There's plenty of OPPORTUNITY for everyone.
Extreme conditions creates EXTREME PEOPLE.
Finland has the MOST FORESTS in Europe.
In summer, the MIDNIGHT SUN
refuses to set at all. Sunglasses on!
It's in THE CLEANEST CORNER OF EUROPE
and has THE PUREST AIR.
SMART at heart and WILD by nature.
STUDY ABOVE ORDINARY! Experience it yourself and join the Arctic Dream Team! #DEFINELAPLAND showcases opportunities of studying in Lapland. Explore our inspiring study opportunities in Bachelor´s degree studies, Master´s degree programmes, Doctoral studies, exchange studies and short courses.
Study above ordinary
Why study in Lapland? Combine one of the best educational systems in the world with a unique adventure to the Arctic. Finland is High-tech and Highly Educated. It’s the 2nd best country in the world in using ICT to boost competitiveness and well-being. Relative to the population, we have the third most professionals working in research and development. In Lapland we have space for those innovative big ideas and 8 beautiful seasons to be inspired by. On wintertime it’s dark 24/7, but you’ll love the northern lights.
With main campuses located in Rovaniemi, at the Arctic Circle, and in Kemi and Tornio in the Sea Lapland region, universities in Lapland are international and multidisciplinary. Every 5th student on campus is international. They are far – on the top of the world – and that is why we have so good connections by land, air, sea – and WiFI.
Best things in life – however – don´t need a password: Pallas, in Finnish Lapland, is one of the places that measures the cleanest air in the world (particle concentrations remain under 4 µg/m3) (WHO 2016).
Bachelor's degree studies
BACHELOR´S DEGREE STUDIES
Study in an international environment in Lapland! Lapland University of Applied Sciences degrees focus on Arctic competence. Studying at Lapland UAS is practical and work-oriented. The learning environments offered by Lapland UAS allow the theory to be applied in practice.
Lapland University of Applied Sciences has 4 international degree programmes leading to a Bachelor’s degree. The language of teaching is English. Studies take 3.5 years to complete. They consist of basic, professional and elective studies, practical training and a Bachelor’s thesis.
Master's degree programmes
FIND YOURSELF IN LAPLAND
Smart, original, adventurous and creative. Do you feel these descriptions are close to your heart? Then University of Lapland, a multidisciplinary institution in the North of Finland, is the right place for you. You will combine academic freedom and quality education with state of the art facilities and support services. Not to forget the conditions that will definitely challenge you! Yes, it’s cold, but the people here are warm. You’ll make it.
Our students say that studying in Lapland gives you a new perspective on things - even life. Experiencing the changing of all the 8 seasons can have an affect on you.
Master's degree programmes are open for application once a year from December to January. Check your eligibility, our study offerings and required application documents and you will be on your way to joining our Arctic Dream Team.
TIME FOR THINKING
Wish to pursue an academic career as a doctoral candidate? Do you need space for your ideas? Time for your thoughts? We have them. With a population density of 2 people per square kilometre, 200 000 reindeers can also roam free.
University of Lapland welcomes candidates with varied academic backgrounds to it´s multidisciplinary programmes. Our doctoral programmes will make you prepared for expert positions concerned with research, education and development – inside or outside academia. We offer thematic studies on research skills and philosophy of science and each of the three thematic programmes have their own set of thematic studies. Get to know our faculties and doctoral programmes and come to study on top of the world!
Exchange and other studies
ARCTIC TOUCH TO YOUR STUDIES
Already studying a degree? Want to add an arctic touch to your curriculum? For those smart at heart and wild by nature – apply to do an exchange or short courses at universities in Lapland!
Explore exchange studies and your future in the fields of Education, Law, Art & Design and Social Sciences, or immerse yourself in studies about China. University of Lapland prides itself with very current non-degree programmes like Arctic Studies and Intercultural communication, as well as with excellent support services like on-campus restaurants ranked Nro 1. in the world according to Global ISB 2014 Survey.
Lapland University of Applied Sciences also offers a modern, international learning environment and a close-knit community for its students. For incoming students Lapland UAS offers an extensive course selection in English. Both Kemi-Tornio area in Sea Lapland, and the city of Rovaniemi, official hometown of Santa Claus, offer lively, student-friendly and safe environments for studies.
