Exchange Programmes

Here you can find information about the exchange agreements and programmes of the University of Lapland. You can find partner universities in the Your Ticket to Ride guidebook and in the SoleMOVE system. You can also apply to study abroad independently as a free mover.


The University of Lapland has bilateral agreements with universities outside Scandinavia and the European Union. Students of the University of Lapland are not obligated to pay the tuition fees when studying at these universities with bilateral agreements. However, the universities at the United States, Canada and Australia require mandatory insurances and possibly language tests such as TOEFL iBT or IELTS that increase the costs for the students. Also, the costs from the visas might be high. The University of Lapland pays a bilateral exchange student grant from its own budget.


The Erasmus+ programme is a wide-ranging mobility programme which includes student exchange, internships and teacher mobility. Erasmus+ supports the mobility and cooperation between higher education institutions in Europe.

The Erasmus+ programme is open to all students of the University of Lapland, although each faculty has their own Erasmus+ agreements. The programme offers exchange study places of 3-12 months for studying in a partner university. In addition, Erasmus+ work placements are part of the Erasmus+ programme.


Nordplus, is a scholarship programme of the Nordic Ministry designed for Nordic universities. The student exchange within Nordplus is based on the agreements between faculties with other Nordic universities or higher education institutions.

The University of Lapland has Nordplus networks in the fields of Law, Political Sciences, Education and Art and Design.


Nordlys is a sub-programme under Nordplus and it is meant for students whose main subjects do not have a Nordplus network of their own. See more information and the universities on


The Finnish-Russian Student Exchange Programme is an exchange programme funded by the Centre for International Mobility, CIMO, that promotes mobility and cooperation between Finnish and Russian university networks. The programme enables ULapland students from all faculties to study in Russia at the partner universities.


North2north is a circumpolar exchange programme organized by the University of the Arctic. The programme is meant for students who focus on arctic questions or have a strong northern emphasis in their studies. Check the website to find out more about the partner universities in Sweden, Norway, Russia, Canada and USA.

Study Abroad as a free mover

A student may also apply to a university that is not a partner university with the University of Lapland independently as a so called free mover. In this case,  the process of applying, paperwork and finding information are the responsibility of the student. A free mover might have to pay tuition fee and other costs at the host university. In addition, the grant for study abroad by the University of Lapland is discretionary and smaller for free movers than for other exchange students.