List of associations

International associations

Whether you are an exchange student, international degree student, or Finnish all the way, you can meet people from all over the world in the international associations. Many subject associations also offer things to do for international students if they have plenty of international students among their members.
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Aalto Community of African Students

Aalto Community of African Students is an AYY registered association that brings together students from Africa and other international students to collaborate and share ideas on business, technology and volunteering.


Aalto Russian-speaking Association ry (ARA)

Aalto Russian-speaking Association ry or "ARA" is a international community of Aalto students. Our mission is to unite and organise events in Aalto for all interested in slavic language and culture. Our events are public for all students of Aalto who are interested in Russian language and culture.

ARA started in late fall of 2020 with a telegram chat at Chat is public and we encourage all interested to join! 


Aalto Turkish-speaking Association ry (ATA)

Aalto Turkish-speaking Association ry is an association that aims to contribute to the solidarity within the Aalto community by bringing together Turkish language and culture enthusiasts. We exist so that every Turkish-speaking member of this loving community can go “As bayrakları!” when they see something Turkish on our beautiful campus. 

Our association is new. To achieve our mission we plan to organise miscellaneous events that embody a glimpse of Turkish culture. Of course, it goes without saying that everyone who is interested in the Turkish language and culture is welcome to participate in our events. 

We will be posting our event infos from 2023 January onwards on the channels below. 

You can reach us via for collaboration opportunities or any inquiries, comments, greetings etc. 

We will be looking forward to hearing from you! 

Aegee Helsinki


AEGEE is the biggest interdisciplinary student association of Europe with over 12000 members in over 200 different university cities of Europe. In Finland the active antennas are AEGEE-Helsinki and AEGEE-Turku. The main goal of the association is to improve the
co-operation and mobility among students in Europe through local activities and cultural exchanges. AEGEE is a politically independent, nonprofit and voluntary association.

Our antenna has members from both the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. Our events are coordination by a board of 8 members. We organize local activities every month and have about three European level activities per year. Our members also have the possibility to take part in the numerous amount of European level events organized by other AEGEE antennas around Euope.

If you consider yourself as an outgoing person, who is excited about the possibilities in Europe and interested in improving his/her language skills in an international atmosphere, we are the association for you! You’re welcomed to join our activities at any time of the year!

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AIESEC Aalto is part of the world’s largest student association network. The goal of our association is to increase culture awareness and develope students’ leadership skills. We arrange opportunities for Aalto university students to volunteer abroad. for our members, we have national seminars around Finland.

As our member you would help with organizing promotion events about our Global Zitizen-project destinations, help the volunteers in preparin for the event, and connect Finnish companies with trainees coming from other international trainees.

Most of our members are with international background, and our communications is in english. You are welcome to join us!


BEST Helsinki

Board of European Students of Technology, also known as BEST, is a non-profit student organisation, which strives to develop and help students to network by organising academic and leisure events across the Europe. BEST is a great opportunity for internationally minded people to build up their career skills and to make life-long friends. More about our events and values can be found from our general website

BEST Helsinki is one of the 96 local groups within Europe and works side by side with other students at Aalto University. We warmly welcome everyone who is open-minded to our activities. By joining to our Observer chat in Telegram (link below), you will get informed about our coming activities locally and internationally.
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CEMS Club Helsinki

Subject club for CEMS and global management students.  


Chinese Students & Scholars Association at Aalto University

Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Aalto University (CSSA-Aalto) is a non-profit, non-religious, non-political public welfare organization serving Chinese students studying and working at Aalto University. The goal is to help Chinese students and scholars to adapt and integrate into the Finnish studying and working environment as soon as possible.

The association is responsible for:

1. Regularly organizing cultural and sports activities to enhance understanding and friendship among students and scholars in Aalto University.
2. Cooperate with the consulate of China to solve dilemmas and problems that Chinese students and scholars have in their life and work.
3. Spread knowledge about Chinese culture and promote academic and cultural exchanges between China and Finland.

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Erasmus Student Network Aalto University (ESN Aalto)

ESN Aalto is the local section of the Erasmus Student Network. ESN Aalto aim at improving the integration of international students into Finnish culture as well as into the Aalto University community, and promote international exchange opportunities for local Finnish students and offer them new possibilities to meet people from different cultures and nationalities. ESN Aalto organizes meetings, social events, recreational activities, excursions and trips for its members and any students from Aalto University. ESN Aalto also organizes information activities to improve the information flow between Finnish students who are interested in exchange studies and exchange students coming from the target countries.


Kaledonistit – Hart House Finnish Exchange

Kaledonistit is an exchange program that has been operating between the universities of Helsinki metropolitan area and University of Toronto since 1951. In Canada the program is called Hart House Finnish Exchange.

The exchange operates in four-year cycles. In the autumn 2022 six Finnish students were chosen to spend the summer 2023 in Toronto. In 2025 the current Finnish group will host a group of Canadians in Helsinki. The next Finnish group will be chosen in 2026.

Traditionally, the exchange starts with a two-week roadtrip. After that begins an approximately two-month long internship with a Canadian employer. The exchange offers students a unique chance to experience life, culture, and business in Canada. 

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KY International Subcommittee (KY-SUB) is a student-driven organization for international business students, mainly focused on exchange students. The subcommittee was founded in 2006 to enhance the communication between local and international students by organizing trips, events and parties. We create unforgettable memories and friendships with our trips to Lapland, St. Petersburg and Stockholm every semester. In short, KY-SUB is the perfect association where international students can meet both local and other international students while having fun!

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NESU-Probba is the NESU-organization of Aalto University School of Business, Mikkeli Campus. The organization was founded in 2007 and at the time it was part of the student organization Probba. Since 2011 NESU-Probba has been an independent organization arranging annually at least six academic dinner parties called “sits”. The organization works in cooperation with 12 other NESU-cities and at the national level, NESU-Finland. The organization aims to promote the Nordic university student culture and in particular, the sits culture. At the events organized by NESU-Probba, students get excellent opportunities to network and have fun.

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Nippoli ry

The objective of Nippoli ry is to promote Japanese culture and language, but also help Japanese exchange students at Aalto University. We organize various events with exchange students studying in the metropolitan area and Finns interested in Japan.

Our largest events are sauna parties held around four times per year. In the sauna parties one can get real Finnish sauna experience with others, but also participate in making and eating Finnish and Japanese dishes. In our events you can easily get to know exchange students and other students who are interested in the Japanese culture.

We welcome you to have fun in good company and find new friendships that might even last for a lifetime! During our long history, many of our former active member have end up living and working in Japan. Most of our current members also have already had an exchange, or is planning to have one in the near future.

You can find information about upcoming events on our homepage, e-mail list, Telegram-group (in Finnish) and Facebook. Come and join our interesting conversations regarding Japan!



The purpose of S.U.R. is to foster a community of comfort, support and expression for Latin American university students.

S.U.R. also seeks to make visible voices from Latin America and other regions of the world.  It is a space of dialogue, where uncomfortable conversations emerge, an artefact to engage with socio-ecological issues from a global south perspective.

S.U.R. is all of the shapes that these processes take.

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