Exiting study opportunities out of the ordinary are offered in universities on Lapland, also beyond exchange and degree studies. Experience the nightless arctic summer or polar night of the winter! Take a look at our summer and winter school options and other short courses.
Being a trainee at the internationalisation services was probably one of the best ideas I ever had. After I studied as an exchange student for a whole academic year 2015/2016 I had a chance to come back. I learnt a lot of useful skills. A supportive team and a warm atmosphere in the office made the time fly and I wish I could stay longer. Thank you so much! - Alba #lapinyliopisto #studyinfinland #studyinlapland #universityoflapland #definelapland
What better way to start the weekend than in company of these furry friends 🐶❄️🌲🐾TourCIM staff doing field work @arctichuskyfarm #tourcim #tourcimontour #tourismresearch #ulapland #universityoflapland #definelapland #studyinfinland #laplandfinland #ourlapland #mti #husky #luosto
Get to know two tourism teachers Heidi and Petra. They are also the coaches of the EMCup student team, in the blog you can read about that project as well. Application time to the English Degree Prgrammes will start on 9 Jan! #laplanduas #definelapland #applynow
After finishing the thesis seminar 2017... #tourcim #tourismresearch #studyinginfinland #ulapland #universityoflapland #laplandfinland #rovaniemi #definelapland #Repost @caffw (@get_repost)
Last thesis seminar got us like 🎉🇫🇮 #TeamTourCIM #TourCIMontour
Our TourCIM student Asta Alatossava (3rd from left) and other LYY members catching up with our Rector and executive management team. LYY (Student Union of the University of Lapland) takes care of our students’ rights and interests. #tourcim #tourismresearch #universityoflapland #studyinfinland #rovaniemi #lyyh17 #definelapland #ulapland
Lapland one of the world’s leading tourism destinations. Repost @definelapland:one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in Europe with the majority of international tourists, there is so much opportunities for the international students too! If you want a job, you will get one, for sure! If you are not an adrenaline junkie or not quite ready for an experience of a lifetime and for devoting yourself to snowmobile safaris or reindeer and husky rides, and for working in the tourism industry (then again, who wouldn’t be? that’s the greatest industry there is!), there are other opportunities as well - Dominika, TourCIM-student #studyinlapland #definelapland #tourcim #ulapland #tourismresearch #universityoflapland #laplandfinland
Get inspired by this amazing video by our exchange student Liudmila Ovsiienko and apply now for our international master´s degree programmes! #studyinlapland #definelapland #ulapland
In one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in Europe with the majority of international tourists, there is so much opportunities for the international students too! If you want a job, you will get one, for sure! If you are not an adrenaline junkie or not quite ready for an experience of a lifetime and for devoting yourself to snowmobile safaris or reindeer and husky rides, and for working in the tourism industry (then again, who wouldn’t be? that’s the greatest industry there is!), there are other opportunities as well - Dominika, TourCIM-student #studyinlapland #definelapland
There is still daylight in Lapland. Sunset/sunrise from Kemi inner harbor. Have a nice Sunday! #tourcim #laplandfinland #visitkemi #sealapland #universityoflapland #studyinfinland #ulapland #finlandlapland #definelapland #ourlapland
Lights, snow and ice at Lordi’s Square ❄️ #laplandfinland #visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #ourlapland #definelapland #finland #studyinfinland #universityoflapland #tourcim #ulapland
Glow of the lights ❄️
#tb #suomi100 #suomi100rovaniemi #finland100 #lapland #rovaniemi #definelapland #beautifullights #winter #somethingblue
Prof. Filipa Fernandes (University of Lisbon) doing field work in Santa Claus Village. Together with our faculty, she has been studying the tourism imaginaries of Christmas attractions. Prof. Fernandes is also interested in heritage and nature-based tourism. During her visits to Rovaniemi, she loves sharing her expertise with our students. #tourcim #tourismresearch #universityoflapland #ulapland #definelapland #studyinfinland #rovaniemi #laplandfinland #santaclausvillage #ethnography
What a beautiful place to live and study! #studyinlapland #definelapland
Lantern workshop for the darkness Polar nights. 📸 @eutheum.lee
#arcticartanddesign #definelapland #polarnights
One of the great privileges of studying and living in Rovaniemi is that you get to meet Santa Claus very often. #tourcim #tourismresearch #universityoflapland #ulapland #definelapland #studyinfinland #laplandfinland #rovaniemi
Through our students' snow sculpting beauties, we wish a Happy 100th Independence Day for Finland!
