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north2north study exchange

Lapland UAS is a member in UArctic University, which study exchange program is called North2North. UArctic University is network which includes northern universities and institutes. The aim of the North2North -program is support northern mutual knowledge and awareness, and also high-quality education in northern areas, with study exchange.

Lapland UAS' students can apply for N2N -exchange to partner universities, which are located in Canada, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and USA. Possbility of applying North2North -grant for USA and Canada, and Lapland UAS travel grant for Nordic countries. We have 1-3 places in Lapland UAS for N2N -exchange per year. N2N exchange program is for all Lapland UAS students. Notice that all your courses must be accepted fully to your degree. Due to limited number of exchange places, student must be committed to exchange and plan it with care. After the acceptance you can only cancel your exchange for a very serious reason.

North2North web pages: https://education.uarctic.org/mobility/about-north2north/

Who can apply?

Every Lapland UAS' Degree Programme students, who has Finnish citizenship or permanent Residence Permit, has possibility to apply N2N exchange. You can apply for one semester at a time. The duration of the study period must be at least 3 months and accumulate 5 ECTS / month.

Lapland UAS has a selection criteria for North2North exchange, which are made with CIMO and N2N.

Criteria:

1. Studies are emphasized by northernness or students has completed northern studies (Transcript of Records).
2. Student shows a significant impact on the northern region (Letter of Motivation/Motivation Letter).
3. Student is from the northern region or small locality in the North.
4. Student is committed to influence own northern residential community and northern region.
5. Student has previous work experience or voluntary related to the North.
6. The number of credits (Transcript of Records).
7. Academic success (Average of completed studies).

Notice that the selection criteria above is not order of importance. All criteria affects to the selection in its entirety.
More information about selection criteria here (North2North Mobility Guidelines) and also from International Services.

CIMO from Board of Education will inform participating universities study places and grants latest on 30.11.
All applications are ranked to the ranking list and after that International Services decides who are chosen and notifies forward to CIMO.

Grants

Possibility of applying North2North -grant, which is 2000€, and also Lapland UAS travel grant, which is 1000€.

Check also from KELA if you can get some grants from there.

Grants will not be enough to cover all expenses of the exchange. Students must be prepared to use their own savings!

Application period

You can apply for N2N -program once a year. Application deadline for spring and autumn semester is 15.2.

Start planning the exchange well in advance. Familiarize yourself to exchange destinations first. After that contact to International Services and discuss about the possible exchange destination. They will help you with application process, application period and required forms. Return all of the documents to International Services. They will contact to destination university.

Application process

Before the exchange

  1. Be prepared for a long application process and to fill out multiple forms. Notice that the acceptance for exchange cannot be guaranteed.

  2. Book time for guidance for International Services. Fill the First Form and return it to International Services. Select more than one option for exchange destination (all 3 options). Choose only partner universities where are studies for your degree. More information from N2N web page - Where can I go?  

  3. Fill the application forms of the exchange university and have all required appendices after International Services has been accepted your First Form. Fill the forms electronically, ask the required signatures and deliver the forms and documents to the International Services for review.

    Needed documents are:

    1.   First Form
    2. Official English Transcript of Records from Peppi

    3. Motivation Letter

    4. CV 

  4. All applications are ranked to the ranking list and after that International Services decides who are chosen and notifies forward to CIMO.

  5. International Services will send your application and documents to the university.

  6. Exchange university will contact you and send you the Letter of Acceptance.

  7. Check the exchange university’s courses with the Study councellor/Manager of Expertise Group/International Services. Write a Learning Agreement (LA). LA will be signed by the Study councellor and the Manager of Expertise Group.

  8. Send copy of Letter of Acceptance to the International Services and make your SoleMOVE application and apply for the N2N grant and also Lapland UAS Travel Grant in SoleGRANT programme.

  9. Familiarize yourself with the Exchange Student’s Check List and the exchange destination and prepare yourself well for the trip! 

During Exchange

  • Usually students make small changes to their studies. Always discuss with the study councellor about the possible changes to make sure that they are applicable for your studies.

  • Changing your study plans requires ALWAYS a document Changes to the original learning agreement, non-EU. For this document remember to have the signatures from the exchange university and scan it to International Services (international@lapinamk.fi).

  • Read your Lapland UAS email! All communication from home university takes place through Lapland UAS’ email!

  • Contact the International Services if you face problematic situations during your exchange.

  • Exchange must not be discontinued or terminated earlier without discussing the matter with the International Services. 

  • Before leaving ask the host institution for a signed Letter of Confirmation (Recognition Outcomes - The Receiving Institution form page 1).

After Exchange

  1. Fill the electrical N2N Post Exchange Feedback Form.

  2. In SoleMOVE fill out the After exchange interleaf and Feedback interleaf and also return the Letter of Confirmation SoleMOVE.

  3. Host university sends the Transcript of Records to Lapland UAS’ International Services. International Services informs when you can pick up the transcript of records and start the credit transfer process. If you receive it personally, you must download the Transcript of Records to SoleMOVE.

  4. Start the credit transfer process: 
    1. Contact your study councellor and start the credit transfer process electronically in Peppi.
    2. After international studies has been accepted in Peppi and you can see your credits done abroad in there, download your Transcript of Records through Peppi.    
    3. Upload your Transcript of Records -form to After exchange interleaf in SoleMOVE. 
Forms
You can download First Form here!
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