TourCIM Student Selection

Student intake for the Master’s Degree Programme in Tourism, Culture and International Management at the University of Lapland is max. ten (10) students.

Eligible applicants for the programme must have

  • a bachelor’s degree in the field of tourism OR a bachelor’s degree from another field of study containing the minimum of 60 credits (basic and intermediate level studies) in tourism

  • a good command of English language for academic purposes


The previous degree may have to be supplemented with, for example, methodological or major subject studies. This will be agreed upon in the personal study plan of a student.

Please note that eligibility does not guarantee that you will be admitted to the programme. The intake is limited, and only the academically most qualified students will be selected.


Application Process

International applicants who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for the Master’s Degree Programme in Tourism, Culture and International Management. The online application on the Studyinfo portal ( is only open during the application period. The application period opens on December 1st 2016 and closes on January 31st 2017 at 15:00 (GMT +2). UAF does not process application documents that arrive after the deadline.

After filling in the online application, send all the required enclosures to the University Admissions Finland’s office by mail. Your application enclosures have to arrive by the given deadline. E-mail attachments will not be accepted.

The required enclosures should be sent to:

University Admissions Finland

Unioninkatu 40 C

FI-00170 Helsinki



Current students of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, may apply for the programme outside the quota. The above-mentioned eligibility criteria apply also for these applicants. Those wishing to apply for the Master's Degree Programme in Tourism, Culture and International Management should deliver the application form (Sisäinen siirto) and other required documents by January 31st, 2017 (15:00 pm GMT+2) to the following address: Head of International Student Services, International Relations Office, University of Lapland, P.O. Box 122, FI-96101 Rovaniemi. The application form can be printed from

If you have questions concerning the studies, the admission requirements and the application process, please contact admission(at)


Student Selection

Student intake for the TourCIM master's degree programme is max. ten (10) students. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the application form and the required enclosures.

Applicants are given points for their previous degree, essay and motivation letter. The maximum score is 25. Students with highest points are selected. Academically most qualified (success/grades in previous degree) will be selected.

1. Degree (5/10 points)

If an applicant has more than one completed degree, the one that gives the highest score is selected.Students graduating during the academic year 2016–2017 (after the application period) must enclose their official credit transcript and the expected date of graduation to the application. The official degree certificate must be delivered to the University of Lapland upon enrollment. Otherwise the applicant will lose her/his study place.

Points are given as follows:

  1. bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field of tourism: 10 points
  2. bachelor’s or master’s degree in another field of study containing 60 credits in tourism: 5 points

      2. Essay (0–10 points)

      Applicants are to read the following book: Edelheim, Johan R. (2015) Tourist Attractions – From Object to Narrative. Bristol: Channel View Publications. Based on the book and previous knowledge of the field, applicants are to write an essay of 3–4 pages. It should discuss how to responsibly create and maintain cultural tourist attractions in a chosen geographical area, according to the applicant’s own interests. The essay should be titled: ‘Managing cultural tourist attractions in a responsible way’. The essay will be assessed on a) how well the essay follows general academic essay structures – including referencing, b) how well the applicants have included the book’s theories in their essay, C) how well the applicants have utilized other academic sources to back up their arguments, D) how well the applicant’s analysis responds to and resolves the main concepts given in the heading of the essay.

      The book is available at:

      3. Motivation letter (0–5 points)

      A letter of motivation should answer to these questions:

      • Why are you applying to the TourCIM master’s degree programme?
      • What is your academic and personal goal?
      • What are your expectations and challenges regarding the studies?
      • How will your earlier studies support your TourCIM studies?
      • What kind of cultural projects are you interested in?
      • What kind of effect will these studies have on your future career choices?

      In addition, the motivation letter can also describe the applicant’s hobbies, organisational activities, work experience and previous long-term periods abroad.

      The motivation letter is written in English and it should be no longer than A4 (one page) in length.