#arcticartanddesign #finland100 #elveshideaway #definelapland 📸 Yumi Nakano
What is it like to live in Lapland?
Lapland is the northernmost province of Finland and the European Union. The seasons are very pronounced here. During the six months of winter there is a lot of snow. Summers can be very warm and there is 24 hours of daylight. The University is located in Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi is a dynamic, growing city with a strong, diverse business base and international expertise. It's also the official hometown of Santa Claus.
How is the weather like in Lapland?
The weather varies in autumn and spring. For example in August and May it can be quite warm during the day and you can often wear jeans and a t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt. However, the nights can be surprisingly cold. In winter time it can get really cold in Rovaniemi. In February 1999 the temperature near Rovaniemi dropped to -52 Celsius degrees, which was a record in Finland. If it’s of any comfort, the temperature rarely gets that cold here. But temperatures of -20°C or even -30°C are very common between December and March. Summer is usually warm and sunny in Finland, but it can be occasionally rainy. During the daytime temperature can be around 25 degrees Celsius. For more information on weather in Finland, please visit:
What is student life like in Lapland?
Are you adventurous? Are you shy? Are you wild, calm, artsy, smart? Perhaps no one is all these things at once, but luckily the student life of Rovaniemi embraces all kinds of wanderers, offering fascinating events, trips and hobbies. You’ll find a variety of things to do in your free time: culture, sports, shopping, restaurants, cafés - whatever suits you. Come as you are and find your niche in the polar beat of Lapland.
Does the university provide accommodation for international students?
All accepted students are eligible to apply for student housing through the local student housing foundations. In Rovaniemi for example, student housing is provided by Domus Arctica (DAS) and you can apply for it once you have been accepted as a student.
What is the cost of living in Finland?
The cost of living in Finland is comparable to the rest of Europe on average. For basic expenses such as food, rent and transportation, an undergraduate (Bachelor’s or Master’s) student will need 600 – 900 € / month, which will be spent roughly as follows (all figures are in euros):
• Rent 190 –350
• One/two-room apartment (private sector) 450 and up
• Food (including lunch at school) 250
• Transport by local bus 50
• Leisure activities, other personal expenses 130
The living expenses of doctoral students are higher (about 1200-1800 € per month) because they are not entitled to the same benefits as undergraduate students.
Is it safe in Finland?
For many years in a row, Finland has been ranked the safest country in the world according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The ranking takes into account common crime and violence rates as well as terrorism, and the extent to which police services can be relied upon to provide protection from crime.
I have been told it is cold and dark, how will I survive?
Even though it can be cold and dark here during the winter, our streets, houses and public spaces are well lit. Our houses and apartment are also well heated and insulated. People behind their scarfs are also warm. If you have enough clothes on you and a reflector, you have nothing to worry about. You´ll make it.
Do I need a residence permit?
EU citizens and citizens of Liechtenstein and Switzerland do not need a residence permit, but they must register their right to reside in Finland if their stay is going to last longer than three months.
If you are from another Nordic country (Sweden, Norway, Denmark or Iceland), you must notify the local register office no later than one week after moving to Rovaniemi.
Non-EU citizens have to apply for a residence permit in advance through a Finnish diplomatic mission. The permit must be applied for in the country of which the student is a legal resident.
Are there tuition fees for international students?
Students coming from outside of EU and EEA countries have to pay a tuition fee. Fees are applicable to new bachelor´s and master's degree students starting their studies in autumn 2017 or later. All accepted students required to pay fees are also eligible to apply for a scholarship.
I know how to get to Finland, but how can I get from Helsinki to Rovaniemi?
You have several options of travelling; you can fly, travel by train or by bus.
There are several direct daily flights from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Rovaniemi by Finnair and Norwegian Airlines. The flight time is appr. 1 h 20 minutes. Rovaniemi airport is about 8 km from the city centre and there is an Airport taxi at your service. Please note that your student tutor is not obligated to pick you up from the airport, but you need to take an airport taxi (appr. EUR 10) or an "ordinary taxi (appr. EUR 15-20) on your own cost to your residence.
