Arctic Studies Program 

The Arctic Studies Program (ASP) offers a unique opportunity to specialize in Arctic issues. Multidisciplinary approach provides comprehensive knowledge of the physical, environmental, social and cultural aspects of the Arctic. In addition to the courses the students do individual research on Arctic issues under the supervision of Arctic Centre’s senior scientists. The ASP is designed for Finnish and foreign degree students and the courses are taught in English.

The Arctic Centre’s researchers, who represent various nationalities and disciplines, use an interdisciplinary approach to study northern questions. The research sheds light in many ways on opportunities in and threats to Arctic areas. In addition to a comprehensive foundation on all aspects of the Arctic, students have an opportunity to specialize in advanced themes such as Arctic indigenous studies, Arctic governance, and Global change and sustainability. The program also contains field trips.

After completion of the programme the student is able to:

  • describe the geographic, environmental, political, social, juridical and economic features of the Arctic
  • apply and use the knowledge of the Arctic provided by natural, social and political sciences, economics and law
  • locate the Arctic and Arctic issues in the context of broader discussions on environmental, socio-economic, political, cultural and legal questions

The program (Autumn semester 2017: 30 ECTS cr.) is administrated by the Faculty of Social Sciences. It is connected to the Arctic Centre’s Research Department, and the courses are taught by senior scientists and other researchers at the Arctic Centre.
Please note that the Arctic Studies Program ASP does not award a degree.

For further information on Arctic Studies Program and courses offered see the WebOodi study program guide.

Who can apply?

Arctic Studies programme can be completed as exchange studies or via ULapland Open University.

Exchange studies: This option is possible for University students’ all around the world. Exchange students from partner universities can apply to the University of Lapland through the Erasmus, Nordplus/Nordlys, First, or North2north networks, or through bilateral mobility agreements for one or two semesters. If no formal agreement exist with the applicant’s home university, then a student can apply as a so-called "Free mover" student. Sufficient knowledge of English, both oral and written, is required. Your home university's coordinator must nominate you for one or two semester exchange studies. 
More information:, admissions(at) 

Open University: Arctic Studies Programme is open for everyone via our Open University. This means that you don’t have to be a University student to participate in this programme. Apply to via Open University and as a “PIA-student”. Small fee, approximately 100-150 euros, will be collected. Sufficient knowledge of English, both oral and written, is required.
Instructions and application form:
More information: avoin(at)

University of the Arctic

The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North. UArctic builds and strengthens collective resources and collaborative infrastructure that enables member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions. 

The Arctic Centre actively participates in developing the operational content of the UArctic, in its mobility programs and thematic networks (People and the Arctic Extractive Industries and Arctic Law). The Arctic Studies Program delivers to UArctic’s Circumpolar Studies.


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