Short Course On Campus

Arctic Studies Program

University of Lapland

3 months
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The Arctic Studies Program at the University of Lapland offers a unique opportunity to specialize in Arctic issues while studying at the university located at the Arctic Circle. The approach of the ASP is truly multidisciplinary and provides comprehensive inside knowledge of the physical, environmental, social and cultural aspects of the Arctic.


The Arctic Studies Program at the University of Lapland is organized and coordinated by the Arctic Centre and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland. The courses are taught by senior scientists and other researchers of the Arctic Centre. 

The Arctic scholars provide an advanced understanding of the Arctic region as ‘lived-in space’ sharing the knowledge from their relevant professional research fields. While focusing on the specific regional characteristics, the course gives also an opportunity to view the Arctic in the con-text of local processes, national perspectives and global values.

After completion of the programme the student is able to:

  • describe the environmental, political, cultural, social, juridical and economic features of the Arctic
  • apply and use the knowledge of the Arctic provided by natural, social and political sciences, economics and law
  • locate the Arctic and Arctic issues in the context of broader discussions on environmental, socio-economic, political, cultural and legal questions
  • demonstrate improved knowledge in different approaches and multidisciplinary character in Arctic research
  • judge the viability of information given, e.g. in media, and write an academic paper.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Arctic Ecosystems and Adaptation of Species to Arctic Environment
  • Arctic Politics and Law
  • Peoples, Culture and Identities of the Arctic
  • Sustainable Development, Natural Resources and Economy in the North
  • Arctic Studies Programme, Alternative Courses

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 3 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Who can apply?

Arctic Studies programme can be completed as exchange studies or via ULapland Open University.

Exchange studies: This option is possible for University students’ all around the world. Exchange students from partner universities can apply to the University of Lapland through the Erasmus, Nordplus/Nordlys, First, or North2north networks, or through bilateral mobility agreements for one or two semesters. If no formal agreement exist with the applicant’s home university, then a student can apply as a so-called "Free mover" student. Sufficient knowledge of English, both oral and written, is required. Your home university's coordinator must nominate you for one or two semester exchange studies. 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Rovaniemi

700 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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