In addition to flights, there are direct train connections from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by VR, the national railway company. You can either take the day train or travel during the night. It takes about 12 to 13 hours by train to travel from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. If you arrive by train, you will need to take an “ordinary taxi” on your own cost (about EUR 10-15) to your residence.
There are also several bus lines from Helsinki to Rovaniemi and more information can be found at Matkahuolto web pages. The travel time by bus varies from 13,5 hours to 17,5 hours. If you arrive by bus, you will need to take an “ordinary taxi” on your own cost (about EUR 10-15) to your residence.
Is it possible to work in Finland as an international student?
Getting a job in Finland can be challenging. Most of the places require the employee to speak Finnish. However, in Lapland, international and multilingual staff is often sought for tourism related jobs. Below is some information about working in Finland for citizens of the Nordic Countries, EU citizens, and non-EU citizens.
Citizens of the Nordic Countries
A citizen of a Nordic country can live, work and study in Finland (or in another Nordic country) as long / much as he/she wants without a residence permit, but he/she must fill in a notification of change of address (Muuttoilmoitus).
An EU citizen can live, work and study in Finland as long / much as he/she wants if the stay lasts less than three (3) months. If the stay is longer than three months, an EU citizen must register his/her right to reside in Finland. After registering, an EU citizen can live, work and study in Finland as long / much as he/she wants. There are some exceptions to this rule with the new EU citizens. Please contact the local police office for further information.
If a student from a non-EU country is studying in Finland for more than three months he/she needs to get a residence permit before arriving in Finland. With the residence permit students can work if the work is directly related to the studies (practical training) or if the work is part-time (max. 25 hours per week). During periods when there is no teaching in the institution, students can work full-time. For further information, please contact the local police office or a Finnish Embassy.
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Do you really have polar bears in Lapland?
No, we have reindeers. You can see them roaming in the woods from your Kuntotie balcony. There are, however, two polar bears in Lapland: Sisu and his mother Venus at the Ranua zoo nearby.
“I really love it here. That is why I chose to come back. The classes are organized and the way that the university system works here is different from the way back home. In Belgium, when we go to university, we would have lectures where professors give the materials and then you have to memorize everything and take the exam. Here, the program for tourism specifically, is more practice based in the sense that you have to digest the material yourself by reading and writing. I think it helps you to learn a lot better. That is why I decided that I want to come back, because the way that the school system and education work here, fit with my personal desires, much better than back home.”
Read more about Gigi´s experiences of studying in Lapland
“Talking about the studying process itself, from the beginning I was amazed how enjoyable it can be. The school building is very modern and equipped with the latest technology necessary for successful studies. Classrooms and halls are very bright and create a positive environment for a sometimes intense studying. Courses themselves are taught by qualified teachers that know how to balance practice with theory to keep lectures interesting and students progressing. Some of the classes might be challenging because this University uses Problem solving teaching. But this is exactly what makes it so exciting and actually fruitful in the end.”'
Read more about Anna´s experiences of studying in Lapland
“I had a crazy experience with ice swimming. I went ice swimming once. We do not have it in my country. All of my friends who went with me expected that the water would be only -1 or -3 °C. I thought I could just do it, so I jumped into the water, and at that moment, I thought I am dead! It was brutally cold. It was so cold I thought it was -10 or -15°C. We were all in swimming shorts, jumping in the water and running back to sauna. Someone asked if we should go back to the water, and I responded “NO!” Then my friends encouraged me to go back to the water again. Than we jumped the second time, and ran back to sauna.”
Read more about Cookies´s experiences of studying in Lapland
“I was so delighted and proud of myself when I received the results and information about the study place. Then I just followed the instructions to confirm the study place, found an apartment through the student housing organisation and applied for the resident permit. On August 25, 2015, a Vietnamese girl finally went her own path and started a new life in Rovaniemi. A year in Finland has been wonderful for me. I have learned and experienced new things and have gained lots of friends from many different countries. Rovaniemi is my second home now.”
Read more about Thao´s experiences of studying in Lapland