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.
At the heart of our university’s research profile lies Arctic and northern change. The effects of the global economic and political changes and global warming are particularly severe in the Arctic region. We produce scientific knowledge on northern societies and environment and their interaction with each other to ensure that life in the Arctic and northern regions will flourish also in the future.
Strategic research focuses are sustainable development, law and justice; northern wellbeing, education and work; responsible tourism and culture-centered service design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each faculty has its own student associations or clubs (ainejärjestö). These associations arrange seminars, social events and excursions. All students, Finnish and international, are encouraged to participate in association events. Almost all associations have an international representative