How to apply

Follow these six steps during the SECCLO’s 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

Our online application form is available during the application period, 24 November 2021 at 9 am – 5 January 2022 at 3 am (GMT +2). A link to it will be added below once the application period begins.

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

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

  • personal and contact information,
  • previous higher education,
  • motivation for the SECCLO studies,
  • course descriptions of relevant courses taken, and
  • the scholarships you want to apply for (incl. Erasmus Mundus scholarships).

In addition, you are asked to upload your application documents to the application portal. The application phase is conducted fully online.

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. Make sure that everything in the document is visible and readable on the scan.

Documents that are in the same category (for example, a transcript 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, how you submit the test result depends on the test taken. All language test results are verified. Only the language tests listed at Admission requirements -> Requirements for English language proficiency are accepted.

The deadline for the English language test result to be received by the SECCLO Admissions Office is 20 January 2022. There are no exceptions to this deadline.

IELTS

Upload a scanned copy of the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) to the application portal. If you have taken the IELTS Indicator test, upload a document indicating your IELTS Indicator Score ID.

In addition, the electronic test report needs to be nominated to Aalto University in the test administrator’s service. When booking the test, you can choose Aalto University as the Recognising Organisation to make your score available to Aalto University. The department is “Admission Services”. If you have already taken the test, you need to contact your test centre and request the test administrator to send your electronic test report to Aalto University. See the instructions for sending IELTS results to nominated organisations (electronically) on the test administrator website.

If you receive your IELTS score after you have submitted your online application, please send your Test Report Form by email to secclo@aalto.fi.

For more information on the IELTS tests, please see the IELTS website (ielts.org).

TOEFL

TOEFL test results must arrive to SECCLO Admissions Office directly from the test administrator (ETS). Only official test scores sent by the test administrator are accepted.

Request your official score report to be sent from the test administrator to Aalto University reporting code 7364 (Score Report Recipient). If a department code is compulsory, you can choose any of the departments available.

The scores are usually available within 1 to 2 weeks from sending the score report request. For your TOEFL test result to be accepted, the result must reach Aalto University via ETS on 20 January 2022 at the latest.

For more information on the TOEFL tests, please see the ETS website (ets.org).

C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency

Log into the language test administrator’s service and share your test results to Aalto University. In addition, upload a copy of your C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency results report to your application form and inform us of your test taker’s ID number (e.g. ABC1234567), Reference number (e.g. 173YU0034522) and Statement of results number. The results are verified electronically.

If you receive your C1/C2 test score after you have submitted your online application, please send a scanned copy of your results report and test taker numbers by email to secclo@aalto.fi.

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

Pearson Test of English

PTE test scores are sent via the test administrator’s electronic service. Log in to your PTE account and send your results to Aalto University in the test administrator’s service.

In addition, inform us of your Score Report Code. The Score Report Code contains 10 characters that are letters and numbers. The code can be found at the top of the report under the name of the test taker.

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

 

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

Your application fulfils our general eligibility requirements and proceeds to the academic evaluation

If you have received this email, please note our policy on complementing your SECCLO application with additional documents:

  • Until application deadline: it is possible to add documents to your application. Please send them to us by email.
  • After application deadline, 5 January 2022 at 3pm (GMT +2): Complementing your SECCLO application is no longer possible. The only exceptions to this are proof of place of residence document and recommendation letters (separate deadline on 12 January).
Your application is incomplete and does not currently fulfil our general eligibility requirements. It will not be processed further unless you complement it
  • Missing compulsory documents: The deadline for complementing your application with missing compulsory documents will be either the SECCLO application deadline (5 January 2022) 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. Please note that the same deadline applies to additional application documents with the exception of proof of place of residence document and recommendation letters (separate deadline on 12 January).
  • Missing English language test result: The deadline for the English language test result to be received by the SECCLO Admissions Office is 20 January 2022 (see Step 4 above). The same deadline applies to all applicants.
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 and add “Secclo Erasmus Mundus” to your approved senders*! You should, however, also make sure that you have followed all of our instructions before you submit the application.

*) Monitoring your email (incl. spam/junk mail folder) remains on the applicant’s discretion and SECCLO accepts no responsibility for admission emails not received due to applicant’s email settings.

Step 6 – If your application was eligible, wait for the selection result to be published

The academic evaluation of the SECCLO applications means that the academic staff of all six consortium universities evaluates the eligible applications and makes the final selection and scholarship decisions. This will take place in January-February 2022 and we hope to publish the selection results by Mid-March 2022.

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!