Are there tuition fees for international students at the University of Lapland?
Students coming from outside of EU and EEA countries have to pay a tuition fee. Fees are applicable to new master's degree students starting their studies in autumn 2017. Students required to pay fees are also eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Can I apply to a degree programme if my academic background is from a different area of study?
Admission to the University is competitive and you will not be accepted for a programme if your background is not academically relevant to the area of study you are applying for, or if you do not meet the basic eligibility requirements. Eligibility criteria for the master's degree programmes are posted on the web pages of each programme.
Is it possible for me to take online courses?
Unfortunately, the University of Lapland does not offer online courses for distance learning.
Can I apply to several master's degree programmes?
Yes, but you can accept only one study place.
When will I receive the decision on admission?
The admission results will be published in May and students will be notified by email.
What is is 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.
What is the 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 foundation Domus Arctica (DAS). Apply for housing via www.das.fi.
When can I apply for a flat from DAS?
You can apply for a flat on the DAS website after you have received confirmation of being accepted to the University of Lapland as an exchange student. DAS guarantees accommodation for exchange students who have submitted their housing applications on time, i.e., by early July/November. The deadline for housing applications varies each year, so please ask DAS for the exact dates if you are unsure whether you are submitting your application on time.
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.
Do I need the Letter of Admission for the residence permit application?
Yes. When you apply for a residence permit from the Finnish Immigration Service, submit a copy of the Letter of Admission that you have received by email and a copy of the email informing you that you have been accepted to the University of Lapland.
I have already booked the flight to Helsinki and am wondering 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.
Your student tutor will meet you at your pre-arranged residence. However, if you decide to arrive before or after the suggested arrival days mentioned in the information package, we cannot necessarily arrange for a student tutor to meet you when you arrive. If you arrive on the recommended days and let us know your travelling schedule and enter your arrival information into the SoleMOVE system early enough, we will try to arrange for a student tutor to meet you at your residence with your key. If that is the case, you will also receive an email message from your student tutor prior to your arrival in Rovaniemi, so you can arrange the first meeting with him/her.
How do I get the key to my apartment when I arrive in Rovaniemi?
Normally, your student tutor will pick up the key for you from the student housing foundation Domus Arctica (DAS) prior to your arrival. Your tutor will meet you at your residence with the key when you arrive. In case you do not arrive during the recommended days or you have not informed us about your exact arrival time early enough, you need to pick up your key from the student housing foundation during their opening hours.
Do I need to inform ULapland about my time of arrival in Rovaniemi? Why?
Yes. It is very important that you tell us your exact time of arrival, so that we will be able to arrange for a student tutor to meet you at your residence with the keys to your apartment.