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University of Lapland

4.7 out of 5 (22 ratings / 20 reviews) Rovaniemi, Finland
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.

Master's Programmes

Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Education & Training (1)
Journalism & Media (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.

ICT services

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.

Medical services

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.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Location in the true North on the Arctic Circle, in a modern city of Rovaniemi
  • Forests glow with autumn colours after the first frostbite in September
  • Aurora Borealis – the Arctic Lights
  • The perfect skiing weather on crystal white snow in sunny March
  • The endless days of summer – Summer’s White Nights
  • Excellent winter and summer sport and recreational facilities in Rovaniemi, as well as vibrant cultural and social activities

Sports facilities

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.

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

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...

Life in Lapland
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The universuty is really nice with lovely people working here. The atmosphere to study is also really nice. The Landscape is amazing especially in summer and winter. The living place (Das building are perfect for one year). The life is quite expensive and erasmus aid can be not sufficient but you can still find a job which is a very good way to meet people that are not...

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