can be verified. Can I leave it empty? Does my university need to verify the course descriptions?

Yes, you can leave the field empty if there is no valid website available in English where the information could be verified. And no, as course descriptions are not obligatory and will not influence your eligibility, your university does not need to verify them.

I graduated some time ago and may not get an academic recommendation letter. Can I ask for a recommendation from my supervisor at work?

Yes. While we prefer academic recommendation letters, recommendation letters written by work supervisors are accepted as well.

 

Admission process and Erasmus Mundus scholarships

Does SECCLO have an application fee?

No, SECCLO does not currently have an application fee. Please note, however, that there is likely to be some expenses related to fulfilling our English language proficiency requirements.

SECCLO is a double degree programme. Do I need to apply to two universities?

No. SECCLO has a joint admission process, which is organized by the coordinating university, Aalto University. You will apply to SECCLO programme following the instructions available at How to apply page. You will be asked about your second-year specialization preferences in the online application form, but if selected to SECCLO, you will be first admitted only to the first-year university, Aalto University.

The final selection of the second-year specialization (either at KTH, NTNU, DTU, UT or EURECOM) will take place during the first-year spring semester. The selection will be based on the study success during the first semester studies at Aalto and on the student’s motivation and suitability for studies in the specialization area. For some further information on the selection process, please see Selection of second-year specialization.

How do I apply for the Erasmus Mundus scholarships?

NB! Erasmus Mundus scholarships are not granted in the 2nd application round for the 2020 student intake. You apply for the Erasmus Mundus scholarships when you apply to the SECCLO programme. Our online application form has a separate tab titled “Scholarships” where you choose the scholarships you apply for or whether you want to apply to SECCLO as a self-funded student.

In order to maximize your chances of getting a scholarship, pay attention to preparing the best possible application and justify why you would be a good candidate to the programme, not only for the scholarship.

Am I eligible for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship? On what grounds are they granted?

NB! Erasmus Mundus scholarships are not granted in the 2nd application round for the 2020 student intake. For the eligibility criteria of the Erasmus Mundus scholarships, please see Scholarships and fees.

There is a limited number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships available for each SECCLO student intake. The scholarships are awarded to the academically best applicants in each intake irrespective of their socio-economic circumstances. The applicant is informed about the scholarship decision when the selection results are published. There will be a reserve list for the Erasmus Mundus scholarships.

Because of the limited number of scholarships, you should always also investigate any scholarship or loan opportunities available in your home country for participating in an international Master’s programme offered abroad. See further information on the Other funding possibilities page.

 

After the selection results are published

When do I get the letter of admission and when do I need to apply for the residence permit?

The letters of admission will be sent by the coordinating university, Aalto University, in March. As soon as you get the letter of admission, you can start applying for the residence permit.

Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders will receive a confirmation of the scholarship at the same time/soon after. Self-funded students can apply for the residence permit as soon as they have received the letter of admission.

I have been selected to the SECCLO programme, but I am on the reserve list for the Eramus Mundus scholarship. What is my position on the reserve list and do I have any chance to get a scholarship?

The SECCLO coordinator will contact all selected students during March and inform them about their position on the reserve list. All selected students can join the programme and the students in the reserve list should obtain their own funding for the SECCLO studies.

If cancellations appear (if a student in the main list cancels his/her participation in the programme), the next student proposed for the scholarship will be contacted by the coordinator by phone or e-mail. It is difficult to foresee how many cancellations there will be, so it is not possible to predict whether you are able to secure a scholarship.

I have been selected to the SECCLO programme, but I was not granted a scholarship. I am not in a position to fund my studies with my personal funds. Is it possible to work as a teaching assistant or research assistant at the university?

SECCLO programme is a two-year full-time demanding study programme with integrated mobility. The student is expected to complete the programme requirements in the first-year university in the given time before transferring to the second-year university. Therefore, it is not recommended for students to work during the semesters.

In order to join the programme, the student is expected to have sufficient funds for living and studying. Sufficient funds are required also for the student residence permit. For further information on participation costs and living costs, see Scholarships and fees and Other funding possibilities. You should always also seek for scholarships or loans from your home country.