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Jodi Gustafson, exchange student in Arctic Studies Program, Canada

The chance to study Arctic Studies at the University of Lapland was recommended to me by my host university’s faculty coordinator and a student who had been studying in the same programme. I also found the Arctic location attractive.

Studying at the University of Lapland has been great. You have more freedom and space to choose what you’re studying. The focus is more on actual learning than a mark on a paper. When you have to do your schedule by yourself, it really motivates you and prepares you to be more independent as in real life things are not always so structured.

"In Rovaniemi I’m constantly surrounded by Arctic issues that I’m learning about on my classes."

In Rovaniemi I’m constantly surrounded by Arctic issues that I’m learning about on my classes. I’ve enjoyed the small class sizes and dialogues. Some of the lectures are held at the Arktikum where the Arctic researchers work in close proximity under the same roof and the atmosphere is very international. We have also done interesting excursions, for example to Pyhätunturi. In the future my dream is to become an environmental lawyer specialized in the Antarctic and the Arctic, so the Arctic Studies have been relevant considering my career.

Rovaniemi is a neat city for studying. Social life is fun and there are lots of student events. Because of the nice facilities and professors, living in Rovaniemi is easier and less stressful.