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We are cold. We are hot.

Lapland University of Applied Sciences is the northernmost UAS in Finland and in the EU focusing on higher education and research, development and innovations.

Success in Arctic conditions and utilising the conditions are at the core. We have the Northern Factor.

Lapland University of Applied Sciences was established in 2014 as a merger between Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences and Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences.

Located in Lapland, Finland

Part of the Lapland University Consortium 

Lapland UAS operations are governed by the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act and the Universities of Applied Sciences Act, which stipulates the tasks and management of universities of applied sciences and of their organs.

In Finland, universities of applied sciences require permission from the government to operate. In addition to that, the Ministry of Education and Culture steers the operations with four-year agreements that state the key objectives for universities of applied sciences operations and the funding required.

Furthermore, Finnish universities are obliged to participate in external evaluation of their activities and quality systems conducted by The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC).

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Lapland University of Applied Sciences 2017 audit report by The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC)

  • annual turnover 50 million euros
  • annual volume of research, development and innovation activities around 5-8 million eur
  • around 500 employees
  • around 5000 students

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), Ms Riitta Rissanen.

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Lapland UAS’s research, development and innovation (RDI) activities are multidisciplinary. RDI is closely linked with teaching.

Knowledge of northern conditions is a basic part of our life.

Find out more about our RDI.


Finland is High-tech and Highly Educated. With us, students combine one of the best educational systems in the world with a unique adventure to the Arctic.

We provide higher education in several fields:


In Lapland UAS, there are four Bachelor’s degree programmes and one Master's degree programme conducted in English.