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Frequently Asked Questions

We have tried to gather answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. The information is targeted at Degree and Exchange students. 

If you have a question that is not answered in the list below, please feel free to contact the Office of International Relations at admission@ulapland.fi or incoming@ulapland.fi.

Degree student applicants should also check the FAQ's from the University Admissions Finland webpages.

 About the Application Process
 Housing Information
 About Arrival
 About Studying
 About the Completion of Studies

 






About the Application Process


Where is the University of Lapland located?

In the city of Rovaniemi, Finland, on the Arctic Circle.


Are there tuition fees for international students in the University of Lapland? 

University of Lapland does charge tuition fees from Master's Degree students outside of EU/EEA starting their studies in Autumn 2017.

Who will need to pay?

Finnish Universities have newly introduced a tuition fee policy. The tuition fee is only applicable to degree students arriving from outside the EU or EEA countries and have been accepted to study a Master's degree here at University of Lapland. Tuition fees are only applicable to new students starting theis studies in autumn 2017.

Who will not have to pay?
• The fees are not applicable to exchange or doctoral students
• EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse / child)
• Students who are already residing in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens)

More information can be found here.

Sufficient funds to support living?

Students should have sufficient funds to support living in Finland. In order to receive a residence permit to Finland, student should have access to 6,720 euros per year, or 560 euros per month. This can be proved by providing an account statement showing sufficient funds, or a stipend decision from an official source, such as the government or an educational institution. A sponsorship agreement provided by a private individual is not sufficient.

The increased income requirement also applies to students applying to extend their permits.

Living expenses in Rovaniemi for a student are in an average 600–900 € per month. Doctoral level students living expenses are higher (about 1200–1500 € per month), because they are not entitled to same benefits as degree students. Please see here more information on the Living costs in Rovaniemi.


Is there an application fee' for Master's degree applicants?

There are no application fees.

Are there scholarships for international students in the University of Lapland?

Scholarships are provided for students who are obligated to pay for a tuition fee. All fee paying students who start their studies in 2017 will be granted a scholarship of 4 000 euros in minimum. Also scholarships covering 100% of the fee are offered.



What areas of study can I pursue a Masters degree in?


We have Master's degree studies in the Faculty of Art and Design, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Social Sciences. Please have a look here which programmes have intake in the next possible application round.


Are all the courses in the degree studies for international students taught in English?

While the majority of courses are taught in English, it cannot be guaranteed that all will be each semester due to available scheduling of academic staff. However, it is possible for international students to pursue their entire degree studies in English through independent study and personalized study plans that each international degree student is required to create at the beginning of their first academic semester.


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 admitted 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 informed on the web pages of each programme.


Can I apply to several faculties or Master's degree programmes?


Degree students can apply to several Master's degree programmes, but you can only accept one study place at the university only. You can find more information about the application process for degree students here.

As an exchange student or ASP student you can apply to several faculties, but if you are offered a study place, you may only study as an exchange student at one of the faculties. However, it is possible to take courses from different units and faculties after being accepted to the University of Lapland as an exchange student.


(Exchange students) What happens to my application after it has been submitted to the University of Lapland by the deadline date?


Once received, your application will be reviewed by the relevant faculty. After a decision has been made, all applicants will be informed of the results. Accepted students will be sent a letter of acceptance by email. The email will also include the registration form and other important documents. Please print out the letter of acceptance, because if you need to apply for a visa, you will need the letter for the process.

If you are an Exchange student or an ASP student, you must confirm your study place in the SoleMOVe system by the end of July / early December after receiving the letter of acceptance. You are also asked to enter your arrival information so your international tutor will know when you are arriving.

Please fill out the registration form and return it to us by email incoming@ulapland.fi. The registration form must be returned by the end of July / early December.

Exchange students and ASP students will also receive an information package by e mail which will include a "Study in Lapland" guidebook and other useful information. Degree students will receive their letter of acceptance by  email.

Please be patient while waiting for the acceptance letter - applicants are only accepted to study at the University of Lapland after a decision has been made by the faculty, even if the student is applying through the Erasmus network. (Please note that the University of Lapland reserves the right to examine each potential applicant's eligibility and determine formal acceptance accordingly.)


(Degree students) What happens to my application after it has been submitted to University Admissions Finland (UAF) by the deadline date?


Applications are screened for preliminary eligibility by UAF and then forwarded to the University of Lapland, where they will be reviewed by the relevant faculties and evaluated for admission. Once received at the University of Lapland, your application will be reviewed by the relevant faculty. After a decision has been made, all applicants will be informed of the results. Accepted students will be sent a letter of acceptance by email. The email will also include the registration form and other important documents. Please print out the letter of acceptance, because if you need to apply for a visa, you will need the letter for the process.

