University of Lapland

University of Lapland

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, service design and tourism research.

Top reasons to study here

  • Special expertise in 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 safe, happy and welcoming. We ranked no. 1 out of 120 universities globally in the ISB survey 2017. On measures of happiness, we ranked 1st in Finland.

Master's Programmes

Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Social Sciences (1)



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.


  • International degree studies based on the latest cross-disciplinary research
  • True Northern curricula and expertise available at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral study levels. Aim of the education is to give student  tools to understand and manage change in the Arctic and the north - and then in the world.
  • A wide selection of multidisciplinary minors and methodological and language studies programmes with special focus on giving unique professional qualifications
  • Areas of teaching and research are art and design, education, law, social sciences, tourism research and northern and Arctic issues. 
  • Cutting-edge research facilities of the Arctic Centre and the Lapland Institute for Tourism Research and Education


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.

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Student services

  • Each international student is assigned a fellow student tutor who will meet them upon arrival in Rovaniemi and help him/her with the first steps of living/studying in Lapland
  • Clean, warm, and safe student housing at the flats of the Domus Arctica Foundation (DAS)
  • The experienced staff of the International Relations, the Language Centre, the ICT Services, the Library, and all four faculties are all ready to help the students – and are fluent in English
  • 5-day orientation programme for international students at the beginning of the autumn and spring semester
  • Personal e-mail address, internet access in student computer labs, and library services
  • Wireless internet access throughout the entire campus

Housing services

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.

Student Life

Campus life

University of Lapland has a modern campus with state of the art study facilities and learning environments for students.

Student clubs

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

Student Reviews

student's life is great.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

i learn how to study and how teach it..!

University of Lapland- Paradise
Eleonora Concas rated 5 out of 5 stars

Nature: the whole university life and in life in general is a symbiosis with nature and wildness. This translates in a beautiful "easy-going mood" from students, also regarding clothing. Food: the university food is delicious and is known for being one of the worlds' best companies in providing food. Plus, there is a big choice of dishes and delicious recipes, and the...

Best place to study!
Eleonora Concas rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simply awesome: The University of Lapland has the best environment for an exchange study: people are kind and always open to discussion, you can feel at ease sharing your own culture while you enjoy the finnish one, or you learn more about the others. Student union is very active, the meals are cheap and food of canteens is rewarded as one of the best within the World's...

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