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University of Lapland

Address: Yliopistonkatu 8, 96300 Rovaniemi, Finland

Description University of Lapland

  • Established: 1979
  • Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
  • Language of instruction: English, Finnish
  • Number of students: 4000
  • Type: state.

The University of Lapland was founded in 1979 and until 1991 functioned as the Lapland Higher School. The institution is the northernmost in Finland: its initial goal was to provide higher education opportunities to people living in the extreme northern points.

The competence of the university mainly includes research in the field of the Arctic and tourism research. In 2013, on National Sámi Day, the Ministry of Education of Finland allocated $ 1,000,000 to the university for research on the Sámi population, which resulted in the exhibition “Greetings from Kola Sámi”.

The concept of the university says that community is especially important for northern people, which is why leadership in different ways develops students' team feelings.

The task of the university is not only a high-quality learning process, but also students getting pleasure from the learning process. The student union uses the equipment of the university and organizes quality leisure both on the basis of the university and beyond.

In the world ranking of Scimago Institutions Ranking, the University of Lapland occupies the 2422nd position.

Training is carried out at four faculties:

  • Arts and Design
  • Education
  • Rights
  • Social Sciences.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in University of Lapland

Program name


  • Age - 17+
  • Beginning of training - September / October
  • Full-time form of education.


  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • International Business.


  • Age - 21+
  • Beginning of training - September / October
  • Full-time form of education.


  • Tourism
  • Culture
  • international Management
  • Northern tourism.
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Doctoral studies

  • Age - 22+
  • Beginning of training - September / October
  • Full-time form of education.


  • Nordic cultures and natural resource policies
  • General Doctoral Program
  • Cultural design.

Accommodation, housing and food

The university does not have its own hostel: students are engaged in the search for housing on their own or with the help of a special agent from the university. Renting urban housing will cost the student about 1000 € per month.


  • Finland is considered one of the safest countries in the world and a state with a high standard of living.
  • Small number of students
  • The campus consists of several miniature buildings, which creates a feeling of comfort both outside and inside.
  • In 2018, a report was submitted to the UN that Finland is the happiest country in the world
  • The city of Rovaniemi, where the university campus is located, is located beyond the Arctic Circle, which gives students the opportunity to enjoy the Northern Lights
  • The laboratories of the University of Lapland took first place in the global ranking of ISB 2017. ARCTA
  • School teachers give students real business cases
  • The University of Lapland took 1st place out of 120 participating universities in the world in the 2017 ISB survey on the level of cuisine in university cafeterias
  • The mission of Lapland University is reflected in its slogan - “For the North, for Peace”.

Equipment University of Lapland

Pride of the University - Arctic Research Center. The following units operate on the basis of the center:

  • Global Studies Group, which deals with glaciology, paleoclimate and geoengineering
  • Arctic Anthropology Group
  • Northern Political Economy Group
  • Arctic Management Issuing Licenses for Arctic Research and Projects
  • Nordic Institute of Environmental Law
  • Mining Working Group
  • Arctic Law Network.

For students there are:

  • Equipped with the necessary equipment lecture halls
  • Equipped places for self-training
  • Library
  • Computer centers
  • Cafe
  • Creative workshops.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The academic year at the University of Lapland begins in the fall, admission to some programs is available year-round.

Additional costs include travel, accommodation and meals.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

In order to become an undergraduate student at the University of Lapland, an applicant must provide:

  • Certificate of general secondary education
  • Certificate of English Proficiency at least IELTS 5.0
  • Motivation letter and essay on learning objectives.


  • Bachelor's degree with statement of marks
  • Motivation letter
  • Certificate of knowledge of English at least IELTS 6.0
  • Letter of recommendation.

All documents must be submitted through the online form on the site.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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