Applying for Exchange Studies at the University of Lapland

Eligible exchange applicant

  1. Is a student from partner universities with one of the following agreements:
    • Erasmus+
    • Nordplus or Nordlys
    • First
    • North2north
    • Bilateral mobility agreements

      Also so-called "Freemover " student enrolled at an institution of higher education may apply. Priority is given to the applicants within the networks and partner universities.

  2. Has sufficient knowledge of English, both oral and written, for academic studies.

    Required level of English language proficiency must be
    - CEF B2 / IELTS 6 / TOEFL iBT 80 or equivalent for the Faculties of Education, Law and Social Sciences and
    - CEF B1 / IELTS 5 / TOEFL 75 or equivalent for the Faculty of Art and Design.

    Students must prove their English skills in the SoleMOVE online application e.g. with a transcript of records, letter from the home university or official language test TOEFL IbT, IELTS Academic.

    For further reference, please see the Exam English page for comparison of Common European Framework (CEF) levels and scores for the various exams.


Your home university's coordinator must nominate you for one or two semester exchange studies. The nomination should be sent by email to and include the following information:

1) home university
2) home university Erasmus code
3) applicant’s name (First name/Last name)
4) date of birth
5) gender (female / male)
6) valid email address
7) duration of the exchange
8) EU subject area at home institution
9) EU Subject Area Code at ULapland

The nomination deadlines are:
  • April 30th for autumn semester and full year admissions
  • September 30th for spring semester admissions


Prepare your application

Online Application

When your user account has been created, you will receive an email with instructions for activating your SoleMOVE account and completing your application online. No paper copies or scans should be sent by post or email.

The application periods are:

  • April 1 - May 15th for autumn semester and full year admissions
  • September 1 - October 15th for spring semester admissions
  • No late applications are accepted


1. Activate your user account in SoleMOVE

2. You are coming for studies so start with your study plan

  • Course information is available on our Studies -page.
  • Select a full course load 30 ECTS per semester, 60 ECTS for the full academic year.
  • Use the course information from the current academic year. Course catalogues are only updated in summer.
  • Be prepared for possible changes to the courses.
  • You can choose courses from different faculties, however restrictions apply to the Faculty of Art and Design.


3. Collect your enclosures

Required enclosures:

  • A Letter of Motivation (in English)
  • An Official Transcript of Academic Records (in English)
  • The Learning Agreement (signed by the home institution)
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • A Portfolio (applicants to the Faculty of Art and Design only)

  • Freemover applicants must also provide:
    • A study certificate which states that you are enrolled at an institution of higher education.
    • A letter of recommendation from a professor or appropriate authority
  • All documents should be submitted in .pdf format
  • The maximum size of the enclosures is 10 MB


4. Fill in the online application in SoleMOVE

5. Save & Send your application

We only receive your application after this.


6. Decisions

  • Being nominated from the Partner university does not automatically mean that you are accepted to the University of Lapland.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the relevant faculty.
  • Acceptance decisions will be by June 16th / November 16th.
  • Students receive the acceptance decision and acceptance letter by email.
  • The student should wait for the official acceptance decision before proceeding with any arrival arrangements (e.g. flights).


7. Confirm your Exchange in SoleMOVE


Details About the Enclosures

Learning Agreement

Erasmus+ students should use the Erasmus+ Learning Agreement form provided by their home university.

In order to fill out the Learning Agreement, please visit the Studies section to find information about the different faculties and the courses offered to exchange students. Individual course details and timetables can be found under each faculty. Please note that the courses and timetables will not be updated until the summer, so students are asked to plan their studies according to the previous academic year's course information. We also recommend taking a look at courses offered by the Language Centre.

In order to make the most of your time abroad it is important to plan your studies carefully. Ask your international coordinator to approve your Learning Agreement and discuss transferring the ECTS credits to your degree. The same courses that have been mentioned in the Learning Agreement should be added to the proposed study plan in the SoleMOVE system.

Letter of Motivation

There is no official form for the Letter of Motivation. The motivation letter should illustrate the applicant’s interests in the chosen courses and why the applicant should be chosen for the exchange. The applicant should also write about the reasons why they are applying to the University of Lapland and what they expect from the exchange period. The motivation letter can also contain information about the benefits that the exchange period can have on the applicant's language skills or future career. The motivation letter should be written in English.  


Transcript of Records

All applicants are asked to attach an official copy of their Transcript of Academic Records in English to their application. The Transcript should be attained from the home university's Registrar's Office and include the courses that the applicant has completed at the home university as well as the grades that the applicant has received.

The maximum size of the enclosures is 10 MB. Please make sure that the enclosures are in .doc or .pdf format! (No jpeg or bmp etc.)


The portfolio consists of design projects related to the applicant’s area of education and artistic activities (5-10 design projects). The design projects must be presented as a webpage or as a PDF file (attachment in the Solemove). Or if necessary as paper prints or photographs sent by ordinary mail to: International Coordinator, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland, P.O.Box 122, FI 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland.

The design projects should include the following information: project name, a short description of the project’s content, purpose, and method of realization, and the production year, preferably also the course tutors name. At least one of the design projects must be accompanied with a presentation of the entire development process from draft to final product.

*All applications will be reviewed by the relevant faculty. Please note that the University of Lapland reserves the right to examine each potential applicants’ eligibility and to determine formal acceptance accordingly.

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