You have made an excellent choice!
Welcome to Europe's northernmost science and art university. You are now part of a 4,400-strong international community of students at our Arctic university.
We hope your student experience at the University of Lapland will be a unique period in your life. Being a member of our close-knit community will make your time at our university memorable will make your time at our university memorable.
Take some time and familiarize yourself with the Guide for International Students
General Guidelines for Academic Writing
Accept your study place by 26 April, at the latest, at Studyinfo.fi via a secure link sent to your e-mail address. Another option is to fill in the ”Confirmation of acceptance or rejection of the study place” form sent to you as a separate e-mail message and send it back to opinto (at) ulapland.fi.
If you have decided to reject your study place, you need to notify us via Studyinfo.fi or by filling in the abovementioned form. Please note that you may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland per academic term (Universities Act 558/2009).
Confirm the offered study place in the SoleMOVE system by the relevant deadline. Once the place has been confirmed, the exchange student is considered officially enrolled and no further process is required.
It is very important for us to know if you have decided to reject your study place.
Don't hesitate to ask for more information
University of Lapland
PO Box 122, 96101 Rovaniemi
Street address: Yliopistonkatu 8, Wing E, ground floor
Tel. +358 40 485 6583
opinto (at) ulapland.fi
Register as attending
All international students have to register as a student of the University upon their enrolment. Being registered as attending is a prerequisite for signing up for any courses or accessing the university information systems.
For students required to pay a tuition fee, the fee is to be paid before registration. To register, you also need to pay the Student Union fee of 110 euros per academic year to the Student Union of the University of Lapland. Payment may be made by credit card. Information on alternative payment methods is available at the Student Union web pages. The membership fee also covers the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) for one academic year. Please follow the more detailed instructions for fee payment and registration provided in the e-mail sent to you by the Student Services.
Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from the Student Services. Please note that your right to study enters into force on 1 August (the first day of the academic year) at the earliest. Once your personal information has been entered into the system, you will receive an automatic e-mail message from the University study system, but you can only activate your user ID once your Right to Study is in force.
You will receive your study certificate once you arrive. By presenting the certificate, you are eligible for student-priced meals at student restaurants and health services at FSHS (Finnish Student Health Service) until you receive your student ID card.
Registering as non-attending
As a first-year student, you may register as non-attending if you are
- completing compulsory military service, voluntary military service (for women) or non-military service; or
- on maternity, paternity or parental leave; or
- unable to begin your studies due to illness or injury.
Please inform Student Services if you will be non-attending and present the official documents required as proof of your entitlement to this status.
It all starts with orientation. The Autumn Orientation in August has one track for degree students and another track for exchange students, covering the information you need for starting your studies. The Spring Orientation in January has a track for exchange students only.
During the orientation, info sessions and meetings with the student- and teacher-tutors for your major subject will be organised, during which you will get acquainted with the University, life on campus and practical matters related to studying.
The autumn orientation will start August 20th 2019 at 10:00 a.m., in the Fellman Hall (main lobby, c-wing, LS 1).
Recommended arrival days are August 16th and August 19th, 2019. If you arrive on those days we will have a free pick-up service available. The orientation programme can be downloaded here. Changes to the programme are possible.
Here you can find all the Power Point presentations from the orientation week. The resources available here will be updated after the orientation week. Feel free to refresh your memory!
Presentations from the previous orientation week >
Get a mandatory health insurance
Make sure you have a valid health insurance throughout your stay in Finland. In addition, you will be required to present proof of insurance when applying for a residence permit and upon your arrival at the university. The insurance must cover medical care, personal injury, and liability for loss or damage. If you are an EU citizen, the European Health Insurance Card is a sufficient document. For non-EU/EEA students a good option is the Student Insurance Program (SIP) provided by Marsh.
Do you need a residence permit and visa?
As an international student, you may need to acquire a residence permit or a visa before your arrival at the University of Lapland. You may study for three months without a visa or residence permit if you are a citizen of a visa-free country. To get a residence permit, you need to present evidence of finances, i.e. you should be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses while in Finland. Further information is available on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.
Apply for a Finnish personal identity code
After your arrival in Finland, your key personal data – e.g. your name, date of birth, nationality, family relationships, and your address in Finland – are registered in the Finnish Population Information System. You will be registered as a resident of a Finnish municipality if you intend to stay in Finland permanently or if you intend to reside in the country for at least three months as a student. Further information on the registration process and applying for a personal identity code will be provided during the orientation week.
If you need to apply for a residence permit, you can – and should – apply for a Finnish personal identity code with the same form in connection with the residence permit application.
Be prepared for costs of studying and living
Finnish universities have introduced tuition fees. The fees are applicable to new master’s degree students from outside the EU or EEA countries who have started their studies in autumn 2017 or later. The fee is 8,000 euros per academic year and equal for all Master-level programmes. All students subject to tuition fees and starting their studies in autumn 2019 will be granted a scholarship of 4,800 euros. In addition, one-fourth of the students admitted will receive a scholarship covering 100% of the tuition, and one-fourth a scholarship covering 80% of the tuition.
In Finland, the cost of living is relatively high, but still comparable to other EU countries. The average living expenses of a student in Rovaniemi are 600–900 euros per month.
Get your User ID
Every new student will receive an email account and a username for logging in to the university systems. Once you have registered as a student at the university, you will receive a confirmation email from the student register asking you to activate your User ID and to authenticate yourself with your Finnish online banking account or a mobile certificate. But no worries if you don’t have access to these authentication methods: you can get your User ID during the orientation week or anytime later by visiting our ICT Service Desk and authenticating yourself by presenting a valid identification such as passport.
More about user rights and passwords >
If you have registered as attending and paid the Student Union membership fee, you can order your student ID card in the Frank service.
Please note that you can also download the free Frank application
that functions as an electronic student card on your smartphone (iOS and
Android). In order to get the Frank app, you need to have the Finnish
identity code. Please bring it to the Student Services.
More about the student card >
For more information, contact
University of Lapland
PO Box 122, 96101 Rovaniemi
Street address: Yliopistonkatu 8, Wing E
Tel. +358 40 485 6583
opinto (at) ulapland.fi
Your personal student tutor will be there to help you at the beginning of your studies in Rovaniemi. Tutors are volunteers who have the knowledge and training to perform their duties. Each international Master's degree student and exchange student is appointed a personal tutor. The tutor will get in touch with you already before your journey to the north starts and will meet you upon your arrival. The tutor will help you settle down in Rovaniemi and become familiar with the Finnish student life and local culture. The tutor can give you assistance with matters related to housing, banking and registration and provide advice on practical academic matters like using WebOodi and signing up for courses.
Teacher tutors are important contacts for degree students especially in the early stages of their studies. Your relationship with your personal teacher tutor will last throughout your studies. Your teacher tutor will help you make your personal study plan (PSP) and will give assistance with study-related matters. You will meet your teacher tutor when your studies begin.