The Arctic Studies Program at the University of Lapland offers a unique opportunity to specialize in Arctic issues. Multidisciplinary approach provides comprehensive knowledge of the physical, environmental, political, social, cultural and economic aspects of the Arctic. The ASP is designed for Finnish and foreign degree students and the courses are taught in English.
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The Arctic Centre’s researchers, who represent various nationalities and disciplines, use an interdisciplinary approach to study northern questions. The research sheds light in many ways on opportunities in and threats to Arctic areas. In the beginning of the programme there is also the possibility to attend a field trip.

After completion of Arctic Studies Program at the University of Lapland  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 environ-mental, socio-economical, political, cultural and legal questions
  • demonstrate improved knowledge in different approaches and multidisciplinary character in Arctic research

The program (Autumn semester 2018: 30 ECTS cr.) is administrated by the Faculty of Social Sciences. It is connected to the Arctic Centre’s Research Department, and the courses are taught by senior scientists and other researchers at the Arctic Centre. Courses touch upon topics related to the researchers´ own research and topics discussed in each course may vary depending on the availability of experts. Please note that the Arctic Studies Program ASP does not award a degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    Studies in the Autumn semester, starting in August. Application deadline annually May 15th. Please see for detailed information. 

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 4 months
    • Intensity 30 hrs/week
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    30 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Arctic Studies Programme Structure
  • Introduction to the Arctic
  • 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

For more information please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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

Small fee, approximately 100-150 euros, will be collected.

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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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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