Degree students must accept their study place by sending in the notice of consent by given deadline.


When will I receive the decision of acceptance?

All applicants are notified about their application. Those who are accepted are notified usually in the month of April following the application round.


What do I do after receiving the Letter of Acceptance?


Follow the guidelines and instructions on this page for Admitted Students


According to your webpages I'm an eligible applicant to your master's degree programme, but I wasn't admitted. Why is that?


Eligibility does not guarantee that you will be admitted to the programme. Because admission to the university is competitive, and the intake is limited and varies between programmes, only the academically most qualified students will be selected.


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When will I receive the decision of acceptance?

Exchange students:
The decisions of acceptance are made by the relevant faculty. If you are accepted, you will receive a Letter of Acceptance by email within one month after the application deadline (mid June/mid November). There will also be a Registration Form and other important documents in the email. Exchange and ASP students will also receive an information package by mail, which will include information about living in Rovaniemi and studying at the University of Lapland.

Degree students will receive the the letter of acceptance by both email and regular mail. The admission results will be published on May. Please note that you do not have to wait for the printed letter of acceptance, but you can apply for a residence permit with the electronic version. When you are applying for a residence permit from the Finnish Immigration Service, submit a copy of the letter of acceptance that you have received by email and a copy of the email informing you of being accepted to the University of Lapland with your application.


Will I get my Learning Agreement back? (Exchange + ASP Students)

We will sign the Learning Agreement that you have filled in with your exchange student application form and return it to you with the information package.


What do I do after receiving the Letter of Acceptance?
(Exchange + ASP Students)

1) Confirm your study place in the SoleMOVE system or by sending in the notice of consent (degree students).

2) Return the Registration Form to the University of Lapland International Relations Office by email.

3) In order to arrange accommodation, apply for a student flat on the website of the Domus Arctica Student Housing Foundation (DAS). Please make sure to apply for a flat on time.

4) Make the necessary travel arrangements to travel to Rovaniemi (flight/train tickets), and if required, make visa and residence permit arrangements. Note: Do not postpone making such arrangements, especially residence permits, as this could cause inconvenient delays with your study plans.

5) Once your travel (and possible visa) arrangements are settled, submit your arrival information into the SoleMOVE system. Note: In Finland, July is the most popular summer holiday month. Therefore, answers to possible inquires will take extra time.


Can I take courses from different units and faculties other than the faculty I was accepted to?

It is possible to take courses from different units and faculties during your studies. However, workshops and studio studies at the Faculty of Art and Design are restricted to enrollment for Art and Design students only.

Housing Information

When can I apply for a flat from DAS?

You can apply for a flat on the DAS website after you have received confirmation about being accepted to the University of Lapland as an exchange student. DAS will guarantee accommodation for exchange students who have submitted their housing applications on time, i.e. by early July/November. The deadline for housing applications changes each year, so please ask DAS for the exact dates if you are unsure of whether or not you are submitting your application on time.

Degree students are not guaranteed accommodation by DAS, so please submit your housing application as soon as possible, preferably right after you have been informed of being accepted to the University of Lapland.

About Arrival

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.

Flying

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.

By train
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.

By bus
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.


Will my student tutor meet me at the airport/train station when I arrive?

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 for 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. The student  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 the International Relations Office about my arrival time to Rovaniemi? Why?

Yes. It is very important that you tell us your exact time of arrival so we will be able to arrange for a student tutor to meet you at your residence with the keys to your apartment.


I will arrive later than the recommended days. Can I register for courses on the internet before arrival?

This is unfortunately not possible. The University of Lapland uses a Student Information System called WebOodi. You can start to register for courses after you have been registered as a student and received your ICT user account.


Will I get a student card, ICT user account, and Ulapland email address prior to my arrival in Rovaniemi?

Unfortunately not. You will get your student card, ICT user account, and email address after you have been registered as a student at the University of Lapland. You will usually receive all these during the orientation programme or in couple of weeks after your arrival.

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About Studying

Can I get a scholarship for studies from the university?

Unfortunately the University of Lapland does not have scholarship programmes for foreign nationals.


What are the tuition fees for international students?

The University of Lapland does not charge tuition fees from students enrolled in regular degree programmes. However, there are some compulsory fees connected closely with the studies. Before registering, a student studying for a degree must pay the annual membership fee (approx. 90 €) of the Student Union of the University of Lapland (LYY).  After paying the fee, the student receives the official student card and is entitled to the services provided by the Student Union and the Finnish Student Health Care Service (YTHS). Exchange students and postgraduate students do not have to pay the membership fee, unless they want to have the Finnish student card. In addition to the compulsory fees and study materials, you must be able to pay for your food, housing, clothing, social life etc. 


