Common information of studies in Aalto University School of Science

Aalto University

The academic year in Aalto University consists of two terms. The autumn term starts at the beginning of September and it ends in December. The spring term starts in the middle of January. Between these two terms we have Christmas holiday that lasts a couple of weeks. There is also about one week long Easter holiday in March or April.

Academically, the year is also divided in five study periods. At the end of each period there is exam week. The courses you take last from one period to whole semester but exceptions may turn out as well. Typically, there are weekly assignments and an exam at the end of the course to assess your performance. Don’t stress too much of the exams. If you aren’t satisfied with your grade there is often chance to retake the exam in the next exam week.

There are two websites that you need to use to be able to attend courses and exams – Oodi and Noppa. You can enter both with your AaltoID and password. In Oodi ( you can register for courses and exams. Always remember to register for an exam; otherwise the course staff won’t mark your paper! You’ll also find the credits of the completed studies in Oodi. Remember to give feedback of the course you attend. It’s a win-win situation – you usually get one or two extra points for the exam and the course teacher and assistants know how to improve the course.

Noppa ( has all the practical information of the courses you are taking. You’ll find there the schedule, assignments, deadlines and dates of the upcoming exams. The contact information of the professors and course assistants is also available in Noppa. In case you need any assistance or have questions related to the course, we suggest that you email the main assistant to get a quick reply. The results of each course are published in Noppa within four weeks of the exam.

Exam archive ( is a good place to check what is waiting for you in the exam. There you’ll find the previous exams of your course and very often exactly the same assignments are repeated in the forthcoming exams. So, don’t spend all your free time reading the book that obviously has at least 500 pages!

Good luck with your studies and remember to ask if any questions occur!