University of Lapland

University of Lapland

Rovaniemi is the capital and economic center of Lapland, Finland’s northernmost province. The city is situated close to the Arctic Circle and located between the mountains Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara. In the year 1453 it was mentioned officially for the first time when it existed in the form of several small villages, whose inhabitants lived from farming, fishing and hunting. The development of mineral resources of Lapland in the 19th century also accelerated the development of Rovaniemi and especially the gold rush has attracted thousands of people.


Due to the beautiful and unspoiled nature with its numerous recreational areas tourism is an important economic factor nowadays. Therefore, a wide variety of hotels and restaurants is located in and around the center of Rovaniemi. The Jätkänkynttilä bridge and Artikum House, a museum about the polar regions of Finland and the world, rank among the best known attractions. Lapland is also known as the Land of the Northern Lights. 200 of them are visible each year, whereas there are at most 20 in the south of Finland. Approximately 10,000 of the 63,000 inhabitants of Rovaniemi are students. Not only the University of Lapland but also the Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences is located in the city. The latter covers institutions of information technology, economics, forestry and Sport Sciences among others.

University of Lapland

The University of Lapland is an international and multidisciplinary institution. Priorities in research and education are tourism, art, design, legal, education and social sciences. The University supports the economy and society in the north of Finland with its research and educational and artistic programmes. In particular, the multidisciplinary Artic Centre performs internationally recognized and groundbreaking research projects with regard to the interaction between people and the environment of the Arctic and presents the results to viewers during periodical exhibitions.

One in four Finnish lawyers, one in three university graduates in Arts and Design and nearly ten percent of the social scientists and pedagogues completed their studies at the University of Lapland.

By the way: an accommodation in a student residence at the University is guaranteed to exchange students if the application is received in time. For more information about the university and the local life can be found on the homepage of the University of Lapland.

Academic year:
– Winter semester from early September to the end of December
– Summer semester from early January to late May
– No major holiday period between winter- and summer semester

Academic language: English

IT and IP-related courses:
– Copyright Law
– Intellectual Property Rights in Media and Cultural Industries – An Introduction
– Introduction to the Legal Informatics
– Information Law and Information Technology Law
– Legal Information
– Privacy, Data Protection and Data Security
– Supplementary Course of Legal Informatics
– Developing E-Servics and E-Government