Where can I find the Academic Calendar for the current academic year?

You can find it here.


What courses are available for international students to take?

Have a look at the International Programmes and Courses page to see all courses available to international students for the current academic year. Also, don't forget to have a look at the courses offered by the Language Centre.


Is it possible for me to take online courses?


Unfortunately the University of Lapland does not offer online courses for distance learning.


Does the university provide accomodation for international exchange/degree students?

All accepted students are eligible to apply for student housing through the local student housing foundation Domus Arctica (DAS).

 

About the Completion of Studies

Is it possible to extend my exchange at the University of Lapland? If so, how should I proceed with my extension request? (Exchange + ASP Students)

Before inquiring about an extension of exchange here, a student must 
1) contact their home institution’s coordinator and 2) ask for an extension of exchange. If the home institution agrees that a student can study for a longer period of time than originally planned, 3) the student and coordinator of the home institution should contact the faculty’s international coordinator at the University of Lapland. 4) The faculty coordinator will provide a new certificate of admission for the student, if accepted by the dean. If the decision is positive,5) the student should be registered as a student for the following semester at the Student Services office in the E-wing and inform the Head of International Student Services about the extension. Also keep in mind that a student might need to 5) contact the student housing foundation (DAS) to extend one’s rental agreement.

 
Which documents do I need to obtain before going home? Where do I get them from? (Exchange + ASP Students)

All students need to obtain their own (Erasmus) Letter of Confirmation and Transcript of Records. In the Letter of Confirmation, it is stated that you have been a student at the University of Lapland for a certain period of time. You may obtain your Letter of Confirmation from the International Office or ask for it from one of the Faculty Coordinators. Please note that the Letter of Confirmation is only given to students at the very final stage of their exchange period. This is important to remember since the ending date of the exchange that is in writing on the letter can only be a maximum of 7 days after the date on which the student actually retrieves the letter from the international office.

Before you leave, please remember to change your contact information in the Weboodi Student Information System. Your Ulapland email account will be closed after your exchange period has ended, so you are required to enter a valid email address, which you check frequently. It is important that the coordinators have a way of contacting you in case there is any confusion with your credits. Remember to update your mailing address in your home country as well, so the university can send your Transcript of Records to the correct address. You can update your contact information in Weboodi under "Personal data".
 
To obtain the Transcript of Records, go to the secretary of your Faculty in the Student Services office or to the following relevant Faculty Study Secretary:

Faculty of Education: Leena Tähtisaari
Faculty of Law: Katja Louhelainen or Miia Kyyhkynen (their office is located at the Faculty of Law)
Faculty of Art and Design: Raili Heikkilä
Faculty of Social Sciences: Rauni Räisänen or Sari Mantila
Arctic Studies Program: International Studies Coordinator / ISC
 
Make sure that the transcript of records is correct and that no earned credits are missing. If something is missing, please contact your faculty's International Coordinator and give your student number, your home address in your home country, and tell her/him how many credits you should have altogether and which courses are still missing. The final version of the transcript will be sent to you by the end of January or the end of June.

Both of these documents are very important and you will need them at your home university, so don’t forget them!


There are credits and courses missing in my transcript of records. What do I do?


If there are corrections necessary to your transcript of records, please contact the teacher/tutor of the course and ask them to update your grade/credits in the Weboodi Student Information System. After the correct grade/credits have been entered into  Weboodi, contact the relevant faculty study secretary and provide them with your home address and a request for the updated transcript of records. The secretary will send the corrected transcript to your home address.

Remember to update your contact information in Weboodi under "Personal data".


How can I return my apartment key to Domus Arctica (DAS)?

You can return your key during the opening hours to DAS or put the key into an envelope with your name on it and place it in the post box at the DAS office. Never leave the key in your apartment or with your flatmate or friends.

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Admissions for Master's Studies

Application Period:
Application period for studies starting in September 2017:

1 December 2016 -
  31January 2017

The Master's Degree Programmes open for
2017 Admissions:

Arctic Art and Design

Media Education

TourCIM

Admissions for Exchange Studies

Home University Nomination Deadlines:

  • April 30th for autumn semester and full year admissions
  • September 30th for spring semester admissions
     

Application Deadlines:

  • May 15th for autumn semester and full year admissions
  • October 15th for spring semester admissions

 

Admission Decision:

  • within one month from the deadline date

How to Apply?