How to apply

This page will be updated for our next application round in September 2021. The application round for the September 2022 student intake begins on 24 November 2021.

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 below once our application period begins.

Late applications will not be accepted, so submit your online application before the application deadline. Before submitting it, check the application and its attachments carefully as it is not possible to return to edit it afterwards. 

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

  • personal and contact information
  • previous education
  • motivation for the SECCLO studies
  • course descriptions of relevant courses taken
  • the scholarships you want to apply (incl. Erasmus Mundus scholarships). Please note that Erasmus Mundus scholarships are not available during the second application round.

In addition, you will be asked to upload all of your application documents to the application portal.

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 the colour copies of the original documents.

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’s application platform requires a modern browser. We recommend the latest version of Google Chrome as it ensures the best performance and security. The application platform also supports Firefox, Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge. While these browsers will allow you to run the application platform without problems, you may encounter performance issues or occasional glitches.

Supported browsers are: Google Chrome 84+, Mozilla Firefox 78+, Apple Safari 12+, Microsoft Edge 44+.


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

If an official English language test result is required from you (see Admission requirements -> Requirements for English language proficiency), how you should submit the test result for verification depends on the test taken. The deadline for the English language test result to be received by the SECCLO Admissions Office is 30 April 2021.


Upload a copy of the test report form to the application portal system. In addition, you can choose Aalto University as the Recognising Organisation in the test administrator’s service to make your score available to Aalto University. The results are verified 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 (


TOEFL test results must be sent to SECCLO Admissions Office by the test administrator directly. Request your official score report to be sent from the test administrator to Aalto University reporting code 7364. (No department code is needed, so if this information is compulsory, you can choose any of the departments available). Unofficial score reports sent by applicants will not be accepted. Test scores submitted with the Aalto University reporting code are checked for authenticity in the test administrator’s verification database. The scores are available within 1 to 2 weeks of sending the score report request.

For more information on the TOEFL tests, please see the ETS website (

C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency

For the C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency language test, upload a copy of the results report to your application form. If you receive your C1/C2 test score after you have submitted your online application, please send a scanned copy of your test result by email to

To verify your test result, we will need the test-taker’s ID number (e.g. ABC1234567), Reference number (e.g. 173YU0034522) and Statement of results number. Test takers must log in to the language test system to submit their results to Aalto University. The results are verified electronically.

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

Pearson Test of English

PTE test scores are sent via the test administrator’s electronic service. Applicants who took the PTE test must log in to their PTE account and send their results in the system to Aalto University. The test administrator notifies by email when the results have been sent to the university.

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


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

Step 5 – 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.
  2. Your application is incomplete and does not currently fulfil our general eligibility requirements. It will not be processed further unless you complement it.
    • Missing documents: The deadline for complementing the application will be either the SECCLO application deadline or – if it is less than one week away – an individual deadline given to you. The individual deadline given will always be one week from the date your online application was checked.
    • Missing English language test result: The deadline for the English language test result to be received by the SECCLO Admissions Office is 30 April 2021. There are no exceptions to this deadline.
  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 6 – If your application was eligible, wait for the 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. This will take place in the beginning of May 2021 and we hope to publish the selection results of the second application round by 24 May 2021 at the latest.

We will inform all eligible applicants about the selection results by e-mail. The admission letters and all practical instructions will be sent to the selected students soon after.

Good luck during the admission process!