How to apply

The below information concerns 2020 student admissions. Information on the 2021 admission round will be updated here by the end of September 2020 at the latest. The application period for the September 2021 student intake begins on 23 November 2020.

The content of this page has been updated on 18 March 2020 as SECCLO’s 2nd application round is now organized fully online due to exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus. Please note also the extension to the English language test deadline.

Follow these six steps during the SECCLO admission process. Note that you can complete the first two steps before our application period begins.

  1. Study our admission requirements
  2. Prepare for the admission
    1. Take a language test (if required)
    2. Start collecting your application documents
  3. Fill in and submit the online application
  4. Submit your language test scores (if required)
  5. Monitor your e-mail for our message and complement your application (if required)
  6. If your application was eligible and proceeded to the academic evaluation, wait for the selection results to be published

See below for further information on each step.


Step 1 – Study our admission requirements

Before you begin the application process, check your compliance with our admission requirements.

Step 2 – Prepare for the admission

If an English language test is required from you and you have not taken the test yet, book a seat for it immediately. Applications without a valid English test result are not eligible and will not be processed further.

Start collecting your application documents.

Step 3 – Fill in and submit the online application

A link to our application portal will be added here when our next application period begins (23 November 2020).

In the online application form, you will be asked about:

  • personal and contact information,
  • previous education and course descriptions of relevant courses taken,
  • motivation for the SECCLO studies.

In addition, you will be asked to upload the following application documents to the application portal:

  • officially attested Bachelor’s degree certificate (and its translation, if applicable)
  • officially attested transcript of records (and its translation, if applicable)
  • curriculum vitae (CV); preferably using Europass CV format
  • copies of other relevant documents you want us to consider (e.g. relevant work certificates, scientific publications or other relevant activities, GRE/GMAT results if taken, etc.)
  • recommendation letters
  • copy of passport or an official identification document indicating your citizenship
  • English language test scores, if required (see Step 5 below)

The online application form will close on our 2nd round application deadline, 30 April 2020 at 3 pm (GMT +3). Be sure to submit your online application before that. Check the application carefully before submitting it as it is not possible to return to edit it afterwards.

Uploading instructions

The application portal supports the following file formats: .pdf, .png, .jpg and .jpeg, out of which .pdf is preferred especially for educational documents (degree certificates and transcript of records). For the educational documents, we ask you to scan either the original documents or their officially attested copies.

Be sure to include all pages of documents that contain any type of text/writing, even if it is on a back page. This is especially important for educational documents. For passports, the page with your personal data (name, date of birth, citizenship) is sufficient. Make sure that everything in the document is visible and readable on the scan.

All documents that are in the same category (for example, a transcripts of records that has four pages) should be scanned into ONE file. Please do not make a separate file for each page.

Application portal browser support

SECCLO application platform requires a modern browser. We recommend the latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as these browsers ensure the best performance and security. The application platform also supports Apple Safari 10+ and the latest version of Microsoft Edge 40+. With these browsers, however, you may encounter performance issues and occasional glitches.

Supported browsers are: Google Chrome 56+, Mozilla Firefox 52+, Apple Safari 10+, Microsoft Edge 40+.


Step 4 – Submit your language test scores (if required)

If an official English language test result is required from you (see Admission requirements -> Requirements concerning English language skills), how you should submit the test result for verification depends on the test taken.


Applicants who have taken the IELTS test should upload a copy of the score report to the application portal so that we can verify the result electronically. If you receive your IELTS score after you have submitted your online application, please send a scanned copy of your test result by email to

For more information on the IELTS tests, please see the IELTS website (


Applicants who have taken the TOEFL test need to ask for the official score report to be sent directly to Aalto University as soon as the score is available. Please make sure to use Aalto University’s institutional reporting code 7364. No department code is needed i.e. you can choose any of the department codes. Only the official score report submitted by ETS is accepted.

If the TOEFL IBT score delivery request has been made before the application has been submitted, the applicants are asked to give their TOEFL Registration ID number (16 digits, e.g. 00000000xxxxxxxx). The SECCLO Admissions Office have the possibility to verify scores which have been reported with Aalto University’s institutional code 7364 in an online verification system provided by the testing authorities. The scores can be accessed in approximately 1-2 weeks after the delivery order has been made.

For more information on how to deliver TOEFL results, please see the ETS website (

C1 Advanced/CAE or C2 Proficiency/CPE

If you have taken the C1 Advanced (former Certificate of Advanced English, CAE) or C2 Proficiency (former Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, CPE) exam, upload a copy of your language certificate to our application portal and mark your exam ID number (e.g. ABC123456) and secret number (e.g. 1234) on the certificate. The exam results after 2005 can be verified electronically, but the exam ID number and secret number are required for verification.

For more information on the C1/C2 tests, please see their websites at (C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency).

Pearson Test of English

Applicants who take the PTE A test can deliver their score to Aalto University once they have signed in to the PTE account on the test organiser’s website. The scores can be sent to an unlimited number of institutions free of charge. The test organiser will send an email to confirm that the scores have been sent. Note that according to PTE, it takes up to 48 hours for scores to be sent to institutions.

For more information on how to deliver your PTE results, please see the PTE Academic website (



The deadline for the English language test result has been extended to 29 May 2020 at 3 pm (GMT +3). No further extensions will be given.

Please note that in the 2nd application round for the 2020 student intake, we will evaluate applications as soon as they become eligible. You should therefore submit your language test result for verification as soon as possible to get the selection result sooner.

If you have followed these instructions, you have now applied to SECCLO and we will process your application. What happens next?

Step 6 – Monitor your e-mail for our message and complement your application (if required)

The SECCLO Admissions Office at Aalto University will check your online application and its attachments when you submit it. Submitted online applications are checked in order of arrival.

After this eligibility check, SECCLO Admission Office will send you an e-mail with one of the following messages:

  1. Your application fulfils our general eligibility requirements and proceeds to the academic evaluation. In the 2nd application round for the 2020 student intake, you will receive the selection result soon after.
  2. Your application is incomplete and does not currently fulfil our general eligibility requirements. It will not be processed further unless you complement it.
    • The deadline for complementing the application will be either the SECCLO application deadline or – if it is less than two weeks away – an individual deadline given to you. The individual deadline given will always be two weeks from the date your online application was checked.
  3. Your application is not eligible and it will not be processed further. For SECCLO’s general eligibility requirements, please see here.

Be sure to follow your e-mail during this time! You should, however, also make sure that you have followed all of our instructions before you submit the application.

Step 7 – If your application was eligible, wait for your selection result to be published

The academic evaluation means that the academic staff of all six consortium universities will evaluate the eligible SECCLO applications, and make the final selection and scholarship decisions. In the 2nd application round for the 2020 student intake, we will evaluate applications as soon as they become eligible. The last selection results will be published approximately 2-3 weeks after our application deadline, but some applicants will receive their selection results already earlier.

We will inform you about the selection result first by e-mail. The admission letters and all other practical instructions will be sent to the selected students soon after.

Good luck during the admission process!