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University of Lapland

Country: Finland

City: Rovaniemi


Type of school: Public Universities


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Located in the city of Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle, the University of Lapland is an international, multidisciplinary university whose areas of expertise include Arctic affairs and tourism research.


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.


A sense of community is very important to people here in the far north and it is essential to us that the university’s research, educational, and artistic activities actively support the local community, businesses, and society here in northern Finland. But our efforts do not end there – the work we do here is relevantly geared to the North and the globalized world.


The young men and women that make up our student body come from all corners of Finland and the globe. Although our primary goal is to educate these future professionals and researchers, we also want our students to enjoy themselves while studying here. Our vivacious Student Union, combined with the numerous cultural opportunities and outdoor recreation and sports facilities available in Rovaniemi, ensure that students are able to lead sociable and healthy lives outside of the classroom.


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. The University of Lapland has turned out every fourth lawyer, every third university-educated expert in art and design, close to ten percent of the social scientists, and many talented educational professionals here in Finland.


Our graduates occupy numerous positions of responsibility in society and business throughout Finland and the world – this is something we take great pride in.


We warmly welcome you to visit our campus at any time and if you are looking for a truly unique educational experience, we invite you to come join our community of nearly 5,000 students and around 600 members, here in Rovaniemi.


Why University of Lapland?

  • Special expertise and know-how on 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    
  • Excellent student services    
  • According to the student health survey published autumn 2010 by the Finnish Student Health Service, our students are the most content university students in Finland: they are most interested in their field and studies, and they have got the best handle on their studies.    
  • Modern student housing    
  • Cosy atmosphere
  • Unique Arctic environment of Lapland



Facts and figures about the University of Lapland

  • Founded on 1st of March in 1979
  • Faculties: Art and Design, Education, Law, Social Sciences
  • Other Units: Arctic Centre, Education and Development Services, Open University, Central Administration
  • Lapland University Consortium Shared Units: Multidimensional Tourism Institute, Institute for Northern Culture, Library, Support Service Centre (R&D Support Services, IT Services, Educational Support Services)


Studying and Programmes

  • The University of Lapland is a broadly-based, international centre for education and research located in Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle.
  • As the northernmost university in Finland and in the European Union, issues pertaining to the circumpolar north receive special attention and constitute essential topics in our research and teaching.
  • On our another field of expertise, tourism, we aim to reach an internationally recognized position as a leading centre of tourism research.
  • With a broad range of study opportunities that combine research with education and science with art; we offer the possibility to learn about art and design, education, law, and social sciences.
  • Our wide selection of international courses and programmes comprises of individual courses to international Master’s Degree and Postgraduate Degree studies. All faculties offer Postgraduate research training.


Learn more about our Faculties and study fields:

Faculty of Art and Design

  • Art Education
  • Applied Visual Arts
  • Audiovisual Media Culture
  • Clothing Design
  • Fine Art and Cultural Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior and Textile Design
  • Service Design

Faculty of Education

  • Adult Education
  • Education
  • Gender Studies
  • Global Education
  • Media Education
  • Primary Teacher Training


Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Administrative Science
  • Applied Psychology
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • Political Science
  • Public Law
  • Rehabilitation Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Tourism Research

Faculty of Law

  • Administrative Law
  • Arctic Law and Governance
  • Civil Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • European Law
  • Labour Law
  • Legal Informatics
  • Legal Cultures and Legal Languages
  • Private International Law and
  • Procedural Law
  • Property Law
  • Public International Law
  • Russian Law
  • Sociology of Law

Separate Units of the University

Joint Units of the Lapland University Consortium LUC


You'll find more information  on our website:


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Services and Student Life at the University of Lapland

Welcome to the University of Lapland’s Services and Student Life web pages.

The university offers a wide range of services which help new students organize their studies before their arrival, as well as helping students integrate into the university and the community during their study period.

The university is dedicated to meeting the needs of its student body by taking into account each person’s interests and providing practical support to international students in many ways.

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!


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The University of Lapland has a very unique profile and expertise in the fields of law, education, social sciences, and art & design. Studying spaces for international degree students are limited and resultingly, competition for admissions is significant. Only students with relevant academic backgrounds, strong portfolios, and competent language skills are admitted.

For Master's Degree Studies


International applicants who wish to complete a Master's degree at the University of Lapland and who have completed a first degree (normally a bachelor’s degree) in a relevant field of study from an institution of higher education, entitling her/him to apply for master’s degree studies in her/his home country. View the Frequently Asked Questions about applying to Masters studies, before applying.

For Doctoral Studies

International applicants who wish to complete a Doctoral degree at the University of Lapland and have taken a degree equivalent to the Finnish aster’s degree.

For Exchange Studies

(Non-degree seeking students)
International applicants who wish to study at the University of Lapland for a one or two semesters or who wish to participate in the Arctic Studies Programme (ASP).

Contact details:

Yliopistonkatu 8
96300 Rovaniemi
phone: +358 16 341341
email: international.relations@ulapland.f

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