Top 3 reasons to study here

  • Special expertise in Arctic and Northern issues, tourism research, service design, northern wellbeing, and juridical standpoints of sustainable development.
  • A wide selection of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies, as well as multidisciplinary minors.
  • Truly international learning environment.



Originally established in 1979 to provide higher education opportunities for those living in the far reaches of northern Finland, the university has now become an important educational institution for the entire country.


  • International degree studies based on the latest cross-disciplinary research
  • True Northern curricula and expertise available at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral study levels
  • A wide selection of multidisciplinary minors with special focus on giving unique professional qualifications
  • "Tailor-made" methodological and language studies programmes
  • Modern library with electronic library services
  • Cutting-edge research facilities of the Arctic Centre and the Lapland Institute for Tourism Research and Education
  • Finnish universities have recently introduced tuition fees. The fees are only applicable to new master’s degree students from outside the EU countries who start their studies in autumn 2017


As a research-based higher education institution, our teaching and research facilities offer students and scholars the opportunity to pursue academic excellence, at all levels – all the way up to PhD studies – in the fields of arctic issues, tourism, art and design, law, education, and the social sciences. Our state of the art research facility, the Arctic Centre, conducts internationally recognized, cutting-edge research on the interactions between people and the environment in the Arctic.

Short Courses

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)


Student services

  • Each international student is assigned a fellow student tutor who will meet them upon arrival in Rovaniemi and help him/her with the first steps of living/studying in Lapland
  • Clean, warm, and safe student housing at the flats of the Domus Arctica Foundation (DAS)
  • The experienced staff of the International Relations, the Language Centre, the ICT Services, the Library, and all four faculties are all ready to help the students – and are fluent in English
  • 5-day orientation programme for international students at the beginning of the autumn and spring semester
  • Personal e-mail address, internet access in student computer labs, and library services
  • Wireless internet access throughout the entire campus

Housing services

The local student housing foundation Domus Arctica (DAS) arranges accommodation for international students.

For exchange students accommodation is guaranteed if they apply on time (by end of June for the autumn semester and full year admission / mid-November for the spring semester).

International degree students are able to apply for accommodation continuously. Please note that for international degree students there are no guaranteed accommodation. It is very important to apply housing as soon as possible, since the applicants are placed in order of arrival of the applications.

Student apartments are located in four different locations in Rovaniemi.

ICT services

You can find several computers in the corridors of the university that are meant for e-mailing etc. We also have several computer rooms for study related purposes all with internet connection.

For students with a laptop, there is also a free wireless internet connection available on university premises.

Medical services

In cases of emergency or acute illnesses, you can use public health care services when the YTHS is closed. Public primary health care is the responsibility of the municipal health centres. Please note that Student Union membership does not cover public health care or hospital expenses.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Location in the true North on the Arctic Circle, in a modern city of Rovaniemi
  • Forests glow with autumn colours after the first frostbite in September
  • Aurora Borealis – the Arctic Lights
  • The perfect skiing weather on crystal white snow in sunny March
  • The endless days of summer – Summer’s White Nights
  • Excellent winter and summer sport and recreational facilities in Rovaniemi, as well as vibrant cultural and social activities

Sports facilities

Rovaniemi is known as an active sports town - you can do any sport from golf to gymnastics. Winter sports, e.g. cross-country skiing and alpine skiing, are especially popular hobbies among the locals.

Student clubs

The University of Lapland also has an active student union (LYY) who is responsible for organizing a variety of student activities and services associated with student life. International students are enocuraged to join LYY once they arrive. Please have a look at the Student Union (LYY) section for updates on services and activities. International students are also welcome to join the Erasmus Student Network!

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

Other Degrees

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