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Lapland University of Applied Sciences operates in Finnish Lapland by the Arctic Circle, with premises in the towns of Rovaniemi, the home of Santa Claus; and in Kemi and Tornio in Southern Lapland close to the Swedish border. Lapland UAS is the EU’s northernmost university of applied sciences and offers a modern and international learning environment with good services for students, staff and visitors, in a unique environment offering periods of perpetual daylight and twilight, as well as the northern lights.


Bachelor Courses in English

Business & Administration, Business Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Land Surveying, Health Care (Nursing) & Sports, Social Services, Culture, Forestry & Rural Industries, and Tourism & Hospitality Management.  Students must register for 30 ECTS units, or 15 credit hours.  For more information about courses taught in English, click here or here.


Note: Students are recommended to choose courses that match their studies at home.  Also, if students would like to have guided/clinical practice, it must be requested before placement; this type of internship/guided practice cannot be guaranteed and is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Master Courses in English
International Business Management.  Master-level courses are offered online during the evenings only; therefore, it is recommended that exchange students enroll in a mixture of bachelor and master-level courses so that they may have some face-to-face courses.  A full load is typically considered to be 30 ECTS units, or 15 credit hours.  For more information about courses, click here.


Language Courses
All exchange students can take a beginner Finnish language course.


Information can be found here.



Before classes start, you will attend an orientation to learn general information about Finland and matters related to studying in Finland and at the university.  In addition, international student tutors are assigned to each international student to aid in adjusting to the local life and Finnish culture.  Depending on your date/time of arrival, they may be able to pick you up at the bus/train station or airport and take you to your accommodation.  They will be able to show you around and will guide you through your first week of activity; they can also help you take care of general matters, such as obtaining a student card.


Limited unpaid internships can sometimes be arranged in the areas of nursing, technology, and business.


Students with Disabilities
It has been made possible for all physically challenged to move within all buildings of campus.  Other special needs should be discussed separately.


Grades & Transcripts

The university uses the Finnish 1 to 5 point grading system as follows:


5 A Excellent Top 10%
4 B Very Good Next 25%
3 C Good Next 30%
2 D Satisfactory Next 25%
1 E Sufficient Lowest 10%


The minimum passing grade is 1, or E.  ECTS letter grades are shown on the transcript as well as Finnish numeric grades.  For additional details on transfer of credits, click here or refer to the Student Guidebook.


A transcript will be automatically sent to the student’s home school Magellan coordinator after the exchange period.


Health Insurance
Students are required to have health insurance.  Students should purchase this coverage and provide proof of coverage prior to arrival.


No cost


Students planning to stay in Finland for more than three months must apply for a residence permit prior to entering Finland.  Additional details are available.



Apartments. Offered by housing companies and the private sector, apartments are furnished and include a shared kitchen and bathroom.  Students mainly live in two- or three-bedroom apartments.  Students generally have their own bedroom but can share it with a friend if desired.  Students may indicate their accommodation preferences when applying for housing, and the university will do their best to fulfill the request.  Exchange students must pay rent for the full semester in one payment (fall semester in September and spring semester in January).


The campuses have an inexpensive student cafeteria where you can buy hot meals as well as coffee, tea, pastry, and sweets.  A meal in the student cafeteria consists of hot food, bread, and salad.  There is usually a choice of three different kinds of food, one of which is vegetarian.  You will have a student card which allows you to buy meals at the student price (approximately 2.50 EUR).  Usually, students eat one hot meal a day in the cafeteria and prepare their other meals at home.  In addition, there are many different types of available restaurants, including Chinese, McDonalds, chicken wings, kebab, pizza, and more.  You can also find Finnish specialties, such as reindeer stew and smoked salmon in restaurants.  The restaurants usually open around 11 a.m. and close around 11 p.m.



Fly into Helsinki and then take a domestic flight from Helsinki-Vantaa to Kemi-Tornio airport; the flight time is approximately one hour.  Alternatively, you can take a day or night train from Helsinki Railway Station to Kemi (approximately 8-10 hours); it is easier to travel if you take a direct connection to Kemi without changing trains along the way.


Once in Kemi, you can easily go places by walking.


Kemi is located on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia, into which the region’s three great rivers (the Simo, Kemi and Tonio Rivers) flow. That is why the Kemi area is sometimes called Sea Lapland.¬† There are many kinds of opportunities to enjoy the surrounding nature: skating, ice fishing, skiing, hiking and more.¬† The city has its own swimming pools, as well as gyms and sport centers.¬† Floor ball and volleyball is also available to students in the university gymnasiums.¬† The Kemi-Tornio area also offers something to those interested in culture; there are museums, libraries, and a city theatre in Kemi.¬† Cultural events vary from blues and jazz festivals to a traditional whitefish festival.


There are many specialty shops and souvenir shops in the city centers.  You can also enjoy a mall with many shops in nearby Haparanda, Sweden.  Shopping hours are generally 9 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m. Saturday.  Stores are typically closed on Sundays, but grocery stores are usually open every day.


Kemi enjoys 24 hours of daylight during the summer, with temperatures ranging from 55¬ļF to 85¬ļF.¬† Snow season is from October to May, but the dry cold is quite tolerable with appropriate layers of clothing.¬† Winter temperatures range from -10¬ļF to 30¬ļF.