university of lapland

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Located in the city of Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle in Finland, the University of Lapland is an international, multidisciplinary university whose areas of expertise include Arctic affairs and tourism research. Founded in 1979, the university today boasts research and teaching in art and design, education, law, social sciences, as well as Northern and Arctic issues and tourism research. These strengths and the people who drive them have created a hub of academic expertise on the Arctic Circle. Drawing on this dynamic, it promotes sustainable development, well being, and equality, reaching out to make a difference locally, regionally, and internationally. 

Degree System

The bachelor’s degree (first cycle degree). The completion of this lower academic degree takes about three years. The master’s degree (second cycle degree). When studying full-time, the average time needed for studies leading to this higher academic degree is two years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree. The doctoral degree, takes four years to complete in required period. For international applicants, all faculties at the University of Lapland offer postgraduate studies that can be conducted entirely in English.

Application Deadlines

Master’s degree programs are open for application once a year. The next application period will be 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.

What to study?

During the next application round you will be able to choose one of three master’s programmes:

Arctic Art and Design
Media Education
Tourism, Culture and International Management

Researcher of Arctic and northern change

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.

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)

Students 2013

  • 4,240 Graduate students (full time)
  •   338 Postgraduate students
  •   132 International graduate and postgraduate students
  •   268 Incoming exchange students (semester or full academic year)
  •   153 Outgoing exchange students (semester or full academic year)
  •   687 New students
  • 4,886 Adult education (Open university, Continuing Education and University of the Third age)

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